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Jul 15, 2011 at 01:37 PM

Resource planning in cprojects with xRPM or MRS?

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Dear Experts,

To my understanding there are four options to perform resource planning in combination with cprojects:

1. Do a planning in cprojects only

2. Use resource planning application (RPA) from SAP CRM

3. Schedule resources with xRPM

4. Schedule resources with SAP MRS (Multi Resource Scheduling)

I have a couple of questions:

(a) Is it correct that I cannot assign resources to project roles in xRPM based on qualification matching? Is it right that xRPM is used rather for a long-term view to define the available capacity of projects/roles than assigning specific resources to roles?

(b) How can help SAP MRS in comparison to option 1 (planning in cprojects)? I assume that I can do also in cprojects itself a qualification matching. MRS provides a more detailed qualification object to cover complex requirements, right? What else provides MRS what cannot be managed in cprojects itself?

(c ) If we want to use a staffing process were project lead and resource manager doing the staffing and have the option to suggest or reject roles, we have the option to use xRPM or MRS, right? What are the differences? In MRS we have options like using several resource managers, softbooking/hardbooking or itu2019s possible to define the workflow who proposes resources and who is doing the final staffing (project lead or staffing manager), reasons for rejections can be configured etc. Are these options in xRPM available as well?

Thanks,

Angie