Quick Check List of Technical Prerequisites for Business Process Change Analyzer (BPCA) and Test Scope Optimization (TSO)

BPCA and TSO in Outlook

The Business Process Change Analyzer is a standard SAP Solution Manager 7.1 functionality aimed to identify impact of planned changes on live environments (systems); and to define the test scope from different perspective e.g. business process priority or criticality. It is used for change impact analysis and allows to do a risk based test planning and execution. BPCA is a part of the End to End Integration Testing standard for SAP Solutions. The Business Process Change Analyzer compares the objects in transports to the objects in TBOMs (Technical Bill of Material) of the target (production) system. Since every TBOM is assigned to an executable entity (e.g. transactions, programs, WebDynpro application etc.) in a scenario, business process or process step, you can determine which parts of Business Process Hierarchy are affected by the change and the same due for testing.

You can use the test cases information to create scenario-based test plans that are tailored to the relevant changes.

With the Business Process Change Analyzer, you can:

  • Analyze which business processes are affected by the specified change or by the planned activation of a business function
  • Optimize the test scope of a BPCA results to test what matters
  • Create test plans from the analysis results either in Test Workbench or in the Test Set module of Quality Center by HP.

Links to SAP Best Practice documents and BPCA how-to guides

There is number of very good documentation (how-to guides and Best Practice documents) explaining the aim of BPCA in details and how to setup and use this application. The documents can be found in:

Quick Check List of Technical Prerequisites for BPCA

The table below summarizes the action items necessary to technically enable the BPCA and TSO functionalities. The actions can be distributed among your IT teams to streamline the work and ensure all perquisites are correctly implemented to use those BPCA applications:

Prerequisite

Systems

Responsible

Comments

  1 Verify (update if needed) the ST-PI component on the Solution Manager system   SolMan   SolMan Admin   Note 1316524, (Question [3] of this Note)
  2 Complete Basic Configuration of Solution Manager 7.1 SP10 or higher successfully   SolMan   SolMan Admin   Follow Guided Procedure in transaction SOLMAN_SETUP: Basic Configuration
  3   a

Complete Manage System Configuration of managed systems  successfully (minimum steps 1, 2 and 3)

  SolMan   SolMan Admin   Follow Guided Procedure in transaction SOLMAN_SETUP: Manage System Configuration

  b

  CreateTrusted and TMW RFC connections to managed systems   SolMan/
  Managed
  SolMan Admin   Managed systems must be connected via RFC connections which have to be setup correctly as described in Note 1830640 – Authorizations for SAP Solution Manager RFC users as of SP09
  c   Create logical components and assign managed systems/clients in the System Role “Evaluations” and “Development” or other adequate System Role   SolMan   SolMan Admin

 

  4

 

  a

  Maintain and open remote connections to Solution Manager   SAP Service Marketplace   SolMan Admin
  b   Setup R/3 connection to Solution Manager system   SAP Service Marketplace   SolMan Admin
  c   Setup HTTP connection to Solution Manager system (in order to access Test Management Workcenter remotely)   SAP Service Marketplace   SolMan Admin
  5   Identify ALL managed systems and clients on managed systems for TBOM creation (BPCA)   SolMan   SolDoc Owner
  6   a   Verify managed system readiness to create TBOMs by checking the SAP_BASIS and ST-PI software component versions   Managed System   Managed System Admin

  In the managed systems, a release 2008_1_xx or higher of software component ST-PI must be installed.

  All managed systems also require software component SAP_BASIS a version 46C or higher for dynamic TBOM recording.

See Note 1316524

  b

  Update ST-PI component on the managed systems if needed

   Managed

  Managed SystemAdmin

   Note 1316524 (Question [3] of this Note)

    c

   Implement technical prerequisites for TBOM creation and BPCA described in SAP Notes 1316524 and  1595424     SolMan/  Managed

   SolMan Admin/  Managed System Admin

    SAP Note 1316524 and  1595424

  d   (Optional) Verify/update Kernel patch level on your managed systems based on SAP Note 1595424  (for TBOM creation by TAO)   Managed   Managed System Admin    Based on SAP Note 1595424 the following minimum Kernel patch level is required for certain SAP Kernel releases:
  o 700: Patch Level 264 or higher
  o  701: Patch Level 116 or higher
  o  720: No Minimum Patch level
  required.
  e    Verify managed system readiness to create TBOM by background jobs   Managed    Managed System Admin   To record TBOMs of executables that plan background jobs, the Solution Manager 7.1 must be Support Package 05 or higher AND the managed systems must meet the following prerequisites:

  1. SAP_BASIS 702     Support Package 11
  or higher
  2. ST-PI   2008_1_XX Support Package 06
  or higher
  3. SAP KERNEL 720     PL200 or higher.

See Note 1684704

  7    Adjust the authorization profiles of communication users on ALL managed systems based on SAP Note 1572183   Managed   Security    Managed systems must be connected via RFC connections which have to be setup correctly as described in Note 1572183.

   If you use 7.1 SP09 or higher, use SAP Note 1830640.

  8   a    Add created logical components with managed systems to the Solution manager project landscape   SolMan    SolDoc Owner, SolMan Admin    Transaction SOLAR_PROJECT_ADMIN
  b    Create a business processes structure in the project: business scenario -> business processes – > business process steps   SolMan   SolDoc Owner   Transaction SOLAR01
  c    Document SAP and Custom transactions with process steps on “Transactions” tab in the project   SolMan   SolDoc Owner   Transaction SOLAR01
d    Define and assign Customer Attributes (e.g. process priority) to Business Process for usage for test scope optimization   SolMan   SolDoc Owner    Transaction SPRO->SAP Solution Manager-> Capabilities (Optional) -> Implementation/Upgrade -> Blueprint and Configuration->Object Attributes
  9   a    Create users on Solution Manager system to run BPCA and create TBOM   SolMan   Security    To be able to use the trusted RFC connection, the user ID in both systems must be the same (User ID in SolMan = User ID in a managed system)
  b    Check if the Solution Manager system and the managed system is in a trusted relationship   SolMan / managed    SolMan Admin/ Managed System Admin    Transaction SMT1
  c   Assign authorization roles to users in Solution Manager system for BPCA/TBOM   SolMan    Security    Add the following authorization roles to user profile in SU01:

  – SAP_BPCA_ALL_COMP
  – SAP_SM_BPCA_RES_ALL
  – SAP_SM_BPCA_TBOM_ALL
  – Authority object S_RFCACL

  d    Assign authorization roles to users in Solution Manager system to work with projects   SolMan    Security    Please see the: Security Guide SAP Solution Manager 7.1 in
www.service.sap.com/instquides -> SAP Solution Manager -> Planning, Installation, Upgrade Guides

  SAP_SMWORK_IMPL
  SAP_SOL_PM_COMP
  SAP_SOL_AC_COMP
  SAP_SOL_PROJ_ADMIN_ADMIN
  SAP_SOL_PROJ_ADMIN_ALL
  SAP_SOL_KW_ALL
  SAP_SOL_TRAINING_ALL
  SAP_SMSY_ALL
  SAP_SOLMAN_DIRECTORY_ALL
  SAP_SM_SOLUTION_ALL
  SAP_SOLAR01_ALL
  SAP_SOLAR02_ALL

    e

   Provide access to Test Management  Workcenter

    SolMan

   Security

   The user in SolMan system must have the
following authorizations:

  – SAP_SMWORK_BASIC
  – SAP_SMWORK_BASIC_TEST_MAN
  – SAP_SMWORK_ITEST

 

   10

 

    Activate Solution Manager services

 

    SolMan

   SolMan Admin

   Transaction SPRO->SAP Solution Manager->Capabilities (Optional)->Business Process Change Analyzer->Activate Solution Manager Services

11

   Maintain AGS_BPCA_TBOM_EXPERT parameter value: 3 in the user profile (transaction SU01).

  SolMan

Security

   Start SU01 and add AGS_BPCA_TBOM_EXPERT on tab ‘Parameters’, value ‘3’

  12

   a

   Create users on managed system for TBOM creation

  Managed

Security

   To be able to use the trusted RFC connection, the user ID in both systems must be the same (User ID in SolMan = User ID in managed system)

   b

   Assign TBOM specific authorizations to users in managed system

  Managed

Security

   Add the following authorization roles to user profile in SU01:

  – SAP_SM_BPCA_TBOM

Authority objects:
– S_RFC: Access to Function Group E2E_TESTING_AGENT
  – S_DATASET: Authorization for activities 06 and 33
  – S_PATH: Authorization for activities 02 and 03
  – Authority object S_RFCACL

  c

   Assign authorizations to run the scenario specific transactions (e.g. VA01 or VL01N)

  Managed

  Security

  Application-specific authorizations

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