Examples: Cost to complete methods [AX 2012]

Updated: October 1, 2014

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Microsoft Dynamics AX provides six cost-to-complete methods that you can select in the Create estimate form. The method that you select is used to distribute the values of an estimate for a project. For more information, see Create estimate (class form).

The As previous estimate method uses the method that was selected for the previous estimate period. The From cost template method uses the method that was specified as the default for the cost template in the Estimate template form. For more information, see Estimate template (form).

This topic illustrates how each of the other four cost-to-complete methods affects the estimates for a project. The first two tables provide the data assumptions for the estimate examples. The remaining tables provide examples of estimates that are posted in the month of August and consumed in September.

Cost line

Transaction type

Forecasting

Actual

Cost to complete

Total

Development

Hour

Yes

70,000

30,000

100,000

Test

Hour

No

60,000

20,000

80,000

Subcontractor

Expense

Yes

25,000

5,000

30,000

Travel

Expense

No

10,000

2,000

12,000

Hardware

Item

No

80,000

0

80,000

Software

Item

Yes

35,000

7,000

42,000

Totals

280,000

64,000

344,000

Cost line

Transaction type

Actual transactions in September

Forecast transactions in the forecast model

Development

Hour

20,000

12,000

Test

Hour

16,000

5,000

Subcontractor

Expense

3,000

3,000

Travel

Expense

1,000

2,000

Hardware

Item

0

0

Software

Item

8,000

0

Totals

48,000

22,000

Cost line

Transaction type

Forecasting

Actual

Cost to complete

Total

Development

Hour

Yes

90,000

10,000

100,000

Test

Hour

No

76,000

4,000

80,000

Subcontractor

Expense

Yes

28,000

2,000

30,000

Travel

Expense

No

11,000

1,000

12,000

Hardware

Item

No

80,000

0

80,000

Software

Item

Yes

43,000

-1,000

42,000

Totals

328,000

16,000

344,000

Cost line

Transaction type

Forecasting

Actual

Cost to complete

Total

Development

Hour

Yes

90,000

Test

Hour

No

76,000

Subcontractor

Expense

Yes

28,000

Travel

Expense

No

11,000

Hardware

Item

No

80,000

Software

Item

Yes

43,000

Totals

328,000

Cost line

Transaction type

Forecasting

Actual

Cost to complete

Total

Development

Hour

Yes

90,000

12,000

102,000

Test

Hour

No

76,000

5,000

81,000

Subcontractor

Expense

Yes

28,000

3,000

31,000

Travel

Expense

No

11,000

2,000

13,000

Hardware

Item

No

80,000

0

80,000

Software

Item

Yes

43,000

0

43,000

Totals

328,000

64,000

350,000

Cost line

Transaction type

Forecasting

Actual

Cost to complete

Total

Development

Hour

Yes

90,000

0

90,000

Test

Hour

No

76,000

0

76,000

Subcontractor

Expense

Yes

28,000

0

28,000

Travel

Expense

No

11,000

0

11,000

Hardware

Item

No

80,000

0

80,000

Software

Item

Yes

43,000

0

43,000

Totals

328,000

0

328,000


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