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Author's profile photo Liese Bösch

Redocumentation ChaRM processes with SAPOMETER

Today I want to share a tool that can be useful for SAP Solution Manager Consultants when they need to quickly get involved in a problem or situation analysis.

The standard practice of interaction between SAP Partner and SAP Customer, when it is necessary to quickly re-document the configured ChaRM (Change Request Management) or ITSM (IT Service Management) processes at the Customer’s site. The key word in this situation is “quickly”, since the cost of the services of an external consultant is quite high in contrast to internal resources.

How can I reduce the time for analyzing settings? You need a tool that, instead of a consultant, will analyze the necessary settings and display them in a convenient format for decision making.

The free utility SAPOMETER helps me here, which contains several basic utilities for SAP Solution Manager. For example, the first thing I do when I need to visually understand any configured process is to run the workflow redocumentation utility (in this tool it’s called – Transaction Process Visualizer). Simply two clicks and I get a visual picture of the configured workflow. Here I can also clarify which methods were used, which parameters for the method were entered, which checkboxes were set for working out this method:

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The result of redocumenting the ChaRM process of the Urgent Change (SMHF)

If you look at the configured status of the process, in the context menu, you can see the actions assigned to this status, consistency checks, authorization objects, etc.:

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Customization for highlighted status E0009 of Urgent Change (SMHF)

Of course, everything depends on the task of the Customer. Visualization in SAPOMETER tool can identify the problems and advise on actions to solve different problems in short time.

Let’s move on to the utilities for documenting the settings. For example, you need to collect a table in the context of the PPF of actions and the customizing associated with them: scheduling conditions, start conditions, the method attached to the action, and the method parameters. We can get the following picture:

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PPF Actions for Urgent Change (SMHF)

Another utility “Transaction PPF Status” for context of statuses. In it you can group all events associated with statuses. For example, conditions hung on the status, status settings for predecessor, status setting for successor, etc.:

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Status Settings for SMHF document

There are other utilities that I rarely use.
All this helps to solve tasks more quickly and, therefore, more efficiently.

As for the tool, all you need to start using it’s just download the tool (no installation required, it’s portable) and download the SAP NW RFC SDK library. And then it remains to make a connection and perform analysis.

With this article I start the series of posts which will include more tips and trics techniques how to speed up the work of a consultant, so stay tuned, and big THANK YOU for your interest in this short blog. I am looking forward to hearing from you feedback!

 

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      Author's profile photo Balaji Srinivas Singh
      Balaji Srinivas Singh

      Hi,

      can we get more information about this tool? I checked sapometer.com. unfortunately, there is no detailed write-up about the features. from screenshots, I see it is also a monitoring tool (Is my understanding right)? If yes, does it allow monitoring of SAP systems (not only Solman)?

       

       

      Author's profile photo Liese Bösch
      Liese Bösch
      Blog Post Author

      Hello!
      Yes, you are right, this is a comprehensive monitoring tool for all SAP systems, not only SAP Solution Manager. By and large, it has two sections - Utilities and Metrics. In my practice, I used only 3 utilities for SAP Solution Manager, but there are about 100 of them. But the catalog of metrics consists of almost 800 metrics, from which you can select the ones you need and set them up for output with the possibility of periodically updating data.

      Yes, according to the site contains quite a bit of information. I will try to write a separate blog about the functionality and capabilities of this tool.

      Hope it brought some clarity.
      Best regards
      Liese

      Author's profile photo Balaji Srinivas Singh
      Balaji Srinivas Singh

      thanks for the reply. is this tool recognized by SAP? just asking to make sure that it is safe to use this tool.

      Author's profile photo Liese Bösch
      Liese Bösch
      Blog Post Author

      Yes, our programmers first of all analyzed for security. There is nowhere in the description that this tool is certified by SAP. But if you figure out how it works, then fears go away. In fact, the tool is a wrapper over the SAP NW RFC SDK library developed by SAP. He asks her to download at the first use. Further, in order to obtain data on same metrics, Functional Modules that are configured for remote call (set for Remote-Enabled Module) are used. And thus, again, calls to the FM modules are used, which are contained in the core of the SAP system. If there is no such module, then sapometer will say this FM module is not found.
      Therefore, this tool does not require any additional transport requests to be imported. It also does not require installation itself, it comes in a zip file. He doesn't need internet access. We use it in a closed circuit and there are no problems.