Int4 IFTT integration with Solution Manager

In the previous blog “Int4 IFTT Change Management Integration” you can find general information about new features in Int4 IFTT related to integration with change management software. In this blog you will learn more about integration with SolMan.

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Int4 IFTT gets even more automated!

Since SP11 integration with change management software is available. Int4 IFTT will create automatically incidents regarding particular test case, update their status, close existing and creating new ones. You will be also enabled to manage incidents directly from test cockpit manually.
With this feature Continuous Testing implementation is easier and there is not chance to overlook the defect. Check this blog to learn more!

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How to use predictive search help in SAP?

Nowadays, more and more people focus on the user experience in the IT world. When we visit websites or work with applications, we expect that the usability of the tool will allow us to work or find necessary information in the shortest and the most efficient way. In the SAP you can also increase the user experience by implementing the predictive (type-ahead) search helps.

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Interface monitoring in business process context with SAP AIF and Process Observer

Have a look at the picture above. What if, this huge jam was a result of a failing interface to or from the warehouse. Whether the root cause of the error is in communication, mapping, or anything else, you could quickly find out using the interface monitors, like the ones provided by SAP PI or SAP AIF. But on the other hand, from those monitors you would not see the implication that these errors have on the company’s business processes. Yes, in this case probably looking out the window would be enough? But, it is not always that obvious.
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How to save content of the outbound synchronous proxy interface in SAP AIF?


Recently, during my last AIF project, we encountered a challenge and we wondered if it is possible to save the payload of the response message for the outbound synchronous proxy interface in SAP AIF. We found a solution, but since that time many of our colleagues working with SAP AIF encountered the same challenge and that was the reason why we decided to write this blog with our proposed solution. This blog is written in cooperation with my colleague, Krzysztof Łuka.

Problem Description

Imagine the situation when you have to configure the outbound synchronous proxy interface in SAP AIF and you have to save the content of the request and the response messages. If it comes to the content of the request message – there is no problem. You may encounter a challenge if you want to save also the response of the synchronous message.


In this blog we will focus only on the SAP AIF part – we won’t describe how to create objects on SAP PO side. We will use the ABAP report to send the request message with the message ID from ERP system to SAP PO. We expect to receive back in the synchronous response the SAP PO message key that is related to the message ID we sent in the request.

This is how sample synchronous request message looks like (with the message ID):

SAP AIF - proxy message request

And below you can see the synchronous response message with message key from the above request:

SAP AIF - proxy message response


Step by Step Instruction

First, you have to generate and activate Service Consumer that will be used in order to send the request from ERP to SAP PO.

Then you have to copy the name of the class for the generated Service Consumer. In our case, it is /INT4/CO_SI_O_GET_MESSAGE_LIST.

SAP AIF - proxy class name for processing

This class is necessary in order to create SAP AIF interface.

In next step go to AIF Customization ( /AIF/CUST transaction ) and go to Interface Development -> Define Interfaces. We will have to create new entries: one interface for the request message and the second interface for the response message.

First, create a new entry for the request message.  Type OPRGMSG001 as the interface name and 1 as the interface version.

Then Provide your Service Consumer class (in our case it’s /INT4/CO_SI_O_GET_MESSAGE_LIST ) in the class Proxy Class Outbound field and choose the proper method that will trigger sending a message to PO.

Once you provide proxy class outbound – automatically RAW Data Structure and Record Type in Raw Structure should be filled. Please provide the same structure in SAP Data Structure as was filled into RAW Data Structure and mark Move Corresponding Structures checkbox, as it is visible on the screen below:

 Outbound SAP AIF Interface determination

As a next step, we have to create another entry in Define Interface node. This time we have to do it for the Response Message.

Add a new entry with Interface Name: IPRGMSG001, interface version: 1. In Proxy Class Inbound provide the class of your Service Consumer. In our case, it is /INT4/CO_SI_O_GET_MESSAGE_LIST. Then click enter and again your Raw Data Structure should be filled automatically. Right now we are interested in the response message and because of this, we have to provide the type of the structure that is used as the exporting parameter of our class for the service consumer. In our case it is /INT4/MT_GET_MSG_LIST_RES as it’s visible on the screen below:


Use the same structure in SAP and RAW structure and mark Move Corresponding checkbox.  Please also make sure, that you have chosen specific proxy method as shown on the screen below:

Outbound SAP AIF interface definition - response

Right now we have to make sure, that proper Engine is used for both of our interfaces. Go to AIF Customization (transaction /AIF/CUST ). Then open Interface Development -> Additional Interface Properties -> Specify Interface Engines node and set for both interfaces Proxy as Application Engine, XML as Persistence Engine, AIF Index Tables as Selection Engine and AIF Application Log as Logging Engine.


The last step is to create ABAP Report, that will trigger sending the message from ERP to SAP PO.

Create a new program in transaction SE38.
In order to make this program simpler – we will hardcode the message ID that will be sent to SAP PO. We are using function module /AIF/SEND_WITH_PROXY to send the data out from ERP. We have to provide a namespace, interface name and interface version of our interface we created in AIF. In this step, you have to provide an interface used for the request message ( ‘OPRGMSG001’).

In the RESP_SAP_STRUCT changing parameter we have to provide a structure of the response, that we used in the IPRMSG001 SAP AIF interface. Then in the SAP_STRUCT changing parameter, we have to provide filled with the data structure for the request interface.

In the end, we have to use method /AIF/IF_PERSISTENCY_ENGINE~UPDATE of class /aif/cl_persist_engine_xml in order to store the response payload in SAP AIF. While using this method we have to provide details of the second interface in SAP AIF, that will store the response message.

Please see the whole code snippet for this program below:

Right now we can run the report. If the proxy call was successful we should see a new entry in transaction /AIF/ERR with the payload in the outbound interface OPRGMSG001 with the request message and new entry in with the payload of the response message in interface IPRGMSG001.

Below you can see the request message with the content. Message text automatically contains the information in which interface the response was processed:


In order to make sure that the response is visible we’ll go to the second interface for the response message. As you can see on the screenshot below – response message with the payload is there:

SAP AIF Synchronous outbound message- content

How do you like this approach to save the message payload? Please let us know in the comments!

PS. I have a big pleasure to invite you on SAP Teched at Barcelona that will take place in October. As the INT4 team we will be one of the exhibitors and we will be presenting our SAP certified automated regression testing and service interface virtualization software – IFTT. 

SAP Teched 2018 in Barcelona

If you want to learn more about this tool or if you want to ask me or Michal Krawczyk SAP AIF or SAP PO related question we will be available  for you at our booth everyday from 13:00-14:00 everyday! See you there!

Set up interface in SAP AIF Interface Monitor ( /aif/ifmon )

Why should I set up interface in SAP AIF interface Monitor?

I can bet, that if you use SAP AIF you are familiar with AIF Monitoring and Error Handling (transaction /AIF/ERR ). Here, we can monitor and perform actions for specific interface. In addition to this transaction SAP AIF also gives us opportunity to monitor all interfaces in one place. In this blog we are going to set up interface in SAP AIF Interface Monitor (AIF/IFMON transaction). Let’s imagine the situation, that you are responsible for monitoring several interfaces. Monitoring interfaces in /AIF/ERR transaction is very helpful, although it still can be time consuming if you just want to have a quick overview what is going on in all interfaces you are responsible for.
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SAP AIF multi index table with single index tables

Hi there! In this blog I will show you can you can use SAP AIF multi index table and single index tables in your interfaces.

This blog is the extension of the previous blog: How To Create a Single Index Table in SAP AIF and therefore some steps will be explained in a more general way. You can always visit the previous blog in case you occur any issues with details, but I believe that you won’t have any problems, as you mastered this knowledge last time reading the previous blog! 🙂
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How to create a single index table in SAP AIF?

Have you ever heard about single index table in SAP AIF? Have you ever encountered the issue while you were looking for a specific message in Monitoring and Error Handling? Let’s imagine the situation, that you receive tons of inbound messages every single day and you want to find a message with a specific purchase order number in your AIF Interface, but you don’t know what is the AIF message ID that contains this specific Purchase Order number.

Here, single index table in SAP AIF with custom selection screen for the interface come to help us!
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How to create Custom Functions in SAP AIF?

Custom functions in SAP AIF (SAP Application Interface Framework) can enhance and speed up your process of monitoring messages and business documents related to the messages.

In this post, I will show you how to quickly create a custom function for inbound sales order interface, that redirects you to Display Sales Order transaction and allows preview of the created Sales Document.

It is possible to create a custom function in two ways: in /AIF/CUST_FUNC transaction and directly in the Monitor and Error Handling.
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SAP Application Interface Framework (SAP AIF) – structure mapping sequence

Structure Mapping in SAP AIF

Almost all integration scenarios require some sort of mapping to be performed. SAP AIF offers a flexible tool called Structure Mapping to handle that. It’s based on general concept of traversing the source structure from the root and drilling down to substructures and their fields. However it has certain limitations. One is that if in the source message at certain same level we have multiple structures, we can’t indicate in what order SAP AIF should process them. To be more specific, they are always mapped in alphabetical sequence.

However there is a certain trick to specify for SAP AIF structures that should be processed ignoring the alphabetical order, at the very beginning. For that we use a mapping between dummy (blank) source and destination structures (marked in the picture below).

Select Source Structure in SAP AIF

In this particular example for DEBMAS IDoc we would like to map fields of EDIDC structure before E1KNA1M and E1KNB1M so they can be used when mapping those two structures. Unfortunately standard processing will map it at the very end. Below is the dummy mapping that we’ll use to address that.

Then in Define Field Mappings we specify any structures we would like to be processed before the rest. In our case this is EDIDC structure.

Don’t forget to provide Sub-Table relevant to the mapped structure. In our case it is EDIDC.

Finally we can define our actual mapping for EDIDC structure (as Indirect Mapping) and for its fields.

As a result of this setting we make SAP AIF process the EDIDC structure at the very begging, before other structures. Now we can be sure that when we process the remaining structures they can use the already mapped fields of EDIDC.