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Sunday, June 10, 2007

ALE Converters

The ALE concept involves using external converters to connect non-SAP systems to the R/3 System. External converters are generic format conversion programs. The following converter functions are covered by SAP CA-ALE certification <ALE Converters>

They have the following properties:

-the transfer of R/3 intermediate document (IDoc) formats straight into their own repository so that these data descriptions can be used as source or target structures when assigning data fields.

-adoption and conversion of intermediate documents from R/3 Systems via the ALE interface - a remote function call that can be called up using a normal transaction.

-conversion of any data format into intermediate document structures and import into the R/3 System via a remote function call (RFC) in the ALE interface.

ALE converters enhance the concept of EDI subsystem interfaces by:

-using direct program-to-program communication instead of a file interface to transfer IDocs
-recognizing the format of any interface structure of a non-SAP system and not just standard EDIFACT or ANSI-X12 formats.

Other Useful Link :

What is ALE?
How ALE Works?
ALE Message Handler

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