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Difference between ALE/IDOCs & SAP XI

Former Member
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Hi All,

how SAP XI is better than ALE/IDOCs. I Request you to please explain this.

Thank you for all in advance.

Thanks & Regards,


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Former Member
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hi nagarjuna,

ALE/IDocs - Application linking and enabling

This is a method is used to establish a link between application which can communicate only using standard format like IDoc.

SAP Xi - Exchange Infrastructure

This is Integration technology which is using integrate various hetrogenous applciations. We can use XI to integrate any kind of system (mostly) no matter of the communication standard

the main difference is

ALE/IDoc -- only used for IDoc as communication standard

SAP XI -- can be used for various communication standard


Ramesh P