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Christian Babbini To what extent are you attached to your costing method?

Costing is more a question of perception than it is of method

What does offer the Decimal Suite for an effective cost management?

What are the attributes of an outdated activity-based costing (ABC) system?
  • Trouble to justify profit margins;
  • Managers want to abandon certain products/services;
  • The prices for complex products undercut those of the competition;
  • Competitors’ / subcontractors’ prices are significantly lower than yours;
  • Many different costing systems within the organization;
  • You are the only company that provides a given product/service;
  • No complain from customers about price increases;
  • A lot of time spent analyzing your costs;
  • You are not sure what price you should quote in order to make a reasonable profit;
  • Your managers are skeptical about the cost of operations.

Implementing a production activity-based costing (ABC) model enables companies to:
  • Facilitate project financing decisions,
  • Improve managers’ grasp of cost and the organization as a whole,
  • Control and measure organizational, economic and demographic changes within the company,
  • Establish accurate production costs per products/services,
  • Justify sales prices to clients,
  • Have a better understanding of margins when negotiating with clients,
  • Achieve a balanced budget,
  • Justify requests for additional resources,
  • Easily grasp how human and financial resources are being used,
  • Justify implementing and measure the impact of organizational changes.

Additional advantages of a good production activity-based costing (ABC) model:
  • Easily initiate the budget preparation and forecasting process,
  • Evaluate different scenarios,
  • Ensure cost visibility,
  • Strengthen manager accountability,
  • Measure capability and efficiency at the operational and organizational level so you can “Offer more for less”,
  • Establish closer ties between cost centres and break organizational silos.

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