What is Process Runner?
Simplify upload and download of SAP data
Process Runner is designed to make SAP Data Management easier using your everyday tool Microsoft Excel. We offer deeper automation capabilities for all SAP modules including FI/CO, SD, HR/HCM, MM, PP, SM, QM, PS etc. Process Runner also works with the newest dimension systems such as ECC, CRM, SCM, APO, SAP business suite on HANA, etc.
New Features of Process Runner
Dynamic F4 Lookup
Our Dynamic F4 Lookup feature allows end users to use SAP’s F4 search help values natively in Excel. This feature reduces data entry errors by picking the right values the first time. Now, users don’t have to go to SAP for each possible value. With one click, users can see those F4 values in excel and are able to store help values as offline to save the user’s time. Cascading or filtering F4 look up result based on Excel value is also supported. In addition, Process Runner’s search help window can show which output column/cell is linked to each mapped excel column/cell so the user knows exactly which column(s) will be updated when the available search help row is double clicked on.
This feature of Process Runner is a glance view of what you have been working on and how you can use the tool for measurable improvements. My Dashboard shows return on investment and other useful trends. You can now perceive graphical and meaningful views of various key activities so you know how your efforts and investments are paying off.
What Makes Process Runner Great
Well suited for 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 and click or drag and drop. If you know basic Excel operations and know what you need to do in SAP, you are ready to start. No special training is required.
You can create Excel ready templates so users can directly work into SAP from Excel without needing to use 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 using almost any of the SAP modules:
- 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 technologies from one integrated and simple to use software without writing any programs. 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. Process Runner provides the benefits of technology integration.
Hundreds of ready-to-run templates on the Cloud
Innowera offers hundreds of ready to run templates. Templates are ready with recording, mapping and Excel data on Innowera’s Rapid Data Management (RDM) cloud. Templates are available for purchase orders, sales order, networks, materials, vendors, customers, and hundreds of other popular processes. RDM templates eliminate the need to record and map, further reducing time which makes Process Runner super easy to use.
Templates can be directly accessed from Process Runner and can be used within minutes. Click here to learn more about Innowera RDM Templates on cloud.
Lots of features to make your life easier
Process Runner is loaded with best in class features that will make your workday more productive in every way you use SAP.
These features include one click auto parallel processing, a built-in task scheduler, the ability to handle long texts, Enjoy and New Dimension transaction capability, and the ability to post large accounting documents exceeding 999 lines. All of these features will reduce the time and effort you spend and deliver better productivity.
Data conversion, on-demand and last minute data loads
Process Runner is an ideal tool for SAP data conversion, cleansing, monitoring, downloading and uploading activities. It is also a perfect tool for loading test data during process simulations or training preparation. Custom ABAP programs for a onetime data conversion will be a thing of the past.
By eliminating the dependency on ABAP and BASIS, Process Runner will become an invaluable tool for supporting last minute data fixes during critical data conversion rehearsals and cutovers, and it will lower your schedule risk during Go Lives.
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 modularized and 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 Applications is the way to go.
Use with Excel, databases, web browsers, iPad, smart phones and more.
Process Runner builds an XML file (process file) that stores and executes desired actions in SAP. These process files are used natively by Process Runner to connect SAP and Excel. However, you can use these process files and perform SAP actions many other ways:
- Directly run process files from Excel with Process Runner Excel Add-In. No need to install the full version of Process Runner. Just open the Excel file and run directly into SAP from Excel.
- Use Process Runner DB to build and execute the process in SAP with popular databases such as MS-SQL, Oracle and MS-Access etc.
- Use Innowera Web Runner to execute the same process from a Web Browser.
- Use it with Innowera Mobile Server to run SAP on an iPad, IPhone, Android and other smart phones.
- Use it from command prompt using the Process Runner CMD tool.
- Use Innowera SDK to integrate the process with your application or other program, web or device.
Innowera’s unique technology offers you to use SAP in many different ways – the way you want it. The SAP GUI is not the only way to access SAP. With Innowera, you will be able to start with Excel and upgrade to smart phones and tablets when your organization is ready for mobility.
Ready to run right out of the box
Process Runner does not require any modifications to your SAP landscape. This software works outside of SAP, maintains and honors all SAP security, and is monitored and tracked by the usual audit trail in SAP including additional logs locally.
All in one suite
Execute almost any SAP Transaction, Business API (BAPI) or remotely callable function module (RFM/RFC) from one seamless interface. Process Runner also includes turbo fast, always responsive Data Extractor.
Use all these features to easily upload or download information between SAP and Excel. With so many features, Process Runner will soon feel like an Office suite for your SAP landscape.
The best part is that you can license all the modules or only those you intend to use.
Process Runner allows upload or download of the data between SAP transaction and Excel. Follow three step easy process of Record a transaction, (auto) Map and Run.
Process Runner’s transaction module is the most advanced in the industry and is based on the best implementation practices and experience of over 10 years. With most demanding features implemented, you will be able to do more in less time with Process Runner transaction.
Process Runner supports upload and download via Business APIs (BAPI) or Remote Function Modules (RFMs/RFCs). Process Runner is only software in market that supports easy to use interface to BAPI and RFM along with Transaction.
With BAPI and RFM automation capability, you also have a backup plan when transaction based data shuttling does not work.
GUI Scripting (GS)
GUI Scripting is used for some of the Enjoy transaction which are otherwise difficult to record and playback with traditional transaction recorder. If transaction has ALV Grid or newer control objects, they also cannot be recorded with traditional transaction recorder. This is the universal problem to ABAPers and all other automation software. Process Runner provides a way to record such transaction with GUI Scripting technology.
While many of these may be covered via an alternate transaction or via BAPI/RFM, GUI Scripting provides a desired backup in case if you must use that transaction.
Data Extractor (DE)
Extract table or view data from SAP into an Excel File. Use a graphical filtering interface to get relevant data quickly, easily and in repeatable fashion.
Data Extractor is the desired extension of SE16, SE17, SQVI, SQ01 (SAP Quickview or Query) and designed to work with large datasets in the fastest and most responsive manner possible.
Drag & Drop Mapper
Drag and Drop Mapper provides a graphical way to look and connect SAP and Excel elements of the interface that you are working on. It allows you to map SAP fields to Excel columns and cells or dynamically generated System values.
It also provides header details or multi line looping and other advanced capabilities so you can tell Process Runner how to interpret data stored in Excel and how to upload them in SAP.
Dynamic Formula or DF is a very powerful feature of Process Runner with which you can assign specific validations to selective mappings types. Assigned mapped values can be dynamically changed at runtime with the help of DF.
Process Runner comes with widely used 8 built in DFs. You can also custom defined DF’s and implement your own transformation function. DF can be written in VB.NET.
Dynamic Skips or DS allows you to dynamically adjust calls and skip, stop or control an entire record, specific field or call at run time based on criteria you specify.
Process Runner comes with widely used built-in DS’s so all you have to do is pick one from drop down. You can also custom define a DS and implement your own DS criteria using built in VB.NET editor. Custom dynamic skip provides expanded capability and allows Process Runner to handle data and business process complexity that is comparable to ABAP.
Additionally, Dynamic Skip is integrated with the Data Governance module of Innowera Control Panel and provides active data governance and implementation of custom and centralized table driven validation rules on field level. Please refer to Data Governance section for further detail.
Process Connection allows you to chain or connect one process after another. With Process Connection, you can connect SAP Transaction, BAPI, Data Extraction or any combination of them and build long chain of automated tasks executed one after another.
For example you may use our Data Extraction process to get all the material master (or any other) records with a specific criteria and feed the output of that to a material master change (or any other transaction or BAPI or GUI Scripting) process.
Vertical Transaction Repeater
Vertical Transaction Repeater or VTR enables smart mapping of vertically placed data from many columns. Generally period related data falls in this category. Condition records and some accounting data with specific periods placed in columns falls in this category.
Without the VTR features, you will have to re-arrange the spreadsheet to match your recording. With VTR, this task becomes simplified.
Read from SAP Transaction
Easily download data from SAP Transaction, Business API (BAPI) or Remote Function Module (RFM) to Excel without any programming, scripting or ABAP.
With BAPI, you can also download data in tabular format.
Parallel Processing in multiple threads is a performance booster which tells how many threads Process Runner should divide work in. Process Runner will automatically start the numbering of threads in parallel and send them to SAP in those multiple threads.
Parallel Processing could dramatically improve the overall execution time. It is very useful when you have large amount of data to be processed in short time.
Generate Excel templates with layouts and sample data that you can use to populate with actual data. Also add a button to Excel so you or your end user can run the SAP process without leaving Excel.
SAP to Excel report export
Reports/Transactions like Cost Center expenditure report(KSB1), Cost Center Actual/Plan/Variance (S_ALR_87013611), Capacity Planning (CM01) and many more are frequently required by end users or auditors.
With the help of this feature, Process Runner can automatically extract single/multiple in-place Excel reports from SAP.
Non-Unicode migration support
Process Runner offers extended support for non-Unicode to Unicode migration for Cyrillic and many other languages. Please contact Innowera to learn more.
Process Runner has several uses during an SAP upgrade, including the Unicode conversion process. One of the challenges of non-Unicode to Unicode migration of SAP system is data quality check and validation after migration. This challenge is magnified if multiple code page (MDMP) system is being used. Download this case study to learn how Data Extractor functionality can be used to quickly and easily validate data migration processes.
Process Runner integrates natively with SharePoint. You may publish and use Process and Excel files to and from SharePoint and use them directly from Process Runner. SharePoint on premise as well as SharePoint Online i.e. SharePoint 365 both are supported.
While standard SharePoint Workflow and Forms are simple to use and offers a lot, you may have specific business scenarios that needs tighter integration with SAP. For example, you may want to implement workflow processes for material master creates and changes, shipping process involving third party suppliers, purchase requisition and order approval process, journal entries that needs to comply with different level of authorizations, etc. Or may want to implement NINTEX’s advanced Workflow and Forms.
Innowera can implement any of these for you so you can get the best of the SharePoint Forms and Workflow that delivers exact fit without per user licensing cost. Learn more…
MS Access Importer
Process Runner offers one click import to MS-Access from SAP. With this feature, exporting tables and views data from SAP to Microsoft Access can also be scheduled. Import to MS-Access process is performance optimized. Access database 2000, 2003 and 2007 are supported.
Process Runner offers Enterprise Sharing or EShare. EShare is an integrated DB file store interface. EShare enables easy to use file management, search, collaboration and sharing across the enterprise. EShare allows you to quickly multiply expertise of your entire team.
Knowledge searching and distribution is made simple and effective with EShare. Bottom line – we is better than me and Process Runner enables WE.
Process Runner provides built-in advanced scheduling interface to Windows Task Scheduler. Built-in Scheduler interface enables easy scheduling of currently open file.
Once you schedule a process file, Windows Task Scheduler will automatically launch Process Runner and execute the process at your scheduled time (or times). If you provided Windows Logon information and if you were logged out, it can even log you in and start the Process Runner.
Scheduler notes SAP documentation
Maintain notes or important reminders about your current processes. Process Runner can display these notes or reminder when you or someone else opens or runs files.
Process Runner can also retrieve the documentation provided by SAP for BAPI/RFM and store it within process file for easy reference.
Custom Excel filters
Process Runner offers internal filters, similar to one offered by Excel. With internal Excel filters, you are no longer in danger or forgetting to filter out unwanted record and executing them in SAP.
Internal Excel filters also puts you at ease when you are sharing the file. Process Runner will remember your filtering criteria and will consider only those records which you intended.
Process Runner transaction execution maintains normal audit trails in SAP. In addition to SAP change history, Process Runner maintains local XML log. This log displays the details of each of the run calls you have executed so far. Each time you execute the run, a Start Event is logged followed by details of each of the important steps for that run.
This log is in XML format and can be searched or filtered on to retrieve past history. You can also automatically open old processes or related Excel files from within Log display.
Similar to Log, Process Runner also maintains and displays the summary of each of the run process you have executed so far. Each time you execute the run, a record is inserted with summary information.
This summary information allows you to see execution time and can help you calculate time saved. An extension of this XML statistical data can help you with ROI calculation.
Do you have many recordings already saved in SHDB, SM35 in SAP? Import those SAP recordings directly to Process Runner. This will eliminate recording steps in Process Runner.
You may download SHDB recording in Excel , clean it up and then import it to Process Runner.
Filters, customizations & groupings
Each grid in Process Runner, namely Mapper, EShare, Log and Stat has inbuilt:
- Dynamic Search filters – to enable filtering of data based on a particular search string
- Customizations – Enable\Disable viewing of specific columns in the grid.
- Groupings – Sort data in the grid based on specific column groupings.
This will greatly facilitate view and management of sometime rather complicated data elements.
Process Runner works out of the box for core functionality. It works on what SAP has already delivered. However, if you want to extend standard SAP functionality, Process Runner can also use extended function modules to achieve on the fly table joins, auto configuration of search help, i.e. F4 values, and some other advanced table and transactional functions.
Process Runner Over LSMW
Additionally, Process Runner provides many benefits and functionality that exceeds LSMW capability. Process Runner does not require any special developer or DBA authorizations and uses the existing user authorizations.
Click here to know more about Process Runner advantages over LSMW.
Process Runner runs outside SAP but complies with all SAP security and preserves usual SAP audit trails.
Your SAP security team has full control on your Process Runner access. BASIS can monitor and control Process Runner activity on the RFC gateway. If a user is not authorized to do something, Process Runner cannot over rule these security settings.
Process Runner implementation will be as SOX compliant as your SAP implementation is. The best part is that your auditor (apart from BASIS) will love you as there is no custom ABAP program involved.
With Process Runner, you are using standard already SOX compliant sets and features delivered by SAP.
Process Runner supports most widely used SAP versions such as ECCs as well as latest SAP S/4HANA releases. It is also designed and tested to work with latest SAP GUI 7.4.
Process Runner also supports Excel 2007, Excel 2010, Excel 2013, Excel 2016 and Office 365 version of Excel. Please see complete and most current system requirements here.
Innowera offers flexible licensing options. We offer perpetual, subscription base or usage based licensing to suite every need.
Our pricing model allows you to choose the right features at the right price – without forcing you to make unwanted choices.
Tons of other useful features
Process Runner offers hundreds of other features to make transferring data between Excel and SAP super easy.
Download and try free version today. Process Runner is designed to work out of the box without needing any changes to your SAP backend. If you have SAP GUI access, you can try Process Runner now.
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