Control Data To Be Synchronized

The set of control data objects that has to be synchronized in a specific distribution depends on the scenario used in that distribution.

In addition to the choice of scenarios in use, another important factor is your company’s "distribution philosophy". "Centralizers" usually prefer to maintain too much data centrally rather than too little, whereas "individualists" tend to avoid centralized responsibility.

SAP provides you with two methods for searching for the control data objects that have to be synchronized:

The analysis works on the following principles: Assuming that in your distribution model you have defined two systems between which a message may be sent, the fields that will be exchanged between the systems can be derived from the structure information for the message type. If a field represents an ID that in practice is used as an abbreviation for certain definitions, then both systems have to interpret the ID in the same way. In other words, the Customizing object that is represented by the ID needs to be distributed, so that the systems can be synchronized.

You should note the following when doing these investigations:

Once you know which control data objects need to be synchronized across the different systems, you will have to decide on the specific distribution.
You will probably find that you end up with a heavily centralized view of the system – in other words, you will have a central maintenance system for all the control data that has to be synchronized across the systems.