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Cost Estimating & Risk Management

Understand risk-adjusted cost and confidence

Cost estimating is a critical part of project pricing, balancing competitiveness and profitability. By incorporating risk and confidence, you can inform statements like: "with 80% confidence, we can deliver this project for less than $1.2M". Understanding risk-adjusted costs and revenues also defines risk mitigation strategies and contract negotiations, enabling you to determine the best pricing and commercial strategies - ultimately enhancing project success and customer satisfaction.

Easy-to-use Estimating and Planning Tools

Plan and estimate labor through an Excel-like interface by task, hours, days, week or month or in full-time equivalents, or based on sizing inputs and cost estimating relationships.

Estimate based on Performance History

Routings, task lists and work-shop confirmations, purchasing contracts, orders and quotes, catalog prices and more - all these impact costs, iinflation, quantity and learning curves, realization, productivity and complexity factors.

Leverage our Powerful Data Science

Calculate accurate estimates from your SAP ERP performance history. Systematically calculate unit, fixed, direct and indirect cost and confidence, to further review low confidence / higher value resources.

Compliant Bids with Basis of Estimate

When submitting Government proposals it is important to substantiate why your costs are what they are. We provide traceability to historical sources from your ERP, and places to write up justifications, for full Government compliance.

Use Top-down Planning to ensure Competitive Bids

Compare Design-to-Cost targets with bottom-up estimates to rapidly highlight areas for discussion. Align sales and delivery via competitive analyses Price-to-Win targets, or target margins.


There is a vast difference between $1M +/- 5% and $1M +/- 50%. Our risk and contingency adjusted cost allows you to say with 80% probability "I can deliver the project below $2M", while tracking confidence up and down the WBS.

Build-up your Cost Model

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Material Cost Estimating

Leverage your historical data in e.g. SAP ERP to cost large BOMs for proposals within minutes. Import product structures from PLM, ERP or Excel and create Proposal BOMs which can be automatically costed using estimating algorithms. Calculate adjusted unit cost and confidence and then refine it in a powerful estimating cockpit. Twenty5 integrates with software such as SAP Ariba and Coupa to send sourcing requests for certain components that require an updated supplier quote. Once all parts are estimated, Twenty5 provides a fully costed BOM.

Labor Cost Estimating

Twenty5 offers a state-of-the-art user interface for estimating labor. It can be as simple as 0.5 FTE between January 6 and March 15 using a flat distribution or a sophisticated formula which calculates the effort based on parameters inputed by the user or derived from other aspects. Efforts can be spread automatically using curves or manually on a monthly or weekly basis. Curves can be combined with manual planning by first spreading them and then making manual adjustments. Different resources can have different work schedules and calendars to allow for varying hours per week and company holidays.

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Indirect Costs and Burdens

Indirect and support costs such as freight, taxes, scrap, burdens, Q/A or consumables, or for labor fringe, overheads and G&A can be automatically applied based on cost pools or burden rates and costing calculation sheets, similar to how SAP ERP works. Control indirect costs in line with direct costs or as separate cost-pools, as well as business plan adjustments based on proposal volume.

Amortize and Depreciate CapEx Costs

Model amortization and depreciation to more accurately project your proposal or capital

project P&L over time, with amortization and depreciation rules for labor, software and hardware purchases or assemblies, including transitioning assets to clients at the end of the contract, end of the base terms and optional contract phase amortization or

depreciation rules.

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Designed on SAP HANA for Organizations Running SAP

Our solution takes full advantage of SAP's robust HANA database. It is natively integrated with your CRM and SAP S/4 system to re-use master data already maintained in SAP, such as resource pools, BOMs, materials, routings, suppliers, customers, etc. At the same time, we leverage and reference your rich transaction history sitting in SAP, such as supplier quotes, contracts, purchase orders and work orders, to anchor estimates in reality.

Most long-time SAP customers have non-SAP data sources critical for the bid & proposal process, such as DOORS, Primavera, PLM, MS-Dynamics and Salesforce. Don't worry; we've got you covered. We can even import data from non-SAP ERP systems, and from Excel.

We have added flexibility to fit your specific landscape and security requirements regarding deployment. We support several deployment scenarios - such as directly in your S/4 HANA instance, in a self-hosted HANA sidecar, or from the cloud - secure, scalable and compliant..

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