IDoc Interface/ALE

Purpose

The IDoc interface exchanges business data with an external system.

The IDoc interface consists of the definition of a data structure, along with processing logic for this data structure.

The data structure is the IDoc. The IDoc is the exchange format common to all the communicating systems. You can specify exception handling in the SAP Business Workflow, with IDocs, without the data already having to exist as SAP application documents.

You need the IDoc interface in the following scenarios:

·        Electronic data exchange (EDI)

·        Connect other business application systems (e.g. PC applications, external Workflow tools) by IDoc

·        Application Link Enabling (ALE).

Application Link Enabling (ALE) is a technology to create and run distributed applications.

Further Information

The functionality and procedure details are classified into the following areas:

·       Implementation

·       Administration

·       Development

·       Test Environment