What is FDCA in SAP S/4HANA

In SAP S/4HANA, maintaining finance data consistency is not just crucial; it’s imperative. Businesses globally rely on accurate financial records to ensure compliance, assess financial health, and make informed decisions. Even minor inconsistencies can have significant downstream impacts.

This blog post explores the SAP Financial Data Consistency Analyzer (FDCA) as a valuable tool for identifying and rectifying potential issues within G/L data, promoting data quality and fostering trust in financial reporting. Let’s delve deeply into how FDCA can transform the way businesses audit and manage the financial data.

What is Financial Data Consistency Analyzer (FDCA)?

The Financial Data Consistency Analyzer is a powerful tool available into financial systems to help monitor and rectify inconsistencies in financial data. FDCA primarily focuses on general ledger accounting, where precision is non-negotiable. By analyzing changes, reconciliations, and potential errors in financial records, FDCA supports businesses in maintaining flawless financial statements.

Why Use FDCA in SAP S/4HANA?

Here are some compelling reasons to integrate FDCA into your financial data management routine:

  • Early Detection of Errors: FDCA proactively identifies inconsistencies, allowing you to address them before they snowball into bigger problems. This can save you time, resources, and potential embarrassment caused by inaccurate financial reporting.
  • Improved Data Quality: By rectifying inconsistencies, FDCA helps ensure the accuracy and reliability of your financial data. This translates to better decision-making based on trustworthy information.
  • Enhanced Regulatory Compliance: Maintaining accurate financial records is crucial for adhering to various financial regulations. FDCA in SAP S/4HANA can significantly contribute to your compliance efforts.

What Does FDCA Analyze?

FDCA in SAP S/4HANA delves into various aspects of G/L data, including:

  • Master Data: 
    It checks for critical changes in master data objects like account settings and reconciliation accounts.
  • Document Consistency: 
    It verifies the consistency of information across document headers and lines, ensuring details like posting periods and currencies align.
  • Clearing Checks: 
    It compares clearing information across tables to ensure clearing balances accurately reflect zero.
  • Document Existence: It confirms the presence of FI documents in relevant database tables.
  • Balance Checks: 
    It verifies that document postings balance to zero in all relevant currencies and tables.

FDCA Availability in SAP S/4HANA

Financial Data Consistency Analyzer(FDCA) is available with S/4HANA Cloud Private Edition and On-Premise version 2022 and also available with SP03 of S/4HANA 2021 and SP06 of S/4HANA 2020.

Master Data Objects Monitored by FDCA

FDCA examines critical changes across various master data objects which include:

  • G/L Account (SAKNR): Attributes like Open Item Management, Open Item Management by Ledger Group, and Manage Balances in Local Currency Indicator are scrutinized.
  • Customer Account (KUNNR): Focuses on the Reconciliation Account attribute.
  • Vendor Account (LIFNR): Similarly examines the Reconciliation Account attribute.

It’s essential to note that FDCA in SAP S/4HANA recognizes changes made only through standard transactions and the SE16N interface, thus ensuring that all tracked modifications align with compliant management practices.

Data Reconciliations Included in FDCA

FDCA in SAP S/4HANA encompasses various reconciliation checks that help in identifying discrepancies and ensuring the consistency of accounting records:

  1. Consistency of Documents versus Account Master Settings:
    Checks whether documents posted have settings aligned with the master data of the account in terms of open item management and ledgers.
  2. Field Consistency between Document Header and Lines:
    Ensures that critical data like posting period, dates, and document types are consistent across document headers and lines.
  3. Clearing Checks:
    Analyzes clearing information in financial tables to confirm that clearing balances zero across relevant tables.
  4. Existence Checks for Financial Documents:
    Verifies the presence of financial documents in pertinent database tables.
  5. Balance Zero Checks for Financial Documents:
    Confirms that all documents posted balance to zero in all relevant currencies within related tables.

These checks, among others, provide a safety net against financial discrepancies that could impact business decisions.

Correctable and Non-Correctable Issues in FDCA

FDCA identifies two sets of issues: correctable and non-correctable. For correctable issues, FDCA in SAP S/4HANA facilitates automatic corrections using a predefined set of rules that update data across general ledger accounting tables. Users can opt to run simulations or apply corrections directly during specific reconciliation runs.

For non-correctable issues, typically those requiring expert insight due to their complexity, FDCA flags these for manual review. Businesses need to contact their financial team or consult their in-house SAP S/4HANA financial expert to address these complex discrepancies.

Financial Data Consistency Results

Financial Data Consistency Results Fiori App (App ID: F7457) helps users visualize and analyze the results of FDCA (Financial Data Consistency Analyzer) reconciliation runs. It focuses on runs with inconsistencies and allows filtering for specific runs.

This app is available from SAP S/4HANA 2023.

Key functionalities

  • Lists completed reconciliation runs with inconsistencies based on user selection.
  • Provides details for individual runs, including pie charts showing the proportion of correctable, corrected, and other issues.
  • Shows impacted business processes for each run.
  • Offers deeper dives into impacted business processes with overviews on issue groups, criticality, correction status, and details.
  • Allows navigation to individual journal entries causing inconsistencies.


In conclusion, FDCA in SAP S/4HANA is an indispensable tool for businesses aiming for pristine financial management. By automating critical checks and corrections within General Ledger Accounting, FDCA not only ensures compliance and accuracy but also reinforces the overall financial health of the business. Embracing this tool means taking a significant step towards sophisticated, error-free financial management—a definite game changer in any competitive market.

Implementing FDCA is not merely an upgrade—it’s a transformation towards smarter financial governance that every forward-thinking business should consider.

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