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SAP Fiori Lessons Learned 11

Consultants should know about OData troubleshooting



SAP Fiori apps are out of the solution but you face several issues because main functions are in backend ERP and each customer has different backend setup/configuration. OData is the communication channel to the backend servers via get/post/put method.


Lessons Learned:

Understanding OData and backend function are must requirements for consultants.

  • Application consultants should learn about OData technical and runtime behavior

  • Technical consultants should learn about ERP application functions

  • Both application consultants and technical consultants should work together


Consultants should know following steps.


Step 1. Identity the OData service call

1.1 Run the app

1.2 Inspect element

Right click -> Inspect element (Chrome), F12 (IE), then go to Network tab

Ignore the warning or error message in the Console tab at this point in time. Focus on OData troubleshooting.


1.3 Refresh the app or browser

1.4 Find the last called OData URI

Scroll down to the bottom of inspect element and find the OData /sap/opu/odata/sap/.. from bottom.



Step 2. Test OData in the Gateway client

2.1 Copy & Paste the OData URI

Transaction: /IWFND/GW_CLIENT. You should logon with the application user same as Fiori app logon.

2.1 Check the OData response

If http response is not 200, you may have some connection setting issue.

If tttp response is 200 but OData service does not return application data, you should go Step.5 debug section.


Step 3. Check error log

3.1 Transaction /IWFND/ERROR_LOG

Select the "Error Context"

Call Stack helps you to set external break points.

3.2 Transaction /IWFND/APPS_LOG

Reference: Troubleshooting a SAP Netweaver Gateway Service


Step 4. Find the Runtime Data Provider class

4.1 Transaction /IWFND/MAINT_SERVICE

4.2 Transaction SE24

Open the Data Provider Class. Go to Property tab.

4.3 Transaction SE80

Open the package.

Class -> Runtime Data Provider Class -> Method -> Redefinitions

The example OData URI has &expand oprion, so you should look at the method GET_EXPANDED_ENTITY.

Step 5. Set External break points and debug

5.1 Check the user

Go to Utilities -> Settings

Make sure the user is application user.

5.2 Set external break points

5.3 Debug

Test the OData URI from Gateway Client. You can now debug the code. Most of case, issue is related with ERP customizing or master data.

Each customer has different customizing setting and master data.




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