Showcase New Feature SAP MII v 15 SP 03 – Plant Connectivity Integration
Applies to- 15.0 SP3 Patch 7
This document showcases the new feature of Plant Connectivity Integration in MII v15.0
The document takes us step by step showing how to use the Plant Connectivity Integration Functionality Introduced recently.
Table of Content
Introduction to Plant connectivity Integration
Creating/Managing the Notification
Complete Process Flow
Introduction to Plant Connectivity Integration
This feature helps us to configure PCo remotely via MII. SAP MII Administration Menu provides us a new component named Plant Connectivity Integration which contains a notification management tab wherein we can create and manage lifecycle of notification. This new screen is Fiori based HTML5 client for maintaining PCo notification from MII.
When we click on Notification Management, a new screen opens up showing us tiles for Manage Notification and Browse Notification.
Browse Notification helps us to search through various parameters like PCo Data Server, Notification Name, and Status etc. The search functionality is a big help specially when you have created number of notification and you want a quick easy way to reach out to one of notification and edit it. You can even Export/Import, Edit, Pause a notification – all from within MII without even opening PCo console.
Sample Browse Notification Screen
Sample Manage Notification Screen
Create/Manage the Notification
We will now showcase how to create a notification by clicking Manage Notification (initial screen display as above).
- We have a PCo DataServer configured and in running status within SAP MII.
- PCo Tag Alias already created within PIC for our example.
- PCo Notification Destination type should already exist in SAP PCo.
- Activate the version-ed notification setting within SAP PCo console. We can find this setting under Tools->Options (Global Properties->Enhancements).
Upon opening the Manage Notification Screen, we will choose a PCo Data Server for which we intend to create a notification. On choosing a Data Server, Create Notification button is enabled on below right side of screen.
*Alternatively, we can click Plant Catalog, choose a tag and click Create Notification.
On click of Create Notification, a pop up asks for a Name and Description of Notification. For our example, we named it TemperatureTag. On providing the same, new screen opens up with tabs like Trigger, Output, Message Delivery, Destination, and Description.
Next, we provide a Trigger Expression for our Notification. For the same, we click on Manage Expression and provide an expression coming from PIC (Plant Information Catalog). For our example, we have mapped a PCo tag to a PIC Tag Alias named Newtag1. We enter an expression as greater than 4000 which is as displayed in screen below.
Then we click on Output tab, to provide an Output Expression. We provide an expression mapping it to PIC Alias name Newtag1 and naming expression as NewtagOutput.
Next, we click on Message Delivery, in case we want to change any parameters for Reliability, Failed Messages, Lifetime or bundling of any messages. For our example, we keep everything as default.
Then we click on Destination, for our example we have created a MII destination which we want to map it to out Notification.
On click of Add Destination, pop up screen comes up and we define MII Destination as MII_Destination as below.
On clicking OK, we map the Transaction Name, Input Parameter and save the notification.
As seen in snapshot above, we have various buttons on below right side of screen. Upon click of save – The notification is saved in a Draft state.
Various other buttons include:
Publish to PCo- It will send this notification to PCo which creates it in draft state.
Activate- It will make it activate and start sending the notification.
Pause/Resume- User can pause/resume on any of current notification.
Complete Process Flow
We demonstrated above, how we create a notification from Notification Management from within MII.
Later, we publish it to PCo and it is visible from SAP PCo console as well. Now, we can manage the entire lifecycle ofnotification from MII. We can edit it, activate it so that we can send notifications through, we can pause it, resume it and even delete it. Once we activate it, it starts sending notification to MII which is chosen destination for our example.
PCo Console snapshot showing the Notification which we created from MII screen (in Pause state)
If we try to edit it (from within MII), it creates a new version and entire lifecycle of publishing it, activating it, needs to be followed before we receive the notification again.
And now if we search through the notification under Browse Notification tile, it shows our notification which is created from MII as below.
The above steps show us how we can create and manage the notification lifecycle all from within MII. And above that, we can even search through all the notifications created and edit them at easy using the latest functionality of Plant Connectivity Integration through Notification Management tab.
- Only Notification which are created within MII, are visible and available under search functionality.