Category Archives: ALE/iDoc

Outbound IDoc Configuration with Output Determination in SAP – Techno-functional​ Guide

In this article, we will look at an end-to-end EDI transmission that utilizes outbound iDocs and Output Determination. Not only will we examine Outbound iDoc and Output Determination configuration steps in detail, but also discuss different outbound iDoc generating methods in SAP, as well as how to troubleshoot and test an outbound iDoc scenario. Moreover, […]

Change Pointer Table in SAP (ALE)

With the evolution of SAP from its early days to the new SAP S4 HANA version, Change Pointers mechanism has been modified drastically. Consequently, the Change Pointers table in SAP has also evolved. In older versions, the ALE/iDoc master data distribution model used tables BDCP and BDCPS for storing Change Pointers. But with new versions […]

Important SAP ALE/iDoc Processing Programs

There is a vast number of transactions and standard programs that should be used to configure an ALE/iDoc integration scenario. In addition, there are multiple programs and transactions that are useful for day-to-day operations of ALE/EDI layer. For example process Inbound and Outbound iDocs by standard programs, archive old iDocs, change the status of iDocs, […]

How to Download an iDoc to XML File (3 Different Techniques)

If you want to download iDocs as files, there are several standard SAP options. But, if you want to convert an iDoc in your SAP system as an XML, capabilities and limited. You may need to download an iDoc created in the system in XML format for multiple reasons. You may want to communicate iDoc […]

Generate iDocs Using Change Pointers in SAP

This post aims to illustrate how to create outbound iDocs for master data changes in SAP using Change Pointers mechanism. When master data such as Material Master, Vendor Master, Customer Master, etc. changes in SAP, we can capture the changes using Change Pointers mechanism. Change Pointers are useful when you want to communicate SAP master […]

How to Create and Configure Custom iDoc Type in SAP

Although we should always try to reuse iDoc Message Types and iDoc Types provided with standard SAP content, there could be scenarios where you need to create a completly new Message Type and iDoc type with your own custom processing logic. Let’s look at how to create and configure a completely new custom iDoc Type […]

Change iDoc Status by Standard Program

How to change the status of an iDoc in SAP? iDoc Status change requirements may arise due to different reasons such as reprocessing, archiving etc. But make sure you use SAP standard methods and programs to change iDoc status. If you have a iDoc in status 53 (successfully processed), standard iDoc processing programs such as […]

Generating iDoc File Name SAP ABAP

When configuration outbound iDocs and if you are creating iDoc files though a file port. You should specify the file name format for these outbound files. You may have different outbound iDocs and you should be able to differentiate each type by the file name. For example Invoice iDocs can be prefixed as “810” and […]