Integrate cProjects with CO in mySAP ERP

  • by Janet Salmon, Product Manager, SAP AG
  • April 15, 2006
Collaboration Projects (cProjects) in mySAP ERP is a project system that allows you to structure projects and manage tasks and resources, yet is integrated with accounting. Learn how to use cProjects in conjunction with the project accounting functions in mySAP ERP Central Component(ECC).
Key Concept

Collaboration Projects (cProjects) supports phase-based project management and focuses on managing the deliverables, roles, and commitments within a project. cProjects is used primarily to manage projects in IT, R&D, and professional services, where it structures the project, schedules the tasks, and plans the resources. cProjects 3.0 was the first version to provide accounting integration. Starting with mySAP ERP, cProjects can run on the same instance as mySAP ERP Central Component (ECC).

While most implementation teams are familiar with the project management functionality available in the Project System (PS) module of mySAP ERP Central Component (ECC), some are shying away from the new kid on the block, Collaboration Projects (cProjects), also available as part of mySAP ERP. They are overlooking a project system that not only manages tasks and resources, but now includes integration with accounting.

While cProjects probably won’t go far enough to handle all of the materials requirement and scheduling issues for highly complex engineering projects, it can be very useful for managing smaller projects, such as IT, R&D, maintenance, or professional service projects. I speak from experience, as most of my work as a solution manager at SAP is planned and monitored using cProjects.

As of mySAP ERP 2004, it looks even more appealing. In the early cProject releases the cProject Suite was an entirely separate system on the Web Application Server (Web AS), and you had to build a business case to persuade the IT folks to administer a new system. Now you can run the cProject Suite on the same instance as mySAP ECC, allowing the IT team to administer one rather than two systems. Table 1 provides an overview of the deployment scenarios.

Janet Salmon

Janet Salmon joined SAP in 1992. After six months of training on R/2, she began work as a translator, becoming a technical writer for the Product Costing area in 1993. As English speakers with a grasp of German costing methodologies were rare in the early 1990s, she began to hold classes and became a product manager for the Product Costing area in 1996, helping numerous international organizations set up Product Costing. More recently, she has worked on CO content for SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, Financial Analytics, and role-based portals. She is currently chief product owner for management accounting. She lives in Speyer, Germany, with her husband and two children.

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