How ALE and IDocs Affect SAP In-House Cash Configuration

  • by Juergen Weiss, SEPA-Now Consulting
  • March 2, 2010
Become familiar with the configuration of the Application Link and Enabling (ALE) settings of SAP In-House Cash. Follow a step-by-step technical implementation of ALE to enable the structured exchange data via Intermediate Documents (IDocs) within SAP In-House Cash. Become familiar with the most important IDoc types and their use in SAP In-House Cash. Understand how you can test the correct ALE configuration within the SAP system.
Key Concept
SAP In-House Cash allows corporate cash and treasury management departments to set up a payment factory and to centralize their payment flows. One of the challenges is that the business processes of SAP In-House Cash span multiple financial components and require a broad set of business and technical skills.

SAP In-House Cash can help corporate treasurers or cash managers get a faster overview of their liquidity position and achieve a higher degree of transparency of their cash flows. Multinational organizations can centralize their group cash flows and establish an in-house bank. In most cases SAP In-House Cash is deployed on a separate instance than SAP ERP Financials and has to be connected to various other SAP systems within the group. To enable the structured exchange of data between distributed SAP (or non-SAP) systems, SAP In-House Cash makes use of Application Link Enabling (ALE). It is the technical basis for SAP In-House Cash, but very few SAP professionals are familiar with this technology and the necessary settings to configure SAP In-House Cash. I’ll provide a step-by-step introduction to explain these settings and make you familiar with some of the ALE and Intermediate Documents (IDoc) basics to better understand the configuration of SAP In-House Cash.

Note
For another reference about SAP In-House Cash and in-house banks, see Aylin Korkmaz’s article “In-House Cash Center Manages Payment Processes,” which was posted to the Financials Expert knowledgebase in May 2004.

Juergen Weiss

Juergen Weiss works in the functional area of SAP Financial Supply Chain Management. As part of SAP’s product management team, he was globally responsible for the Financial Supply Chain Management applications, including Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment, Dispute Management, Collections Management, Credit Management, Treasury and Risk Management, Bank Relationship Management, and In-House Cash as well as Accounts Payable and Receivable.

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