Project management first appeared in SAP Business One version 9.2. Since then, SAP has made significant strides with the functionality; adding new enhancements in the upcoming release of SAP Business One version 9.3. In the final entry of Vision33’s The Best of What’s New in SAP Business One version 9.3 series, the focus is on how users can leverage yet another new project management enhancement in the application. In a recent Vision33 TOTAL Care webchat, host Carl B. Lewis, Chief SAP Business One Ambassador at Vision33, demonstrated the new Billing Document Generation Wizard along with a short reminder of setting up projects. Here’s a recap of the video:
Turning on Project Management
If you don’t see Project Management in the main menu module section, the reason may be that it hasn’t been turned on yet. To turn on project management in SAP Business One (version 9.2 onward), go to Administration>System Initialisation>Company Details, then on the Basic Initialisation tab, look for the Enable Project Management check box. Note that once it is selected, the check box will remain on and can’t be turned off again.
The other reason why users may not see project management in the menu is because it is hidden. To unhide the functionality go to form settings in the SAP Business One ribbon. There you will see Form Settings - Main Menu. Here the user will see a check box for Project Management, select it to ensure it appears in the modules menu.
Using Projects in SAP Business One
Once the Project Management function is turned on, users can access it from the modules menu of SAP Business One. From here users will see several sub-menu options including: Project, Billing Document Generation Wizard (a new enhancement in SAP Business One version 9.3 which is described a little later), and Project Reports.
Beginning with the Project sub-menu item, users can create many types of projects and set them to either ‘internal,’ (a project that pertains to something within the company, such as a software systems upgrade) or 'external,' (where it relates to the customer). Projects in SAP Business One support: multiple stages, a budget summary, a remarks field, and attachments. Further, each project stage can have open issues, documents that are associated with it, or A/R invoices that have been posted against the project. It' also possible to associate production orders, and even activities. By right-clicking, users can select a ‘Gantt Chart’ for a visual snapshot view of the project time line. A slider bar enables users to adjust the time view from months down to weeks or individual days and provides users with a graphical representation of the project’s time line.
When posting things against a project, including documents against a stage of the project, it is possible to track them in SAP Business One project management. The summary page will list the amount of open A/R for instance, what’s been invoiced, and the total accounts receivable (deliveries not yet created as invoices for example). Another type of project that the user can create is one with sub projects. In this type of project, the user must select the “Project with Sub projects” check box. Users will then note that there is a sub projects tab. Then each of these sub projects can have their own stages as well - projects within projects - giving the user more flexibility.
Project Enhancements in SAP Business One version 9.3
In SAP Business One version 9.3, the ability to record time has been added to projects. Users will notice some changes to the time sheet as well. Time sheets can be found in the module menu Human Resources>Time Sheet. Users can also access their time sheets from the web client for greater accessibility for greater accessibility of recording time against projects. In the video, Lewis demonstrates how users can associate an employee’s time sheet to a project by referencing the Project Code and Project Name and an associated stage.
When clicking on 'Stage,' users will be presented with a list of stages and sub projects to select from. Once the stage is selected any associated costs will be posted against it. Once added, the time sheet is recorded in SAP Business One, however, posting the time sheet to the project requires an added step.
Billing Document Generation Wizard
Under the project management module, users will see a new function: the ‘Billing Document Generation Wizard.’ This allows users to post to a project in an automated way and can handle the posting of time sheets. Users can create a delivery or an A/R invoice as well. From the wizard, a user can specify the customer, financial project Stage, and project activities, from a single convenient location. Source types can be selected, and it is here that users can now include recorded time as well. Once the project has been specified, users can select time sheets of various project stages.
In the invoice that SAP business One generates, users will note that it pulls the project and the stage over. While there are a few limitations to the functionality, there are also work-arounds described in the highlight video. Once the user goes back into the project, users will see an invoiced amount and under the A/R Invoice section, users will further see the associated document number as well. The billing wizard thus collects open document lines and billable items connected to a given project.
The enhancements to project management in SAP Business One version 9.3 gives users a holistic overview of projects and detailed information related to each project - increasing productivity and transparency. To read more about Project Management enhancements in SAP Business One version 9.3, watch the video feature highlights from the latest Vision33 TOTAL Care Wednesday Webchat.