Understanding and Optimizing Your ALE Data Distribution: Controlling ALE Processing

  • by Arthur Wirthensohn, Senior Consultant, EDS
  • November 15, 2003
Application Link Enabling (ALE) is the standard SAP tool of choice for linking an SAP system to another SAP system, to an application integration system like SAP XI, or to any subsystems, and for distributing data across such systems. However, it is all too easy for such distributions to cause reduced system availability and poor performance for other users and processes. To address these issues, you need to understand how ALE data distributions work — how they utilize work processes, how processing loads can be distributed, when and how to couple or decouple ALE processes, and when and how to use packets for processing. This article provides you with a foundation for that understanding by taking you through the data distribution process and identifying opportunities for controlling and optimizing it.

Arthur Wirthensohn

Arthur Wirthensohn is a senior consultant at EDS Switzerland and a member of EDS’s international Technical Leadership Network. He has worked both as a project manager and product manager in the ERP and IT integration business for many years, mainly in the retail, consumer products, manufacturing, and trade industries. Currently, he works as a project manager for SAP integration and consolidation projects.

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