The IDE module of SAP IS-U manages industry market messaging in deregulated environments.
Switch or Process documents manage the industry processes in the deregulated environment, in particular the switching of a customer from one utility supplier/retailer to another. All industry communication are logged against the switch document as data exchange tasks. Activities are also recorded to transcribe the events that take place during the switch process. An in process or in error switch document indicates that a deregulation process requires investigation. In the latest version of IDE (IDEX), switch documents have been renamed “process documents” and manage more deregulation processes that just switching from one supplier to another.
Data Exchange Tasks
Industry messages are related to the Switch Document via IDE Data Exchange Tasks. These have their own status which can be either in an error state or an on-hold/pending state. Messages in IDE can be put on hold in the case where it is waiting for another message (or event) to occur but the industry message (IDoc) must be processed.