On our version of BPCS there are no files named X3* so either you have a
modification or this was introduced in a later version, or you got something
from SSA that we did not get.
With some versions of BPCS, and some methods of acquisition, your company
may have the source code. So for example, in 405CD, library BPCS405CDS is S
for source. We can use OS display software objects to create an *OUTFILE
directory of the software, which includes all the program names like ACP100,
along with a description of what it does. This would include what came with
BPCS and any modifications your company has added over the years. We also
have one for query definitions, so we can look up "Do we already have a
program, to meet this apparent new need?"
In 405CD, one aspect of BPCS security is an array by user profile that says
"This person does NOT have general access to ACP, but we'll make an
exception & let them into some ACP inquiry",
while "another person does YES have ACP access in general, but we'll block
them from running the end fiscal ACP jobs."
These programs do not occupy a standard location on the security screen, so
the data can be kind of jumbled when you view it.
There are files that contain these security rules, and who may access what
menu, so we can run a report showing where (on what menus) there is some
program option, who may access which menus, and who may access what tasks.
Depending on what it is you need exactly, thousands of other BPCS sites may
have already wanted the same thing, so you might want to take a look at
add-ons to managing BPCS security, that simplify the task, and improve BPCS
We get our BPCS support from UPI (costs a fraction of from Infor, and is
more flexible). There are many add ons I would like to use, when time and
money permits. Some may also appeal to you.
UPI's By Invitation Only http://www.unbeatenpath.com/software/bio/BIOnly.pdf
(if you are on high security, you will need to enable scripts to navigate
UPI site) let's you view by BPCS program, like ACP100, who all can access
it. When you are in security, that came with BPCS, you just have the
program names, warehouses, etc. In this UPI enhancement, you also have what
all of that means. So it helps separation of duties, and fast adjustment of
list of all the people allowed into a particular area. When you working on
BPCS security, it is not always obvious if someone can get into everything,
because they are coded super-user. With BIOnly, it is obvious.
There's links from the above url to other UPI security enhancements, in case
you are facing a security audit to meet Sarbanes Oxley or other mandates.
It is not unusual for auditors, and new managers, to want to know "who all
can update this stuff?" Without BIOnly, you'd have to look at each and
every profile. With it, you get the answer one place.
Here's a summary of the other services available from UPI
From Robert Teunissen
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2009 7:20 AM
Subject: [BPCS-L] BPCS Object names
Using data in file X3 and field X3PROG i want to make an listing showing
per program who has access to it.
However i find nowhere a file with the descriptions of the X3PROG
objectnames e.g. ACP100, ACR300.
Does anyone have or know where to get such a list in for instance excel or
access format so i can combine with Crystal Reports?
SSA says such a listing doesn't excist, the moment i believe that i will
rethink my position on the excistence of Santa Claus.
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