The KOMAND Financial Management System (FMS) provides a wide range of financial reports and applications relating to resource accounting and chargeback. It is the central repository of charging data from all the KOMAND charging system products. KOMAND FMS accumulates enterprise utilization and charges for each customer account by billing period into one VSAM Master file.
KOMAND FMS then uses the Master file to create invoices, budget vs. actual, year-to-date, and other financial reports. These reports can be produced in a detailed technical or a management summary format. Following are some features within KOMAND FMS:
- “Debit and Credit capabilities”: Debits and/or credits may be applied as one-time transactions directly to an account via the KOMAND menu system or brought in monthly as recurring charges from a batch file or KIM.
- “Discounts and Surcharging”: Up to two separate percentage discounts may be given when a customer reaches specific levels of total charges. Customers may also be surcharged or credited based on individual resource utilization or charge threshold levels.
- “Proration of Charges”: Charges and utilization from one account, job, or resource category may be spread across other accounts at user specified percentages. Credits as well as debits may be prorated.
- “Zero Balancing”: This feature will compare the actual revenue generated to a specified target amount and generate a new debit or credit to each account based on their percentage of the total revenue in order to reach the target amount. This feature can be used to achieve a zero balance recovery, a specific profit margin, or to apply a tax or surcharge.
- “Online Budget Management (OBM)”: The OBM option makes it possible to track and control budget infractions. Budgets may be entered by account and if the budget is exceeded, OBM allows the infraction to be ignored, produce a warning message to the customer, or deny the customer access to the host system.
Data Inquiry System: Report Writer (DIS)
One of the most important features of any resource accounting and chargeback system is the ability to retrieve information in a timely fashion. If a Financial Analyst must rely on the programming staff to design a SAS query or write a program, the value of the information may be lost by the time the Financial Analyst receives it.
The KOMAND Data Inquiry System (DIS) is a full-featured report writer designed for end-users that have little or no programming expertise. By using KOMAD DIS either in batch mode or interactively with the KOMAND ISPF menu system, it is possible for the user to easily create reports based on the costed master files, SMF, or any user defined input files. DIS can also be accessed using a PC GUI which lays on top of the ISPF menu system.
The entire “query language” used by DIS consists of twenty-five simple English-language verbs. Some examples are:
- WHEN – similar to the COBOL “IF”; it is used to limit the input data based on user selection criteria
- LIST – list the fields that follow; DIS will format the output or the user may supply columnar headings and report positions
- SORT – sort on the field(s) specified; sort may be in ascending or descending order
- DUMP – used with the “WHEN” verb, to create a subset of the input data
- WRITE – KOMAND DIS supports the creation of comma delimited files that may be downloaded to a PC for further ad-hoc reporting. These files may be used by any of the popular database, word processing or spreadsheet PC applications
As a safeguard, KOMAD DIS is “read-only” so users are unable to corrupt any input files. As distributed, DIS is able to read all KOMAND files and the majority of raw SMF records. Documentation is provided to allow the end-user to create data dictionaries for reporting from existing in-house files.
The data maintained within KIM system may be exported to other applications, such as: Excel, Paradox, Access, ODBC, etc..
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