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 Easy Cost Planning and Execution Services 

Purpose

Easy Cost Planning and Execution Services is a simplified form of cost planning that is integrated into the SAP System. It is of particular use when several planners are involved or when your planning is carried out using similar methods.

Example of the Easy Cost Planning of a Project

You can use this method for the following:

Internal orders
  • WBS elements
  • Internal Service Requests
  • Appropriation requests
  • Ad hoc cost estimates

    The Execution Services enable you to trigger the following processes based on the costing results:

    Purchase requisitions
  • Purchase orders
  • Reservation
  • Goods issue
  • Internal activity allocation either with or without Workflow

    For more information about how Easy Cost Planning can be used, see the following:

    Easy Cost Planning for Internal Orders

    Easy Cost Planning in the Project System

    Cost-Incurring Scenarios

    Easy Cost Planning for Appropriation Requests

    Integration

    Cost planning for the object concerned is carried out in the corresponding application component, namely

    Internal Orders (CO-OM-OPA), Project System (PS), Investment Management (IM), Product Cost Planning (CO-PC-PCP) or using the mySAP Workplace.

    The following components are used (called up) in the background. User knowledge in these areas is not required.

    In order to complete the respective Execution Service, the application components Purchasing (MM-PUR), Inventory Management (MM-IM), Cost Center Accounting (CO-OM-CCA), and/or Activity-Based Costing (CO-OM-ABC) are used, either with or without the SAP Business Workflow.

    Easy Cost Planning uses unit costing from Product Cost Planning (CO-PC-PCP), the characteristics function of the Classification system (CA-CL) and the

    template function from Activity-Based Costing (CO-OM-ABC) to calculate the costs.

    Features

    Easy Cost Planning enables you to represent the

    structure of the planning processes in the system. These can then be used as planning forms by all cost planners. The use of this planning form ensures that all of the relevant cost incurring functions are included. This means you can avoid errors.

    The intentions of the planner are

    translated into the terms and data of the unit costing. When planning, the planner enters the cost incurring functions in the form of characteristics, from which the system generates and then costs costing items for the unit costing.

    The planning object can be structured whichever way the planner chooses, and the substructures that the user defines can be costed separately. Existing structures, such as those in the Project System for example, are included in the costing.

    You can define the entry screen in accordance with your

    individual requirements for each planning form. It is automatically generated in HTML format and you can enhance it, for example with hyperlinks for the planner to determine additional data, and to include your company logo. You can also insert information in the form of explanatory text. A notes field has been created in the entry screen so that planners can enter notes either for themselves or other users who need to analyze the costing, which are saved together with the entries for the costing.

    You can adapt the display of individual screens

    for individual roles, for example to simplify the display for planners who only use this function occasionally and do not need to know about every single function.

    The Execution Services function selects the costing items for the process to be triggered. You can change, delete and add the costing items selected. From this display it is possible to

    trigger the process for the selected items.

    It is possible for you to display existing postings, that are already in the system for the respective object, for the services selected. For example, if you want to trigger a purchase order for an internal order, you can display the existing postings for this order, in order to avoid a duplication of the purchase order.

    Constraints

    You cannot use this costing method for the following unit costing reference objects:

    • Materials
    • Sales documents
    • CO production orders
    • General cost objects
    • Network activities

    You cannot use the Execution Services for appropriation requests. You can only use them for ad hoc cost estimates if you have assigned an

    account assignment object to the ad hoc cost estimate.