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About ALE's

Hi

can any one give brief description about ALE, IDOCs

i don't have idea about it plz do this and help me...

regards

venu

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    Posted on Sep 28, 2007 at 05:09 PM

    Go thru this link.

    https://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/sdn/wiki?path=/display/abap/dataTransfers-LSMW%2CALE%2C+BDC&">ALE,Idoc</a>

    Regards

    Aneesh.

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  • Posted on Sep 28, 2007 at 05:53 PM

    Hi,

    ALE is SAP proprietary technology that enables data communications between two or more SAP R/3 systems and/or R/3 and external systems. When a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution such as R/3 is implemented, companies have to interface the ERP system with legacy systems or other ERP systems.

    ALE provides intelligent mechanisms where by clients can achieve integration as well as distribution of applications and data.

    ALE technology facilitates rapid application prototyping and application interface development, thus reducing implementation time.

    The ALE components are inherently integrated with SAP applications and are robust, leading to a highly reliable system.

    ALE comes with application distribution/integration scenarios as well as a set of tools, programs, data definitions, and methodologies that you can easily configure to get an interface up and running.

    IDoc (for intermediate document) is a standard data structure for electronic data interchange (EDI) between application programs written for the popular SAP business system or between an SAP application and an external program. IDocs serve as the vehicle for data transfer in SAP's Application Link Enabling (ALE) system. IDocs are used for asynchronous transactions: each IDoc generated exists as a self-contained text file that can then be transmitted to the requesting workstation without connecting to the central database. Another SAP mechanism, the Business Application Programming Interface (BAPI) is used for synchronous transactions.

    IDoc types define different categories of data, such as purchase orders or invoices, which may then be broken down into more specific categories called message types. Greater specificity means that an IDoc type is capable of storing only the data required for a particular transaction, which increases efficiency and decreases resource demands.

    An IDoc can be generated at any point in a transaction process. For example, during a shipping transaction process, an IDoc may be generated that includes the data fields required to print a shipping manifest. After a user performs an SAP transaction, one or more IDocs are generated in the sending database and passed to the ALE communication layer. The communication layer performs a Remote Function Call (RFC), using the port definition and RFC destination specified by the customer model. The IDoc is transmitted to the receiver, which may be an R/3, R/2, or some external system.

    Regards,

    Ferry Lianto

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