Application Link Enabling (ALE)

ALE links multiple SAP R/3 systems in distributed environments, and non-SAP systems to SAP R/3 without file-to-file transfers. The SAP R/3 architecture supports the transfer of data between applications using messaging as opposed to files. SAP R/3 enables the creation of a distributed, fully integrated suite of loosely coupled applications.

The SAP component supports the integration of distributed SAP R/3 systems under ALE and the flow of information among multiple SAP R/3 systems to accomplish specific business objectives. It also embraces integration among non-SAP R/3 applications, such as third-party applications or legacy systems, by providing the conversion technology required to accomplish this level of integration among diverse systems.

The ALE adapter (JALE) adds Unicode character set data support inbound to and outbound from SAP.