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Process chain maintenance is used to automate process flows in BW.


If you want to include a load process in a process chain, you need to have already created an InfoPackage in the scheduler.


You can execute various tasks in specified views in the process chain maintenance. There are various views that simplify chain management, which you can access from the Go To menu.

  • You define the process chain and schedule individual processes in the Plan View. You can use drag and drop to include the processes to be scheduled in the chain, beginning with the general start process. You can then create links between the processes.

    More information: Creating Process Chains

  • Before you activate the chain, check for errors in the Check View.

    More information: Creating Process Chains

  • Once you scheduled the process chain and started the chain run based on the options selected in the start process, you can display the logs for a process chain run in the the Log View.

    More information: Process Chain Log Display

Accessing the Process Chain Maintenance

There are various ways of accessing the process chain maintenance.

  • In the Modeling function area of the Data Warehousing Workbench, choose Process Chains in the navigation window.

  • In the Administration function area of the Data Warehousing Workbench, choose Process Chains in the navigation window.

  • From the Data Warehousing Workbench toolbar, choose Process Chains (or choose Start of the navigation path Edit Next navigation step Process Chains End of the navigation path from the menu).

  • In the maintenance dialog boxes of the processes supported in BW, choose Process Chain Maintenance on the toolbar to access the process chain maintenance.

If you start from the Data Warehousing Workbench, you access the process chain tree. The process chain tree works in the same way as other object trees in the Modeling function area. The process chain tree offers the typical functions of Data Warehousing Workbench object trees, for example; search the object tree, add objects from the tree to your favorites, access functions from the context menu.

The process chain tree is structured as follows:

  • The process chains are structured in the tree using the display components. You can use the context menu to create display components in the process chain tree on the root node or create them on another display component and thereby build a hierarchy structure.

  • If a process chain contains subchains, they are displayed in the tree underneath the meta chain.

  • Generated process chains, such as process chains for HybridProviders or semantically partitioned objects, are shown in the display component Unassigned Nodes.

To open a process chain, select the chain in the tree and choose Display or Change in the context menu. To create a new chain, choose Create Process Chain in the context menu of a display component. The plan view for the process chain appears. Note that in display mode, the active version of a chain is shown, the chain is locked and the transport system cannot be called. If the active and edited versions of the chain match each other, you can schedule the chain in display mode.

When you access process chain maintenance from the maintenance dialog boxes in a process, the system displays the process chain in the Data Warehousing Workbench and displays the process chain that contains the process as a variant. If the process is used in more than one process chain, you can select which process chain is to be displayed. If no process chain exists for this process, you can create a new process chain in the maintenance dialog box (provided that this option is supported).

Structure of the Process Chain Maintenance

The system displays the process chain (processes and their links) in a network graphic in the right-hand area of the maintenance screen.


You can also display the chains in a tree display that is designed for screen reader devices. You can choose between the display variants under Start of the navigation path Settings Next navigation step Network Display/Tree Display End of the navigation path.

You can view information on the status of the processes and links by choosing the Legend pushbutton of a process chain maintenance view.

The left area of the process chain maintenance screen contains a navigation area. Here you see either a navigation tree for selecting process types or a tree containing a chronological list of the changes and runs of the process chain. You can switch between the process type tree and the log tree by using the pushbuttons on the toolbar of this navigation area.