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CNT cost ctr attribute. Can you enter a range of allowed cost centers?

We are using SRM 5 with extended classic. We are restricting which cost centers users can shop for by specifying the allowed cost centers in attribute CNT. However, users have a large number of cost centers that they can shop with, which means having many single entries, one for each cost center.

Is there any way that cost center ranges can be used for attribute CNT?



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    Posted on Dec 05, 2007 at 12:35 AM


    you could modify the system in a way that you do not utilize the standard SRM paradigm to re-read the costcenters from the OrgMngmnt. So you just comment the BBP_READ_ATTRIBUTES for the CNT attribute. That's just the first part of the deal of course.... the second is to introduce a Z-table concept where you store - cost centers, ranges, what-so-ever... Bottom line is you re-read the Z-table for CNTs. What you leave open in your posting is whether the UI is capable handling this in a right way - i.e. multi-cost centers feeded from a range and working throught-out all your specific processes, documents etc. I would assume this should be not a big deal - anyway you should look into this as well. I know that's a modification etc. and everybody gets scared...

    btw - I know a big software company using this workaround for its own software product.


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    Posted on Dec 04, 2007 at 07:59 PM


    You need to maintain the attribute 'CNT' in the org structure at user level or may be upper levels and then inherit it org structure.

    You need to define the values wrt to yr backend system.

    You can assign multiple cost centres also then users will see drop down box for the same.

    One more point affecting the search help for cost center is authorisation for the resp role in PFCG i.e.

    say the user role is SAP_BBP_STAL_EMPLOYEE

    you go to PFCG

    go to roles

    doubleclick on inbuilt single role ....EC_BBP_EMPLOYEE

    click on tab authorozation

    go to display/change auth data

    go to BBP component

    go to first option 'SRM: Allgemeine Zugangsberechtigungen im EBP'

    check 'BE_F4_HELP' is flagged.

    If no tick here you will not see binoculur in EBP for user of that role

    Also see the foll note if the search help is not displayed :

    Note 656633 - Search help requires dialog users



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    Posted on Dec 04, 2007 at 08:28 PM


    Attribute CNT defines the default value for account assignment when creating shopping cart or lean purchase order.Enter the cost center value which will be default for the user. For example CC3344/ECCLNT300.The user when he creates Shopping Cart it will choose this value but will have the option to change it.It wont restrict the user from selecting other cost centers though its not maintained in the attribute CNT.

    Cost center ranges cannot be used for attribute CNT since we can make only 2 entries one for the Cost center number and second for the Logicl system name.We dont have From-To options.


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