Maintaining The Master Data Distribution With The SMD Tool
Changes to master data objects are managed using the SMD (Shared Master Data) tool. This is a tool for distributing master data changes to decentral systems.
The SMD tool groups changes according to their contents and according to their sequence in time:
Output Using the SMD tool
The SMD tool is linked to the change document interface. If the changed master data is relevant to the distribution, then the application writes a change document. The contents of this are passed to the SMD tool. The tool writes the change pointers, reads the application data and creates the master IDoc.
The master IDoc is then passed to the ALE layer, which sends it to all interested systems (see Outbound Processing).