The Background Manager for SAP
Efficient business processes are crucial to a company’s long-term success. xft queue manager centrally provides the functions required for all processes. In addition, it makes available the technical framework for resolving analog issues.
Efficient business processes are crucial to a company’s long-term success. The challenge here is to link up the company’s existing business applications in a process-oriented way. This happens on two levels:
1. in dialog or
2. in the background.
Thanks to optimized user interfaces, great progress has been made in recent years in interconnecting processes in dialog. However, there is still great potential to be tapped in making background processing more efficient. Technical or business-based errors can occur in every one of these processes – and processes often are interconnected, too. In many situations, processes cannot be executed immediately, but rather at a later point in time (for example, an invoice should be posted automatically, but the goods have not yet been received), or several processes are connected in a logical chain in the background (for example, an e-mail should be sent after a document has been inserted into a file).
xft queue manager centrally provides the functions collectively required for all processes. In addition, it makes available the technical framework for resolving related issues. All the xft application products and solutions use xft queue manager’s background functions. Many queues are already shipped as standard in xft add-on suite – but xft queue manager also enables you to create and manage your own queues.
Typical examples of interconnected background processes
- Redistribute incoming post
- Create transaction data automatically when post comes in
- Post invoices automatically
- Convert documents to PDF
- Insert documents into files
- Create master data from upstream approval processes
- Manage archive migrations
- Process outbound documents
- Start workflows and send e-mails
xft queue manager works using the store-and-forward principle, similar to the processing logic of an e-mail system or good old snail mail. In the first step, a processing request is received, and all the data transferred is securely stored in a transaction together with specific data from xft queue manager. From the sender’s perspective, the matter is already settled now.
In the next step, the data from xft queue manager is transferred to a recipient. This recipient is responsible for the process-specific execution (for example, posting an invoice). So, depending on the type of process, there can be many different types of “players” in the process. Each player is represented by a queue. xft queue manager organizes and monitors the different types of queues.
The queue monitor
Ideally, you shouldn’t need the queue monitor. But because not everything always runs perfectly smoothly, the queue monitor is an important instrument for identifying and handling errors. It enables you to clearly monitor and control the background processes in xft queue manager at all times.