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IDOC Standard EANCOM97 to EANCOM2002 format

Hi all,

We currently have inbound Purchase Orders into R3 via IDOC ORDERS. Our customer is currently using standard EANCOM97. However they are now upgrading to EANCOM2002 standard. My question is how does such an upgrade from an older standard to a new standard impact IDOC development in R3? Currently the Idoc ORDERS is currently implemented. As there are no upgrades to our R3 system I can't see how the current mapping of segments will change if they have to change. Any help would be appreciated and points will be awarded.

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  • Posted on Oct 11, 2005 at 03:27 AM

    Hi Liam,

    Upgrading your EDI standards has no impact on your IDOC information in SAP. What gets impacted is the translation/mapping logic in your EDI subsystem. Do you have an EDI subsystem? If so, check the mapping of the IDOC to EDI messages or vice-versa. See if that needs to change. I don't think anything on the SAP side will change. It will have an impact only if you have a custom program that reads the EDI file and converts it into an IDOC.

    Bottom line is, you need to make changes, wherever the mapping is done.

    Hope this helps,


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    • No, I don't think so. The only glitch may be if the new standard has some additional information that your company is going to use and there are no corresponding fields in SAP segments or the SO/PO tables to hold it. If this is the case, then you may end up extending your IDOC type and then find some text fields or unused fields or even append structures to store the new information. But in either case, you will start in the middle with the EDI subsystem and then look at the ends.

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