Industry Material Master: Enhancements to ALE Distribution


The distribution of material master records by ALE now includes the following functionality:

IDoc Type MATMAS03

Release 4.0A contains the new IDoc type MATMAS03. Besides new fields in existing segments, it contains the new segment E1MLGTM (parent segment E1MLGNM) for storage-type-specific data in the material master.

Defining Whether Required Fields Are Checked

As with direct input, you can now define how the system responds if required fields do not contain entries. You make this setting in Customizing for the Material Master in Define required-field check for ALE/data transfer .

Application Logs

In Release 4.0A, the system writes an application log in inbound processing of material master records if the IDoc has status 51 ("Data could not be updated") or status 53 ("Data could be updated"), and the status contains message MK 101 ("Messages have been issued: number &").

The system does not write an application log if the IDoc has status 51 ("Data could not be updated"), and the status contains message B1 051 ("IDoc included in IDoc packet containing an error: transfer it separately").

On the ALE: Administration of Master Data Distribution screen, you can display the application logs by choosing Shared -> Material -> Application log -> Analyze. On the screen that appears, the external number of the application log corresponds to the number of the IDoc. If you leave the external number blank, the system displays all application logs for material distribution in the specified period. When you display the application log(s), you can also display the individual messages by choosing Display messages.

When an IDoc is processed, it is divided up into different units. These units are visible when you display the individual messages as described above. Each unit begins with one of the following messages:

Number Message
MK 102 Trying to create: &1 &2
MK 103 Trying to change: &1 &2

In both cases, the first placeholder is replaced by the material number, and the second by the organizational levels. You can obtain more detailed information for the message by selecting it and choosing Details.

You can delete application logs in one of the following ways:

You can further restrict the application logs to be deleted by specifying one of the following problem classes:
Problem class Description Messages
1 Very important Error messages
2 Important Warnings
3 Medium Information messages
4 Additional info Success messages
If, for example, you want to delete all application logs containing at most a warning, you must specify 2 as the problem class. If you specify 1, all application logs will be deleted.