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Re: Discussion item post-1.3: Variance Accounting

On Sat, 9 Jul 2011, Chris Travers wrote:

This is particularly aimed at the consultants, developers, and so
forth in the community, as well as the more advanced users of the

Once 1.3 is out the door, one of the add-ons I am thinking of writing
is a budgetting/variance accounting module for projects, departments,
etc.  I might also write a petty cash request variance module.  The
basic idea I am looking at are:

1)  Nested departments, with the whole organization being Department 0.

I think nested departments should be standard, apart from anything else.
Armaghan has done some work on that i believe--you might be able to absorb it.

Nested projects too, probably, although I don't have an immediate application for those.

2)  Budgets over arbitrary periods
3)  Variance report (basically an income statement compared to the budget)

Eventually this could be expanded to include storing things like
inventory forecasts (manually calculated) and comparing against
inventory activity.  So for example sales of products at exhibitions
or fairs could be compared against forecasts.

Another possibility would be nested projects as well as variance
accounting in the production of assemblies.

I am not sure all of this would get done for 1.4, but the questions I have are:
1) Which areas are most important to current community members?

1 & 2.

I have non profit potential clients, who would find it very useful to have budgeting. Specifically, they need to track the difference between what a ministry (department) has spent during the year, and what they are authorized to spend for that year. I could send you privately some of the kind of reports they like to generate from Quickbooks.

3)  How important do you find these features to be?

More than file attachments, and you know how much I want those. It's not that it would be so useful to me in particular (as file attachments definitely are), but in "selling" the software, I think it is quite important in general, and to have a base for further work.