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Technical Data

Technical Name of Business Function


Type of Business Function

Enterprise Business Function

Available as of

Enhancement Package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0

Technical Usage

Strategic Enterprise Mgmt

Application component

Business Analytics (FIN-BA)

Directly dependent business function that you have to activate in addition


This business function, contained in the Product Design Cost Estimate (PDCE) further supports you in cost of production planning and optimization for the design, construction and offer phases. This means that with PDCE, you can direct cost estimates at particular objectives, such as customer quotation costing, cost saving measures, price changes, enhanced cost component splits (currency shares, production plants, price rating, and so on).


In the product design cost estimate you can use data that you have already created in other applications:

  • You use plan costings from Product Cost Controlling (CO-PC-PCP).

  • You use activity-related data from Cost Center Accounting (CO-OM-CCA), such as prices of processes, prices of activity types, or templates.

  • You employ material master data and movement data, for example, prices from Materials Management (MM).

  • You can use BOMs in the master data of your Production Planning (PP).

  • You can use variants in PLM iPPE.

  • You can work with external systems via XML mapping.

  • You can include additional fields in your cost estimates that you define in SAP Business Intelligence (SAP BI).

    Note Note

    SAP Business Intelligence is used within the Product Design Cost Estimate as an additional source for characteristics and key figures that you can use in your cost estimates. Updating costing data takes place in application-specific tables of the system in which you operate the Product Design Cost Estimate . You can extract the costing data from your operational system into SAP BI and analyze it there.

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Moreover, PDCE can be used as a back-end system for SAP Cost and Quotation Management (SAP xCQM). If you want to use the Web application of SAP xCQM, then you have to implement the corresponding business package.

Note Note

You should note that SAP CQM is not part of this business function. You can find information on the Web application for CQM in the SAP Library for SAP Collaborative Cross Applications under   SAP xApps   SAP xAPP Cost and Quotation Management  .

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You have installed the following components as of the versions given:

Type of component


Only required for the following functions

Software Component

SEM-BW 604

Business Intelligence Content

NW BI Content 703

  • If you are not using SAP BI in the same system as PDCE, you have set up an RFC destination for the appropriate BI system.

  • In SAP Business Intelligence, you have activated the InfoObjectCatalogs PDCE key figures (0SEM_PDCE_KYF01) and PDCE characteristics (0SEM_PDCE_CHA01) delivered as business content.

  • Make sure that for PDCE in SAP ERP Enhancement Package 4 for ERP 6.0, you use SAP BI 703 as the correct basis.

  • You have created the data basis and the logical system connection, and then registered the data basis at the BI object directory.

  • You have generated the PDCE structure once you have registered the PDCE data basis.


If you activate the business function Cost and Costing Management, the following functions are available:

Background Processing for the Data Import

You can define objects to be imported and their receivers with the help of a wizard. Substantial and time-comsuming data imports and updates of new versions are automatically processed in the background. Advantages of this are improved data integrity, and automated updates and synchronization of the systems integrated in the business process in realtime.

For more information, see the application documentation under Background Processing.

Enhanced Where-Used List

You can carry out a cross-object where-used list. With this data tracking, you can find similar objects (for example, from other plants, versions, or projects). You can branch direct from the results list of the wizard, for example, to change the receiver found or to a selected object.

For more information, see the application documentation under Where-Used List.

Editable Message Texts from Customer-Specific Costing Logic (Formulas)

Using pre-defined message texts (information, warning, or error messages), you can instruct users in accordance with the costing results.

For more information, see the application documentation under Send Editable Messages.

Enhanced Options for the Valuation Strategy for Price Determination of Purchased Parts

You can include additionally up to five more customer tables in the SAP standard valuation function. You can transfer prices to the valuation according to various criteria, such or origin (price table), highest or lowest value, and price type. You can determine the price source yourself from the hits. In addition, you can use customer-specific logic in the standard SAP valuation function using a standard interface. Further, new Business Add-Ins (BAdIs) are available.

For more information, see the application documentation under Valuation Strategy for Price Determination.

Enhancements to SAP Business Content (1PDCE)

Implementing customer-specific logic has been simplified. For example, you can include scrap in the costing logic and transfer the transaction currency of selected prices to the cost component split direct.

Mechanism for Attribute Inheritance

You can inherit attributes in the structure in the direction sender or receiver to subsequent objects.

For more information, see the application documentation under Mechanism for Attribute Inheritance.

Mass Change for Copies after Change to the Source

A function is available which you can use to store the source as a reference. Changes to the source can automatically be transferred to a copy of the source. The update procedure you choose controls how any changes made in the meantime to the copy are dealt with.

For more information, see the application documentation under Mass Change of Copies after Change to the Source.

BOM Import

You can import BOMs with unknown values for key fields. Additionally, you can determine the object type, and the fields to be filled for this case. A new BAdI is available for this.

For more information, see the application documentation under Import BOM.

Multiple and Interval Selection of Fixed Values in Formulas

You can use customer formulas for creating the calculation logic to enter intervals, such as multiple single values as fixed values. This makes the query of conditions easier, for example.

For more information, see the application documentation under Fixed Values.

Object Categories

You can assign the SAP standard object types categories. The makes the condition query in formulas considerably easier.

For more information, see the application documentation under Object Categories.

More Information

For additional information, see the release note Enhancements for the Produce Design Cost Estimate.