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+++ Mark your diaries – release planned for mid-2007! +++

This is part 2 in a 3-part series. If you missed part 1, see SAP BR*Tools Studio for Oracle: Features.

When we developed the first sketches of BR*Tools Studio, we quickly realized that it wouldn’t work to tightly link the graphical interface with BR*Tools (as in BRGUI). We decided that we needed a more modular approach to implement the reconnect function and browser-supported navigation, allowing users to jump directly to different tool areas.

The solution is a client-server architecture in which BR*Tools users no longer directly control jobs, but instead create job packages on the client and pass these packages over to the server for independent execution. Adding a favorite tasks feature and putting all items in a role-based, user-specific context is a natural consequence of this architecture. The BR*Tools Studio engine executes and keeps track of these items.

Part 2: The Engine

BR*Tools Studio is divided into two large parts, the BR*Tools Studio Wizard which represents the interface to BR*Tools, and the BR*Tools Studio Administration which covers the entire maintenance of the Studio itself. Two major tabs provide access to the parts.

You can see the individual elements of the BR*Tools Studio Engine on the overview page of BR*Tools Studio Administration:

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  • Users

    Each user in BR*Tools Studio has their own password-protected account with a user profile. The user profile contains details of the default database user and initialization profile for BR*Tools. The user account also contains all jobs and favorite tasks created by the user.

    Ordinary users can only view their own accounts, whereas users with special authorization can view and change the accounts of other users and also create new users. Users each have a role, specifying what functions they are allowed to perform.

  • Roles

    You can use the role concept in BR*Tools Studio to grant or restrict access rights to tool areas for individual users. Each user receives a single role. To guarantee a highly flexible distribution of access rights, BR*Tools Studio offers these four different roles:

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  • Favorite Tasks

    So you can easily and quickly run operations that you often need, you can save your own personal set of favorite tasks. Next time you need it, you can run a favorite task with a single click, without having to reenter all the parameters. But if you do need to change a parameter in a favorite task, you can do this easily too.

  • Jobs

    You choose the required BR*Tools operation from the menu and select the required parameters. When you release the operation, BR*Tools Studio server takes over the job, either for immediate or delayed execution.

    With delayed execution you can specify a date and time in the future and, if required, a recurrence of anything from hourly to monthly. For example, you can specify weekly execution on Fridays, starting next Friday.

    When BR*Tools Studio server recognizes that a job is ready for execution, it enters it in the job queue for execution as soon as possible.

  • Clients

    A user logs on with a browser client to BR*Tools Studio server. The client is defined by the browser session. Users can log on with multiple browser sessions to BR*Tools Studio server. In this case you can see any changes you make in one client session in all other client sessions of your user.

  • Server

    The server is the engine room of BR*Tools Studio. It executes incoming jobs and administers all items. If the server is down, all jobs scheduled for the downtime period fail. No clients can connect or log on to BR*Tools Studio until the server is up again.

Now we’ve introduced you to BR*Tools Studio engine, in the final part of this series we’ll look at the main purpose of BR*Tools Studio, the graphical connection to BR*Tools with BR*Tools Studio Wizard:

SAP BR*Tools Studio for Oracle: The Wizard

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  1. Martin Dolphin
    It’s been interesting to read the information on this new tool, and it’s long overdue – but it would be even more interesting to get to try it out!

    Here’s hoping for a release very soon!

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    1. Markus Maurer Post author
      Hi Daniel,

      currently we are finalizing the first release version of BR*Tools Studio, but unfortunately we cannot be more precise about the release date yet than still saying mid-2007, so BR*Tools Studio should be due in the upcoming weeks.

      Best Regards,
      Markus

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      1. Sinuhe Sanchez
        I’m very interested in this tools, it can help a lot for our data centers guys.

        Please let me know if I can take part in a test program for non productive servers or something like that.

        Best regards,
        Sinuhe Sanchez

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  2. Tim Hild
    Hey – if you need someone to test out the first release – please let me know. I’d love to help out with this toolset – in as much fun as BRGUI has been to make life easier, I can’t wait to see the final Studio product.

    Thanks Markus!

    Cheers,

    Tim Hild
    tim.hild@ps.net

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      1. Markus Maurer Post author
        Dear all,

        global release is already delayed a bit with respect to our first announcement, mid-2007, but we are pleased to inform you that we are now heading into the pilot phase for BR*Tools Studio.

        Since the list of pilot participants is already complete, I would like to take the opportunity to thank everybody who did not make the list for their kind offer to take part in the pilot program. Thank you.

        Best Regards,
        Markus

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  3. Scott Jackson
    Markus,

    this sounds like a real step forward. I was just wondering though what the implications will be for the existing shell interface.

    If I start using the BR*Tools studio and have stuff scheduled, can I then only interact with this via the GUI, or can I view stuff from the shell ?

    Another question – is the plan that this will work with a specific release of the BR Tools executables?  I’m thinking of this from a managed services view where I might need to perform tasks for customers at different versions of SAP.  the chances are though that I can get them to the same version of BR*Tools.

    Looking forward to reading Part 3

    Thanks in advance,

    Scott

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    1. Markus Maurer Post author
      Dear Scott,

      for the time being you will only be able to interact with the BR*Tools Studio items (favorite tasks etc.) via the GUI. So far there are no plans to extend the shell executables to deal with the Studio items.

      Concerning your second question, there will be a minimum BR*Tools version and patch required for each specific Studio version. You will not need to patch BR*Tools Studio anytime you apply a patch to the BR*Tools executables, though.

      Best Regards,
      Markus

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