Sap R/3 Ale & Edi Technologies (Sap Technical Expert Series)

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9780071347303: Sap R/3 Ale & Edi Technologies (Sap Technical Expert Series)

A step-by-step guide to building an ALE/EDI interface, including business case studies and real-world examples. The CD-ROM contains programming code from the book, SAP R/3 table of values, and frequently used ALE/EDI transactions.

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Targeted at the SAP R/3 developer, SAP R/3 ALE and EDI Technologies provides working examples of using and customizing this industrial-strength, enterprise-level package.

The book begins with a quick introduction to Application Linking Enabling (ALE) and the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) in the SAP R/3 package. By using SAP tools, ALE/EDI developers can query data, move it around within distributed systems, and even create reports with third-party tools. The powerful SAP R/3 package contains data fields that can automate virtually any manufacturing or business scenario. The author introduces Intermediate DOCuments (IDOCs), which provide message-based delivery of data.

Further sections investigate master data distribution (which involves requesting IDOC for particular fields). Throughout the book, the author enumerates the steps required within SAP R/3 to generate data (including screen shots of the R/3 tool at work). He also covers both outbound and inbound processing and how to customize IDOC messages. (This can be done to improve performance, for instance.)

Later the book turns to EDI and explains how to generate electronic reports (such as invoices), as well as how to submit data into R/3 via EDI. The book offers tips and techniques for optimizing data processing within distributed systems and features an appendix listing R/3 message codes and IDOC types (which all go by short mnemonic codes).

Written for the reader who already understands the basics of SAP R/3 but wants to learn more, this book can fill a useful niche for the enterprise developer who wants to see this powerful package at work. --Richard Dragan

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The comprehensive users' guide to the powerful interfacing technology of ALE (Application Link Enabling) and EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) from SAP. With ALE and EDI, your company can build needed interfaces and begin squeezing every ounce of high-IT-value power from SAP R/3--all in a matter of days. Written by expert consultant Rajeev Kasturi, this book shows you how ALE and EDI can: maximize benefits with custom-tailored messaging between two R/3 systems and/or external systems; greatly improve business connectivity with trading partners such as customers, banks, and vendors; allow easy creation of new functionality; handble both inbound and outbound interfaces smoothly.

Featuring tip- and shortcut-filled Highlighted Notes, and loaded with fully tested source code for a multitude of frequently used transactions, this leading-edge ALE and EDI guide is all you need to propel your enterprise to the front of the pack. The book's chapters progress from fundamental concepts to building ALE interfaces from scratch, and also discuss advanced topics such as workflow, IDOC archiving and ALE optimization.

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