Updated Nov 2021 !
This blog is for the detailed steps for SAP Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder on spotlight for step t1 of S/4HANA upgrade. Pathfinder answers the questions ‘how can I optimize my current system and make the most out of it, and how can I best use my SAP support entitlement?’ The Pathfinder analysis is available for customers running SAP ERP and SAP S/4HANA systems.
Process Discovery is only for ERP systems and not meant for S/4HANA systems and answers questions on why you should move from ERP to S/4HANA.
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All steps are according to SAP Note 2745851 – Business Process Improvement Content for “SAP Readiness Check 2.0” and “Process Discovery (evolution of SAP Business Scenario Recommendations)” and “SAP Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder” version 48. Click on Show Changes for revision comparison.
The blog follows the document https://d.dam.sap.com/a/s3m1E5
Please find the graphic with application of notes as below.
STEP 1: PREPARATION
Login to S/4HANA System (only production system, no system copy) and enter tCode SPAM. Check the Package level of component ST-A/PI
Open SAP Note 2745851 in browser and check the latest version – notes required to be applied.
We have ST-A/PI 01T_731 SP 002 and so we need to apply SAP notes 2803335 and note 2795008.
If there is no ST-A/PI component, then please apply ST-A/PI version 01T or higher in your system from Software Downloads => SUPPORT PACKAGES & PATCHES => S => ST-A/PI, select based on NetWeaver release => ST-A/PI 01T_7XX
The notes shown above for ST-A/PI 01U are applicable for ST-A/PI 01U support packs SP01 SP02 and SP03.
STEP 2: APPLY NOTE 2758146
The note may have been applied for Readiness Check.
STEP 3: APPLY NOTE 2745851
Please apply SAP note 2745851 – Business Process Improvement Content for “SAP Readiness Check 2.0” and “Process Discovery (evolution of SAP Business Scenario Recommendations)” and “SAP Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder”
STEP 4: APPLY NOTE 2803335
The note may be different in your case as per your ST-A/PI release.
Enter tCode SNOTE and apply SAP note 2803335 – ST-A/PI 01T SP2: Advance Corr. BP Analytics – TBIs for ERP. There are no manual steps required.
TIP: When you implement this note you may see this warning message for several objects: Object already exists and will be overwritten. The status of the objects to be implemented is yellow and the checkbox in front of the line is empty. Please mark the checkbox to allow snote to overwrite the existing objects. Same applies for note in next step.
STEP 5: APPLY NOTE 2795008
The note may be different in your case as per your ST-A/PI release.
Enter tCode SNOTE and apply SAP note 2795008 – Corrections for ST-API 01T SP2 (framework for analytics). There are no manual steps required.
STEP 6: RUN BACKGROUND JOB IN PROD SYSTEM
In the Production Client, assign authorization object SM_BPM_DET with the Characteristic of ‘OBJECT_MS‘ (collected KPI´s) to the user who is executing the report.
Run tCode SE38 report RC_VALUE_DISCOVERY_COLL_DATA
Select (1) Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder and (2) select period from the popup and (3) Schedule Analysis. Click on Immediate and OK.
You should get message below.
The Background job will be run as below. In case the extraction takes too long or the generated file is too big, you can run the job again with reduced data collection period. If there is any error, please refer to SAP Note 2977422 – Process Discovery (evolution of SAP Business Scenario Recommendations) & SAP Pathfinder report – troubleshooting guide or create ticket with component SV-SCS-S4R.
After the job is completed please click on Download Analysis data. Please check that the date in the notification dialog below shows as current date.
You will get a prompt to save file in the format BSRAnalysisDataABA20210228.zip in your local PC
STEP 7: REVIEW COLLECTED DATA
Extract the content of the zip file, as below:
The files included are as below:
bpa.xml – Contains business metrics related to backlogs, percent of automation and lead time for selected business processes. It does also include additional information of the backlog time
distribution and organizations contributing to the overall value.
sto3n.xml – Contains the list of transactions and reports used on the system over the last month with some statistical
ttcode.xml – Contains the list of transactions with their classification and the number of users
ana_sys_add_info.xml – Additional technical information related to the system related to database, level of different solutions and software components installed.
ana_sys_header.xml – Contains basic information to identify the system on which the analysis has been run.
STEP 8: FINAL CHECKS
- This zip file should only contain four or five XML files and XSL files (depending on the SAP note version). If the zip file contains more XML files it is likely that it was incorrectly created with the SAP Readiness Check report.
- Check that all XML files contain data, especially bpa.xml, ttcode.xml and st03.xml.
If one of the files is empty, ensure that the latest versions of the SAP Notes are applied to your SAP ERP system and data was collected in your productive system
STEP 9: DOWNLOAD LATEST EARLYWATCH REPORT
- Download latest standard SAP EarlyWatch Alert (PDF file) for your productive SAP ERP or SAP S/4HANA system from SAP Support Portal or SAP Solution Manager
STEP 10: (OPTIONAL) EXTRACT SAP FIORI (ODATA) USAGE DATA
- Go to transaction SA38 in your SAP Fiori front end server and execute report /IWFND/R_METERING_VIEW
- Select last 3 months
- Select “Settings” → Layout → Change
- Select displayed column: “Tech. Svc. Name”
- Select all data → Right click “Copy Text”
- Save as Excel
- Add this Excel into the ZIP file from step 1.
STEP 11: UPLOAD THE FILES
In the browser url SAP Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder Request (ondemand.com) Click on Get Started Now
Fill in the form below:
Acknowledge and Agree to the terms and click on Submit button.
It’s not done yet ! After you submit request, you will receive confirmation email. Please press Confirm to complete the request process.
It takes approximately 5 Business days to receive the results report and you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions
Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder on spotlight has to be run only for productive S/4HANA system. A system copy of the productive system shall not be used, as not all logs files are available there.
TIP: During your regular maintenance patch update, please include ST-PI & ST-A/PI, that way some of the required notes are already applied. Both these OCS Packages ST-PI and ST-A/PI do not need stack the xml and can be applied separately.
COMPONENT FOR INCIDENTS:
You can create OSS messages using component SV-SCS-S4R
Thank you. Hope you enjoyed the blog !
Product Expert – S/4HANA
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