The size of the business is not really the point I was making. The point that I was making is that whatever is implemented needs to be understood by non accountants i.e. people who run their own business. The end user needs to understand how to use the feature. All this talk of CVP, TOI, BEP is irrelevant to most users like myself as it’s all Greek to me - not being an accountant that is.
What I would suggest is rather breaking it down as there is a sense that you cannot see the wood for the trees here. I feel that you are over complicating the matter. What I have listed below is perhaps an over simplification, but it helps to define what the module is and what you are actually trying to achieve by using this module
Define the modules:
Divisions - London versus New York
Projects - House Renovation for Client A is project 1. Jacuzzi and Waterworld Theme Park for Client B is a separate project, thus project 2.
Sales Order - Quote that has been accepted and is now been actioned by the company to provide services/goods to the client.
Once you have defined the modules, then you need to determine what you want to achieve by using these modules.
Function of Module/What you want to achieve with the use of this module:
Divisions - Calculate net/gross profits/expenses etc for London Branch and New York Branch presumably so you can see what is profitable in each division etc, examine why one division does better than another etc.
Projects - Calculate the profit made on Project 1 by determining all expenses and all income related to that project. This will help to ensure that there is a consistent profit margin for all projects and to ensure that there is actually a profit.
Sales Order - To track delivery of goods from suppliers and delivery of goods to clients. Track what has invoiced and what still needs to be invoiced to the client.
By defining the definition of the module and then defining what you actually want to achieve by using the module, you will be better able to work out how to integrate it all together. Using my example, I couldn’t see Divisions and Projects being the same thing for example.
What I have seen using my examples above is that we may be missing a module. We have Divisions, Projects, Sales Orders but nothing in that would track say profitability of electronic equipment compared to say furniture if you are store that sells furniture and home electronic equipment like tv’s etc. So I think there needs to be an Inventory Category tag or something to track sections of the business to determine what is making a profit and what is basically a loss making division of the business. I think that this is what some users are alluding to. But I see that as separate from Divisions, Projects and Sales Orders!
Hope that helps.