Figaf IRT 2.13 released

This week we are releasing the new version of Figaf IRT. It contains quite a bit of improvement to make it easier to get started the tool and make it easier to run your SAP Integration.

You can See a video of it here

General

Make it easier to get started with tool. Both login with the default user, guides to get started with adding license and agents. Updated tours to see the tool in action.

Improved EDIFACT comparison and ignoring of specific segments/fields. This function will also be on X12, in one of the patches. You can ignore if rounding of values. So 5.2 is the same as 5.20.

Improved documentation of changes, so you can see what has been changed as a part of a ticket.

Bug fixes and improvements in the database performance.

CPI

Tracking and transports of Packages, Value mappings. So you can see what is changed between versions. They are also added to your Git repository.

Monitor to show persisted messages. So you can let business monitor the persisted messages.

For people working with the Git workflow, we have also added an option on an agent to prevent commits of iflow changes during synchronization in IRT to avoid duplication of changes committed by user and IRT. This will only create the scaffolding for your Git repository including templates for all plugins. So you can still download/upload your CPI iflows from your IDE with the Gradle plugins. You can then follow your own workflows for working with the Git Repository. This is one of the areas where we need more input on how we can help make the flow better.

In the next releases, we will also be improving the Transport system giving you options to approve and test the changes better and hopefully find a good way to handle a Git flow in the same area.

SAP PI/PO

We had a client using the Figaf IRT tool to test their Seeburger Migration, which was done with our SMT tool. It did lead to a number of improvements to be able to support this case. Existing data was saved in the separate archive so we have created a custom solution to build the test data. If you have migration and want our help to create the test data let us know and let’s create an estimation of the effort

Improvement in the way testing is possible with the SAP Logging module. So it becomes much easier to use it for testing.

SAP PI/PO support for Decentral adapter engine in conjunction with Logging module.

Testing of BE/sync scenarios with mock data on PRO systems really useful when testing secured interfaces. This will enable to test with confidential data.

Consolidation with SAP Logging module. This is useful if you send multiply messages and consolidate them into one message. Or have a BPM process between test cases. It is something that is something that requires custom configuration on your scenarios.

Throttle the number of messages sent to a test case to limit the impact on the system. So the test will not overload the system.

Get started

You can download Figaf IRT here or if you want you can use the trial cloud verion at IRTCloud

Presentation of Figaf to manage SAP CPI

I have been asked to create a presentation about the different functionality of the Figaf IRT tool with regards to how it can manage a SAP CPI environment.

You can download the presentation here

See Figaf in action

We have created a demo that show the same steps as in the presentation, so you can see how the tool works end-to-end and covers your full development cycle.

Get Started With IRT

It takes a few minutes to get started with using the Figaf IRT tool.

You can start in our cloud solution and connect your SAP CPI systems to it really easy. Signup here.

4 Tools to make your SAP CPI delivery easier

In the last few months some new tools have been created that makes it easier to deliver your SAP CPI projects. You can see videos of it here or read the description below.

ConVista-CPI Helper

ConVista CPI helper is a tool, developed by Dominic Beckbauer, that allows you to have much easier access to the functions that you readily need. It is a Chrome Plugin that you can add to your browser from the Chrome Store. The development has been pretty rapid over the last few months and a lot of new functions are being added.

It gives you option to switch on Trace for an iflow. To view the trace output over the boxes you have in the monitoring. You therefore dont need to swith to the monitor tab to view the output.

GroovyIDE CPI version

If you have wanted to edit one of your CPI iflows in the standard CPI editor it has probably been difficult to run it. You need to install an IDE and edit it there. Fatih Pense has created a tool that allows you to edit Groovy Scripts with CPI prefix online. You just go to https://groovyide.com/cpi then you can go nuts and edit your scripts there. There is options to bookmark and share scripts like the following URLs

Simulation of CPI iflows

SAP has now released a feature that allows you to simulate a part of a CPI iflows directly in the GUI. This first release, and the functionality will be improved in the next few releases. I think for now you are probably better off trying the CPI helper if you want to simulate or try running your iflow. Or Figaf IRT if you want to perform regression test with mocking of services.

Figaf IRT

The Figaf IRT tool is not new. We have been supporting SAP CPI for about two years now. The tool can support in the following ways

  • Governance
    • Tracking of changes
    • Transport
    • Configuration
    • Regression tests
    • Documentation
  • Monitor and alerting
  • Git Repository for faster development

You can get started in less than 1 hours with tool and there is free trial plans.

Read more and get started here

Transport SAP CPI Valuemappings and Packages

We have been getting a number of requests to enable transport of value mappings in the SAP CPI landscape. At the moment you can transport full packages but it is a manual job to transport packages in standard SAP CPI.

Update: 14/4 SAP has now released APIs value mappings. We will wait with releasing the functionality until we have changed the implementation to APIs and not the WebAPIs. Should not take long.

In the Figaf IRT tool is has been possible to transport and configure individual iflows and also govern and get a change history on it. Now we have added the option to manage packages, value mappings and also have a version on documents and URLs. You can see how the Figaf tool is able to transport your value mappings in this video.

With the full version history, it is possible to see what is changed in a value mapping.

Change tracking of the value mappings

For each change it is possible to assign it to a ticket that can correspond to a Jira, Service Now or what version system you use. The idea is to make it as simple for users to register changes and link the changes to a business reason.

Once you have assigned the object you want to the ticket. You click Start transport and then a transport will be created with all the changes you have requested. You can then send it to approval by architects. Once approved the transport can be imported to your system. In our case we reuse the same system as QA, so it is virtual. It means that a prefix/postfix will be added to the names of the objects and value mappings will not be deployed.

Git integration

The Figaf tool has Git integration that allows you to see and modify all your iflows. We event have plugins to upload your changed code from your favorite IDE. Now we are also adding the value mappings and packages into your Git repository so you have a better understanding of when they were changed.

Get to try Figaf IRT

We have tried to make it as simple as possible to run Figaf IRT. There is a free trial. The value mapping will be released in 2.13 that will be release soon.

You can signup here:

Complimentary Access to Figaf to run your SAP PI/PO, CPI or API Mgt

Companies are closing down. You will be affected by your work habits.

Today Denmark is closing down, and I expect a lot of other countries follow. 

You probably will not get less Integration work. Probably you will need to implement some new integrations fast. 
We want to help you make your work easier for the coming period, so you can focus on creating integration and not having to use time on manual work. 

We have made tools to simplify your SAP PI/PO, CPI, and API management processes, and it will help you with your projects.
We can help with:

  • Monitoring
  • Transports
  • Documentation
  • Tests
  • Migrations from PI to PO (To migrate from <7.5 to 7.5
  • Git integration for CPI and API mgt

Until 30 May 2020 you can use our DevOps package to test and transport up to 100 ICOs, Iflows or API proxies. 100 Tickets to register changes and 50 Migrations from PI to PO. And use the other functionality to document, and monitor your integration. 

The tools can be set up really fast. In just one hour you can get started. For the on-prem, you can use your laptop. In most cases, you will be able to use your normal PI or S-user for the tool. There are video instructions on how to get started, and we have also improved our manual. The biggest challenge will be to get the optional agent installed on your SAP PI environment to improve the testing.

You can use Figaf on-prem or the Figaf Cloud for the duration. 

Signup here

We do hope you will find the tools so useful you will continue to use them after the complementary period. 

Please use responsible and not overload our systems, otherwise, we may need to change something. Please use your company email. We will be providing support via email or remote sessions.

I expect to conduct some free training sessions (Online of course) next week for the people that have signed up for the trial. 

There will also be a webinar on Thursday 19, with the topic of how Figaf can help you manage SAP CPI.