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BCS Technical Installation FAQs

Answers to common questions regarding installing Bulk Calclulations Solution (BCS) (BCP, BCG, CTP, CTG) on your systems

I need to install QuantityWare BCS. Is there a technical installation guide?

The BCS 3.0 Technical Installation Manual is available in the QuantityWare Knowledge Base – BCS 3.0 Technical Installation Manual.

You should also read Note 00067 (as referenced in the BCS 3.0 Technical Installation Manual).

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How do I upgrade BCS to the latest release level - is this difficult?

A BCS upgrade is predominantly a technical (basis) procedure. This is described in detail in Note 000086 on page 5.

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S/4 -> S/4 System upgrade - Are there "best practices"?

Performing an S/4 to S/4 upgrade while retaining QuantityWare BCS is a simple task as described in the FAQ “S/4 -> S/4 System Upgrade – Technical procedure“. However are there any “best practices” to be considered from the application perspective?

Before upgrade:

  • Check that all available QuantityWare (QW) notes are installed – see Note 000067. If not, install.
  • Run the QuantityWare Installation Test (see PAIG chapter 5.1) in your reference client to see if current the installation is consistent from a QW-delivery perspective.

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S/4 -> S/4 system upgrade - What is the technical procedure?

You are upgrading an SAP Oil & Gas S/4 system (e.g. 1809 to 1909) in which BCS has been installed and used.

All QuantityWare (QW) BCS-supported SAP Oil & Gas releases are listed in QW Note 000086 along with the corresponding QW BCS version. Retain QW BCS in your system during the upgrade procedure between S/4 releases by selecting “KEEP VERSION” in the phase PREP_EXTENSIONS/IS_SELECT.  Ensure that all valid maintenance transports and files have been imported to the system before starting the upgrade preparation.

See the “Best Practices

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How do I install a QuantityWare BCP or BCG usage key?

The QuantityWare BCP or BCG usage key is installed via the Petroleum Measurement Cockpit (PMC – transaction /qtyw/cockpit) or Gas Measurement Cockpit (GMC – transaction /n/qtyw/cockpit_gas).

For every SAP system, you need to install its own SAP system-specific usage key.

  1. Launch the PMC or GMC, then select menu path Cockpit → License:
  2. The license key maintenance dialog box appears:
  3. Paste the usage key into the “New license key” data entry field
  4. Select “Install”.

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Can we obtain QuantityWare BCS test usage keys without charge?

Yes! Follow the appropriate path:

  • Prospective customers can first apply for non-obligatory, fully-functional test usage keys for up to two SAP Systems, without charge, which can be requested online via our Service Portal.
    All BCS pricing information for productive usage is openly available in the pricing section of our website.

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What are "client specific" usage keys?

For 95% of our customers, these are irrelevant and should not be used.

QuantityWare usage keys are issued based on:

  • SAP installation number,
  • SAP SID,
  • BCS product (e.g. BCP and / or  BCG),
  • an expiry date.

Such keys are applied to an SAP Oil & Gas system with BCS installed and allow the usage of the specific BCS product in all clients within the SID.

When completing a Test Usage Key Request form (previously known as Test License Request Form),

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I receive a SAINT and SPAM (OCS) "Signature file missing" message, what does this mean?

As described in SAP Note 2645739, 3rd parties working with SAP whose Add-On packages are not delivered by SAP through the SAP Software Download Portal, have no access to SAP digital signature technologies.

QuantityWare has a high commitment to security and provides SHA-512 checksums for all files which can be downloaded from the QuantityWare Service Portal.  Ensure that the checksum(s) of your downloaded package(s) and those published in the service portal match, before applying the package(s) in question.

Consult the SPAM / SAINT online documentation regarding the workaround for this issue:
((More →) Extras → Settings → Load Packages → Check Archive Signature).

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Are there QuantityWare BCS specific authorization roles available for the Petroleum and Gas Measurement Cockpit?

Yes, all details are available in QuantityWare note 000056.

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Why do we need a new client 045 for the QuantityWare installation?

With QuantityWare BCS, a complete quantity conversion configuration template is delivered. This template contains also more than 400 Unit of Measure (UoM) definitions. These UoM definitions are a set of SAP-defined UoM definitions – delivered also in SAP client 000 – and new QuantityWare-defined UoM definitions (e.g. gross volume, gross mass and gross weight UoM).

UoM definitions are not protected by a dedicated namespace within your SAP system. Thus, they may overwrite already existing UoM (with possibly different meaning) in other clients, with fatal consequences –

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I want to run the installation test in client 045, but the installation test button is not available, how can this be?

In your client 045 (development system), you execute the QuantityWare BCS installation test via the Petroleum and/or Gas Measurement Cockpit (PMC / GMC).

In order to do so, two conditions have to be met:

  1. A valid BCP or BCG usage key needs to be installed in your system (see FAQ Usage Key Installation).
  2. The BCP or BCG BC Set has to be activated in client 045.

If these conditions are not met, the “Run Installation Test”

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We perform an upgrade from BCS 1.0B to BCS 3.0 and receive configuration error messages during the installation test run. How can we resolve this?

You receive the following detailed error messages from the BCP configuration check test, which is part of the BCP installation test, when you execute it in your client 045:

Reason:

Your new client 045 contained all or some of the BCP 1.0B configuration template data. This data was overwritten during the new BCP 3.0 BC set activation run. However, obsolete 1.0B configuration template entries were not deleted. This is a non-critical issue.

Issue Resolution:

Launch the PMC and navigate to “Environment ->

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Why do I need to maintain customer test scenarios in my system?

During an upgrade, or at any system life-cycle event which could affect SAP Oil & Gas functionality or customization / configuration, customer Test Scenarios are especially valuable. Read Note 000086 – page 6 and references therein to learn about all details.

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We want to install QuantityWare BCS 3.0 into our productive system landscape and replace/extend existing legacy QCI calculations. Is this possible?

Yes. QuantityWare has spent a considerable amount of time, effort and money to ensure that a move from legacy quantity conversion methods using the SAP QCI to QuantityWare BCS using the QCI and MQCI is safe and transparent. You may also install QuantityWare BCS and continue usage of your existing legacy quantity conversions.

Read the FAQ  “How do I convert SAP legacy conversion groups from C to ABAP” for additional information.

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We want to de-install QuantityWare BCS 3.0 - is this possible?

The QuantityWare BCS 3.0 package supports a de-installation.

Technically, this is achieved through selecting the Add-On component “QTYW” in the “Deinstallable components” tab-list in the SAP transaction SAINT and following the specific SAINT documentation published by SAP.

  • In a non-productive system, this procedure poses no issues.
  • In a productive system, such a process should be carefully considered and is not recommended.

    Read Note 000085 for further explanations.

 

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