EXA Global Value Chain

End-to-End Costing made Transparent
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Challenges in rapidly changing markets

How profitable are your products across the entire value chain? How high are your overall material, manufacturing, and logistics costs? How are you affected by fluctuating commodity prices or exchange rates? How can you achieve transparency with regard to real transfer prices and inter-company profits?

These are just some of the questions that central controlling, sales, or product and supply chain management units of international companies are finding increasingly difficult to answer.

For companies with global value chains to be successful, it is more important than ever to be able to show, plan, and optimize all the added value. This is the only way of capitalizing on the potential gains from the digital transformation, which amount to an annual figure in the region of 250 million euros for industrial sector in Europe alone.

The Solution: Global Value Chain

Our Global Value Chain solution is intended for international corporations from all industries, whether the manufacturing, plant construction, or process industry.

The SAP add-on solution enables you to display your group costing and profitability in detail. More specifically, you can display planned and actual costs per division, product group and product across all production locations and systems without having to go through the laborious process of eliminating the intercompany profits manually. As a result, the solution not only provides you with a clear overview of your group costing and profitability, but also enables you to meet global statutory regulations and compliance requirements.

By default, you can use the current version of Global Value Chain to create reports and analyses to do the following:


Present a statement of planned and actual costs


Calculate consolidated profit


Determine intercompany profits


Show a clear overview of clearing methods and transfer prices


Display currency distribution and simulate the effects of currency fluctuations on profit


List unrealized gains in the portfolio

Imagine if you could…


Collect and calculate

your material, manufacturing, and logistics costs at all BOM levels


Have complete visibility

of planned as well as actual costs and profits across the global value chain at any level, product & product group


Drill-down and analyze

revenues, costs and (intercompany) profits on a dynamically created global BOM


Achieve full transparency

of consolidated costs and unrealized profits in inventory for all entities at plant and material level


Simulate the effects of fluctuations

in FX rates and raw material prices on your profitability


Achieve higher operating margins

through faster decisions, better sourcing strategies and optimized supply chains


Be free of system and country border constraints

Global Value Chain


Empower faster and better management decisions


Enable smarter purchasing and production strategies


Ensure greater supply chain efficiency


Assess the impact of currency fluctuations on costs and profitability

Solution Highlights

Global BOM

Generate the global Bill of Materials (BOM) for a selected product with local as well as consolidated costs available at each stage of the global BOM

Intercompany Map

Visual analysis of logistical and financial flows giving an overview of important financial figures – (intercompany and 3rd party) sales, COGS and profits – with the ability to drill-down on individual intercompany relationships


Cost Comparison

Comparison of (consolidated) revenues and costs of products on global BOM item level with the ability to analyze cost deviations due to price, foreign exchange and quantity fluctuations


Simulate revenues, costs and profits based on changes in underlying parameters such as FX rates or raw material prices on different levels (e.g. group, plant and material)


Inventory, Stock in Transit & Work in Progress

Reporting across multiple dimensions, including year, period, plant, product type, and product with a split of local stock value into consolidated cost and intercompany profit

Seamless Integration

As a SAP add-on, GVC uses standard SAP HANA & NetWeaver technology

Customer Success Story

Global machine tools provider located in the Southwest of Germany

Key Challenges


Since almost every machine/product is customized uniquely at the factory, the final cost is only known when production is completed


Cost & profit planning is carried out on “dummy” machines


ERP and CO-PA permitted only for single entity reporting and analysis not excluding intermediate profits

Outcome and Benefits

Display a fully integrated view of its global value chain with planned and actual costs down to the last screw

Analyze revenues and cost for an almost unlimited number of attributes

Drill down from the company level aggregated date down to single items

Run analytics based on the true global product hierarchy

Distribute indirect costs (e.g. R&D, marketing or IT) correctly based on real-world allocations split across its products and services


Program/Project Manager (FISFG PMO & Governance)
F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

EXA GVC is a unique solution, that enables companies to calculate consolidated product costs and profits along the entire global value chain, without losing track of the original underlying cost component split.

We use EXA’s GVC solution for multiple business functions and have found it very useful for all aspects of financial consolidation. Since implementing GVC, the accuracy of our cost and inventory calculation within group accounting has improved drastically. Considering that GVC works across ERP systems and across country boundaries, this is remarkable.

I personally think that EXA’s GVC solution is unmatched regarding its capabilities to create a truly global consolidated cost & profit footprint across the entire value chain.

I firmly believe that it can be leveraged for various business functions such as accounting, controlling and logistics.

As for EXA, I think the company has demonstrated an impressive growth path, and in my role as Program and Project Manager at Roche, I am delighted to work with functional and technical team members from EXA. EXA consultants not only bring a very high level of expertise, but their quality consciousness and eagerness to deliver successfully is also noteworthy. This is once again being demonstrated in the current collaboration project, where Roche and EXA are working closely together.

“Präzise Zahlen”

Read what the German-speaking SAP User Group (DSAG) magazine “Blaupause” has to say about the EXA Global Value Chain.

Note: DASG login is required to view the article.
You may also request a printed copy of the magazine by sending an email to gvc@exa-ag.com.

Technical Overview

Global Value Chain integrates easily into any SAP architecture landscape, thanks to the multiple options to use the system:

Run GVC as an SAP add-on

on your existing SAP ERP or SAP BW (regular DB or HANA) server

Run GVC on a sidecar

SAP ERP or SAP BW (regular DB or HANA) server

Use GVC BW content

to integrate with your existing SAP BW reporting landscape

Extract data from virtually any SAP ERP

using a plug-in (ECC4.6C and higher, Suite on HANA, S/4HANA)

Import data from other non-SAP ERP or business systems

using an external data interface

Modern Web-based User Interface

with additional analytics#

Native Views to drive Visual Analytics

with external tools like Lumira or Tableau#

#Coming Soon

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