Datasets - An Overview
The accounting industry is able to work with a myriad of different accounting systems because of the common system of double-entry bookkeeping. Reportance leverages this concept and uses the trial balance as the common language with which to communicate between all different systems.
A Dataset in Reportance is simply a trial balance from a particular accounting file or source for a particular date range. For this reason, when setting up a dataset, we need to know two things:
1) The date range of the trial balance
2) The source of data for the trial balance
Reportance will also ask you to name this trial balance, so you can easily reference this in other areas such as Reporting or Workpapers. We suggest using a naming convention that gives you enough information to uniquely identify the trial balance within a given entity. For example, an entity where you have one accounting file and say a budget, you might name the trial balances something like:
Another entity might run multiple business divisions or stores through different accounting files, so you might use the following descriptions:
2019 Actual - Melbourne Store
2019 Actual - Sydney Store
2019 Actual - Consolidated (for the consolidation of the two stores)
2020 Budget - Melbourne Store
Creating a New Dataset
To create a new dataset click on Select next to the relevant entity in the Client screen. You will be taken to the entity's file where you can click on the New Dataset button under the Datasets tab.
The following fields are required to be entered when creating a new dataset:
|Name ||A field which makes identifying the dataset easy. See above for examples.||Required|
|Start Date||The beginning date for the dataset (i.e. trial balance).||Required|
|End Date||The end date for the dataset (i.e. trial balance).||Required|
|Source*||The source is where the data are coming from (i.e. MYOB, Xero). To add a new source select the source from the drop-down menu. If no source exists yet follow the knowledge article Datasets - Manage Sources.||Required|
(only shown after selecting a Source)
|This identifies the interval that data is imported into the system. This enables journals and reporting to be done at different intervals.||Required|
(Annual, Quarterly, Monthly)
|Roll over opening balance|
|This will automatically post opening balance journal entries into a dataset, this is useful when starting a new compliance year. (I.e. 2019 you would roll over opening balances from 2019). |
|Opening Balance Dataset |
(only shown after selecting a Source)
|This is the dataset which opening balance journal entries will be imported from.||Required if 'Roll over opening balance' field is ticked|
* a source cannot be changed after it has been added to a dataset
Note: After completing the form it is necessary to click on the Load Data button. This will 'fetch' the data from the source using the dates and import frequency specified. A date will appear in the Load Data button to show that the data have actually been loaded.
Finally, select Save Dataset.
Once a Dataset has been saved more sections become available (Journals & Balances). For information on Journals and Balances see the following knowledge articles:
Datasets - Journals
Datasets - Balances - Trial Balance
Datasets - Balances - Ledger
Datasets - Balances - Tax Forms
Editing and Deleting a Dataset
To edit a dataset, navigate to the Datasets tab of the entity file and select the dataset to be edited. This will open the dataset at the information tab. The only properties that can be edited are the Name and Import Frequency.
To delete a dataset, select Delete from the bottom centre.
Deleting a dataset cannot be undone.
Be extremely careful when deleting datasets.
Next article: Datasets - Manage Sources