SAP PI/PO change tracking tool is now free

I love getting ideas on how to easier to complete a boring task for SAP PI/PO developers.
I believe quite a few of you remembered the PIDocumenter that I created ten years ago. It was a PHP application that could generate an Excel document with the mapping. This function is now standard with Netweaver Developer Studio, though I would say my version was better formatted. That solution became deprecated because the method to get the XMI file was blocked.
One and a half year ago I started working on a tool to make the testing easier on SAP PI/PO. One of the functions we had could make a comparison of XML documents and read the directory API to understand the landscape. It would be simple to combine the two function to compare a directory comparison function.

I have been working at different places where there was a requirement to document what was transported. And I thought it was difficult(too manual) and time-consuming. But there was not a system in place to handle it so things could be changed so it was out of sync. So I wanted to make a tool that could help in the process.

It became the Change Tracking Tool(CTT).

CTT is a tool that will allow you to find what is changed on any objects, like which switch is changed.
In the Swing tool or NWDS, you can see the different versions of an object. It is though difficult to see which specific field was changed in a change. That is one of the use cases CTT helps with.

The other problem is about registering which change is affecting which objects. This way you can have an easy overview of the changes that are happening in your landscape. So you can register the changes on your change number, so you can easily track the changes together with what happened.

It has was given as a bonus to people buying IRT (Integration Regression Tool). It did though not match which what those organizations were looking for. So now you can get it for free. CTT is a part of the installation IRT so once installed you will have access to both functions. IRT is still a licensed product; you can obtain a trial license to try it out.

Take it for a spin and let me know what you think.

Nb. we will add Repository information later this year.

Retiring the SAP PIDocumenter and Diff tools

I have retired my documentation tools.

The reason is that they used an old form for documentation and SAP PI/PO did no longer support the use of XIM files. It was therefore not as much the tool was used anymore.

I have created a short guide to how you can export your mappings to an Excel sheet with NWDS. I’m not to found of the layout of it but it does support standard and also export UDFs. So it is an easier way to make the documentation.

How to document SAP PI/PO Mappings using NWDS

New SAP PI naming convention guide

So now I have finally made the product PI Naming convention ready for the public. I’m really happy that it finally is possible to go thru this.

What is really interesting about this product is that it allows the user to get easy access to easy create a naming convention that can be used in their business.

The product is target at consultants who want learn about how to create a naming convention for their clients SAP PI installations. If you’re a SAP PI client or are about to start becoming on, the product reveals a great details on what you need to know before you let consultants loose on the system. So the naming product can be used my different people.

It is really the most comprehensive product out there that helps people get and implement a good naming convention. There is some naming convention guides out there but they only focus on the mechanics of what to work on. Not how to make it work in your organization. I hope that you have time to check out the product overview to see if it is something for you.

I hope that you will take the time to check the video and see if it is something that you can use for your business.

Notice I’m closing the program on Friday, because I don’t want too many people into this secret methodology.






How to use the SAP PI Message Mapping documenting tool

For a couple of years I have been developing on a tool for making it much easier to document mappings. The tool is available as open source, so you can try to use it for yourself.

There is also a running version available on that allows you to test out how it works and get instant results back. This is the preferred way to use the tool because you don’t need to install PHP and the project. It is though useful if you want more control of what you are putting into your documents, or don’t want to send your mappings to my server. I do delete the mappings every 15 minutes, so I don’t keep them longer.

I don’t think that I have created a video that shows what the tool can. So that is why that I’m creating this video now. It is really simple to use.

The only thing you need to care about it to export the mapping this is done my pressing CTRL + SHIFT + =, and then you can download the mapping.

There are 3 features with the tool that is useful.

  1. To make documentation simply upload the XMI file.
  2. To copy the comments that you have filled out in a document, you can upload the old excel document and then it will be possible to see the comments.
  3. Find the difference between two different mappings or versions. The tool will show what is different between the documents.

The difference tool is really useful when you don’t know what a person did last time or what a patch contained.

Check out the video, which will guide you thru the process of steps of the documentation.

Start using it now 

Presentation on Easy documentation in Belgium

I will be hosting a presentation on how to do easy documentation in Belgium. the Belgian SAP User Group is having a meeting on the 29 September 2011. It is the day just after the Global Special Interest Group for SAP PI is having their meeting. It is nice to be able to combine two events with each other.

The agenda can be found at

I’ll be talking about how to document SAP PI scenarios and message mappings.

I hope to see you in Belgium otherwise; we may meet in Teched in Madrid.