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SAP PPM and PS for projects involving several plants

Hello,

I am investigating the possibility to plan and control the development costs at the company with the SAP PS or PPM. Thus, the goal was having team members booking their labor hours to the projects (Maybe through CATS?), so that project managers could have a detailed and exact overview of the costs of their projects attributed to each person and department. However, since a development project takes place at several sites, with team members in different plants working for it, I have been told that with SAP PS it is not possible to do it because at PS a project would be attributed to one Plant, and therefore people in other plants, from the same company, would not be able to book their labor hours to the projects. Is that really so? Is there a way to bypass this problem? Can different WBSs at the same project be attributed to different plants?

Thanks a lot for any help!

Gustavo

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    Posted on May 09, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Hi Gustavo,

    You can assign different plant in different WBSE of one global project. There is no issue.

    Point to be remember: All Plants must be in same company code(Maintained in Project Profile)

    For assigning plants to Company code, you can use OX18.

    Regards

    Shishir

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    • Hi Gustavo,

      There is no need to assign any Company code at the level of Project definition, therefore at WBS-elements you can use different Company codes. Company codes and Plants are in 1:many relationship, so different WBS can belong not just to different plants, but also to different Company codes.

      Regards,

      Paulo

  • Posted on May 08, 2015 at 03:16 PM

    Oi Gustavo,

    There is no problem whatsoever to have a single project that is cross-plant and cross-legal entity. Your global project can have different nodes or individual WBS-elements that belong to different plants and if necessary different Company codes.

    SAP PS and SAP PPM are two different applications serving for different purposes, so I would not mixed them up in one question, nevertheless both perfectly support global projects.

    Cumprimentos,

    Paulo

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      Olá Paulo,

      I have Just been Told that the plants are under different company codes on the system, i.e. unlike what I thought before, every individual plant has it's own company code. You wrote "if necessary different company codes", is that right? How could that be done?

      P.S: Just found out one can change the company code at one WBS manually. Different Controlling Areas, however, would make it impossible, right? Is there any alternative in this case?

      Thank you a lot for your help!

      Grato,
      Gustavo

  • Posted on May 11, 2015 at 08:52 AM

    Hi,

    what is the issue while time reporting with different plan? is that differ plant to belong to same company code which was used at the time of project creation?

    if this is your doubt only then no issue and if are facing issue by system then come with specific query with screenshot like this is happening while doing this.

    Regards,
    sanjeev

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    Posted on May 18, 2015 at 08:18 AM

    Hi Guys,

    Thank you all for your help. Had vacations, so it took me a while to answer back.

    So, if I got it right, it is perfectly possible to have a project related to different sites so that team members can input their hours of labor to different tasks generating an unified cost report for the project manager? How does this feedback of labor hours take place? I heard it would be possible through CATS. How would it work, is it a practical way, for example, if team members had to input their hours every day or week?

    Sorry for the many questions and thank you all again!

    @ sanjeev : I am actually proposing to migrate the project management and controlling at the company to SAP PS. Therefore I need a solid proposition to have access to the test system and come further on this matter. That means I am not working on the system yet. This issue was raised when discussing the possibility with the IT.

    @ Paulo: Obrigado! I believe in my case PS would be the correct module, right?

    Best Regards,
    Gustavo

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    • Hi Gustavo,

      CATS would be the right tool to capture working hours on different tasks. It does not matter how you organize the reporting procedure, can be daily, weekly, or monthly. It just depends how much real-time information is required for the management.

      For account assignment you can use either WBS or NWA, probably NWA make more sense for different tasks.

      Regards,

      Paulo

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