This function enables you to create project versions based on project templates and for operational projects. The following version types are available:
Snapshots enable you to create a momentary representation of an operational project so that you can track the status of the project at different times. Snapshots cannot be changed.
You can create simulations for operational projects, for project templates, or without a template. Simulations enable you to test, for example, the effects certain changes will have on an operational project. You can save simulations and call them again later on. If the changes produce the desired result, you can reconcile the simulation with another simulation or with the operational project.
The system copies all project data to the project version for both version types; you cannot choose here. Existing object links are also transferred to the project version, but not the objects themselves. The object links are references to the operational objects.
A project version is always based on a version. The project version number is made up of the version number and the project number. In a snapshot, the project number always corresponds to the number of the operational project because there can only ever be one snapshot for a project in a version. However, for a simulation you can assign any project number because a project in a version can have several simulations.
The user interface is the same as that for an operational project although the fields for a snapshot are not ready for input.
Your system administrator allows versions to be used for the current project type (see Customizing for Collaboration Projects, IMG activity Define Project Types).
Note that the current Customizing settings always apply in the case of project versions. The settings do not have versions.
· You can perform costing for project roles and resources for simulations.
· If you create a simulation of an operational project that has not been transferred to Controlling yet, the system copies the costing to the simulation and you can perform costing for the simulation again. If the project has already been transferred, you can either display the accounting data of the operational project or perform costing for the simulation again. The actual simulation data cannot be transferred to Controlling.
· The system does not take the simulation data into account in Workforce Management Core.
· You can change most of the simulation data. The status is an exception to this; it cannot be changed.
· The actual costs are not transferred to a simulation.
If you create a snapshot of an operational project that has not been transferred to Controlling yet, the system copies the costing to the snapshot. If the project has already been transferred, the system displays the accounting data of the operational project. The actual snapshot data cannot be transferred to Controlling.