Couple of weeks before we have upgraded our solution manager from SP7 to SM7.1 SP10. We were tested all the changes in our existing configurations like CCLM, TechMon, EEMon. During the testing, we found very significant changes in PI Monitoring, through this blog I would like to list down some of my findings.

UI Enhancements in the Technical setup

Improved SM 7.1 SP10 delivered new additional monitoring capabilities to monitor entire PI scenarios.

In SP10, there is no dedicated PI monitoring setup options in solman_Setup. Now all the PI scenarios completely integrated with interface and channel monitoring. It is quite significant, Now We can configure monitoring of all the interfaces channels, web service, Idoc communications, status of message flow and various PI components, message search etc on centrally at one place.

Why Integration

The main reason for Interface and PI monitoring integration would be that most of the PI monitoring scenarios lies on interface monitoring too, if both are defined in single place it helps the both business support users and application support help desk consultants.

First Look

Interface and PO Monitoring setup under solman_Setup -> technical monitoring divided to 4 major scenarios.  Now Pi monitoring is one of them.

Very first would be our usual interface monitoring which taken care of RFC communications, web services, Idocs. This is also enhanced to monitor tRFC,qFC,GW services. Second is our regular Connection monitoring which is dedicated monitoring setup for HTTP and TCP/IP RFCs. As per the latest roadmap Solution Manager – What is New Today, Planned for the Future – ASUG Webcast Part 4 document shared by Tammy that SAP has the roadmap even to integrate interface and connectivity monitor together under the tag as ICMon, we can expect this in future releases. Third one would be our previous PI monitoring which has component, message, channel monitors as same as in the previous releases without any change, message search feature also same as before. The new Message flow monitoring (MFMon) has been added now additionally, which helps monitoring of your B2B scenarios.

Central view of all monitoring under one place looks very more simple and more efficient.

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New Message flow monitoring ( MFMon)

If you checked on SM 7.1 SP7, we do have message monitor and it also has some term as message flow monitor.  But this is different from the new message flow monitoring. Starting from the prerequisites and setup both are highly varied. The earlier is used just for getting the overview of message flow only between the components PI components like integration engine, adaptor engine, Proxy etc.

In SP10 PI Monitoring message monitor sub tab message flow monitor renamed to message overview monitor to avoid confusions.

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The new message flow monitoring is actually for monitoring cross system message flows, this is more on business relevant. The exact use case for this new message flow monitoring could be the earlier requirement for Jonathan Ma here How to monitor sxmb_moni in the ABAP systems(business system)?

MFMon exactly fit for such B2B Scenarios. SAP strategy for Solution manager is that solman could support all the latest innovations. The original concept of MFMon is from one of the PI 7.3 innovation which is PI Integration visibility component. It is the major prerequisite for MFMon setup and moreover MFMon consumes needed monitoring data from there.  More technical details about PI integration visibility, you can refer here Integration Visibility – Administering Process Integration (PI) – SAP Library

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Workflow Monitoring

This is solution manager support for Business process Management ( BPM ), to monitor custom process flow defined in BPM via Technical monitoring alerting framework.

I am very eager to check these new features, waiting for my PI sandbox for test drive. If any of the other experts tested these features, please comment here your feedback about these new monitoring features. Is that really fulfilling all the business requirement? How promising the message flow monitoring? please share your view.

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  1. Julian Baldner

    The new message flow monitoring is actually for monitoring cross system message flows, this is more on business relevant. ” That is not true as i can see .. the new message flow monitoring is just showing the flow between the pi runtime components !

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      1. Julian Baldner

        Hi Jansi,

        thank you for the link. Our SP release is SP 10.

        Now I have troubles with the PI Integration Visibility Component in the configuration process of the Message Flow.

        There is no PI System shown on which this component is installed. How can I configure that ? With the configuration guide on the sap network I can’t even launch

        The pi tools as described because I never use links like http://[host]:[port]/intgvis. To acces.

        Regards,

        Julian

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  2. Julian Baldner

    Thanks for help !

    One other question:

    If I want to configure the Integration Visibility Component in our SAP PI 7.4 system, I have to connect to the SLD. Now this SLD isn’t configured/build yet.

    Is it possible to track the message flows with the IV Component of the new PI 7.4 in the system landscape of an older PI ( 7.1.1.) system ? So I would connect the old SLD and PI domain to the Integration Visibility Component.

    Any chance ?

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    1. Venkatesh R

      Hi Julian,

      The Message Flow Monitoring is supported from SAP PI 7.31 SP7 only as the data collection is not possible from the older versions of SAP PI.

      Regards,

      Venkatesh

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  3. Avi Luski

    Hi Jansi ,

    thanks for the detailed information 🙂

    one part is not clear to me reg. the MFM and this is the option to integrate errors and responses from other integration systems ( non sap )

    for example – we are integrating employee MD from Successfactors to ECC HCM.

    the message is initiated in SF moving via BOOMI ( standard integration package between SF and HCM ) PI ( no process orc. only PI ) and finaly to ECC ( from ECC after processing to additional legacy system )

    while the ECC and PI parts are covered via the MFM, other integration systems that are part of this scenario are not covered.

    is there a way to enhance the MFM with data ( that can be transferred by webservice or flat file etc. ) of other non sap systems in order to complete the full monitoring of the same message.

    appreciate your inputs.

    thanks in advance,

    avi

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  4. Vishal Prajapati

    Hi Jansi,

    Thanks for the update on PI monitoring.

    I wanted to know whether in PI Monitoring from Tech Mon or BPMon is it possible to identify the failed PI message based on Organisation Structure like Sales org, purchase org or any document types?

    I want to send the alert notifications to the monitoring team based on the area of the business affected. Like if the PI message related to Sales Org XYZ gets failed then I can send the email notification only to that responsible person.

    As off now I can only know whether the PI message has failed or was successful but once I get to know that the PI message has failed I cannot know that for which business object that message was.

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  5. Osman Jabri

    Hi Jansi

    Does this requires security roles creation for grouping of interfaces?

    Suppose i want UserA to monitor a set of interfaces and User B to monitor different set of interfaces. How can that be achieved?

    Regards

    Osman

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