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CCH Tagetik supports Metro Group's complex Consolidation & Reporting requirements across 480 reporting units!

Head of Metro Group's Accounting Volker Schmitz shares how impressive CCH Tagetik has been by providing a massive reduction of manual postings, single point of truth, extreme flexibility and growth in efficiency for their complex Consolidation and Reporting process.


The pain points that we had with our former system were that the grade of automatization was pretty low, which means that we had a lot of manual data entries when it comes to producing consolidation steps, or cash flow statements, or third-party results and equity, effects that had to be calculated … you have to do a lot of manual work and manual entries and you were not really able to produce simulations or create scenarios in which you can show how your company group would look like under different rules and one that you apply at the moment.

We worked on the search for another consolidation product and finally found out that CCH Tagetik would fit best.

The complexity is clearly driven by the huge amount of different companies that are part of Metro Group, as I said we have three different sales lines operating in almost 30 countries in the world, that means 220.000 employees from about 170 nations, very diversified in languages, in currencies that we have to deal with… …and this makes the consolidation project very complex.

It is the group consolidation that is done with the consolidation project, the statutories are made with almost 20 different ERP systems, locally in the countries, and those have to be harmonized and the data processing has to be organized globally by collecting the data from those 20 ERP systems which are run in 480 reporting units ….

all that have to be collected in the headquarter in Germany.

We were most impressed with the flexibility that CCH Tagetik showed when it came to using it in the actual reporting … building different scenarios and being able to simulate situations to plan and see how things would have looked like if the basics were changed.

It wouldn't have been possible with the former consolidation system we used, and there we see that CCH Tagetik's flexibility is very impressive.

What I can say is that we are very satisfied with the performances that we see, we almost already now see a clear relief, in the workload that we have efficiency is growing and complexity is lowered, now that we use CCH Tagetik.

So far, I can commit myself and say: 'Yes, the decision was very good!'

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