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SAP PIT sp 17 first look and compared with Figaf IRT

We now have gotten SAP PIT the test tool for SAP PI/PO upgraded to SP 17. 

SP 17 was released Thursday 27 February you can see the release notes here

It contains the following updates

  • PIT: Developments & bugfixes for SP17
  • PIT: new UI5 based web interface for PI Test tool
  • PIT: Scheduled Test Execution and Verification

I did not have a look at SP16, we skipped that one. You can also create test suites, which is a collection of test executions. (Probably added in SP 16). Now it becomes interesting because you can schedule them at specific times. Like each night. Then you can see if something has happened to your test/development system. 

You have the WebUI now where business users can run the test and see if everything is okay with the test executions. They can see which fields there is something wrong with.

You can see my video of the tool here

Why Figaf IRT can save you money comparing to SAP PIT.

PIT is free and you get it with all SAP PI 7.5 installations above SP 14. 
At Figaf we do have some benefits that you will enable you to save time on your testing. 

We do have the following features that makes testing much simpler.

  1. Creating of multiply cases of many ICOs at one time and no need to edit ICO to enable the correct logging
  2. Comparison on module level, so you can see the payloads after EDIComparison so you can get to test the full flow. 
  3. Managing the test cases and update changed items
  4. Generate Excel Reports of your test cases
  5. Secure testing, so normal developers will not be able to see confidential messages but can still run tests with them. 
  6. With our tracing of changes are you able to run the tests on what is changed? And an embedded transport system.
  7. A faster release cycle, so we can deliver new functionality to make your SAP Integration easier.

To view it in real life see.

Try Figaf IRT

You can get started in less than 60 minutes with the Figaf IRT tool. In most cases, you can use your current computer to run Figaf at and use your SAP PI user to connect with.

Figaf saves Christmas SAP PI/CPI support

Christmas is the time when you would like to be with your loved ones. And not work on a support case to manage SAP Integration.

This is why we want to help you. We can give you a free 30-day trial of the Figaf tools to making monitoring of your SAP PI and CPI system much easier.

At Figaf we want to make it easier for you to support your SAP PI/CPI and API Mgt system, so you can get time to be with your loved ones and not spending time on finding and solving bugs that somebody else already have solved before. The Figaf has one generic way to handle alerts, so it is much easier for you to handle the support of the system.

We have created a little video that shows you how fast you can get started with the tool.

Try Figaf

As you have seen in the video it is pretty simple to start Figaf IRT.

You can download the on-prem version here or if you want to monitor CPI and API mgt then use the Figaf Cloud.

Governing SAP CPI with Figaf Tools Webinar replay

Managing and running an SAP CPI system can be easy. You can if you don’t have any quality control and can move everything. I have examples on fixing a feature request and move it to production in 30 minutes. No governance was made in this process. Which was not optimal nobody would know what was going on.

If you want to be able to govern the approach then you need it will take some longer. Govern is about managing the process to ensure there is proper audit trail for all changes, testing, and documentation is in place. This is something that can take a lot of manual hours to get working. With the Figaf tool we have automated the full process, so you developers, architects, and business experts no longer need to spend as much time on the tasks.

You can see the replay of a webinar below. This covers a lot of the process around change management and it even shows what is possible with the development process.

Try the Figaf tool

You can try the Figaf tool you can signup here

SAP PI/PO Governance made easy

One of the biggest challenges with SAP PI/PO has been the lack of governance models for users. Documentation part has really been lacking making it and it has required a lot of manual work to get it done.

The process for handling governance for SAP PI/PO is just the same as with SAP XI for 15 years ago. The tooling has not changed much. There have just been a few changes that could say to improve the area. Ever since I started with XI/PI i have been working on different ways to improve the process of documentation but we have not made the dream solution yet.

Last year we added the option to use the ticket and thereby log changes to any object in SAP PI and PO, so all versions between them would be remembered. This was the first step in making documentation easier with Figaf IRT.

Now we are ready with the next big thing liking the full development together. So all documentation of your development is linked to CTS transports. That way you will know why something was changed and can see what is being transported much more transparent.

We have also added a central configuration of your channels. So there is just one place where you need to configure the information. IRT will then apply the configuration once the transport has been imported.

You can then make exports of your Integration scenarios documentation, and then show a changelog of this. And also show what was performed as a result of a ticket that you can add to your Jira, Solman to prove what you have done.

Here you can find the recording of the webniar that I did on 1 May 2019, where we showed this information to the public.

We are soon adding this to the release, so signup to check out the current version, and be the first to know once we have released the new iteration. If you have ideas on how to improve the tool and be a part of the beta program reach out to support@figaf.com.

Comparing Figaf IRT with SAP PIT

SAP has recently published SAP PIT, which is a testing tool for SAP PI/PO. Costumers have asked me about the difference between SAP PIT and Figaf IRT. Does it actually matter which tool you use? The answer is: Yes, it does matter. In this blog post, I will give you an overview to help you to understand the differences.

The Figaf tool is a lot faster to use for creating and running test cases on. It also have a lot better integration with a DevOps/Continues Delivery process so you can deliver your integrations lot faster.

Figaf  IRTSAP PIT
Test the followingSender Modules, Routing, Mappings, Receiver ModuleRouting, Mappings
Test case creationAutomatic process multiple recordings at one timeSetup one recording of time
System requirement recordingAll 7.31, 7.4 and 7.5 add a FigafModule or use SAP logging no patches required7.31, 7.4,7.5 patched after February 2019. Fetch data from dual-stack systems.
PI version to run test onAll7.5 SP14
Location of testing application or dataSeparate java server and databaseSAP PI system
Can test your upgrade to sp14YesNo
Running test casesRun full test suites automatedRun one interface at the time, Then run validation
ComparisonXML, JSON, Text, Edifact, X12, BinaryXML, Text
Patterns supportedAsync, Sync, EDISeperator, Bridges: sync-async, async-syncAsync, Sync
Visual display of differenceYesYes (with SP15)
Data anonymizationYes No
Export of test data to PITYesNo
Integrated with Release management and change management toolYesNo
Mapping of business systemsAutomaticAutomatic (with SP16)
Add test cases from failed messagesYesNo
Manual test case creationYesNo
Releases per year123-4 per year
Price10.000+ EUR/year Included in your license

This is based on the 7.5 SP16. SAP has a roadmap to improve the tool but I do not know it.

Biggest difference

In general, the testing of the two tools works the same. Figaf is faster at creating many test cases at once and be able to run validations. It supports more patterns for testing. It will save time for testing of affected changes.

The place where Figaf really stands out is when you look at the automation for running the full SAP PI/PO environment. It will enable you to run the test cases that are affected by change/transport. You can automate the delivery process including documentation of change, transport, configuration, governance, and of cause testing.

If you want to see how the full governance model looks for SAP PI/PO including testing of a change then watch this video.

Do you want to know more about Figaf IRT? Then visit www.figaf.com/irt.