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You can display technical attributes, display or create documents for a process chain, and specify how process chains behave when they are executed.


You can display or maintain the following attributes for a process chain:

Process Chain > Attribute >...

What you need to know


( Rename)

You can change the name of a process chain.

Display Components

Display components act as the sort criterion in process chain maintenance. Assigning process chains to display components makes it easier to access the chain you want.

To create a new display component, in the Assign Display Components window, choose the input help. In the Display Grouping dialog box that appears, assign a technical name and a description to the display component.


You can create and display documents for a process chain.

More information: Documents

Last Changed By

Displays the technical attributes of the process chain:

  • When and by whom it was last changed

  • When and by whom it was last activated

  • Object catalog entry

Evaluation of Process Status

If you set this indicator and schedule a successor process Upon Error or Always, the system classifies all the incorrect processes of the chain as successful with regard to the overall status of the run.

The indicator is relevant when using metachains: Errors in the processes of the subchains can be evaluated as "unimportant" for the metachain run. The subchain is evaluated as successful, regardless of errors in such processes of the subchain. If the successor of the subchain is scheduled upon success in the metachain, the metachain run continues regardless of errors in the "unimportant" processes of the subchain.

This indicator does not apply to mailing or alerting; these functions are still triggered if there are incorrect processes with a successor processor scheduled Upon Error.

Polling Indicator

This indicator allows you to control how the main process behaves if you have distributed processes. With distributed processes, such as load processes, a number of different work processes are involved in the relevant tasks.

You use the polling indicator to specify whether you want to keep the main process until the actual process has ended.


Selecting the indicator

- ensures a high level of certainty in the process flow and

- supplies external scheduling tools with the status of the distributed processes.

However, the system resource consumption is increased, and an additional background process is required.


The flag in the Remove Chain from Automatic Monitoring? dialog box allows you to specify that you want to remove a process chain from automatic monitoring using CCMS.

In the default setting, automatic process chain monitoring is activated by CCMS.

For more information about the CCMS-context process chains see section BW Monitor in CCMS.


You use alert management to send alerts if errors occur during a process chain run.

For more information, see Send Alerts for Process Chains.

Background Server

Here you can specify the server or server group on which you want to schedule all the jobs in the chain. If you do not specify a server or server group, background management distributes the jobs across the available servers.

Processing Client

If you are using process chains in a client-dependent application, here you specify the only client in which the chain can be used. Then the process chain can only be displayed, edited, scheduled, and executed in this client.

If you do not maintain this attribute, you can display, edit, schedule, and execute the process chain in all clients.

Process variants of the General Services category that are included in a process chain that has this attribute are also only displayed in the specified client.

This attribute is transported. You can change it during the import by specifying an import client. In the target system, you have to create a destination for import post-processing in the client that is specified here (transaction RSTPRFC). After the import, the chain is activated and scheduled, if required, in this client.

Execution User

In the standard setting, a BW background user executes the process chain (BWREMOTE).

You can change the default setting so that you can see the user that executes the process chain, and thus the processes: You see this information in the job overview (transaction SM37). You can select the current dialog user who schedules the process chain job, or specify a different user.

The setting is transported.

The BW background user has all the required authorizations to execute all BW process types. Other users have to assign themselves these authorizations so that authorization errors do not occur during processing.

Job Priority

You use this attribute to set the job priority for all the jobs in a process chain.