The latest SP of SAP Process Orchestration 7.31 / 7.4 has been shipped end of May this year. This blog post summarizes what new features and enhancements it brought to you.
PowerDesigner Integration with Process Composer
With SAP Sybase PowerDesigner, SAP provides a powerful tool used for modeling and documenting business processes on a high level. These business processes are executable on SAP BPM by adding technical details using the Process Composer within NetWeaver Developer Studio. The Process Composer comes with a file-based import/export and thus is able to enrich business processes modelled in PowerDesigner and other BPMN 2.0 compliant modeling tools such as Signavio. As PowerDesigner is one of the most important tools in this regard, the integration has been improved to be more convenient.
With the latest SP it is possible to connect the Process Composer directly to one or multiple PowerDesigner repositories. You can search for business processes in the connected repositories using a search view. This view displays the found processes along with additional information to support you in selecting the correct process. In order to finally import the desired process, you simply drag it out of the search view and drop it either on the project explorer or directly on the canvas of the Process Composer.
Java Public API Enhancements – Task Count API
Assigning BPM Tasks to users can lead to unbalanced situations where some users might be overloaded and others are endangered to run out of work. To optimize the distribution of tasks, a new method in the Java Public API was introduced which determines the work load for a group of users. The method getTaskCountPerTaskModel returns the number of tasks assigned to individual users per task model.
Map<URI taskmodelID, Map<IUser,Integer>> getTaskCountPerTaskModel(IUser users,TaskAbstractQueryCriteria queryCriteria)
The result of this method looks like illustrated in the following table:
|Task Model||User||Task Count|
|Vehicle Service Request||Alex||2|
Java Public API Enhancements – Attachments API
Working on a BPM Task might require additional documents such as a receipt or a bill. For such purposes SAP BPM provides the possibility to attach documents or other files to a task or a process. With the latest SP the Java Public API provides new methods to retrieve those attachments and to e.g. display them in a UI. In summary the public API comes with three new methods to (1) return all attachments associated with a task instance ID, (2) return the details of a specific attachment and (3) return the total number of attachments for a specific task instance.
NetWeaver Administrator Enhancements – Task Model ID in Process Repository
With My Inbox, SAP provides a Fiori App which enables access to all tasks coming from various backend system along with an outstanding user experience. SAP Business Workflow and SAP BPM are just two example of task provider systems which can be connected to the My Inbox. See Neelaja’s Blog for more details. In case of SAP BPM the configuration of the My Inbox is done based on Task Model IDs. The required Task Model IDs are now displayed in the Process Repository of the NetWeaver Administrator.
Enhanced Generation of task UIs based on SAPUI5
A BPM Task requires a user interfaces to be handled by a processor. SAP BPM provides the ability to generate task UIs based on SAPUI5 and thus increases the developer productivity massively. With 7.31 SP13 the SAPUI5 Generation was enabled for tasks with primitive input data (e.g. String, Integer) only. With the latest SP the SAPUI5 Generation was extended to support complex data types and collections as well. In addition to this the generated UI contains now a Reject Button as well as a Put Back button. Due to the modular design of the UI implementation, the generated UI can be adjusted easily. Find more details on the enhanced SAPUI5 Generation in Romy’s Blog.
REST adapter enhancements
The following two new enhancements of the REST adapter have been introduced:
- You can configure the sender REST adapter to poll REST APIs including splitting of messages, duplicate check, and incremental requests.
- You can define the Quality of Service either by HTTP operation or interface operation which allows you using one and the same channel for different operation modes.
For more details, refer to the corresponding blogs within the REST adapter blog series.
Alerting email notification
The message based alerting allows you to send email notifications whenever an alert has been triggered. To setup the email notification, you need to schedule the so called email consumer job (AlertConsumerJob). So far, the format of the email payload was fixed. With the new version of the email consumer job (AlertConsumerJobV2), you can customize the email payload based on your own defined template file. Various variables are supported that are replaced during alert generation with values of the failed message. In addition, you can set the priority and the sensitivity of the emails, and define the language of the system generated text. See SAP Note 2088606 for more details.
Integration Directory Migration tool enhancements
The Integration Directory Migration tool helps you to automate the migration of your configuration scenarios running on an SAP Process Integration dual-stack system to SAP Process Orchestration. The following new features have been added:
- As an alternative to generate Integrated Configuration Objects, you can migrate the PI dual-stack scenarios to Integration Flows
- Supporting migration of scenarios with Receiver Rules
- Automatic resolution of Receiver List for scenarios with Extended Receiver Determination
Performance monitor supporting Integration Engine
The performance monitor for the Adapter Engine has been enhanced to support messages that are processed on an Integration Engine. It runs within the SAP NetWeaver Administrator replacing the previous monitor which was based on the Runtime Workbench. When selecting the Integration Engine from the drop down menu, you can leverage from all capabilities that are supported for the Adapter Engine, e.g., various filter criteria, displaying performance data at various levels of detail (overview, per scenario, per measuring point), and export to CSV.
Enterprise Service Repository perspective in NWDS
The Enterprise Services Repository (ESR) in the SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio doesn’t support all features compared to the Java Web Start UI, also known as Swing client. We have closed some of the gaps introducing the following features:
- Transport of ESR objects via file export and import
- Search design time artifacts in ESR
- Display queue for field mappings to verify your message mappings
For more details of all new 7.31 SP16 / 7.4 SP11 features, refer to the release notes.