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Disclaimer: All answers on this page are provided on a best effort basis and is not binding to SAP. Always consult official documentation for authorative answers. All statements on future developments reflect current planning and are subject to change without notice.

Questions at this page are grouped under the following topics:

#General Overview

Where can I find cProjects 4.5 Support Package Information and Schedule?
Is Percentage of Completion aggregated in a cProjects project structure?

Where can I find the cProject Licensning Information?
Where can I find the cProjects 4.5 configuration guide ?Can partner obtain a cProjects release even if its still in ramp-up?Where can I find information on cProjects?What is the positioning of cProjects vs. SAP Resource Management for Professional Services?What MS Project release is supported for integration?What is the difference between a Resource Manager and a Staffing Manager?When should I use SAP Easy DMS with cProjects?Where can I find more answers?Can I use custome help pages?Do we recommend Resource Management with Workforce Deployment integration?Does the extended staffing process require RPA?What are the major benefits of cProjects 4.0 compared to older releases?Are the cProjects 3.1 accounting scenarios still supported in cProject 4.0?

#Functional Capabilities

Can plan cost be distributed over time in a task based controlling scenario?
How do you cancel out of cProjects change?What is the best way to indicate 'contractors' in the system?Rather than having to calculate the demand (capacity), can the system default it from the start and end dates and working hours (this is before roles have been assigned to tasks and therefore can derive the capacity from the underlying task assignments)?Can employees search (in real time) for a role that matches their qualifications, location etc?Why is flag 'Visible in worklist' needed (if Candidate manager is assigned the demand should automatically appear in worklist)?Can I control what objects are copied during snapshot creation (for example to exclude documents)?How can I remove a document lock?In order to start sourcing service or material in the process of project creation in cProjects, do we have to release the status in the cProjects?Are qualification for the vacant role search be defaulted from the HR or BP record?Which languages are supported by cProjects?Can I create a configuration guide from the solution manager?Can I give a user read access to the project header but not to certain project elements?Is it possible to link a cProject with multiple PS projects for Multi-Level Controlling?Is it possible to have the resources in cProjects sorted alphabetically?How does the cProjects scheduling work in detail?Is a PS project required for a cost calculation?Can I non-resource related cost to a project cost calculation?In cProjects how do we assign resources as a crew. Example. I have a utilities truck that always has a crew of 3 men. So if I have a task that requires the crew, I do not want to assign 3 guys to it rather a crew of 3 men. Can we handle this scenario in cProjects?Can I use skill based resource search for softbooking?Can I transfer qualifications from a person to a business partner?Can I integrate cProjects with non-SAP ERP systems?Can I link cProjects to external project management tools such as Primavera?Can I integrate several ERP systems?Can you open SAP EasyDMS directly from cProjects?Can I customize the number of table rows?Where can I find details on the MSP integration?How does cProjects lock elements during edit?Can tasks under the project definition have subtasks?Can I see resources by skills?Can I plan resources by day?Can I create PS projects and WBS elements from cProjects?Does cProjects synchronize status, progress or resource assignments and dates with PS element?Can I plan material costs with cProjects?Can one cProject connect to multiple PS projects?Can several cProjects projects link to the same PS project?Can I exchange the business partner name in a staffing?Can cProjects be searched with TREX?Can I make role dates to move with my project schedule?Can I copy an operational project?What scaling does the Gantt display option "Overview" do?Can I edit task relations grafically?Is there a change log for project substitutions?When does a task appear in a project member's task list?Is field specific help available in cProjects?If you don't specify a calendar on the project definition, what calendar does the system use for that project when scheduling?Without explicit document check-out in cProjects 4.0, how can concurrent changes be prevented?When a user enters an actual start date on a task, this also updates the planned start date? How can you compare plan and actual dates?For cost transfer, why does the system require a cost rate for each task?Why is PS master data not synchronized and the Project Builder locked?How does archiving projects works in the FIN integration scenario with PS?Are object links to several back-end systems supported?Is the availability of a resource visible before staffing?Can you post time from one CATS timesheet to several projects?Can I Copy & Paste Tasks between different levels?Does KM integration respect cPro authorizations?Does MS Project Im-/Export provides an exact maping of all project details?Why are PS WBS elements automatically released during automated financial replication?How are costs spread on ERP side?Is there any plan to introduce CATS on a ERP Release up to 46c with integration to cProjects 4.0 in the standard?Can documents be cross-references between tasks?Can I add custom fields at the document tab of a project element?Can I confirm time with CATS without using ERP CO?Is the communication between cP 4.0 and ECC 6.0 bi-directional or is it just cP to PS?Where can I find the cProjects 4.0 configuration guide?Can I model hirarchical staffing processe in cProjects?Can I plan some project use different planing periods for roles?How does locking of project elements work?When does a project member see a checklist item in her worklist?What tasks can have subtasks?What projects are shown in a users dashboard?Can multiple multiple CATS instalations confirm time to a single cProjects instance?

#Deployment

What MS Project release is required for integration?
Can I adjust cProjects UI attributes even when I do not use the Enterprise Portal?What JRE version does the cProjects Gantt chart require?Does cProjects use ActiveX components?Where can I find the cProjects 4.0 sizing guide?Can client side software reduce cProjects perfromance?What operation systems are supported by the NetWeaver Portal Drive?Is there a Solution Operation Guide for cProjects 4.0?What WFD deployments are possible?Can cProjects be installed on top of an existing ERP 2005 installation?Can cProjects be installed on top of an existing Netweaver 2004s installation (XI already installed)?Can cProjects be installed on top of an existing CRM 5.0?On what browsers is cProjects support?What is the Service Pack schedule for cProjects?Can cProjects share WAS with the Solution Manager?What upgrade and migration options are provided by cProjects?Does the xRPM resource screens require Enterprise Portal?Does cProjects 4.0 require BI 7.0?Do we have load or performance information?Can client set-up affect Gantt performance?What browsers are supported for cProjects 4.0 and 4.5?

#Implementation

How do I make an organizational unit available in the extended staffing process?
Is CRM middleware still required for PS integration?Where can I get answers on detailed questions not covered in the existind documentation?What data is included in the cProjects 4.0 XML import/export?Can I make the Gantt layout persistent?Can I default resource staffings as reserved?How can I customize tab authorizations?How can I download SAP EasyDMS?Can I improve Gantt performance?Can I use XML Import/Export for Data Migration?Can I control project IDs?Can I transfer project elements to DVS objects?where do I find information on cProjects service packs?Can I add custom tabs to a project template?Where can I find the cProjects 4.0 configuration guide?What happened to cProjects 3.1 file explorer integration?Are change documents for custom fields supported?Are there any EXITS available which influence the number of objects being transfered from cProjects to ERP?Can I release staffings from cancelled projects automtatically?How should end users use the MS Project Client integration?Can responsible roles be exported to MSP Client and imported to cProjects?Can the status be integrated with MS Project Client?Can Actual Data (Actual Work, Actual Start, Actual Finish, Remaining Work, PoC) be integrated with MS Project Client?Can notes be integrated with MS Project?Can element descriptions be integrated with MS Project?Are roles integrated with MS Project Client?

#Road Map

Does cProjects 4.5 support the same ERP resp R/3 versions as cProjects 4.0?
What Netweaver SP does cProjects 4.5 SP01 (released to Ramp-up customers in Decemeber) require?What service packs are planned for cProjects 4.5?

General Overview

Where can I find cProjects 4.5 Support Package Information and Schedule?

The current PPM 4.5 Support Package schedule can be found in SAP Note 1120036. Please note that these
dates are preliminary and may be changed in the future.

Is Percentage of Completion aggregated in a cProjects project structure?

Percentage of completion (POC) or other actual data is not rolled up in cProjects as some customer want responsibles of summary tasks to judge on the total POC based on their experience. Customers can use the existing BAdIs to implement a roll-up if required.

Where can I find the cProjects 4.5 configuration guide ?

Yes, you can find it in the solution manager or at the SAP help portal.

Can partner obtain a cProjects release even if its still in ramp-up?

Yes, they can. See here for more information.

Where can I find information on cProjects?

cProjects collaterals are available at PLM Partner Portal

What is the positioning of cProjects vs. SAP Resource Management for Professional Services?
  • If you need a solution mainly for project planing, ressource staffing and project execution cProjects usually is sufficient.
  • Many service providers have more specific requirements: like groupware intergration, integration to CRM, operational service-based scheduling and fulfillment and resource management functionality based on Workforce deployment.

In the second case SAP Resource Management for Professional Services offers additional functionalities.

What MS Project release is supported for integration?

See note 958210 and 983597

What is the difference between a Resource Manager and a Staffing Manager?

If a role is customized to be staffed by the project lead, the Resource Manager authorization (in the project ACL) defines who is allowed to assign resources. If the role is customized to be staffed via authorization, the Candidate Manager resp. Staffing Manager authorization (in the project ACL) controls who is allows to name candidates resp. assign resources.

When should I use SAP Easy DMS with cProjects?

SAP Easy DMS is recommended for all customers that use cProjects ERP DMS integration. While cProjects alone allows linking existing infor records, easy DMS allows to create new info records, maintain attributes such as status and classification) of existing documents and much more.

Where can I find more answers?

Another great place to find and even post cProjects related questions is the PLM SDN Forum.

Can I use custome help pages?

No, this is not possible without a modification. For information on configuration of the online documentation check chapter "Configuring the Call of the Online Help (SAP Library)" in the configuration guide.

Do we recommend Resource Management with Workforce Deployment integration?

Yes, we actively position three Resource Management scenarios:

  • Scenario 1: cProjects stand-alone.
  • Scenario 2: cProjects with xRPM: integration to portfolio resource planning and resource monitoring.
  • Scenario 3: cProjects with WFD: groupware integration and hourly assignments.
    Please note that Scenario 2 and 3 are exclusive. Scenario 2 is recommended for all customers that do not require groupware integration and hourly assignments.
Does the extended staffing process require RPA?

Technically you can do extended staffing in cProjects alone. However, from a business perspective the resource manager should have a cross-project overview of resource demands. This view is provided either with the Resource Planning Application (RPA) or the xRPM Fast Entry Screens (FES).

What are the major benefits of cProjects 4.0 compared to older releases?

cProjects was a major release, e.g. it provides many new features. Highlights include:

  • Portfolio Integration (one database)
  • Multi-level controlling
  • Enhanced resource management
  • SRM Procurement
  • New UI Technology
  • Travel and Time Management integration
  • Project Self-Services
    For more details click here > mySAP Solutions > mySAP PLM.
Are the cProjects 3.1 accounting scenarios still supported in cProject 4.0?

Yes, with limitations stated in note 971574.

Functional Capabilities

Can plan cost be distributed over time in a task based controlling scenario?

Yes, they can as described in note 987793.

Can users see a list of roles to which they have been assigned?

Yes, they can. The project dashboard will show all projects to which a resource is assigned.

How do you cancel out of cProjects change?

You can leave cprojects without saving, but there is no UNDO function.

What is the best way to indicate 'contractors' in the system?

These contractors have personnel numbers in the ERP and are in their own employee group/sub group. We need to know if a BP is an employee or a contractor. We will also have alliance partners, and some contractors who are not in the ERP.
Either use business partners with role "employee" or role "resource" (but this is not visible on the UI) or use the SRM-Integration.

Rather than having to calculate the demand (capacity), can the system default it from the start and end dates and working hours (this is before roles have been assigned to tasks and therefore can derive the capacity from the underlying task assignments)?

This is possible in the Badi Method "Set_Defaults_upon_creation".

Can employees search (in real time) for a role that matches their qualifications, location etc?

This is possible with the vacant role functionality in cProjects 4.5.

Why is flag 'Visible in worklist' needed (if Candidate manager is assigned the demand should automatically appear in worklist)?

By setting/resetting the flag "visible in worklist" the staffing manager can steer whether he/she needs the candidate manager.

Can I control what objects are copied during snapshot creation (for example to exclude documents)?

No, this is not possible in the standard product.

How can I remove a document lock?

The cProjects standard functionality does only allow the user who locked a document to release it again. Note 1113734 reommends to create a new document as a workaround.

In order to start sourcing service or material in the process of project creation in cProjects, do we have to release the status in the cProjects?

This is not possible in standard because the CO element (which is handed over from cProjects to SRM) is not finally assigned until the project is released.

Are qualification for the vacant role search be defaulted from the HR or BP record?

No, they have to be entered manually for each search.

Which languages are supported by cProjects?

cProject supports many languages as described in the PAM.

Can I create a configuration guide from the solution manager?

Yes, you can as described in note 777089.

Can I give a user read access to the project header but not to certain project elements?

No, giving read access to the project header does imply read access for the complete project structure regardless of entries in the access control lists of the project elements.

Is it possible to link a cProject with multiple PS projects for Multi-Level Controlling?

This is not possible in standard and we are not aware of a customer who has yet done this via modification.

Is it possible to have the resources in cProjects sorted alphabetically?

There is no standard implementation for this available. However what might work, is to use the enhancement spot DPR_ATTRIBUTES and there the method SET_DATA_EXT, which is called when attributes of the role are changed. The sorting of role is internally done by the attribute SORT_NUMBER of the Project Role.

How does the cProjects scheduling work in detail?

Check note 1145820 for a detailed description of the cProjects scheduling behavior.

Is a PS project required for a cost calculation?

No, with cProjects 4.0 you create calculation in Easy Cost Planning even without an accounting object. The calculation is attached to the project definition in this case. After assignment of a cProjects top a PS accounting structure the calculation is attached to the top WBS element in PS. Additional costs can be added to the other WBS elements manually.

Can I non-resource related cost to a project cost calculation?

Yes, you can add extra costs (such as travel costs) manually in Enterprise Cost Planning.

In cProjects how do we assign resources as a crew. Example. I have a utilities truck that always has a crew of 3 men. So if I have a task that requires the crew, I do not want to assign 3 guys to it rather a crew of 3 men. Can we handle this scenario in cProjects?

You assign business partners which could represent an individual or a team. However there is no specific functionality to treat them differently (e.g. resolving, accumulated availability, reporting).

Can I use skill based resource search for softbooking?

Yes, skill based business partner search is possible for canidate search and staffing search. For the latter the reserved flag is provided at the staffing.

Can I transfer qualifications from a person to a business partner?

Yes, this is possible as described in note 1058953

Can I integrate cProjects with non-SAP ERP systems?

No, this is not supported in standard.

Can I link cProjects to external project management tools such as Primavera?

No, but cProjects provides XML import and export which can be used to build such an integration in a custom project.

Can I integrate several ERP systems?

This depends on the use case. You can link objects from several ERP systems. multi-level controlling and CATS integration is only possible for a single ERP system. But even linking several ERP systems for MLC is not expected to be a large effort in a custom project

Can you open SAP EasyDMS directly from cProjects?

Yes, it is possible to launch EasyDM from cProjects. This is the way many customers, in particular in product development, are using cProjects.
There are 2 prerequisites:

  • in Customizing: Cross application components -> Document management -> Control data -> Define document types: The used document type needs the Object Link DPR_OBJLNK (271).
  • in cProjects customing: Documents -> Define object links for documents in DMS -> Service for an object type - There you need 0EASYDMS as an entry.

In addition you need note 994803 in the system.

Can I customize the number of table rows?

Yes, this is possible for the end user with WeyDynpro personalization via right click on a table (for example project table or project structure).

Where can I find details on the MSP integration?

Use note 958210 as a starting point

How does cProjects lock elements during edit?
  • when a project manager opens a project from the project dashboard only teh project header is locked. Thus project members can edit tasks in parallel.
  • when the project manager opens a phase or any task in a phase the phase and all its tasks is locked. Project members can edit tasks in other phases.
  • when opening a task from the task dashboard only this task is locked.
Can tasks under the project definition have subtasks?

No, only tasks in phases can have subtasks. This is due to the locking design which requires a phase.

Can I see resources by skills?

Yes, resource search by skills will give you a result list with all matching business partners.

Can I plan resources by day?

Standard capacity units for cProject roles are "week" and "month". However you can use generic intervals to define any time interval with daily accuracy if required. For usability reasons weekly planning is recommended.

Can I create PS projects and WBS elements from cProjects?

Yes PS projects and WBS elements are (optionally) created during MLC for example depending on cProjects projcet status. You cannot create cProjects objects from PS.

Does cProjects synchronize status, progress or resource assignments and dates with PS element?

No, this is an open development request. With xRPM PS upload, PS resource assignments are mapped into cProjects.

Can I plan material costs with cProjects?

No, this is functionality is only supported by PS.

Can one cProject connect to multiple PS projects?

Yes this is possible when using multi-level controling with manual assignments.

Can several cProjects projects link to the same PS project?

Yes, they can, but not to the same PS elements.

Can I exchange the business partner name in a staffing?

Yes, you can. Select an exisiting staffing, enter a new business partner and press "Staff".

Can cProjects be searched with TREX?

cProjects documents can be indexed with TREX but not other cProject objects. Example: You append a consultant CV as document to a project and add some further comments to the notes section of a task she is working on. TREX will find the first but not the latter.

Can I make role dates to move with my project schedule?

Yes, this is possible for roles that use staffing without distribution. If you neither enter start date nor end date for such a role it will inherit the projects current calculated start and end dates. If you don't set a start and end date for a staffing of such a role it also inheritsFor distributed roles this is planned for the future.

Can I copy an operational project?

No, but as a workaround you can create a simulation wich in turn can be copied to an operational project.

What scaling does the Gantt display option "Overview" do?

The "Overview" view will pick those view of the other three that fits best to the current project schedule. E.g. for long projects "Overview" will equal the "Year" view. The scaling can be adjusted in the Gantt BAdI (e.g. for structuring the 'Month' view by week). The Gantt BAdI is described in note 944977.

Can I edit task relations grafically?

Yes, you can create, change and remove task relations in the project Gantt via Drag and Drop using the ALT key.

Is there a change log for project substitutions.

No, this is currently not supported.

When does a task appear in a project member's task list?

A task a appears in a business partner work list if it is released and a user is either responsible for the task (see task "basic data" tab) or he is assigned to a role which is assigned to the task.

Is field specific help available in cProjects?

STRG + F1 will produce field help for some fields such as "Calculated Start"

If you don't specify a calendar on the project definition, what calendar does the system use for that project when scheduling?

No specific calendar I used that is, all days are working days (including holidays).

Without explicit document check-out in cProjects 4.0, how can concurrent changes be prevented?

The "Document cannot be changed by other users" should be used to prohibit concurrent changes. Background is that a cProjects 3.1 like check-in/check-out UI component is not yet available for WebDynpro.

When a user enters an actual start date on a task, this also updates the planned start date? How can you compare plan and actual dates?

Actual dates are designed to have highest priorization during scheduling in order to allow schedule updates based on the actual project situation (notice that scheduling is no longer done automatically once a project is released). In future we plan to enhance plan / actual comparisons of dates. For the current release see note 977500 on how to change the standard scheduling behavior for actual dates.

For cost transfer, why does the system require a cost rate for each task?

Rates are necessary for the calculation in a task based scenario. However you can default a rate in task type customizing.

Why is PS master data not synchronized and the Project Builder locked?

Concerning master data lock status needs to be removed first, then changes can be done. Dates are not transfered because multiple cProjects elements can link to the same PS element. Distribution of costs are available as described in note 987793.

How does archiving projects works in the FIN integration scenario with PS?

The system guards via warnings that archiving is done in correcet sequence: cProject first, followed by PS. Archived cProject can not access an archived PS project. In all other aspects archiving works as for the non-integrated cases.

Are object links to several back-end systems supported?

Yes, if links to multiple back-end systems are set up, a drop down let you choose during link creation.

Is the availability of a resource visible before staffing?

Availability is shown at the availability tab during resource search and after the staffing.

Can you post time from one CATS timesheet to several projects?

Yes, if projects are contained in the same cProjects

Can I Copy & Paste Tasks between different levels?

Yes, except between phases and project header.

Does KM integration respect cPro authorizations?

Yes, cProjects authorization are checked when users access cProjects documents via KM.

Does MS Project Im-/Export provides an exact maping of all project details?

MS Project integration has been significantly improved with cProjects 4.0. However, due to the differenent data model and philosophy an exact mapping is not possible. See note 958210 for a detailed discussion. Thus you should not promote MSP as a cProjects front end.

Why are PS WBS elements automatically released during automated financial replication?

This is a pragmatic design because no status synchronizion exists as of today (known future requirement).

How are costs spread on ERP side?

With note 987793 costs are equally spread over time according to the time frame defined by start and end date maintained on the corresponding cProjects project element. Role and resource effort distributions maintained on cProjects side are not reflected in cost calculation.

Is there any plan to introduce CATS on a ERP Release up to 46c with integration to cProjects 4.0 in the standard?

No this is not planned as ERP 2005 is the recommended release for all customers.

Can documents be cross-references between tasks?

No, referencing documents that are not attached to a task is only possible for template documents. However this feature can be custom developed using the object link framework,

Can I add custom fields at the document tab of a project element?

Yes, this is possible using ABAP WD standard functionalitywith custom code for loading and editing the data.

Can I confirm time with CATS without using ERP CO?

No, in standard CATS will check if a costing element (WBS element or internal order) is assigned to the project.

Is the communication between cP 4.0 and ECC 6.0 bi-directional or is it just cP to PS?

FIN integration is uni-directional from cProjects side only. There is no schedule integration to PS. But you can link PS elements, review a couple of their attributes within cProjects and use services to navigate into PS transaction. In the past customers visualized PS dates in the Gantt along with the cProjects dates (see here).

Where can I find the cProjects 4.0 configuration guide?

The cProjects 4.0 configuration guide is available in the solution manager and in note 978997

Can I model hirarchical staffing processe in cProjects?

Yes, an org. unit that is responsible for staffing might (e.g. "Germany") can be replaced by the staffing manager with another org. unit (e.g. "Europe").

Can I plan some project use different planing periods for roles?

For each project a planning period is either weekly or daily for all project roles. In addition free (also called "generic" intervals") are available for different planing periods but it is mostly suited for longer periods because for each period start and end date has to ber maintained manually.

How does locking of project elements work?

If project is entered via project view, the path upwards to the project definition is always locked completely if you change something. Also, the phase is always locked with all it's subobjects (technically, there are no enqueues possible on subobjects of a phase, therefore the phase and all it's childs are locked). the same is valid for checklists below the project definition. Tasks below the project definition have no children, therefore they are single-locked, but always with the path upwards (i.e. the project definition). If you enter via the "Tasks" ord "Checklist items" worklist, then the lock exists only up to the next phase or equivalent object (meaning object at level below project definition).

When does a project member see a checklist item in her worklist?

The first project member assigned to a checklist item sees it in her dashboard.

What tasks can have subtasks?

Subtasks are only allowed for a project if this feature is enabled in the project type customizing. As a result all tasks that belong to a project phase can have subtasks. Tasks that a re located immediatly below the project header can not have subtasks for technical reasons (they are actually different objects, that is CGPL_PROJEKTE instead of CGPL_TASKS.

What projects are shown in a users dashboard?

Every project for which the user has been assigned project elements (e.g. tasks) are shown in a user's dashboard. Note 1153958 descibes how to modify cProjects to show even projects were a user is staffed but not assigned to a deliverable.

Can multiple multiple CATS instalations confirm time to a single cProjects instance?

Yes, this is possible but the opposite is not true (that is, one CATS instance cannot confirm time for several cProjects instances).

Deployment

What MS Excel release is required for the dashbaord export?

MS Excel 2003 is required until NW 7.0 SP13, which supports customizing the desired output format.

Is an Adobe Document Server required to print cProjects dashboards?

Yes, the print version functionality of the WD ABAP ALV, requires the ADS as described in note 918236.

What MS Project release is required for integration?

MS Project 2002 is required as Microsoft introduced the "Save as xml" function with this release.

Can I adjust cProjects UI attributes even when I do not use the Enterprise Portal?

WebDynpro offers a lot of configuration as described here

What JRE version does the cProjects Gantt chart require?

There is now cProjects specific requirement. Thus the general dependencies stated in the NetWeaver PAM apply.

Does cProjects use ActiveX components?

Yes, ActiveX is used for the MS Project integration.

Where can I find the cProjects 4.0 sizing guide?

As the service marketplace does always show the latest sizing guide (which is now cProjects 4.5), the cProjects 4.0 sizing guide can be found at note 994727.

Can client side software reduce cProjects perfromance?

Yes, for example virus protection software impacts cProjects as described in note 1061240.

What operation systems are supported by the NetWeaver Portal Drive?

NW Portal Drive is only available for MS Windows

Is there a Solution Operation Guide for cProjects 4.0?

cProjects 4.0 is part of the SAP ERP 6.0 (former SAP ERP 2005) Solution Operation Guide which you can find at the SMP.

What WFD deployments are possible?

Workforce Deplyoment (also know as Workforce Managemen resp. WFM) can be installed on CRM, ECC and Stand-alone. Please check cProjects and WFD Master Guides for details.

Can cProjects be installed on top of an existing ERP 2005 installation?

Yes, this is possible for cProjects (but not for xRPM).

Can cProjects be installed on top of an existing Netweaver 2004s installation (XI already installed)?

Yes, this is possible for cProjects (and xRPM).

Can cProjects be installed on top of an existing CRM 5.0?

Yes, this is possible for cProjects (but not for xRPM).

On what browsers is cProjects support?

cProjects is supported on Microsoft Internet Explorer including version 7.0. Also check the cProjects FAQ note for this topic.

What is the Service Pack schedule for cProjects?

cProjects 4.0 service packs are aligned with ERP 2005 as described at this link. An exception is SP08 which was scheduled for CW 16 (end of April).

Can cProjects share WAS with the Solution Manager?

Yes. Usage of cProjects is restricted to the IT projects that are modeled in the Solution Manager. Solution Manager is even integrated to cProjects, that is certain activities in Solution Manager depend on the cProjects project schedule.

What upgrade and migration options are provided by cProjects?

You can upgrade cProjects on the same DB according to the upgrade guide. Data migration between different DB of the same release is possible using XML import / export if customizing matches. cProjects upgrade between different DB is not supported in standard.

Does the xRPM resource screens require Enterprise Portal?

It is technically possible (with restrictions, such as navigation to cProjects) to run the so-called Fast Entry Screens without portal. However this is not validated in standard and need to be adressed in a customer project.

Does cProjects 4.0 require BI 7.0?

Only BI 7.0 is validated with cProjects 4.0. However, customers are implementing cProjects 4.0 with BW 3.5 and they do get SAP support on version independent issues.

Do we have load or performance information?

Find the cProjects 4.0 sizing guide here > Sizing Guidelines > Solution & Platform > Sizing cProjects. A more detailed sizing assessment for large implementations is available on request.

Can client set-up affect Gantt performance?

Yes, increasing allowed memory to the local JRE of a cProjects client workplace may increase cProjects Gantt performance.

What browsers are supported for cProjects 4.0 and 4.5?

Currently Internet Explorer 6.0 and 7.0 is supported but not Firefox or Safari.

Implementation

How do I make an organizational unit available in the extended staffing process?

In Transaction po10 you need to maintain the relationship with relationship type A441 (has resourcemanager)
For the relationship you need to assign the position for the resource manager.

Is CRM middleware still required for PS integration?

Please have a look into note 971574 that has attached a PPT file showing the supported scenarios depending on the software component version combinations. In case of cProjects 4.0 and ECC6.0 the CRM middleware solution is no longer available as it has been replaced by the new and significantly enhanced integration.

Where can I get answers on detailed questions not covered in the existind documentation?

Try the cProjects SDN forum which has an active expert community that can answer many questions.

What data is included in the cProjects 4.0 XML import/export?

Export fields are defined in the XML scheme wich can be reviewed in transaktion SE80 > BSP application CPROJECTS_TRA > MIMEs > cProjects_xsd. This approach is also documented in end user help.

Can I make the Gantt layout persistent?

Note 1016682 describes how to make Gantt column layout persistent.

Can I default resource staffings as reserved?

Yes, soft booking can be defaulted but by implementing a BAdI as is described in the consulting note 1013736 in section 2.0 (Configuration/Customizing).

How can I customize tab authorizations?

BAdI DPR_DETAIL_TAB_CTRL allows to define custom rules (e.g. based on project type or user group) for tab authorizations. An example implmenetation can be found in CL_EXM_IM_DPR_DETAIL_TAB_CTRL.

How can I download SAP EasyDMS?

See note 686932.

Can I improve Gantt performance?

Yes by tuning Java as described in notes 1014150 and 1014381.

Can I use XML Import/Export for Data Migration?

As there is no cProjects specific data migration, you might consider XML import/export as a workaround. In doing this please consider:

  • manual steps will be required, e.g. XML import will create a new project with status released and not the statuses from the XML files
  • customizing, like project types, must match in both systems
  • not all data is included in XML, e.g. resource / task relations are not included in XML
Can I control project IDs?

You can set a number via BAdI and lock or hide the field as described in customer message 1289760/2006.

Can I transfer project elements to DVS objects?

Yes, with the DVS BAdI OLR3_DMS you can set attributes (such as classification, status authorization) depending on cProjects data.

where do I find information on cProjects service packs?

Note 905959 and note 862198

Can I add custom tabs to a project template?

Yes, you can. When defining custom fields in IMG activity "Define Field Groups for Customer Fields" for operation objects (e.g. task) these settings will also apply to the corresponding template objects (e.g. task in a template).

Where can I find the cProjects 4.0 configuration guide?

The complete configuration guide is contained in the SAP Solution Manager under the following scenarios:

  • Project Planning with cProjects
  • Project Execution with cProjects
  • Resource and Time Management with cProjects
  • Project Accounting with cProjects.
    Partners and customers can also access the configuration guide without solution manager as described in note 978997.
What happened to cProjects 3.1 file explorer integration?

It was replaced by WebDAV, an industry standard supported by various clients. WebDAV is convenient (it allows drag & drop etc.) and even offers some offline functionality. SAP ships a WebDAV client with Netweaver 2004s because Windows File Explorer is not secure. With WebDAV customers can access cProjects documents from KM, including correct cProjects authorization checks. Upgrading customers can find more information in note 863199.

Are change documents for custom fields supported?

Yes, by activating "Change Documents" in customizing.

Are there any EXITS available which influence the number of objects being transfered from cProjects to ERP?

All elements are required and thus transferred in Accounting Manager. On ERP side you can define the Controlling level to specify the hierarchy level to which account assignments should be possible.

Can I release staffings from cancelled projects automtatically?

You can. BAdI DPR_TRUNCATE documents the standard behavior (future staffings are released) and gives opportunity to adjust it.

How should end users use the MS Project Client integration?

See note 1126395 business rules for using MSPC integration with cProjects and xRPM 4.5.

Can responsible roles be exported to MSP Client and imported to cProjects?

The Import and Export of Responsible Roles and Responsible Resources is not possible with cProjects 4.0 and 4.5. It is not possible to use the BAdI for extending the Im-/Export functionality with the Responsible Roles/Resources. The mapping can't be change so that a Im-/Export of Responsible Roles/Resources is possible.

Can the status be integrated with MS Project Client?

It is possible to export the status of a project element to MSP into Text field 'Text5'. It is not possible to import the status of a project element to cProjects; all imported project elements have status 'Created' when a new project is created and when a simulation is created as well.

Can Actual Data (Actual Work, Actual Start, Actual Finish, Remaining Work, PoC) be integrated with MS Project Client?

It is not possible to import actual data, those fields are only changeable because the status is always 'Released' during import. The import/export solution of xRPM 4.0 allows to import into data into operative projects, also for projects which are released, then an import of Actual Data is possible.

Can notes be integrated with MS Project?

It is not possible to export notes to MSP Client, because the notes are not part of the XML string which is used for the export, it is not possible to extend the XML string by a BAdI or customizing changes. It is not possible to import notes from MSP to cProjects because the processing of notes are separated from other project element data and can not be used by a BAdI

Can element descriptions be integrated with MS Project?

It is possible to export the description of a project element to a text field in MSP and it is possible to import the content of such a text field into the description of a project element.

Are roles integrated with MS Project Client?

Roles should be exported and imported. Task Roles Assignments should be exported and imported as well. It is possible to export and import roles, roles are resources in MSP and for each role only one cProjects resource can be exported to MSP into the field 'Code'. Roles are not processed by the reconciliation function.

Roadmap

Does cProjects 4.5 support the same ERP resp R/3 versions as cProjects 4.0?

Yes, installation on ERP 6.0 is supported and integration to ERP resp. R/3 releases is supported like for cProjects 4.0.

What Netweaver SP does cProjects 4.5 SP01 (released to Ramp-up customers in Decemeber) require?

Netweaver 2007 Service Pack 13 is required.

What service packs are planned for cProjects 4.5?

Service packs for cProjects 4.5 are planned to released to customer (RTC) as follows:

RTC SP01 17th of December, 2007
RTC SP02 CW 07, 2008 (mid of February)
RTC SP03 CW 13, 2008 (end of March)
RTC SP04 CW 24, 2008 (mid of June)
Please refer to note 1120036 for details and latest information.

1 Comment

  1. Is there information available on the integration between cProjects and CATS (using CAT2)? The for me available information directs into a possible integration between the two in which cProjects-data ends up in the worklist and can be copied from there into the data entry section. But is putting data directly into the data entry section also possible?