Not all the stuff we sell are in production and some will never be.
We need, on some big R&D projects, to order pieces that will be added to a project that is still in conception.
So no BOM yet, sometimes, not even a name yet. But we want to keep track of all the expenses made related to this project.
Is there an elegant way already known to do this in erp next?
Yes, the Projects module allows you to keep a running total of expenses for something like what you describe. Nearly every aspect of the accounting module allows you to specify a Project, but only one. if you have some expenses that are spread with unknown or unknowable percentages across R&D, I suggest adding an R&D Cost Center as a way to catch those. The known R&D expenses would get booked to the R&D cost center and the project.
Thanks for the answer, but I don’t understand how it is possible to order an item that will be added to the project, I only get to order to a warehouse… How the purchase can be linked to the targeted project?
But if I understand your work flow correctly, this sounds like it’s a little late and should be specified at the time of Purchase Order, but maybe not.
To specific the project at the time of purchase order the buyer needs to know what project it is for, which may or not be accurate.
To specify the project at the time of invoicing, the accounts person needs to know the project (and account and cost center).
I think this should work just fine