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You must manage events data change only for Business Intelligence (BI) reports.

Time points refer to frequencies (for example, every hour, every 2 days, every Saturday) that are defined and used by various jobs and schedulers. You can create time points there, so that they can be used by reports and run at such frequencies.

An event signals that a particular situation has occurred in the system and specific background processing that is waiting for this event must be activated accordingly. Events data changes are associated with a process chain, which is a sequence of processes waiting in the background for an event. You configure events data change by creating a variant of process chain, defining a schedule, and activating it.

Creating Variant for a Process Chain and Define Schedule

To create a variant for a process chain, and define the schedule, proceed as follows:

  1. Go to transaction RSPC.

  2. Choose Create to create a new process chain.

  3. Enter a name for the process chain and choose Continue. The Insert a Start Process dialog is displayed. Create a process variant as the start process of the chain.

  4. Choose Create and enter a name and description for the variant.

  5. Choose Change Selections.

  6. Choose Date/Time to schedule date and time.

  7. Choose Periodic Job.

  8. Choose Period Values. Select the schedule you want to use (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, other periods).

  9. Save your settings.

  10. Click the Process Types icon to load all available process types.

  11. Under Load Process and Post Processing, select Trigger Event Data change (for broadcaster) to insert the variant of the process chain.

  12. Click the Create icon to create a new event and give it a name and a description. The Info cube (Info provider) for which you created the event data change is displayed.

  13. Press F4 to select the Info cube (Info provider).

  14. Save your settings. This inserts the newly created event data change in the process chain.

  15. Choose Start Process and move the pointer over the event data change.

  16. Click the Activate icon, and then the Activate and Schedule icon. Select the relevant application server to activate and schedule.

You can test whether the event data change is functional. Testing involves modifying data from an Info cube.

Defining Time Points and Data Change Events

To check whether the event data change is functional, proceed as follows:

  1. Go to transaction RSRD_START.

  2. Select the name of the Info cube for which you have defined the event data change.

  3. Click the Execute icon with ‘P_ONLINE’ checked.

To define time points and data change events, proceed as follows:

  1. In transaction SPRO open the SAP Reference IMG and navigate to: Start of the navigation path SAP NetWeaver Next navigation step SAP Gateway Next navigation step Content Next navigation step  Reporting Administration Next navigation step Report Settings  Next navigation step Manage System Time Points and Data Change Events End of the navigation path and click the Activity icon.

  2. Click Refresh to retrieve the latest list of system time points and data change events. The Status column shows the status of items that have been updated or deleted.

  3. Check the Active checkbox for time points and data change events that should be used to configure reports. These time points and events are now available in the activity Manage Reports and their Properties.