XML-Enable Your ALE Distributed Business Processes for Simplified, Standardized Data Exchange with Non-SAP Systems via HTTP

  • by Arthur Wirthensohn, Senior Consultant, EDS
  • November 15, 2004
While tRFC is the most commonly used communication technology for ALE distributed business processes, it is a proprietary SAP technology. So what do you do if you need to send data to a partner with a non-SAP system, and you aren’t yet ready to invest in an additional integration system? As of SAP Web Application Server 6.20, new features in ALE allow you to exchange data using a standardized communication protocol (HTTP) and a standardized data format (XML). This article acquaints you with the capabilities and limitations of HTTP/XML distributions, so you can decide whether it is right for you, shows you how to set one up, and explains what you need to know about potential distribution errors.

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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