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ASC 606 Implementation: 5 Lessons Learned from Real Companies

ASC 606 compliance is challenging. Learn how real companies are approaching implementation and what've they have learned throughout their journey to compliance.

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Note: ASC 606 (IFRS 15) is in effect for public companies (as of December 15, 2017) and public companies (as of December 15, 2018). Check out our ASC 606 FAQ for more info.


Under the new revenue recognition standards, organizations are struggling to understand the impacts of commission expenses. As a result, they've underestimated the amount of time needed for ASC 606 implementation. At Xactly’s recent CompCloud on the Road event in Austin, we held a customer roundtable focused on commission expense accounting (CEA) under the new ASC 606 (IFRS 15) standard.

Oct 17, 2018: Xactly ASC 606 implementation Roundtable, CompCloud On the Road Austin.
 

We gathered four Xactly customers in various stages of implementation—Monotype, Sitecore, Empirix, and Barracuda Networks—to share their preparation and implementation processes, challenges they’ve faced, and what they’ve learned about managing commissions under ASC 606.

Five major lessons emerged from the discussion of their experiences while implementing ASC 606.

5 Things Our Customers Have Learned in Their ASC 606 Implementation

Here are five things our customers have learned during their ASC 606 implementations.

1. Start preparing for ASC 606 now

Many companies have found that compliance is more complex (because of multiple compensation plans, complex contracts, the amount of data detail required, etc.), and thus, implementation takes more time than they expected. It’s important for organizations to start preparing as early as possible.

2. We’re all in the same boat

Most companies are facing the same questions around ASC 606 implementation (e.g., determining customer life, level of data detail needed, etc.). This has put organizations in a holding pattern, in which they struggle to determine the right implementation approach.

3. Spreadsheets don’t work—You need technology

The more complex your sales compensation plans and product/service offerings are, the more you need a comprehensive tool to manage implementation. Technology reduces the chance of errors, speeds up implementation time, and provides a “single source of data truth” that spreadsheets aren’t able to.

4. Strengthen internal relationships and align company priorities

Organizations need to work together to account for commissions under ASC 606 successfully. Companies must align their compensation administration, accounting, and auditing teams so they can work together and use sales data effectively.

5. Invest in ASC 606 expertise

ASC 606 (IFRS 15) is a big change for companies, and there’s a certain level of knowledge needed for successful implementation. It’s important for an organization to invest in becoming an ASC 606 expert, bring in outside expertise, and get internal and external auditors on the same page for implementation.

How Xactly Helps with Sales Planning and ASC 606 Implementation

Xactly helps companies organize their data in one comprehensive sales performance management (SPM) tool. This allows for more integrated sales planning—from sales capacity planning to territory design, quota allocation, and compensation management.

Paired with Xactly CEA, organizations can transfer data seamlessly to ensure accuracy and easier adherence to ASC 606 (IFRS 15). Interactive accounting dashboards provide detailed data for deeper visibility and simplify the creation of adjusting entries.

Learn more about the benefits of a data-driven, end-to-end SPM solution in our white paper, “Driving ROI: The Business Case for a Comprehensive Sales Performance Management (SPM) Solution.