How to Monitor and Debug Process Chains in APO

  • by Manoj Ambardekar, Solution Architect
  • June 15, 2007
During an SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) project implementation, you design process chains in APO Demand Planning, Supply Network Planning, or other modules to run background jobs. The application support team needs to know how to execute and monitor the process chains after go-live. See also how to trigger email messages on errors, debug errors, and re-run process chains.
Key Concept
The process chain monitor (transaction RSPCM) allows you to check the status of the process chains that you run in Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO). Although this originally was an SAP Business Intelligence (BI) technology, with SCM 4.1 and later, you can access it with APO.
New process chain technology, available in SAP Advanced Planning and Optimization (APO) Demand Planning (DP) starting with SCM 4.1, can replace existing batch jobs that were defined using transaction code SM36. When you execute the process chain, you can monitor it in the process chain monitor (transaction RSPCM) to check for errors.

In addition to monitoring the process chain, you can configure the process chain to send an email notification instantly when an error occurs. This saves time because the application support team finds out about the error immediately. Also, using process chains, you only need to repeat the part of the process chain affected by the error, which saves run time. I’ll present a common example of a preconfigured process chain and take you through the three steps to execute and monitor it.

Manoj Ambardekar

Manoj Ambardekar has more than 20 years of IT and manufacturing experience with firms such as IBM, Infosys, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Siemens Information in the CPG, brewing, and process industries. He has more than 14 years of experience with SAP APO and SAP ECC with specialization in logistics. He has played multiple roles as functional and technical lead as well as project manager. He has implemented SAP applications at more than 12 large- and medium-sized projects since 1998. Manoj is a chemical engineer certified in production and inventory management (CPIM) from APICS – USA, and holds a master’s of engineering (industrial) degree from B.I.T.S. in Pilani, India. Manoj works on both large and SME clients to implement SAP as both a configuration SME in APO/ECC PP-MM/Solution Manager and project manager/team lead. He specializes in supply chain management solutions using software such as SAP APO, SAP SCM, SAP ECC, SAP Solution Manager, and business intelligence for North American clients.

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