Use Blogs to Efficiently Monitor BW System Alerts

  • by John Kurgan, Independent SAP BI Professional, JK Global Consulting, Inc.
  • August 1, 2005
You can combine blogs and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) to transform BW-system-generated messages into an online repository of information. Multiple parties can then subscribe to and view the messages without having to log into the BW system to track down problems. The result is a more timely, effortless, and visible depiction of system activities.
Key Concept
Really Simple Syndication (RSS) summarizes news, Web site content, and blogs into an XML format.

Using links between BW and a blog, you can save time by monitoring your BW processes via a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed. As more businesses adopt blogging (e.g., the SAP Developer Network at sdn.sap.com/sdn/weblogs.sdn), the possibility of using blogs to communicate with your users via an intranet becomes even greater.

Linking BW with a blog makes system monitoring much easier and faster by omitting the need to log into the SAPGUI to view system logs. Another benefit of this setup is the ability to add developers and analysts as subscribers without maintaining subscription lists.

You can send failure alerts to end users by setting up a series of blogs with RSS feeds, even if the users are not logged into the system. The users would have the option to monitor the alerts via a Web page, RSS reader, or email inbox. With this alerting method, the operation teams and developers can access the alerts via the Web page. They can troubleshoot problems and communicate to the users when the problem is solved. You could even have multiple blogs distributed among many people rather than one blog with all the alert entries.

John Kurgan

John Kurgan is an SAP BI consultant at JK Global Consulting, Inc. He has been fortunate enough to work as a consultant for clients in the US, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, and Great Britain. John is an avid Washington, DC, sports fan, where he is from originally.

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