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SAP NetWeaver's automation infrastructure is used for running large and periodical business processes asynchronously without a user interface with excellent performance. SAP NetWeaver offers a wide variety of scheduling options, including time-based, event-based, and calendar-based scheduling.

In addition to local job scheduling functionality (transactions SM36/SM37), SAP offers a  solution to help companies manage, monitor, and execute business-critical processes from a central location. The product is called SAP Business Process Automation by Redwood.

Co-developed with Redwood Software, it is the go-to solution for process scheduling, automation and process monitoring and allows customers and partners to manage SAP and non-SAP applications to improve operational efficiency, optimize resource utilization, and increase control over enterprise-wide processes. Minimizing the turnaround time for business critical transactions through optimized management of background processes will ensure that businesses can maximize the return on applications and hardware investments.

SAP Business Process Automation by Redwood centrally manages and orchestrates processes across multiple applications and organizations. It:

  • is a real-time, time- and event-driven workload automation solution.

  • provides seamless integration with SAP and non-SAP applications.

  • provides seamless integration with the SAP systems management environment.

  • aligns IT processes to business needs.

One of the most important new business scenarios with SAP Business Process Automation by Redwood is the Job Scheduling Management - SAP Process Scheduling adapter for SAP Solution Manager.

Read more about it under the provided link or check the Learning Map: Job Scheduling Management

Latest Version Available

SAP released the latest version of SAP Business Process Automation by Redwood 9.0 by Redwood in March 2015. You can download it from the Service Marketplace.

For information on CPS (Central Process Scheduling), the predecessor to SAP Business Process Automation, please see here.


SAP CPS/SAP BPA 9.0 by Redwood
Sizing Guide
Security Guide
Installation Guide, Quick Install Guide
Administration Guide
Troubleshooting Guide

Technical Overview and Related Documents

Customer presentation about SAP Business Process Automation by Redwood

This slide deck is a presentation outlining the key features and benefits of SAP Business Process Automation by Redwood.

Job Scheduling Management using SAP Solution Manager 7.0

You can manage, monitor & document your misson critical jobs using the Job Management Work Center of SAP Solution Manager. The SAP Solution Manager integrates to SAP Business Process Automation by Redwood for SAP NetWeaver 7.0 ,via SAP Process Scheduling Adaptor for SAP Solution Manager.The SAP Business Process Automation Scheduling Adaptor helps with faster implementation of high priority jobs, and improves service levels & business impact analysis. Click here to learn more about this new dimension of integration between SAP Business Process Automation by Redwood for SAP NetWeaver 7.0 and SAP's Central Application Management Platform.

Local Job Scheduling and Central Scheduling using XBP

Local Scheduling

Local Scheduling is possible with the transactions for Job Definition and Job Selection, SM36 and SM37. Although the new and recommended tool for scheduling is SAP Business Process Automation by Redwood, these transactions remain active and still enable you to plan jobs locally if this meets your business needs. For local scheduling you may refer to the online-documentation Scheduling Background Jobs.

Central Scheduling over XBP

Other (external) job-scheduling solutions can still be used, as they use a standard interface called BC-XBP, which stands for eXternal interface for job Background Processing. XBP is available now in version XBP 3.0.

XBP 3.0 is an enhancement of XBP 2.0. This means that XBP 2.0 is a subset of XBP 3.0. Therefore, customers who use XBP 2.0 can install XBP 3.0 without any change of functionality in their current applications. XBP 3.0 will be available for SAP Basis releases 7.0 and higher. For the releases that are already on the market, XBP 3.0 will be delivered by Support Packages.

Customer Success Stories