What is IDOC?

IDOC stands for intermediate document. It’s a standard format in electronic data interchange. It is either used for popular SAP business system or for an SAP application and an external program. IDOC is very similar to XML. They share the same purposes: data exchange and automation in computer systems. But their syntax is different, there are different types of IDOCs transactions. IDOC is used for asynchronous transactions which means that IDOCs exist as self-contained text files that can be transmitted to the requesting workstation without connecting to the central database.

Example IDOC Document

IDOC is the most common format when dealing with SAP export and important functions. 

Here is how the document looks in Babelway

Babelway structures an IDOC in a useable way. Some knowledge of IDOCs is required when dealing with them in Babelway, as the labels are not intuitive, but Babelway makes it as easy as possible to manipulate once you understand the IDOC basics.

Build from sample file

Create your incoming or outgoing IDOC structure from a sample

  • Upload your sample and get it parsed immediately
  • Remove, add, edit segments to customize for strict or loose application of IDOC standards
  • Loosen IDOC standard validation or, reversely, add custom validations on certain fields

Transform any format

Use simple drag & drop tools to map your IDOC message to any other format for easy import/export in/from your database

  • 12+ formats to choose from: CSV, multi-record text file, UBL, Excel, XML, EDIFACT, etc
  • Hundreds of transformation functions available or build your custom functions
  • Use lookup tables tables to replace data sets
  • Change your IDOC structure without loosing your transformation maps

Connect to anyone

Connect your Babelway environment using any EDI or non-EDI communication protocols

  • 12+ communication protocols supported including X400, VAN, AS2, SFTP, VPN, etc.
  • Define retry strategies for maximum robustness
  • Get notified and intervene immediately in case of processing or delivery issues

And last but not least:

Get extended support from the experts

Babelway is not only a great Self-Service platform, it’s a team of expert individuals to make you succeed

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  • Access our support helpdesk anytime and ask your questions

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