Meet Oona Flanagan, SAP FI/CO Accounting Instructor



Oona Flanagan is a qualified accountant and worked in accountancy for about 20 years until the year 2000, when she did a 5-week SAP FI/CO Academy course during her first SAP implementation with Unilever Poland - and she hasn’t looked back since.

Meet Oona Flanagan, SAP FI/CO Accounting Instructor

Who Are You? Why Enrol In Your Courses?

I’ve always loved languages and travelling, and have spent 20 years on a number of SAP implementation rollouts throughout Europe and North America, and even travelled as far as Sao Paolo and Shanghai to train some key-users there.

During those 20 years, I worked in various different industries, including pharma, fashion, food, beverages, consumer goods, media, packaging, shipping containers, banking, and transportation and had an amazing time exploring the different countries and cultures.

Writing books and creating online courses seems a natural follow on

Although I enjoyed all the different aspects of implementation work, from design to post go-live support, I also enjoyed the training very much and creating documentation, so writing books and creating online courses seemed a natural follow on.

What market do you serve or target?

I first started working with SAP S/4HANA in 2005 and am one of its greatest fans, so my training is directed to anybody interested in S/4HANA Finance with a little bit of Management Accounting/Controlling as well. I love the many improvements in Finance and Controlling, and although initially I wasn’t too impressed with Fiori, now I use it all the time in my courses.

What is the biggest benefit of enrolling in your courses or reading your books?

I like to explain the whole concept from an accounting point of view and to clarify when and how to use each transaction, the impact of using different variables and so on as well as doing lots of demonstrations. Much of my content starts at a beginner level, but often has more advanced information as you progress, and I love including a tips and tricks section.

I love including a tips and tricks section

At the moment there is very little content out there specifically for Fiori apps and what is there, is not very comprehensive. There are tutorials which demonstrate the app but don’t explain the fields or when and why to use the transaction, or you have training courses which explain the concept but not the detail, so I think my courses fill that gap.

I can sometimes spend days with just one Fiori app finding out everything you can and cannot do with it and then pass on the tips and tricks I have found.

How did you get into the content creation market?

I was initially approached in 2015 by SAP Press, and asked if I would be interested in writing a book, and not long after that was approached by other organizations regarding webinars, online courses and more books.

I have now written a total of five e-books

Two of which were printed and are available on Amazon. Creating my first video course with Michael Management was particularly challenging as it took a while to get used to the new tools for the video, particularly getting the right microphone and audio quality right, although hopefully I have got a lot better at it now.

Why did you decide to create that content? 

I have always loved books, and the idea of becoming an author and seeing my name in print was particularly exciting, but I also love making the videos, especially recording the demonstrations although I am very shy about showing myself in videos! Being an accountant, it seemed logical to create financial content and there are so many new areas to explore in S/4HANA that I think I have plenty to keep me going.

As I don’t have my own web-site, I find LinkedIn very useful to inform users of new content or conferences that I am presenting at. If anybody wants to get in touch the link is:

Oona Flanagan on LinkedIn

A number of students have connected with me on LinkedIn in connection with my courses or the conferences I have presented at, and we have had some interesting discussions about S/4HANA.

What advice do you have for new students?

Even after more than 20 years working with SAP, I still learn something new almost every week and try to pass it on to my students.

Don’t be scared of S/4HANA

Don’t be scared of S/4HANA, it’s really great once you get to know it! And please try Fiori if you haven’t already, as there is a lot of very useful functionality to it that you might not spot at first glance.

Oona Flanagan online SAP FI/CO and accounting online courses on Michael Management

Oona Flanagan online blogs on Michael Management

Oona Flanagan online SAP FI/CO and accounting e-books on SAP PRESS

Oona Flanagan online SAP FI/CO and accounting paperpack books / Kindle

Paperback books and Kindle versions

Oona Flanagan online SAP FI/CO and accounting e-books and videos on Espresso Tutorials

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Oona Flanagan online SAP FI/CO and accounting various blogs and videos on ERPFIXERS

Fiori Reports and Embedded Analytics in SAP S/4HANA

In this course, you will learn how to use the exciting new functionality in standard Fiori reports and embedded analytic tiles. Start your learning with a review of the new  FIORI interface‌  and then take a close look at some of the more interesting new reports that cover standard lists, smart KPI’s, overview pages and multidimensional reporting styles. You will learn how to manipulate and manage these reports to get the key information you need from your SAP data.

 Fiori Reports and Embedded Analytics in SAP S/4HANA Fabulous way of explaining the fundamentals of Fiori apps transactional/analytical/embedded reports etc Many Thanks!

Asset Accounting - Acquisitions in SAP S/4HANA

This is the first part of a two-part asset accounting course. In this first course, we will learn about asset accounting in SAP S/4HANA using SAP Fiori apps, and cover the main apps related to asset master data, asset acquisitions and some reporting. The system used in the lessons is an S/4HANA on-premise 1809 system, but most of it applies to other versions of S/4HANA as well. Includes quizzes and 117 pages of course handouts!

 Asset Accounting - Acquisitions in SAP S/4HANA  Oona is an excellent teacher. She is thorough and her pace is ideal for absorbing the information.

Asset Accounting - Disposals & Closing in SAP S/4HANA

This is the second course of a two-part asset accounting series. The first course covers asset accounting in SAP S/4HANA using SAP Fiori apps, asset master data, asset acquisitions, and some reporting. In this course, you will learn the different types of depreciation, disposals, transfers and closing tasks. The system used in the lessons is a S/4HANA on-premise 1809 system, but much of the content applies to other versions of S/4HANA as well.

 Asset Accounting - Disposals & Closing in SAP S/4HANA Once again, Oona knocks out of the park!

Key Asset Accounting Configuration in S/4HANA

In this course, you will be meticulously guided through the detail of key areas of SAP Asset Configuration. Rather than a step-by-step guide to configuring every aspect from scratch, in taking this course you will understand the existing asset configuration in the  SAP system‌  and learn how to modify it where required. We will compare ECC 6.0 to S/4HANA configurations.

 Key Asset Accounting Configuration in S/4HANA Good overview of the new version

Legacy Asset Transfers With Fiori & S/4HANA Migration Cockpit

Learn how to create legacy assets and assets under construction, both manually and using the new S/4HANA migration cockpit, for both yearend and midyear transfers. Learn about legacy data transfer segments, settings and other differences in S/4HANA. Use new Fiori apps to review and report on your new assets.

 Legacy Asset Transfers With Fiori & S/4HANA Migration Cockpit Great course to learn how to do a migration of assets to S/4HANA. Very clear and detailed. I will be taking other lessons. Thank you very much!

Fun With Fiori - Universal Allocations

This course introduces SAP Universal Allocations concepts and deep-dives into the Fiori Manage Allocations and related Run Allocations and Allocation Results apps. It compares the different types of allocations and allocation contexts as you learn how to create and execute the cycles, and create cycle groups. We will also see how the launch pad manages the new display flows within Fiori apps.

 Fun With Fiori - Universal Allocations An excellent overview of the new options for Universal Allocations in S/4 HANA using Fiori, This course does a great job showcasing the new capabilities in 1909 in a clear concise fashion.

Asset Accounting in SAP S/4HANA by Oona Flanagan



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About the author - New Simple As Possible ERP
He is an international SAP ERP implementation facilitator. He worked more than 10 years in international ERP project management, global supply chain perfection, financial optimization, and SAP ERP project deployment. He made business transformation possible in various industries, such as Logistics, Cosmetics, Consumer Goods, Beauty Care, or Fashion, in many countries around the globe.
 

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