FAQ
Frequently-asked questions.
Below are some questions we run into often. If you can't find the answer to your question here, please contact us at [email protected] if you don't have an account or, for existing users, at [email protected]
Q: What business models does Decision Critical specialize in?
A: Decision Critical can currently handle models for manufacturing companies, trading companies and many types of simple service for a single-entity company located anywhere in the world.
Special modules for extended, project-based services, real estate, restaurants and retail are expected in the second half of 2018. Multi-entity functionality with full, cross-border accounting consolidation is planned for the end of 2018.
Q: Will Decision Critical give me financial statements?
A: Yes. Every Decision Critical model automatically creates a full set of management reports, including income statements, balance sheets and cash flow statements (indirect method). Trial balance and direct method cash flow statements are expected in summer 2018. Separate tax statements and consolidated reports are planned for the end of 2018.
Q: Are Decision Critical financial statements accrual-based?
A: Yes.
Q: How much detail can I see in the models I have built?
A: Decision Critical statements include full drill-down capability. You can receive full detail on costs, expenses and other items instantly.
Q: How does Decision Critical model my operation?
A: Decision Critical uses constraints (bottlenecks) as the basis of its operations modeling. Each model assumes that sales are equal to the lesser of demand and availability. Availability is itself determined by referencing capacity and other items, such as willingness to build inventory. Capacity, in turn, is a function of access to resources, including labor, equipment, floor space, financing, etc.
Decision Critical reviews user-entered preferences on the above items, including available resource quantities and production prioritization, and subsequently models operational performance first and foremost, before then building a financial model on top of it.
Q: Does Decision Critical do my costing?
A: Yes. Decision Critical calculates a cost based on direct materials and direct utilities consumed, as well as direct labor and direct equipment (based on an assumption of full utilization). Overhead absorption for each unit (for indirect labor and assets and other indirect expenses) can be changed according to user preferences. Any unabsorbed costs are taken to cost of goods sold in the period in which they happen.
Each product card includes a full costing breakdown, by item.
Q: Does Decision Critical support tax reporting in my country?
A: Decision Critical focuses on management accounting, so tax calculations are approximate estimates only. Decision Critical currently runs a tax model that gives basic, simplified treatment for the following types of tax:
- Corporate income tax (flat rate, including NOL carry forward, different quarterly reporting cycles - brackets and NOL are coming soon)
- Individual income tax (support of multiple tax brackets for a single tax type)
- Value added tax (basic rate, special rates, export rebate)
- Sales tax (applied as a basic % to sales)
Often, other types of taxes (many types of land tax, import duties, excise taxes, etc.) can be treated as normal expenses without specifically nominating them as taxes.
Q: How can I best extract my data from Decision Critical if I need to use it elsewhere?
A: Most Decision Critical reports and lists can be exported into spreadsheet programs (.CSV format). Coverage for export of data is being constantly expanded.