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Is your Controlling – Profitability Analysis (CO-PA) system performance not meeting your business user’s expectations?  Have you heard about the SAP CO-PA Accelerator for SAP HANA?  Are you accountable to build the business case for adopting SAP HANA to take advantage of this exciting new in-memory technology?   If you have answered yes to these questions, then read this second weblog of the CO-PA tools series and learn how the CO-PA Top-Down Distribution Log report can be used to gather important statistical data about your CO-PA system.

Log: Top-Down Distribution

Program RKETD_KE29 is assigned to transaction KE28L and it provides a detailed log of the Top-Down Distribution transaction which has been executed from Profitability Analysis.  Since Top-Down Distribution is an area that can be greatly accelerated by use of SAP HANA, let us look at the information that the log provides for this function.  Note that the KE28L transaction is only available with release ERP 6.0 Enhancement Package 5 Support Package 7 and later.  It is also standard in ERP 6.0 EHP6.

Start transaction KE28L and in the left side panel will be a list of Top-Down Distribution Runs.   The list can be sorted by Period, Execution Time, and by Variant.

KE28L_1

From the right side panel you can view the Sender of the distribution.

KE28L_2

If you click on the Receiver icon you can see those results too.

KE28L_3

From the Technical Data tab you can get an overview of the Top-Down Distribution execution parameters including user id and timestamp of the run.

KE28L_5

The screen captures presented above are taken from a demo system and do not indicate a CO-PA performance issue.  But many productive CO-PA systems do experience slow processing times with Top-Down Distribution.   If this is your situation and you want to estimate the potential time savings to your period end closing if you license SAP HANA, then you can use the KE28L transaction to ascertain the exact amount of time the Top-Down Distribution function is taking to read reference data.  This read access time can be dramatically reduced using the CO-PA Accelerator and SAP HANA.

It is interesting to note that if the CO-PA Accelerator is active in your ERP system then this report indicates the Data Source is HANA.  Here is a customer example where 54,780 subtotal records for the allocation were derived from several millions of line items of reference data in only 28 seconds.

KE28L_6

Using the Top-Down Distribution log to understand your CO-PA system performance I hope you find the runtime analysis data useful to help substantiate an investment in the CO-PA Accelerator and SAP HANA.

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  1. Former Member

    Hi Jeffery,

    I have followed the instructions above and tried to see the log. However, when i see it, the results tab, there are not Senders records available.

    Thanks & Regards

    Surya Varma

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    1. Jeffrey Holdeman Post author

      Usually when you get that message it means your KE28 setup is not in alignment with your actual source data records.   In the KE28 processing instructions screen, ALL fields selected to be distributed in the first column must be blank/unassigned in the source CO-PA data for the transaction to run successfully, otherwise the execution history log will indicate there are no records to process.

      http://wiki.scn.sap.com/wiki/display/ERPFI/KE28+%28Configure+and%29+Execute+Top-Down+Distribution+of+Actual+Data

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