In this blog I present the Job Request, the starting point of any job management process. The diagram below illustrates a basic job management process. The requestor creates the job request in SAP Solution Manager. A service desk employee (together with advisors) evaluates the request and creates or assigns a job documentation depending on the type of request. The maintenance of the job documentation, the job scheduling and the job monitoring activities are then executed through the job documentation, which integrates documentation, Central Job Scheduling with SAP Solution Manager and monitoring. During job request and after request processing the requestor can be contacted for status updates and clarification.
To illustrate the job management process described above I will show now how to create a job request in SAP Solution Manager. Start the job request application by calling transaction ‘SMJOBREQUEST’ as shown below.
Alternatively, you can call the job request form the Job Management Work Center, see SAP note 1117355 for more information.
The job request application consist of two views: a basic view targeted at the end user with little or no knowledge of business processes and job scheduling and a detailed view targeted at users with business processes and job scheduling knowledge. The user can always switch between these tow views of the job request.
First one has to specify the type of request (Reuqest new job, job modification, discontinue job scheduling), the name of the job documentation and of course the target system. Since job request is based on the Service Desk of SAP Solution Manager the system is identified by its installed base (IBase) component. In the example below I also added the ABAP report ‘BTCTEST’ as steps of the job.
In the next section of the request form a rudimentary scheduling information can be added to the request. In the example shown below, I requested to run the job every day at 10 a clock beginning from first of January. In the field start condition I entered the requirement that a different job has to run beforehand.
The next section collects documents the business context and the business requirements of the job. As this job request is only for demonstration purpose I set the priority to ‘Low’.
In final section of the basic job request I just filled in the information required by the SAP Solution Manager Service Desk, e.g. a short description of the request and the business partners of the reporter and the requesting Sold-To Party. In addition, I added my contact information.
The basic request is now ready to be send to the SAP Solution Manager system. To do so just hit the ‘Send’ button.
In case you want to add detailed scheduling information to the request or attach a document, switch to the detailed view and enter the information in the corresponding section of the request. In the screenshot below you see (part of) the scheduling section of the detailed job request. In this example I select BC-XBP interface, which covers all parameters of an SAP background job. Here is specified the job priority to ‘C’ (default) and did not specify the target server.
The screenshot below shows (part of) the very same section of the request but this time for the Central Process Scheduler. In this example you entered some scheduling information. The job should be scheduled once on January 9 and use a certain job definition.
With this quick presentation of the detailed scheduling section I end my presentation of the job request creation. But as noted above the creation is just the starting point for any job management. Subsequent activities include but are not limited to approval, implementation, documentation and test.
The screenshot below shows the document flow of a job request in the SAP Solution Manager Service Desk (transaction CRMD_ORDER). In order to document the requested job I created a new job documentation and assigned it to the request. Furthermore I created a change request as follow up document to start the approval process (All these activies are executed from the “Actions” menu of transaction CRMD_ORDER). But this part of the job management process will be presented in an upcoming blog.
Additional information be found in the SAP Online Knowledge Products: SAP Solution Manager: First select the role “Technology Cons. & System Admin.” and then the topic “Job Scheduling Management”. Service Desk configuration is described and documented in the Implementation Guide (IMG), see SAP note 1111310. End user documentation is also available online.