Simplify your Data Management in SAP using Process Runner - LSMW on Steroids

Process Runner - A Powerful and Smart LSMW Alternative

Legacy system migration workbench or LSMW is a technical tool from SAP to assists in migrating legacy system data into SAP during implementation. LSMW is also used to make mass changes in master data and transactional data. LSMW is considered a technical tool which is intended for IT users and requires skilled resources with technical expertise to deal with end-to-end process. LSMW cannot be used for many of the Enjoy transactions and working with multi line documents is fairly complex. Using an Excel file format natively is not possible unless the file is first converted to desired format that LSMW need.

On the other hand, Innowera Process Runner is an automation software tool that allows the users to upload and download information between SAP and Excel natively without writing a single line of code. Process Runner is considered fairly easy to use, with more functionality than any other SAP data integration tool, resulting in increased business user productivity without needing much technical expertise.

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Process Runner completely replaces LSMW. You no longer need to use LSMW tcode. Read More...

Well Suited for a Non-Technical Workforce - Enabling the Enterprise

Process Runner is very easy to use. Best of all no one has to write any programs or manage any scripts. Everything is a simple point, click or drag and drop. If you know basic Excel operations and what you need to do in SAP, you are ready to start. No special training is required.

You can create Excel ready template so user can directly work into SAP from Excel without the need for any other software.

Broader Coverage for Business Processes Automation

Process Runner offers automation for a wide variety of business processes across all of the modules. Process Runner allows you to automate your business processes using almost any SAP:

  • Transaction (TX) for most popular business processes
  • GUI Scripting for Enjoy and new dimension transactions using GUI Scripting technology
  • BAPI (Business API) for deeper and efficient automation
  • Data Extractor to download data from tables and table joins/views
  • Over 1000 Long Text objects

Use all of these without writing any programs and from one integrated and user-friendly software. Process Runner is the only tool on the market that supports all of these automation technologies in one software, eliminating the need to license and manage multiple software, while bringing benefit of technology integration. Click the side bar link "How Process Runner compares" for more info.

Simplify Long Text Handling

Process Runner has the ability to upload and download long text from SAP. It allows you to automate over 1000 long text objects.

It automatically splits and adjusts paragraphs & lines that exceeds 72 characters (SAP limit per line). So if you have a lot of text in one Excel cell (or multiple cells), you do not have to manually split the text. Process Runner will do that automatically at Run Time.

There are tons of Long Text download samples available on the Innowera Cloud.

Hundreds of Ready to Run Templates on the Cloud

Innowera offers hundreds of ready to run templates. Templates are equipped with recording, mapping and excel data on Innowera's Rapid Data Management (RDM) cloud. Templates are available for purchase orders, sales orders, networks, materials, vendors, customers, and hundreds of other popular processes. RDM Templates eliminate the need to record and map, further reducing time consumption and make Process Runner very easy to use.

You can directly access these templates from Process Runner and start using them in no time. Click here to learn more about Innowera RDM Templates on cloud.

Capability for Large Enterprises

Innowera Enterprise Applications are designed to work with Process Runner for larger deployments where automation software must have centralized governance of mass processing to prevent accidental damage to your SAP system.

Innowera Control Panel, Innowera EShare and Innowera Dashboard work with Process Runner to take SAP mass processing and automation to the next level for your agile enterprise. Innowera Enterprise Applications are designed such a way that they can be added only when required. If you are looking for an enterprise grade solution and want to increase the benefit of SAP user empowerment, the winning combination of Process Runner and Innowera Enterprise Application is the way to go.

Consume any Enjoy, Standard or Custom SAP Transactions with Process Runner

Process Runner can record almost ANY standard or custom SAP transaction as well as Enjoy Transactions, resulting in a more functional scope than the LSMW batch recorder. In addition, Process Runner can easily handle the upload and download of complex objects like classifications, Long Text etc. using the BAPI technology.

LSMW requires a considerable amount when dealing with multipart transaction like Journal Entries, Purchase Order, Invoices, Sales Orders, etc. Process Runner easily support loading data for both header and multiple line item detail records and it also supports all kinds of Excel layouts. In most cases, you can keep your existing Excel layout and Process Runner will natively map that Excel and upload or download to and from SAP.

Native Excel Integration - No Restricted File Types

Process Runner is integrated with Excel and does not require any special file format. SAP LSMW recordings require an explicit flat/tab/comma delimited format only.

Users can run SAP directly from Excel without having to use any other application. They can upload or download to and from SAP. It uses existing user SAP security and user credentials that users have in place. Simplify user adoption as it will work with SAP directly from Excel all the time.

Users can execute a line level Test Run to validate the data, as well as have the ability to perform a step-by-step debug in SAP for troubleshooting, which LSMW does not have.

Real Time Data Download

The Process Runner Data Extract functionality allows a user to download data from ANY SAP table or view directly to an Excel file, text file, and other data sources (including Oracle, Sybase, Access, MS SQL).

Process Runner automatically saves the SAP messages that are returned during the data load and embeds them in the data file. This technique provides an immediate audit trail feedback for all transactions, and provides the convenience of correcting and reprocessing records with errors by running the recording again only for the records with errors.

Error Handling and Logs

In LSMW the results retrieved from SAP reside in a separate screen and involve a painstaking process to iteratively identify and fix erroneous records. On the other hand, Process Runner shows live (as it runs) logs in Excel and in front of each row. This makes it super easy to see what happened for each record. It also maintains detailed logs in Excel as well as in a separate file. A complete audit trail in SAP is always maintained as usual.

Process Runner offers one click error-processing to process all the errors in a single batch. Run the document in a test mode and quickly perform individual line level or whole document checks. Find and address line level errors and issues quickly before attempting to post the whole document. This makes it simple to re-process errors once you fix them. Step-by-Step debug displays exact data or screen issues in the SAP screen in the case of complex transaction. When you combine all of this with the power of Excel filtering, sorting and data handling, there is no match to what Process Runner offers for error handling.

Automatic Support for Lines More Than 999

Process Runner automatically splits your large document in two or more parts with a configurable Dynamic Row Splitter (DRS). DRS implementation also offers enterprise grade error processing.

Ask for a web demo if you would like to see what Process Runner can do, especially if you have large documents. And yes, it works without any custom ABAP. Nothing needs to be implemented in your SAP landscape.

SOX Compliant

Process Runner implementation will be as SOX compliant as your SAP implementation is. Your auditor (apart from BASIS) will be very pleased as there is no custom ABAP program involved.

With Process Runner, you are using standard SOX compliant sets and features delivered by SAP and implemented by you.

Zero ABAP - Works Out of the Box

Here is the best part. Process Runner works out of the box. Nothing needs to be installed on your SAP side. No more waiting for IT to implement ABAP or create a custom program. You simply install Process Runner on your desktop and start working. Process Runner uses your SAP credentials and is compliant to your existing SAP security.

Additionally Process Runner does not use or require system transports (or import/exports). Your SAP system is not littered with upload codes and scripts as data and process files (scripts) stays outside of your SAP landscape. For example, a process can be recorded in the development system, tested, and then immediately the same recording can be run on the production (or any other) system. The same recording works on any SAP system that the user has access to (however, user authorizations are always system-specific).

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