Defining a Driver Basis for Allocation Rules describes how to select drivers that determine allocation amounts. The next step is to define an allocation offset location, the member to hold an increase to balance a corresponding decrease in the allocation source. This step is optional.
By default, offsets are written to the source but you can specify another location.
The offset location definition assumes a focus on the source with the option to select an alternate location. For example, suppose the allocation source is the Sales department intersecting the Salaries account. The default location for the offset would be the intersection of Salaries and Sales. However, you could specify Outbound Allocations of the Sales department instead. By specifying that single change, you are instructing the system to write the offset entry at the source, except you are changing the target location so the offset is written to the intersection of Outbound Allocations and Sales dimension instead of the source.
To define the offset for an allocation rule:
In an open allocation rule, click the Offset tab (Figure 8-13).
Figure 8-13 The Offset Tab of the Allocation Rule Definition Area
- Select whether offset data should be written to the Source intersection, or to an Alternate Offset Location.
- If you selected Alternate Offset Location, select the dimension and member to hold the driver data.
For all dimensions where a member selection is NOT made, the same member as the source is used. Enter members to show how the offset location should DIFFER from the source.
- When the rule source information is complete, click (Save).