Work Flow Usage in ALE and EDI

The ALE/EDI interface mainly uses workflow for exception (or error) handling. We can also use workflow for handling notifications in other areas.

Error Notification

Error notification is the primary use of workflow in the ALE/EDI interface. Figure bleow illustrates the process for error handling via workflow. When exceptions are raised in the outbound or inbound process, workflow is started, and a user responsible for handling the error receives a notification in his or her SAP Inbox. After the problem is analyzed and fixed, the process can be restarted from the Inbox. If the problem is severe enough to require the process to be restarted from the beginning, the process in error can be purged to avoid any further processing.

Errors are intelligently routed to the right person based on the type of error. Errors have been grouped into various categories. A person can be responsible for handling multiple types of errors, or several users can be responsible for resolving a single type of error. We can configure the system to handle errors in various ways, depending on the size of company.

Active Monitoring

Active monitoring allows you to specify threshold values for the state of the system. If the system crosses the threshold limit, a person responsible for system problems can be notified. We set a threshold on the number of IDocs in error or the time limit in which a process must complete.

Rule Based Inbound Flow

We can set up workflow to handle processing of an inbound IDoc .An inbound IDoc starts a function module that invokes the posting program to create an application document from the IDoc.

If we use a workflow, we can set it up to do whatever is needed for your business process. SAP does not provide standard workflows for the inbound ALE/EDI processes, but we can develop our own workflows and tie them to the ALE/EDI process.

Check ABAP WORK FLOW Complete here for a over view .

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