Collaboration Projects: An Overview of Business Process Flow, Configuration, and Integration

  • by Srini Munagavalasa, PMP, Principal Business Integration
  • September 10, 2010
At first glance, Collaboration Projects (cProjects) appears to be complex. However, you’ll discover that it can be easy to configure and use. Find out how cProjects can help you manage your projects, and learn how the Workforce Management and middleware integration synchronizes front-end applications with back-end SAP ERP Central Component modules.
Key Concept
Collaboration Projects (cProjects) is a Web-based application project management functionality provided by SAP via a Web URL. It is a standard integration package in SAP CRM, and it is integrated with other SAP modules. cProjects is a cross-industry tool that you use to plan and monitor development and consultant projects. All cProjects configuration is performed in SAP CRM. This functionality comes free with a standard SAP ERP license.

Collaboration Projects (cProjects) is a Web application used by project managers and other resources to access SAP CRM. cProjects provides enhanced functions for projects and business scenarios that require an easy-to-use and flexible project management tool. It is integrated with SAP Accounting, SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM), SAP CRM, SAP Supplier Relationship Management (SAP SRM), and order processing. In this article, I focus on cProjects configuration in the SAP CRM system and CRM Middleware replication, though I also reference some SAP ERP HCM aspects for cProjects Resource Management.

Data created or maintained in cProjects is captured in SAP CRM, and you can replicate this project data (e.g., project structures) to the SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) Project System (PS) module using middleware. You can also integrate HR data from SAP ERP HCM into SAP CRM via Application Link Enabling (ALE). In addition to SAP standard functionality, you can customize the application to suit to your business needs. In this article, I discuss each of these in detail.

I’ll provide you with an overview of cProjects configuration and the processes involved from the creation of a project to its closure. This article is primarily targeted towards SAP CRM functional and technical managers and team members who understand the capabilities available in SAP CRM, but it will also help project managers and business leads discover what cProjects can offer for their new implementation.

Srini Munagavalasa

Srinivasa (Srini) Munagavalasa has 14 years of experience in various SAP modules. Srini has worked on multiple SAP global implementations at major clients. He has experience as a project manager, deployment lead, build manager, and technical development manager.

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