In both the process overview and the instance view, you will find the link Settings. Selecting this link displays the tab pages General, Details and Error Messages, which contain detailed information and administrative settings. On the tab page General, you can see the monitoring status and the update statistics.
To be able to change administrative data on this tab page, you must have assigned to you an adjusted copy of the role SAP_BC_BASIS_ADMIN. For more information, see the section Authorizations for Process Monitoring.
· In the group box Status, you can see whether monitoring is still running, together with who activated or deactivated it, and at what time. You can use the pushbutton to activate or deactivate monitoring. From a technical point of view, this is what happens when you activate monitoring: as described in the section How PMI Works, the agents are started and the background jobs for Transport and Assembly (for example) are scheduled. This takes place in the background, meaning that apart from the activation, you do not actively have to do anything.
· The group box Update shows you the last and next update of the process monitor data. The part under Frequency contains the update frequency, that is the interval in which the background jobs are started and new monitoring data is transported into the central system and assembled. If you select a new frequency, it is copied directly. You do not have to confirm your selection each time. Choosing Start now allows you to view current data immediately.
A processor creates orders that are booked in another system using IDoc and tRFC. After a while, the processor notices that the orders were not booked, and so calls the administrator. However, the administrator cannot see any errors, since the update interval is too high and the current data is not yet available. Choosing Start now immediately starts the background jobs for Transport and Assembly, and the administrator gets the current data. The errors are then displayed.
Choosing Start now schedules the jobs an additional time accordingly. Updates are then carried out according to the interval that was configured originally. That is, if the update frequency is set at 2 hours, but you want to get current data after 1.5 hours, you can get the current data by choosing Start now. When another half an hour has passed, the 2 hours that represented the interval that was defined in the first place would be up, and you would then get your data as normal.