Specifying Time IDocs Are Created

You can specify the time an IDoc is created for the distribution of master data only. When transaction data is distributed IDocs are created at the same time as the data is saved in the application.

Master data IDocs can be created in two ways:

You should create change pointers to log master data changes. This avoids having to keep an external list of master data changes for comparing data later by sending it directly.

If the same data is changed several times, only the last change pointer is used to create the master data IDoc. This minimizes the number of IDocs that are sent.

To create change pointers, activate change pointers generally as well as for individual message types. In Customizing for ALE choose ® Master data distribution ® Activate change pointers.

Directly sending or requesting master data can be useful if an R/3 system is to be initialized or synchronized. On the Distribution Administration (ALE ) screen, choose Master data, then choose the required master data and function.