LiveCompare Accumulates Performance History Data

We're busy working on an update to LiveCompare 3.1 to be released as LiveCompare 3.1 Release 2. While this is chiefly a bug fix release we're also adding some new functionality. In this post I'll cover one of the new features: accumulate performance history data.

Performance history data is a very useful data source for many apps. Performance history is a record of which objects were used when and by whom. In general the more performance data we have the better quality our analysis will be. By default SAP systems record three months of performance history.

Many customers would like to accumulate more data but are unable to change their SAP systems configuration. The solution is to accumulate the data using LiveCompare. In LiveCompare 3.1 we released a new version of the "Accumulate Performance History Data" app. Its workflow looks like this:

The workflow lets you set the retention period. Customers generally retain at least 13 months in order to capture all end-of-period object usage. The workflow must be scheduled to run once a month. You must also create several external data sources to hold the accumulated data. In large landscapes setting up the accumulate performance history data app can be a bit of a chore.

Using the accumulated apps stats means jumping through a few hoops too:

This extract from the Code Slueth app workflow shows the multiple Convert Data steps required to turn an RFC Destination into an External Data Source before finally calling Read External Data to get the accumulated application statistics.

To simplify this is LiveCompare 3.1 release 2 the accumulate functionality is baked into the product as a feature of the RFC Destination object:

Now all you need to do to accumulate performance history data is tick the checkbox and click Save Schedule. This means:

  • No more workflow to copy for each RFC destination.
  • No more external data sources to create.
  • No more workflow to schedule.

The display is updated once the accumulate process has begun:

There are options to update the accumulated data independently of its schedule and, for completeness, the option to delete the data and start over.

Using the data in an app is much simpler too. Just use the new Read Performance History Data action:

Migrating to the New System

Customers that are currently accumulating data into external data sources or data stores will be able to migrate to the new accumulate performance history data system.

Conclusion

LiveCompare is all about making the complex simple and by baking the accumulate performance history data functionality right into the product we've taken this advice to heart by greatly simplifying the process by which you can accumulate performance history data.