SAP PI: The Importance of Monitoring One’s Business

SAP professionals as well as business consultants have a great role in building a formidable business. While SAP professionals like developers works on the technical side of a business,  there are times where the problem can never be solved by the SAP developer. The requirements may not be clear which is sent to the developer or the software was not tested properly.

Nevertheless, there are two challenges in checking of SAP to one’s business. The technical error and the business error. When we speak of the technical error, it involves about mapping and configuration settings of PI. If these two fails this can also result to failure of communication. For instance, we would like to send a message to a vendor say, “Mr. Smith”.(I’m referring to the data input) and is not appearing on the configuration and mapping settings, tendency is an error message will appear and the message won’t be sent.

For PI, there are also business errors that result to failure of business communication. It can be a communication barrier between the SAP Developers and Business Consultants. Direct communication on both parties are important to meet the standards for PI in a business perspective. In monitoring PI, business consultants and SAP developers should work hand in hand to ensure that the configuration and mapping are in set especially when testing software is being conducted.

For SAP developers and business consultants, SAP PI has a long way to go.

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GSIG for SAP PI Survey for 2012

As a member of the Global Special Interest Groups (GSIG) for SAP PI. We are now working on new SAP products that will help you on your SAP PI Landscape. We are now conducting two surveys. The first one is almost completed and the other survey is on the process of completion. The purpose of two surveys is to gather information to help us build better products for SAP PI.

General survey: http://svy.mk/LYLOmA with focus on near Zero Downtime (Closing End of June). This survey is about what the current status about SAP PI.

PI Requirements Prioritization: http://bit.ly/JpUbBc (Closing soon). This survey is about a prioritization of a large list of requirements. Hopefully you will be able to get your ideas for improvement in the release.

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SAP PI How To Gather Requirements For SAP PI

There are certain situations where a client and contractor may encounter a failed work. As a SAP freelancer, thorough communication and gathering important details for a SAP Project is very crucial so that the end result would be a win-win for both parties. I just remembered a story wherein I was working a project for a client and I misunderstood the requirements that they wanted to achieved.

And so I had to go back to my work and discuss details to them and I found it is not what they are looking. I began to clarify and asked them what they really wanted for their site. It was a search functionality that they were after and the more I probe. They had additional specifications.

Now I learned that working for a SAP client, you need to ask every question you need to ask for you and the client to be on the same page. Normally, asking the nature of their business and processes what they want to implement. Like for example if they want search capability for their site. I could have easily looked on my site at piarchitecture.com for what they have needed since I created some templates and documentations.

Again it is very important to gather and understand information. Critical thinking is a must when it comes to SAP PI projects. As I go along the way of my journey, I will carry this experience and improve my approach in terms of working to client’s specification for future SAP projects.

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SAP Teched Day 1 from a SAP PI perspective.

Today was the first day of SAP Teched. It was quite interesting from my perspective, even though I did seen a lot of session already. I was only able to attend two sessions and hosted on. Then there was a few Mentor sessions, that I cannot share anything about.

My take away was from the sessions

PMC213 Integration Governance in Sandvik Tooling Using SAP NetWeaver Enterprise Service Repository

This was a quite a good eye opening sessions on what the ESR was used to when working SOA and the ESR. Sandvik is using the ESR for managing their services separately. They are using SAP PI but also BizTalk, but that takes place seperatly. It is not a part of their ESR process.

I found the tools useful for managing their SOA process, thought there was still room for improvement. They was on Netweaver 7.3.

PMC102 Business Activity Monitoring with SAP NetWeaver BPM: Overview and Outlook    

I have been looking into the BAM technologies of Netweaver previous. It was a bit too complex to get a solution and a project to test it out. The new release of BAM is currently scheduled to Q3 2012, so there is still a long way before it is released. It will be fun to see the progress at Sapphire 2012.

To use the product it is just required to add a BAM process, which is also done in BPMN like processes. You though need to create a monitoring process, because it is something differently for the process for monitoring. The monitoring process can be integrated to a dashboard.

One nice feature was that they were delivering Amazon Images, to let their partners play around with the solution so they could get feedback.

There is no roadmap for Process Integration with this, but since PI will also be using the BPMN at NW BPM, it should be possible. It may make it easier to make different extra types of monitoring for the users.

My own session

My own session went ok. It was a bit too fast. It seemed like people could find it useful. Some improvments was made, which would make it a better session. It could either have been focusing more on creating a session for general IT enterprise developers/consultants, or have some more on the skilles for PI developers.

Hopefully I get to talk about the topic better at a later stage. It is a fun topic.

Other stuff

I have been talking with consultants and PI partners for the full day. It has been quite interesting and I have got a lot of ideas to work more on. There was a few persons coming up to me and telling me that they liked my recommendation blog for sessions at SAPTeched. I guess that I’ll be creating a similar blog next year.

We did a flash mob for “What would @marilynpratt do?” http://www.flickr.com/photos/zsapping/6325675190/

 

Hope to meet you tomorrow.

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