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Staging & Logging Best Practice for SAP PO


When moving from SAP PI to SAP PO we should be careful about the settings for staging and logging which is maintained on iFlow / Integrated Configuration (ICO) level. The standard settings (Staging: MS=store, Logging: all=None) are not always the first choice when it comes to a transparent overview of your messages.

Recommendation for Asynchronous Messages:

  • Staging
    • Message Preparation (BI): Store on error
      This makes sure we accept messages before routing takes place. If no receiver is found it can happen that the message remains at the sending system (e.g. IDoc: SM58 or SXI_MONITOR)
    • Mapping (AM): Store
      This makes sure we store the Inbound (target) Message (after routing & mapping took place) and allows us to see the inbound messages in PIMON which is useful in case a message split took place. Also the payload after the mapping is stored.
  • Logging
    • Receiver Determination (MS): Log
      This makes sure to log the payload before the mapping took place.
Asynchronous Messages: Default Setting (90% case)
PIMON showing Inbound Messages using staging above


  • In case no mapping is being used, remove the Logging completely (Mapping-AM = None), there is no need for it.
  • If you define a routing where you want to ignore certain messages but also show the ignored ones in PIMON, you should activate Message Preparation (BI): Store
  • In case of EOIO, please activate Message Preparation (BI): Store as there can be issues with the serialization context

Recommendation for Synchronous Messages:
(in case you need to log them for test purposes)

  • Staging
    • There is no staging for synchronous messages. Whatever you configure will be ignored anyway.
  • Logging
    • Message Preparation (BI): Log
      This stores the request source and response target messages
    • Mapping (AM): Log
      This stores the request target and response source messages
Synchronous Messages: Logging only

Background Information (from SAP Help) to highlight at which point of the pipeline processing a message is being staged/logged:

  • Staged versions are restartable entities
    and can affect only asynchronous messages (EO, EOIO). You can have stages on all important stages per scenario.
  • Logged versions are non-restartable entities,
    generally aimed to keep the payload for monitoring purposes. You cannot restart a message from a logged version, cannot edit the payload etc.; you can just check the payload at a certain step.

Asynchronous Logging

Synchronous Logging
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