SAP BW Bridge: New Features in Q2 2022
Next quarter, next shipment. The new release of the SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, SAP BW bridge has been shipped with SAP BTP ABAP Environment Release 2205 end of May 2022.
The new release contains the following main features:
- Remote Conversion
- New Custom Process Type
- Mass Activation of Inactive Objects
- DTP Monitor Enhancement
- Scheduling Process Chains
In addition, to the new features there is a troubleshooting guide available now in the online documentation. It explains how to identify and solve configuration issues in the connectivity of on-premise source systems to SAP BW bridge.
Transfer Tool for Remote conversion
Transferring data models from SAP BW or SAP BW/4HANA to SAP BW bridge via the Shell Conversion was already possible since the February release of SAP BW bridge. It can be used to transfer metadata such as DataStore objects, InfoObjects, transformations, DTPs, and process chains. The remote conversion now adds the option to also include data in the conversion process.
The Remote Conversion is available for SAP BW 7.3x, 7.40, and 7.50.
- SAP Note 3141688
- Blog: Conversion to SAP Data Warehouse Cloud: Conversion Paths and Cloud Transformation Steps
- More information about the Remote Conversion on the SAP Help Portal
Custom Process Type in Process Chains
Custom process types empower users of SAP BW bridge to gain more flexibility when designing process chains. You can implement a simplified custom process type with execution method, status, messages, and user interface.
The procedure in SAP Help describes the implementation of a custom process type in the SAP BW Modeling Tools and the declaration in the SAP BW Bridge Cockpit.
For tenants that had been provisioned before release 2205, a manual step is required to see the app ‘Custom Process Types’: Assign the business catalog SAP_DW4_BC_CONFIG_PC to a business role of the user, logoff from your tenant, and logon again.
More information about the Custom Process Types on the SAP Help Portal.
Mass Activation of Inactive Objects
In the SAP BW Modeling Tools, you can activate many inactive objects all at the same time without having to perform individual activation steps. The activation is done in the new Mass Activation view. It is recommended to perform the activation in background.
The following objects are supported:
- DataStore objects
- Data Transfer Processes
Simulating DTPs in the SAP BW Modeling Tools
Simulating the data update and debugging a DTP request help you to analyze an incorrect DTP request. You can also simulate a transformation prior to the actual data transfer if you want to check whether it provides the desired results. This is now possible by the new Simulate in Job feature in the SAP BW Modeling Tools.
For DTPs with ABAP execution, you can fill temporary storage after selected steps in the Runtime Properties of the DTP, e.g., after extraction or transformation, and show the data in the simulated request.
By setting a breakpoint in the “active” class (with class name ending with _A), you can also debug ABAP and AMDP routines.
DTP Monitor – Display Red Data Packages Only
The Request Monitor for a request in the data transfer process displays detailed information about the processing of the request. From the Details column, you have new navigation options:
If the request contains any red packages, a new feature Display Red Data Packages Only allows you to restrict the display to these packages. If you choose More, the system allows you to display all data packages from the request again.
More information about Monitoring of Data Transfer Processes on the SAP Help Portal.
Scheduling Process Chains
In the Process Chain Editor – Edit Chains app, further actions are available to you:
- You can use the Schedule button to schedule the process chain for execution in the background. Date/time- and workday-based scheduling options are available. If necessary, you can use the Unschedule button to cancel this setting.
- You can use the Execute button to specify whether to execute the process chain synchronously or asynchronously.
More information about Creating Process Chains and Scheduling or Unscheduling of Process Chains on the SAP Help Portal.
You will find more information about what is new or changed with SAP BW bridge or SAP Data Warehouse Cloud in the sections on the SAP Help Portal:
If you are interested in additional information, see our SAP Data Warehouse Cloud Community. On our Community you will find further product information, various subpages with more detailed information about Getting Started with SAP Data Warehouse Cloud, Business Content, as well as content for Best Practices & Troubleshooting and more.
many thanks for the great update on the new feautures. However, I am running into an issue creating a custom process type. I followed the steps mentioned in the documentation, but I always get the following error message when creating the new process type in the DWC cockpit:
I doubled checked the ABAP class definition and implementation, the required interface is implemented.
Thanks for bringing this issue to our attention. Meanwhile, we have identified the root cause. A fix is planned to be shipped to all SAP BW bridge tenants in about 1-2 weeks.
It is planned to push the fix to all SAP BW bridge tenants over the upcoming weekend, July 2nd/3rd.
thanks for your updates. The fix worked :).
Thanks for the information. Will there be a step by step guide for the remote conversion? The SAP Help has also no really information what has to be done.
Yes, this document is in finalization and should be available in July.
This Blog gives a very good overview and checklists: Conversion to SAP Data Warehouse Cloud: Conversion Paths and Cloud Transformation Steps
Thanks. I know the checklist and I run into some errors at the moment, which shows no information like "There is no active DLM run with maintained target system" but the target is the Bridge, so there is something missing I guess.
Can you please let us know in which step/activity (task list or transfer cockpit) you are getting this message?
it is the first step after selecting an DSO I want to convert. So when I select the scope and click execute I receive the message.
Please check Note Analyzer in the sender system to ensure all notes are properly installed/updated. If the issue persists, please raise an incident under the component CA-LT-BW4.