Operating Costs Controlling
Keep costs under control
Conceptually, the operating cost controlling tool is divided into five modules. These can be implemented separately or as a package.
The relevant data aggregated in the SAP® Business Warehouse system from the financial accounting and real estate areas are provided in Excel format and can be analysed in detail, sorted and filtered using various tools such as SAP® BusinessObjects Analysis. The relevant company code and business unit (or rental object/contract) required in each case can be selected using an entry mask. The KPIs relevant for selection are clearly presented.
2. Internal benchmarking
The utilities for individual business units of a company code are broken down into cost types. This allows business units to be compared with one another or with internal averages. Deviation analyses for identifying outliers are also available.
3. External benchmarking
The utilities for the real estate portfolio are compared with external reference values, such as those of the “Geislinger Konvention” (Geislingen convention) and the “Deutscher Mieterbund” (German tenants’ association). This allows the operating costs to be compared at a regional or national level. There is a high level of cost transparency. Using deviation analyses, focal points for planning and optimisation measures can be identified.
As part of reporting, various analysis tables are provided in Microsoft® Excel to show the results of the deviation analyses, such as such as Top 20 lists to show the results of the deviation analyses, to-do lists and analyses relating to key management figures.
5. Knowledge base
Practical knowledge regarding the effectiveness of measures taken or the reasons for abnormalities should be preserved as knowledge in order to support the subsequent planning of measures and target data effectively. For these purposes, this knowledge can be integrated systematically into the Business Warehouse system.
The process for influencing operating costs
- Data basis: The data of the ERP system and the heating measurement service provider are the data basis.
- Data preparation: The data is cleaned of errors before use for the purposes of controlling.
- Analysis of abnormalities using benchmarking: Focusing the data analysis on outliers allows internal resources to be conserved. This involves a comparison using internal and external reference values. The causes of deviations are identified.
- Analysis and decision: Action plans describe how to eliminate unfavourable deviations. The action plans are used as a decision-making basis according to certain priorities.
- Implementation and evidence: After implementing a measure, it is recommended that you check its success. This check serves as a knowledge base for evaluating future action plans.
Transparency: The clear preparation of large quantities of data increases transparency on the company side.
Cost savings: Efficient analyses with complex data structure allow potential for action to be identified. Minimising operating costs results in increased income for the landlord and lower costs for the tenant.
Flexibility: The reduction in operating costs creates greater scope for defining the net rent excluding heating and thus contributes to increasing the real estate value.
Time savings: Concentrating on abnormalities during data analysis saves valuable time resources.
Tenant satisfaction: A transparent operating cost statement prevents unnecessary discontent on the part of the tenant and increases satisfaction.
- Operating costs area
- Commercial and technical area
- SAP® Business Warehouse 7.x