Over time the amount of connected systems in the SAP ecosystems grows. The result is that traffic between related applications also grows in tandem with this increase in interconnected systems. The SAP Intermediate Document (IDoc) serves as the default route in most client environments. IDoc has been the standard for message transmissions since the days of R/3, and capabilities have been built into SAP to allow for the reading and reviewing of these messages, both inbound and outbound. Unfortunately, these early methods of interfacing with the IDoc lacked a few useful features, such as querying the message queue. If a user for example needed a message containing information on a web hosting review, a user would have to manually delve into the message queue to find that particular message.
Other functionalities included in this earlier version of SAP were clunky and were typically done by the technical support team. As businesses start moving to SAP S/4HANA, they’re beginning to realize that the IDoc interface has been vastly improved. Now, the user has a much more advanced dashboard that allows for a lot of the functionality that was previously limited by technical knowledge. This ease of use, in turn, leads to a lowered dependence on the IT support team and more independence for the users.
The original functions (W05, W02, etc.) used for reviewing messages are still available, allowing users familiar with the on-premise release of SAP to feel right at home. However, these functions are a complete suite of new functionalities that allow for searching for messages. With the implementation of ECC’s Enhanced Package 4, users can now get stand-alone business functions that previously required additional functions to be installed as dependencies. SAP S/4HANA 1511 and all updates to today have these additional functions tagged as “always-on,” allowing users to immediately access their functionality.
Components of the Functionality
The functionality comes with three vital components. These are:
EDI Monitor for Inbound Sales Orders (EMORD)
This report can be used to monitor IDoc for standard or other orders. It displays all new and changed orders. Once you have it displayed, you can branch out to other transactions, allowing you to edit orders or display any other documents. You’re also allowed to search for IDocs with several selection criteria.
EDI monitor for inbound ASN (EMASN)
This report helps to track inbound ASN as they enter the system. It will allow for the display of all inbound ASN orders. Once it’s displayed, you can also branch out to different transactions or other reports as necessary.
EDI Monitor for Forecast Delivery Schedule and JIT Delivery Schedule ((EMJIT)
This monitor allows you to get an idea of scheduled incoming deliveries. In the IDoc list that comes up, you can be directed to the documents that correspond with a particular IDoc. Any issues that arise during processing can also be highlighted and examined.
These new interfaces lower the amount of complexity that the front-end has for non-specialist users. Ideally, once users get used to the dashboard interface, their work will be faster since they no longer need to depend on the IT team to fix technical problems. This ease of use results in shorter processing time for IDoc related components for the business.