LiveCompare is an SAP analysis tool designed to be used at each stage of the SAP lifecycle. It is installed on a server machine, and accessed from one or more clients, with components installed on the SAP systems to be analyzed. LiveCompare features an intuitive development environment which uses workflows, and a form-based runtime environment which uses Apps.
LiveCompare may be installed in two different ways depending on your requirements.
Analysis Using RFC Destinations
In this mode, LiveCompare transports are installed on each of the SAP systems to be analyzed. LiveCompare connects to the systems using RFC Destinations, which allow data from SAP to be retrieved for analysis.
Analysis Using LUX Data
In this mode, a small LiveCompare Universal Extract (LUX) program is created on each of the SAP systems to be analyzed. The program extracts the data required to perform a particular analysis task (for example, an SAP HANA migration assessment), and the LUX data is uploaded into LiveCompare. In this mode, it is not necessary to install any LiveCompare transports.
Workflows are flowchart diagrams which may be executed to run a set of tasks in sequence. Workflows are created in repositories named workspaces, which are implemented as SQLite databases. These are normally stored locally on the LiveCompare server, and are presented as a hierarchy of objects on the LiveCompare main screen.
Workflow diagrams include three main types of objects. Actions define the tasks that a workflow will perform, parameters define the data used by the actions, and datasets store the results of the actions. Dataset objects may present a hierarchy of comparison results, or table data which may be used as the basis of a report or chart.
LiveCompare includes actions for retrieving and comparing SAP data, as well as several reporting actions. A typical comparison workflow might retrieve and compare a set of objects from two systems, create a chart from the comparison results, and email the chart to a number of users. Other actions perform analyses of SAP data, for example by discovering dependency links between SAP objects.
LiveCompare features an intuitive development environment for creating, developing and executing workflows. Workflows may also be run directly from the workspace hierarchy, or scheduled to be run at a future date and time.
Apps present the input parameters for a workflow in a simple form-based user interface. When a workflow has been registered as an App, it may be run by providing its inputs in a set of form fields. The result of the workflow is normally a report URL, which is returned to the App and displayed as the App’s result.
Apps may be run on a number of devices that have access to the LiveCompare server, including mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers. A number of Standard Apps are included with LiveCompare and may be accessed from the Apps screen.
LiveCompare includes a set of template workflows, which perform SAP comparison tasks in a number of application areas. Templates may be copied into a workspace and then customized to meet your own requirements. The following LiveCompare templates are available, organized as folders in the LiveCompare hierarchy.
|APO||These templates perform comparisons for related APO tables.|
|Audit||These templates perform SAP audit tasks.|
|Basis||These templates assist with SAP project administration.|
|Business Process Analysis||These templates produce a hierarchical report of an SAP system’s used programs and transactions. The report may be imported into Tricentis’s LiveModel product to generate or update a business process model.|
|Consolidation||These templates assist with SAP consolidation projects.|
|Human Resources||These templates allow HR objects to be compared and analyzed.|
|Impact Analysis||These templates analyze the impact of Support Packs or other SAP transports.|
|Java Analysis||These templates allow Java class files to be compared and reported upon. Differences between two sets of Java class files may also be assessed for their impact on a third set of Java class files representing your custom code.|
|License Management||These templates assist with the management of user accounts, license types, roles and user profiles.|
|Prerequisites||These templates satisfy the prerequisites for the Impact Analysis templates.|
|Shared Templates||These templates are shared by a number of Apps and workflows.|
|Synchronization||These templates allow SAP systems to be compared and synchronized.|
|Tools||These templates verify that the SAP components required for LiveCompare have been installed correctly, and perform a number of utility functions.|
|Upgrade||These templates help to assess the effort required in performing an SAP upgrade or consolidation.|
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