How Can you Make Better Judgement Calls When it Comes to Revenue Recognition?

The effective date of the new revenue recognition guidance is, at long last, here. CFO Magazine’s recent article, How Risky Are New Revenue Recognition Rules?, says “at some point after that, we’ll begin to see whether the new standard’s principles-based methodology is working as intended.”

The article points out that there are some judgment calls that must be made when it comes to the new revenue recognition rules.

Elements of judgment reside in each step of the new standard’s five-step process, according to CFO, including:

Step 1: Identify the contract(s) with customers. The collectability of consideration in a transaction is a concept that requires judgment in both the current and new guidance. Under the new guidance, collectability will be addressed in the determination of whether a contract exists, rather than whether revenue can be recognized. While the concept of collectability is not new, the judgments used to assess it will now be necessary at the outset of the revenue recognition process.

Step 2: Identify the performance obligations within the contract(s). Identification of performance obligations will be less restrictive under the new guidance and, therefore, contracts may have fewer performance obligations to be accounted for separately. The determination of these performance obligations will also require increased application of judgment.

Step 3: Determine the transaction price. The transaction price under the contract(s) involves a number of judgments, including consideration of variable and non-cash factors. Under the new guidance, entities will determine variable consideration by estimating either the “expected” value or the most likely amount in a range of possible amounts. As variable consideration will be based on an estimate, the timing of revenue recognition may be accelerated upon implementation of the new standard as compared to the more formulaic recognition of multiple elements over time, as currently required.

Step 4: Allocate the transaction price to the performance obligations in the contract. To allocate an appropriate amount of consideration to each performance obligation, an entity will now determine the stand-alone price at the outset for the goods or services. As stand-alone selling prices can be calculated or estimated in numerous ways that may require significant judgment, revenue recognition may be accelerated under the new guidance, particularly when compared to the current allocation methods.

Step 5: Recognize revenue when (or as) a performance obligation is satisfied. Under the current guidance, the percentage-of-completion method is generally used when recognizing revenue for contracts. Under the new rules, revenue is recognized when, or as, control of the asset is transferred to the customer. The determination of when control is transferred is often a matter of judgment, and will require consideration of when obligations are satisfied.

How will you make judgment calls when it comes to these new rules?

U.S. filers are expected to adopt the new accounting standards their first reporting period after December 15, 2017. For most companies, financial statements released in 2018 will be the first in compliance with ASC 606. To ease the transition, the Boards allow filers to use practical expedients in their application of the new accounting standards and choose between two adoption methods (full- and modified-retrospective).

To learn more about the new standards, check out our ebook: Revenue Recognition Do’s and Don’ts.

Best regards,

Robbie Morrison
Chief Solution Strategist, SBS Group

About Robbie
Robbie Morrison has spent nearly 20 years helping customers build and deploy elegant technology and business solutions. From start-ups to enterprise-class organizations worldwide, his knowledge of the Microsoft Dynamics ecosystem and Robbie-2017products helps SBS Group customers maximize ROI on technology investments.

Today, Robbie serves SBS Group customers in his role as Chief Solution Strategist where he provides thought leadership and manages the development of B2B solutions. Robbie received his MBA from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/robbiemorrison

ASC 606 and IFRS 15: Are you Ready for New Revenue Recognition Rules?

We don’t want to add more to your to do list as things get busy around the holidays, but this is important! By now you’ve heard about the new rules governing revenue recognition for companies that will go into effect on January 1, 2018 for public companies, and January 1, 2019 for private firms. To recap, listen in to our podcast where I speak with Microsoft about the details.

ASC606 Overview

The Accounting Standard Codification 606, or ASC 606, made its debut in May 2014. It is an industry-neutral revenue recognition model designed to increase financial statement comparability among companies and industries. The objective is to decrease complexity involved with the current models for revenue recognition.

As a result, the new unit of account for revenue recognition is the obligation of a good or a service at the time it is delivered.

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), which administers Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the U.S. (US-GAAP) has issued ASC 606, and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), which administers International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) used in most other countries, has issued IFRS 15. Both will enforce similar, fundamental changes to the revenue recognition process for any company that depends on complex contracts in their dealings with customers.

How do I know if my company will be impacted by ASC 606 and IFRS 15?

Businesses that have multiple components (e.g., product, services, warranties, etc.) in a single contract are the most impacted. If your firm permits changes to active contracts (e.g., adding a sports package to your cable TV contract), they are impacted. If the timing of when your firm pays commissions differs from when the products and services are delivered, then your firm is impacted. Cellular phone companies, software firms and many other kinds of companies will be impacted – some far more so than others.

 

 

Not Managed by Microsoft Dynamics out of the Box

Microsoft Dynamics does not manage these new standards out of the box. Companies running Dynamics GP, NAV, AX, or 365, must take all of their revenue outside ERP, process these complex calculations to figure out what they can recognize today versus what is deferred, and then bring those back in as manual journal entries. Before you start using Excel for this, consider using AXIO for Enterprise Firms, and Progressus for Small to Medium-sized Firms in addition to Microsoft Dynamics.

We wish you the best of luck with these new standards. Please let us know if you have any questions, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Best regards,

Robbie Morrison
Chief Solution Strategist, SBS Group

About Robbie
Robbie Morrison has spent nearly 20 years helping customers build and deploy elegant technology and business solutions.  From start-ups to enterprise-class organizations worldwide, his knowledge of the Microsoft Dynamics ecosystem and Robbie-2017products helps SBS Group customers maximize ROI on technology investments.

Today, Robbie serves SBS Group customers in his role as Chief Solution Strategist where he provides thought leadership and manages the development of B2B solutions.  Robbie received his MBA from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/robbiemorrison

 

What Additional Project-driven Solutions can Strengthen your Microsoft Investment?

You’ve already made quite an investment in Microsoft technology. And it can be confusing to determine what else works for service and project-driven company like yours. To accelerate your digital transformation, you need a new type of business application. One that breaks down the silos between CRM and ERP, that’s powered by data and intelligence, and helps capture new business opportunities.

In our webcast last week, we covered 10-12 different Microsoft software solutions that can strengthen or round out your Microsoft solutions. We talked about a few different ERP options as well as small and large project management solutions and some really cool apps included with Office 365.

We help you determine how to meet the unique needs of your organization with a modern business platform that makes it easy to tailor and extend Dynamics 365 applications—with little to no code development. Quickly build apps, automate workflows, and bring additional data insight into your business with the Microsoft business application platform.

If your company provides professional services and relies on delivering successful, profitable projects, then you should check out the recording.

Here are a few products and tools you can expect to see:

* Microsoft ERP Comparison: Dynamics 365, Dynamics SL and Dynamics NAV

* Microsoft CRM and PSA Simplified: Dynamics 365 for Sales and Project Service Automation

* Microsoft Office 365 Hidden Gems: Microsoft Planner, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and Yammer

Don’t worry. We didn’t forget Excel…we know how much you love it!

If you thought Excel was the only tool in the Microsoft arsenal capable of managing projects, you’re going to be surprised.

Recorded Webcast: Microsoft Mash-Up

This is the second in a series of webcasts targeting project-driven companies. This  1-hour recorded webcast pulls a variety of solutions together for project-driven companies, including ERP, Sales, Marketing, Project Management and Business Productivity. Check out upcoming events.

In our recorded webcast, we demonstrate how our clients are utilizing multiple Microsoft solutions to improve project profitability, employee productivity and customer engagement…without breaking the bank. Let me know what you think about the webcast, and send any questions that you may have my way.

Best regards,

Robbie Morrison
Chief Solution Strategist, SBS Group

About Robbie
Robbie Morrison has spent nearly 20 years helping customers build and deploy elegant technology and business solutions.  From start-ups to enterprise-class organizations worldwide, his knowledge of the Microsoft Dynamics ecosystem and Robbie-2017products helps SBS Group customers maximize ROI on technology investments.

Today, Robbie serves SBS Group customers in his role as Chief Solution Strategist where he provides thought leadership and manages the development of B2B solutions.  Robbie received his MBA from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/robbiemorrison

 

What the Heck is Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation?

One of the most common questions we’ve heard from professional services companies lately is: What the heck is Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation (PSA)?

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation is a Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales (CRM) solution. It helps professional services companies run their business more productively by bringing people, processes, and automation technology together through a unified experience. PSA is a powerful addition to Dynamics 365 that enables project management capabilities in Dynamics 365.

Simply put, Microsoft Dynamics 365 for PSA unites opportunity management with project planning and management. After the sales and planning stage, Microsoft Dynamics 365 PSA excels at handling resource management, team collaboration, time and expense management, customer billing and service analytics.

Dyn 365 PSA

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Project Service Automation

I guess the first pertinent question might be, why do I need PSA? After all, we already have Microsoft Project which is an advanced project management tool! Microsoft Project is a great tool for project managers and in some circumstances, might be the only tool you need, Microsoft Dynamics 365 PSA won’t be for everyone! But you will find that Microsoft Dynamics 365 PSA has a slightly different focus, it is not “just” about project management. It is more focused on the engagement with the customer. By this I mean it covers the full life cycle of the project right from initial estimate to completion.

SBS Group has partnered with hundreds of professional services clients to help them utilize technology solutions that lower costs, improve visibility and enable efficient allocation of resources. Our solutions for project-driven firms are:

Microsoft Dynamics 365 PSA for companies with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales (CRM)
Progressus for small to medium sized companies
AXIO for enterprise companies

All three products are based upon common data services, and interact seamlessly together, and with Microsoft Dynamics 365. Progressus and AXIO run on the back-office ERP side of the business, while Microsoft Dynamics 365 PSA is on the front-office CRM side of the business.

We cover this in more detail in our webcast, 5 Reasons Project Driven Firms Switch to Dynamics 365. Interested in learning which solution is right for your company? Start a discussion with one of our business technology experts today. Contact us for a free evaluation.

Best Regards

Eric

About Eric Forgo

Eric serves as the Director of Business Intelligence and CRM for SBS Group. He is responsible for developing and driving innovative solutions, overseeing related services and ensuring SBS Group customers derive maximum business value from their technology investments.

Eric has spent more than 20 years in the Microsoft ecosystem, holding executEric Forgo, SBS Group Directors BI and CRMive positions with leading ISVs and consulting firms where he led teams in the deployment of Microsoft ERP and CRM. In addition to his technology background, Eric spent the early part of his career in financial management. He is a CPA with a BS in Accounting from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Boston University with a concentration in Finance.

 

The Real Answer to the Question Professional Services Have all Been Asking: Why Budget?

Why prepare a budget?

You may answer:
• My business has been going for many years and I have never had one before.
• I make pretty good money, so why do I need one?
• If I focus on keeping my billable hours up, everything else will take care of itself!
• I watch my debtors and WIP; this is enough to keep everything on track!
• I am a professional, with more than enough on my plate and I don’t have time for this financial stuff. My bookkeeper is on top of all of this.
• I don’t have time for this business planning nonsense. ¹

Many of the professional services firms we work with don’t place importance on budgeting. However, we believe that budgets are enormously important to the operation of your business; not only do they help you manage your costs, but they also help you determine whether your profit goals are within reach and keep you on the right road from month-to-month. In its simplest form, a budget is a detailed plan of future receipts and expenditures. Think of a budget as a tool for providing control. For example, by looking at next quarter’s budget you can anticipate peak periods and schedule stock and labor to handle the sales volume. You can also plan vacations, marketing activities and inventory taking for slow periods.

The resource planning cycle for a company typically consists of planning, budgeting, and forecasting activities. But how is this process different for a professional services company?

Learn how to budget in professional services, and the seven tips and practices for creating a budget that supports your project in our eBook: Why Budget, as well as information about our two professional services automation tools (AXIO for Enterprise companies, and Progressus for small and medium sized companies). Let us know if you have any questions in the meantime.

Best regards,

Robbie Morrison
Chief Solution Strategist, SBS Group

About Robbie
Robbie Morrison has spent nearly 20 years helping customers build and deploy elegant technology and business solutions.  From start-ups to enterprise-class organizations worldwide, his knowledge of the Microsoft Dynamics ecosystem and Robbie-2017products helps SBS Group customers maximize ROI on technology investments.

Today, Robbie serves SBS Group customers in his role as Chief Solution Strategist where he provides thought leadership and manages the development of B2B solutions.  Robbie received his MBA from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/robbiemorrison

 

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