SAP BI Change Documentation
A non-insignificant part of the costs incurred in connection with the implementation of new or adjustment of existing SAP BI solutions can be ascribed to the preparation of documentation. Depending on the requirements of the specific company, such documentation may include end-user documentation, operating documentation, technical solution documentation as well as several other types of documentation.
End-user documentation and operating documentation will, to a high extent, be prepared manually. Solution documentation will also naturally comprise elements that can only be described manually, for example, “why is this object made and what role does it play in relation to the business process it supports”. However, there is other documentation that, to a very high extent, does not require manual effort!
A requirement that is often placed is that system operators need to be able to see how the technical setup changes in connection with the implementation of a project or an adjustment – in other words, they must be able to see what the SAP BI system setup looked like before and after a patch as well as easily identify specific measures undertaken in the system.
Accommodating this requirement requires complete documentation of all technical objects related to the specific implementation or adjustment of the SAP BI solutions – an activity that is both time and resource-demanding and thereby also costly. Moreover, the time factor entails a serious risk that the system configuration will be changed even before the documentation is finally prepared!
What is necessary?
The situation therefore calls for a solution that can automatically identify the changes that have taken place in the SAP BI configuration of a project or a patch and automatically generate the documentation for these changes. The solution must also be able to pick out the modification documentation for all SAP BI objects and see what changes have been made, when and in what connection. All this is possible!
Automatic generation of system documentation
Innologic’s BI Change Documentation solution is based on the specific work done in connection with specific SAP BI projects or patches. Work is normally done in a SAP BI development environment where all modifications to objects are grouped in a SAP transport. Once the development is compete, the transport is released and transferred to a testing or production environment.
It is here that Innologic’s BI Change Documentation solution strikes. The solution analyses daily the content of the released transport(s) and automatically generates the system documentation for all gathered objects. The documentation is simultaneously linked to the specific project or patch. This ensures that the system documentation is always up-to-date and remains 100% valid.