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Transactions flowing through a company’s general ledger (GL)
may stem from varying sources and are specific to certain lines or types of
business. Stakeholders often need to analyze statements, statistics and reports
that contain more detail than the summary financial statements. This detail can
be tracked and managed using individual dimensions or combinations of
By using dimensions, you can analyze trends and compare
various characteristics across a range of entries. You can define as many
dimensions as your company needs, and you can define an unlimited number of
dimension values for each.
You can use your defined dimensions on entries in journals
and documents, as well as in dimensions-related reports and batch jobs. We’ll
continue our series on dimensions in Dynamics 365 Business Central by reviewing
some important points to consider prior to configuring the dimensions.
You can choose up to eight
dimensions to store with your GL entries. These eight can be found in most
ledger entry tables. The first two dimensions assigned are referred to as “global
dimensions”; the other six are called “shortcut dimensions.” The main
difference is global dimensions are carried on the actual ledger entries and
posted document tables. All remaining dimensions will be stored in separate
tables, while global dimensions are in both places.
Shortcut dimensions can be
assigned directly to journal, sales or purchase lines. They also can be
assigned to master data, e.g., customer,
vendor, item, etc.
As mentioned above, dimensions
allow us to track additional detail on GL entries. Dimensions can be assigned
by the user at the time of transaction entry, but they also can default down to
the transaction automatically if the master record used has default dimensions
When you initially set up your
dimensions, all dimension values are valid with all other dimension values by
default. However, users can put restrictions on associations using the
Dimensions Combinations function. Dimension combinations help control accuracy
when dealing with dimensions, as they can prevent you from combining dimensions
that don’t belong together and from posting something that doesn’t belong where
it’s being coded.
Designing your dimension structure can be as simple as listing individual dimension values, or users can leverage the built-in subtotaling functionality. Creating a structure from the dimensions allows for subtotaling on reports according to the defined structure, as well as simplifying the dimensions in the system when viewing reports.
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