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Mass change in project codes

Dear All,

My company currently has the following project coding mask: ABCDE.00000/0/0/00/00/00

The system has been working for more than 6 years, with several projects being created in Production.

Now the users need to change the project code, since the the five digits after the dot are not enough for their needs. We have two alternatives:

1) ABCD.0000000/0/0/00/00/0

2) ABCDE.0000000/0/0/00/0/0

I went through many SAP notes (like 453280) and threads explaining different ways of editing masks. But all of them refer to specific corrections. In this case it would imply editing an existing coding mask and the whole project database (with all the existing projects). I would like to know if any of you faced a similar issue, or if you would recommend not to do it.

We could create a new different mask and start coding our projects differently, but we would like to have the same code for old and new projects. Even when it would mean hard work.

Regarding the two alternatives (and considering them as feasible, and not being advised against), do you consider any of them as preferable? In option 1 we would change both Project ID and Coding mask, whereas in option 2 it would only be the coding mask.

I would really appreciate your thoughts and recommendations!


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  • Aug 01, 2017 at 03:37 PM

    The danger with changing the coding mask is that existing projects will not match the new mask and become unusable.

    I am a little confused by your mask. Why does it start with 5 letters, ABCDE?

    If you change the mask from ABCDE to ABCD, all of the existing projects that start with ABCDE will still be covered under the new mask, BUT they will not meet the new mask because they will have an E where a number is required. You need to rename all of the existing projects first to match the new mask, then transport in the new mask. When you rename the existing projects the current mask no longer applies since your projects will start with ABCD.

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