SAP pathfinder is an SAP tool to give you insights into your system and let SAP tell you where they think you can improve, optimise and innovate.
Questions that will be answered in this blog are:
- What is SAP pathfinder?
- How do I run it?
- Can I see a sample report of what I will get?
SAP pathfinder is part of the innovation and value support part of SAP. The full background can be read on the SAP pathfinder site. This site includes video’s that explain everything.
On this site you can also find an example output report.
Background OSS notes:
- 2758146 – SAP Readiness Check 2.0 & Next Generation SAP Business Scenario Recommendations or SAP Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder
- 2918818 – Usage and Performance Data Collection for SAP Business Scenario Recommendations and SAP Innovation and Optimization Pathfinder 2.0
How to run SAP pathfinder?
For SAP pathfinder you will need to upload 2 files to the SAP site:
- EWA with BKF (business key figure) data
- ST03N download data
The ST03N data is simple. If you do not have the BKF section yet in your EWA read on below.
If you have the files, upload them at the SAP site, confirm, and wait about 1 to 2 weeks before SAP has finished your report.
Main screen shot from the sample:
Setting up the BKF section in the EWA
OSS note 2282310 – Business Key Figures for EWA report contains the steps to get the BKF chapter activated.
Make sure in the managed system the user running the EWA data collection has the special role SAP_MANAGED_BPOANA_DIS. This is cause number 1 of issues.
If you make the settings, you would have to wait 3 weeks before the data is filled properly.
To gain speed, you can use the Express option. This option is explained in OSS note 2821062 – BKF Express Option/Manually running the BPMON job.
The UI of Business key figures Chapter Setting settings in the EWA is terrible. Please use the scroll bars to go to the right part. And the instruction mentions that you need to double click on a button or tab. This is correct. If you click once, nothing will happen. You really need to double click. This is completely counter-intuitive. But if you don't do it, it will not work, and you loose a lot of time.
If it still does not work, don’t hesitate to raise a message to SAP for component SV-SMG-SER-EWA.
SAP might ask you to apply the note 2477832 – SAP EWA Special Content BKF – on demand data collection (routine update & ZReport) as a workaround.