A batch session in SAP is a process for bulk data entry into the system using one or more transactions and related data. It enables efficient processing without requiring user interaction for each transaction. The session stores all the data and transactions in a unique format that the SAP system can understand.
When the system reads a session, it simulates online entry of transactions and data using the session’s contents. This enables the system to call transactions and enter data, using most of the features that are available to interactive users.
Batch sessions allow a series of directives to specify how and when data should be moved from sources to targets on the Informatic Server. Once created, the session can be started or stopped using either the server management or command-line tools like pmcmd. Multiple sessions can be grouped and executed serially or in parallel using batches.
Automated batch processing refers to executing software activities in batches without user intervention. Jobs can be submitted for processing automatically at predetermined times, depending on the availability of computer resources.
To transfer data using batch input, the system sending the data takes advantage of a data transfer interface offered by an SAP application program in the receiving system. This interface program then creates a batch input session.
What are the benefits of using batch sessions?
Batch sessions enable quick and efficient bulk data entry into SAP systems without requiring user interaction for each transaction. They also support parallel and serial execution of multiple sessions and automated processing, leading to increased productivity and reduced manual work.
How can batch sessions be created and managed?
A batch session can be created using specific tools provided by SAP, or custom programs can be developed. Server management or command-line tools like pmcmd can be used to start, stop, and manage batch sessions.
What is the difference between batch processing and online processing?
Online processing requires user interaction for each transaction, whereas batch processing requires minimal to no user interaction and can process large volumes of data in one go. Online processing is typically used for real-time transactions, while batch processing is suited for bulk processing and reports.
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Batch sessions are an efficient and fast way to enter large volumes of data into your SAP system. Using features like automated processing and parallel execution can reduce manual work and improve productivity. Explore SAP’s tools and resources to learn more about how batch sessions can streamline your data entry process.