5724-J05 IBM App Connect Enterprise 12.0

IBM United States Sales Manual
Revised: April 27, 2021


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Product life cycle dates

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Program Number VRM Announced Available Marketing Withdrawn Service Discontinued
5724-J05 12.00.00 2021-04-27 2021-05-28 - -
5724-J05 11.00.00 2018-01-30 2018-03-30 - -
5724-J05 10.00.00 2015-02-17 2015-03-27 2021-08-13 2022-04-30
5724-J05 09.00.00 2013-04-23 2013-06-14 2018-01-09 2018-09-30
5724-J05 08.00.00 2011-10-04 2011-12-09 2016-04-12 2017-04-30
5724-J05 07.00.00 2009-10-02 2009-11-06 2014-09-12 2015-09-30
5724-J05 06.01.00 2007-10-09 2007-12-14 2012-09-11 -
5724-J05 06.00.00 2006-11-28 2006-11-30 2010-03-10 2011-04-30
5724-J06 06.01.00 2007-10-09 2007-12-14 2011-04-15 2013-09-30


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Program number

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  • IBM App Connect Enterprise 12.0.0 (5724-J05)
  • IBM WebSphere Message Broker with Rules and Formatter 6.1.0 (5724-J06)


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Abstract

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IBM App Connect Enterprise 12

App Connect Enterprise 12 delivers a platform that supports a breadth of integration needs across a modern digital enterprise whether it is on premises, on cloud, microservices container deployments, or traditional enterprise service bus (ESB) deployments. App Connect Enterprise 12 is ideal for businesses building API-driven and event-driven integration architectures to achieve their digital transformation objectives. App Connect Enterprise 12 includes artificial intelligence (AI) and other automation features to speed time to value and reduce risk of longer project timelines.

App Connect Enterprise 12 enhancements:

  • A new testing framework that lets you to create and manage test cases within the integration experience. This framework automates much of the test creation process by capturing test scenarios and related data as a developer works. This greatly speeds up project delivery and helps to improve overall quality by enabling broader test case coverage earlier in your development cycle. Features include a new wizard that provides a simple interface for interactive test generation, and a new message assembly editor for changing test data. Command-line tools for bulk message recording and automated test generation and playback facilitate organization adoption of agile development practices that decrease risk and speed delivery of updates and upgrades.
  • A new source-to-server build tool that automates the creation of integration servers, which are optimized based on the included integration artifacts.
  • Enhanced operations support through a centralized dashboard that manages App Connect integrations across any deployment topology, cloud, containers, and on premises.
  • API authoring experience enhancements with new tools to support OpenAPI 3.0 through a common user experience shared with IBM API Connect.
  • A new validating JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) parser capable of checking inbound and outbound data for compliance against JSON schema (Draft 4) and OpenAPI 3 specification documents.
  • An improved development experience with updated user interfaces that uses the latest Eclipse release and restyled node development palette. A simplified command-line interface is available for scripting administrative actions.
  • A new tutorials gallery that provides an updated intuitive user interface with built-in tag and search capabilities. The gallery provides over 100 tutorials with step-by-step guidance covering existing scenarios and new features.
  • A new platform deployment option for App Connect Enterprise integration runtime on Linux on IBM Power Systems (ppc64le) architecture.
  • Updates to existing integration artifacts and release-to-release product upgrades

IBM App Connect Enterprise V11
Note: IBM App Connect Enterprise 11.0 (5724-J05) replaces IBM Integration Bus 10.0.x (5724-J05).

App Connect Enterprise V11 delivers the premier integration platform that supports an extensive range of data and application integration needs of enterprises that capture digital opportunities by using cloud technologies. Simple tooling that is optimized to the users' skillsets can enable users to be productive in a matter of hours and achieve real results in a few days, while powerful underlying capabilities move data quickly to support today's digital needs. The primary capabilities and features of App Connect Enterprise include:

  • User-aligned integration tooling. An upgraded desktop user interface coupled with new award-winning tooling (1)that brings together the teams that own and manage the data with those that have the context to apply it. Digital businesses rely on data that is delivered in the right context, to the right client touch point, at the required time. The tooling provides frictionless access to enterprise data at the front line of the clients' business, whether those individuals are in IT or citizen integrators in the line of business. Access can allow every system and member of the clients' team to connect to the data they need and to act on it at the right time.
  • No-code RESTful integration services. App Connect supports building integration flows through a no-code approach and exposes those flows as RESTful APIs without having to be an API development expert. These APIs can be seamlessly brought into API Connect to handle the management, securing, and socializing to development teams. Whether building cloud scale, resilient applications from the ground up or taking the opportunity to utilize existing technologies as part of a serverless architecture, enterprises can rely on the rapid build and access to the systems at the right time.
  • Flexible integration patterns. Broad support in a single platform for API and event-driven technologies to complement integrations supporting batch data movement, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), and service-oriented architecture (SOA). This helps to ensure that existing investments in integration can be used where they are optimal, while they support the rapid build of new use cases.
  • Broad deployment options. Two form factors, software and a managed cloud service, provide an extensive range of deployment options that include on premise, either to private datacenters or to dedicated instances, on IBM Cloud Private, to the IBM Cloud, which includes a fully-managed IBM Cloud service, and on other cloud providers with the option to use containers. The decision of where to run the integration can be optimized to the needs of the business.

The capabilities that are delivered in App Connect Enterprise unify the capabilities of IBM Integration Bus (IIB) with those of App Connect Professional in a single offering to better serve the demands of clients who integrate applications and data to compete in today's economy. App Connect Enterprise benefits from the IIB runtime, trusted globally by large enterprises, which has been optimized in this release for cloud native deployments. App Connect Enterprise V11 is the official successor product for IIB clients. For more information regarding migration of workloads from IIB to App Connect Enterprise, see the Statement of Direction.

(1) This capability is only available to clients that have purchased IBM App Connect on IBM Cloud. well as a managed or unmanaged cloud offering.

Support for zCX

Integration on the IBM Z platform is a critical solution for IBM Z users requiring integration in a noninterruptible configuration. zCX extends the platforms for App Connect Enterprise to enable the deployment of applications in a container runtime in a z/OS logical partition (LPAR). It enables access to a large ecosystem of open source and Linux on IBM Z applications that may be deployed and managed within the native z/OS environment without requiring a separate Linux server, using popular Docker container skills and patterns.

App Connect Enterprise 11.0 now runs within zCX in a z/OS logical partition (LPAR) for deployment of integration artefacts for integration, such as protocol switching, message parsing, and routing information. This provides IBM Z users a flexible choice of deployment options.

zCX offers users a choice of integration deployment options, as well as agile integration capabilities on the z/OS platform by providing App Connect Enterprise with zCX. App Connect Enterprise 11.0 enables integration of applications running in heterogeneous environments by deploying integrations to zCX, enabling closer proximity to z/OS subsystems. Application developers can develop integrations as well as use open source technologies in containers running in zCX.

IBM Integration Bus V10

Integration Bus provides the capabilities that are needed to build solutions to address diverse integration requirements. A rich set of connectors provide broad connectivity to a wide range of data sources, which include packaged applications, files, mobile devices, messaging systems, and databases.

A wide variety of data formats are supported that include standards-based formats (such as, XML, DFDL, and JSON), industry formats (such as, HL7, SWIFT and ISO8583), and custom formats. A comprehensive range of operations can be performed on data, which include routing, filtering, enrichment, publish-subscribe, sequencing, and aggregation. These flexible integration capabilities can support your choice of solution architectures, including service-oriented, RESTful, event-oriented, data-driven, and file-based (batch or real- time).

Integration Bus 10.0 delivers key enhancements that simplify the creation and management of integration processes spanning disparate applications, systems, and data sources. Additional capabilities allow you to:

  • Quickly get started with Integration Bus with a radically simplified single package installation and improved support for unit test.
  • Flexibly interact with MQ by using connection policies.
  • Use Integration Bus without installing MQ.
  • Simplify administration of Integration Bus by using an improved web browser user interface, which includes capabilities for deployment, creating, editing and attaching policy documents.
  • Rapidly create REST APIs and use graphical data mapper capabilities for the transformation of unmodeled data structures, such as JSON messages.
  • Reuse common resources, such as message models, subflows, Java and ESQL code in shared libraries that lead to significant memory improvements.
  • Integrate publish-subscribe-based applications using MQ Telemetry Transport messages.
  • Easily transform and model data structures with multiple Graphical Data Map and Data Format Description Language (DFDL) features.
  • Extend the reach of the Integration Bus with file, database and security enhancements.
  • Create new application connectors and use them to easily create user-defined nodes.
  • Import and convert existing WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus integration assets so they can run on Integration Bus.
  • Share product extensions with the integration community, including an enhanced explorer configured to access a GitHub repository of Integration Bus patterns.

Integration Bus V10 offers flexibility to deploy an integration solution by providing a number of dynamically set modes of operation, from an entry-level starting point to a full-feature edition. See the Description section for more information about the modes of operation.



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Product positioning

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IBM App Connect Enterprise 12

App Connect Enterprise 12 can be used on a variety of computer systems and platforms, such as Microsoft Windows, AIX, Linux, Linux on IBM Z, and IBM LinuxONE.

The latest software information is available on the IBM Software Product Compatibility Reports website.

IBM App Connect Enterprise V11

App Connect Enterprise runs on multiple operating environments, such as Microsoft Windows, AIX, Linux, Linux on IBM Z and IBM LinuxONE.

App Connect Enterprise with zCX is an additional operating environment that allows users to deploy integration solutions in a docker container in a z/OS LPAR bringing integration in containers in close proximity to other z/OS subsystems. Deploying integrations using App Connect Enterprise with zCX enables cross memory communication to other z/OS subsystems, providing a highly optimized link between applications. App Connect Enterprise integrates systems and applications across different environments. Deploying integrations in zCX provides optimized communications with z/OS subsystems, while using agile integration principles.

IBM Integration Bus V10

Integration Bus enables universal connectivity and transformation in heterogeneous IT environments for businesses of any size and any industry. It provides connectivity, universal data transformation, and visibility to the flow of business information. This eliminates point-to-point connections and batch processing, regardless of platform, protocol, or data format. It makes integration intuitive and transforms standard, non-standard, and custom data. It supports the client's choice of developer skills and tools. Integration Bus was formerly known as WebSphere Message Broker.



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Highlights

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IBM App Connect Enterprise 12

IBM App Connect Enterprise 12 introduces the following capabilities:

  • Development productivity improvements to help speed time-to-value, through intelligent design, for optimized user experiences and improved tooling
  • Test and DevOps automation enhancements that can help fast track the adoption of agile practices
  • Extended connectivity to integrate and automate applications across a broader set of SaaS and on-premise applications
  • Hybrid-cloud operations, to provide enriched operational visibility and control across any deployment from a single console

IBM App Connect Enterprise V11

IBM App Connect Enterprise V11 combines the existing, industry- trusted IBM Integration Bus (IIB) technology with new cloud native technologies of IBM App Connect Professional. App Connect Enterprise delivers a platform that supports a breadth of integration needs across a modern digital enterprise. It is ideal for businesses that need to take advantage of API-driven architectures, connect cloud- based applications, or quickly utilize artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to extend the value and investment in their existing data and systems.

Available as managed or unmanaged cloud or as an on-premises offering, App Connect Enterprise delivers a range of capabilities to optimize the creation and deployment of integrations that support API-driven digital and hybrid cloud architectures. These capabilities and features include:

  • Extended connectivity across Cloud Services, Software as a Service (SaaS), cloud platforms, and on-premises applications
  • Lightweight integration runtimes for cloud native and container- based deployment
  • Deployment options that can enable clients to achieve a balance between control, management overhead, and budget
  • The ability to build and expose APIs through a no-code approach(1)that can be easily managed through IBM API Connect
  • New, simple tooling for all styles of user that works together to expose and integrate enterprise systems
  • Detection of business situations that require user engagement, with insightful and actionable notifications(1)

App Connect Enterprise V11 is the official successor product for IIB clients. For more information regarding migration of workloads from IIB to App Connect Enterprise, see the Statement of Direction within the Abstract.

(1) This capability is only available to clients that have purchased IBM App Connect on IBM Cloud.

IBM App Connect Enterprise 11.0 adds IBM z/OS Container Extensions (zCX) integration, delivering:

  • Container deployments of App Connect Enterprise integration assets into zCX on IBM z/OS
  • Continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) for integration assets, such as message flows, data formats, and configuration information, in containers running in a z/OS LPAR
  • Management for App Connect Enterprise with zCX and JCL, commands and graphical interfaces including information regarding starting, stopping, status, deployment, and other administration information
  • Integration in containers closer to z/OS subsystems, such as IBM CICS, IBM IMS, IBM Db2, and VSAM

IBM Integration Bus V10

IBM Integration Bus 10.0 delivers a comprehensive integration solution. In addition to connecting a wide range of applications, services, and systems across heterogeneous IT environments, it provides the visibility and control capabilities that are needed to support critical business activities, such as monitoring, auditing, process management, and analytics.

The enhancements provide clients with:

  • Flexible interactions with IBMMQ that extend support to offer connections to multiple local queue managers when getting and putting messages.
  • Easier administration using the Integration Bus web browser user interface, which includes capabilities for deployment, creating, editing, and attaching policy documents.
  • Enhanced functionality for integrating applications both on- premise and in the cloud, which include REST APIs, Graphical Data Mapper and Data Format Description Language (DFDL) improvements, and support for MQ Telemetry Transport messages.

The capabilities naturally extend the powerful productivity features of Integration Bus to develop and manage integration solution deployments, and to extend its industry-leading performance and scalability.

Integration Bus V10 offers the flexibility to deploy an integrated solution by providing several dynamically-set modes of operation, from an entry-level starting point to a full-feature edition.



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Description

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IBM App Connect Enterprise 12

App Connect Enterprise automates integration scenarios with extensive connectivity and data format handling that are ready for immediate use. It delivers a powerful integration software solution that can be deployed in containers, on premises as a direct software install, or on a public cloud platform. With App Connect Enterprise, users gain a simpler experience when authoring and administering integration artifacts when using Eclipse. Web browser user interfaces enable developer productivity to quickly support the organization's digital business needs.

Users can develop integration solutions, using the latest Eclipse release with a new updated look, providing an enhanced experience for integration and developers of integration assets using Java. The App Connect Enterprise Toolkit is supported on Windows and Linux with support for MacOS for App Connect Enterprise for Developers. The App Connect Enterprise Toolkit can be used to develop integrations that run on any of the supported runtime environments, including Windows, Linux, IBM AIX, IBM LinuxOne, IBM z/OS Container Extensions (zCX), and Linux on IBM Power Systems (ppc64le) architectures. Deployment pattern capabilities are for ESB, container native microservices for both container managed services using Cloud Pak for Integration as well as bring-your-own Kubernetes runtimes and cloud-based services.

The primary capabilities and features of App Connect Enterprise 12:

  • Restyled and updated integration tooling

    The upgraded App Connect Enterprise Toolkit, designed primarily for integrators with an IT background, is now based on Eclipse 4.15, and provides frictionless access to enterprise data. The modernized look and feel simplifies the creation of message flows and message models from scratch. For those wanting more assistance, App Connect Enterprise Toolkit also provides built-in architectural patterns and a newly designed tutorial interface with over 100 tutorials, making it easier to get started. New features to enable test driven development make it easy to run unit tests for App Connect Enterprise integration flows with built-in Spies, Mocks and Stubs. This unit-testing framework also provides product-specific matchers, support for JUnit assertions, and third-party matcher libraries. The testing framework enables developers to iteratively test as they develop and automate test authoring to help mitigate the risk of issues that could result when upgrading and updating software. A new wizard provides a simple single interface for interactive test generation, and a new message assembly editor for changing test data. Command-line tools for bulk message recording and automated test generation assist with quality assurance of integrations and faster time to market when updating integration deployments or upgrading to an App Connect Enterprise version.

    The award-winning web browser-based App Connect Designer component helps bring together the teams that own and manage data with those that have the context to apply it by providing a no-code integration design tool, whether those individuals are in IT or are citizen integrators in a specific line of business. The option within App Connect Enterprise Designer to use intuitive interfaces to enhance the user development experience provides an optimal view and enhanced user experience of the organization's integration design.

  • No-code RESTful integration services

    App Connect Enterprise 12 supports building integration flows through a no-code approach and exposes those flows as RESTful APIs to users without them being an API development expert. These APIs can be seamlessly brought into API Connect Enterprise to handle the managing, securing, and socializing APIs so that development teams can reuse assets across business units. Whether building cloud scale, resilient applications from the ground up, or taking the opportunity to utilize existing technologies as part of a serverless architecture, organizations can rely on the rapid build and access to the systems when needed.

  • A new simplified API authoring tool

    The new API authoring tool is a common tool across API authoring in App Connect Enterprise, App Connect Designer and API Connect authoring experiences with support for OAPI 3. The API authoring tool offers API developers a simplified consistent experience across APIs and application integration development.

  • Flexible integration patterns

    App Connect Enterprise offers broad support, in a single platform, for API, automation, and event-driven technologies that complements other integration patterns. Deployment can be accomplished in the patterns users demand, such as container native microservices and enterprise service bus (ESB) architectures. The flexible integration patterns help ensure that existing investments in integration can be used where they are optimal, while supporting the rapid build of new use cases in application-centric, event-centric, and data-centric scenarios.

  • Broad deployment options

    These options include on-premises traditional integration patterns, highly flexible container native microservice deployments in many Kubernetes distributions, Cloud Pak for Integration, as well as options to deploy in public cloud native or hybrid cloud deployments. The decision of where to run the integration can be optimized for the specific needs of the business.

IBM App Connect Enterprise V11

App Connect Enterprise brings together the best of the existing, industry-trusted IBM integration technology with the new IBM Cloud native technologies to deliver a platform that supports a breadth of integration needs across a modern digital enterprise. With a focus on simple tooling to suit a range of user skillsets, the fast movement of data from any endpoint application to where it is needed, and deployment options to suit the right balance between control and budget, App Connect Enterprise provides the only integration platform an organization needs to unlock its business data and deliver it to the right touch point, in multiple channels across the business.

  • Extended connectivity across cloud service applications, cloud platforms, and existing on-premises applications

    Pre-packaged connectivity to a wide range of Cloud services, Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, and cloud platforms to complement the robust existing set of connectors for packaged applications that include:

    • Customer relationship management (CRM)
    • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
    • Marketing and Human Capital Management (HCM)
    • Files
    • Databases
    • Messaging systems
    • Mainframe applications
    • And more
  • Extensive range of supported integration styles

    Because one style of integration does not fit all needs, a digital business can benefit by building on the existing investments it made in integration tooling while taking advantage of new technologies, as easily as possible. Proven EDI and SOA capabilities are now joined by events and OpenAPI (Swagger) support with a range of deployment models to enable the business to build and integrate applications and data in new ways to take advantage of agile methods and cloud scalability and resilience.

  • Simple tooling for all styles of users

    New coupled tooling experiences for the spectrum of users across the digital enterprise:

    • For the core-IT teams that manage the key systems and packaged applications, there is a rich tooling experience to support all styles of interaction, powerful mapping, parsing and transformation. A broad range of functions, which include built in-unit testing and the ability to perform pre-deploy validation, alongside linked browser- based tooling for the line-of-business teams, ensures both developers and non-technical users can rapidly build integration without the need for code.
    • Knowledge workers and citizen integrators in lines of business can take advantage of the simpler, configuration-based "designer" tooling(1)to connect applications in the cloud. Alternatively, they can innovate on-premises applications for themselves to automate information and process flows by using a no-code approach while taking advantage of the multi-tenant, Cloud Service runtime.(1)
    • Integration specialists can choose to use the new web based tooling to build simple things quickly, or utilize the full Integrated Development Environment (IDE) toolkit to tackle more detailed and challenging requirements.

    When utilized in partnership, these tooling experiences truly unlock the value of enterprise data. IT teams can curate data from complex packaged applications or systems of record and expose it to line-of-business users for final mile integration using the designer tooling, dynamically and without difficulty. This perfect pairing supports collaboration between the IT teams that manage the data and the users with the context of where it is needed.

    Users of all experience benefit from accelerators, such as templates for common integration and industry-specific-use cases.

  • Situational awareness with insightful and actionable notifications(1)

    This new capability empowers knowledge workers to easily consume data in enterprise systems and cloud services, and then proactively detects business situations of interest to remove information blind spots. Key to the ability for any enterprise to act immediately, non- technical users can quickly and easily build flows to detect events of interest and provide notifications that communicate the key pieces of information required for them to make an informed decision. Users can then quickly select the right, next-best-action that should be carried out based on that insight.

  • Quick utilization of artificial intelligence (AI) services:
    • Take advantage of the cloud-based tooling to enrich data in flight or quickly build digital agents by utilizing pre-built connectors to IBM Watson cognitive services.
    • Imbed AI capabilities into clients' integrations to perform sentiment analysis, translation, or to pull out key aspects of a document narrative using rich cognitive and natural language services.
    • Alternatively, take advantage of the simple, rapid tooling to integrate data directly with conversation services to quickly build out chat bots.
  • Rapid orchestration of data and systems for API-driven architectures

    The strength of an API relies heavily on how well it is composed to bring existing sources of information together. App Connect Enterprise provides a range of relatable tooling experiences that support users of multiple types and skills sets to perform that composition, with everything from simple, graphical flow design right through to deep programmatical controls. Users, whether business- focused or technical, can create and expose innovative APIs from wherever data it is located.

  • API exposure and strong synergies with API Connect

    To expose a REST API is rarely sufficient in itself. If that API is to be used by multiple consumers, it should be secured and managed appropriately. Accelerator tooling in the cloud-based experience ensures clients' exposed APIs have a basic level of maturity from day one, with common security, and traffic management controls(1). Should clients need to introduce fully fledged API management, assets can be easily made available in API Connect to provide developer portals, self-administered subscription, external lifecycle management, monetization and much more, to bring their enterprise firmly into the API economy.

  • Flexible deployment across cloud and on-premise

    Supports a broad range of deployment options from fully-managed or dedicated instances on the IBM Cloud through to portable, containerized deployment on other cloud providers. Users can also opt for a more traditional, self-managed software installation, the decision of where to deploy the integration can be optimized to the needs of the business. The managed service provides holistic browser- based administration with visibility across multiple integration deployments in a single view.

  • Lightweight integration runtime for cloud native deployment

    App Connect Enterprise delivers revolutionary changes to the way that integration assets are deployed to the integration runtime. This massively reduces build pipelines and offers rapid deployment of new artefacts, fast start-up times and elastic scaling, and availability configurations. The result is to create a runtime that is more CPU and memory efficient, truly cloud-native and aligns with the principles of microservices.

    Users who deploy the software variant of App Connect Enterprise can take advantage of simple file-system-based, dependency-free installation, and deployment that is ideally suited to Docker images. The resultant images can then be easily scaled and managed by using orchestration frameworks, such as Kubernetes, alongside other components within a modern architecture. This is in addition to a range of additional features suited to new-generation-use cases:

    • Deploys processing and integration flow runtimes all under and coordinated by a single, operating system process to simplify deployment models.
    • Helps ensure the ease of cloning of integration server settings between environments.
    • Runs as a truly, cloud native application with tailored architecture for use in container technologies, such as Docker that run under a Kubernetes framework.
  • Existing users who are familiar with the IIB tooling, changes are provided to the following more specific capabilities and features:
    • Run integration servers directly from a command line without any prior creation step, and without any affiliation to an Integration Node.
      • Run integration servers directly from a BAR file's contents.
      • This feature removes the IIB V10 internal configuration stores and can dramatically simplify the product's external administrative interfaces.
    • No specific deploy step is required when running independent integration servers that point to a pre-configured file system which adheres to the structure of a BAR file.
    • Simplified scoping of artifacts are deployed to an integration server.
    • IIB V10 Salesforce Request node is now included as part of App Connect Enterprise, without needing to purchase IBM Application Integration Suite.
    • Define App Connect Enterprise policies in the Eclipse-based Toolkit.
    • Define settings that previously were only available in IIB V10 configurable services as App Connect Enterprise policies.
    • Add App Connect Enterprise policies to a Broker Archive file for deployment to an integration server.
    • Use App Connect Enterprise policies to define and control runtime behaviors without the need to create a configurable service definition in the runtime environment.
  • Extension of a trusted platform

    App Connect Enterprise builds upon the robust and proven IIB runtime that is trusted by thousands of clients over the past 18 years or more to run their mission-critical, application integration projects. During this period, the offering continually grew to allow clients to embrace new technologies, such as Kafka and Loopback bridge across cloud and on-premises architectures with a hybrid runtime, and adopt open standards through the delivery of OpenAPI features.

    The connectivity and tooling options extend the wide variety of data formats and application that are supported and include standards- based formats, such as:

    • eXtensible Markup Language (XML)
    • Data Format Description Language (DFDL)
    • JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)
    • Industry formats and standards, such as:
      • Health Level 7 (HL7)
      • The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT)
      • ISO8583
      • Custom formats

    An extensive range of operations can be performed on data, such as routing, filtering, and enrichment.

    Wherever the applications are on premises, on cloud, or both, these flexible integration capabilities can support the users' choice of solution architectures, which include:

    • Service-oriented
    • RESTful
    • Event-oriented
    • Data-driven
    • File-based (batch or real-time)

    The capabilities that are delivered in App Connect Enterprise unify and extend the capabilities of the IIB family with those of App Connect Professional in a single offering to better serve the demands of clients who are integrating applications and data to compete in today's economy. App Connect Enterprise is the official successor to the IIB family of offerings and is available as:

  • App Connect Enterprise V11 software that is deployable:
    • On premise
    • To IBM Cloud Private
    • In containers
    • On a public cloud (unmanaged)

    App Connect Enterprise clients can utilize an extensive range of SaaS connectors, which can run on premise using the bundled App Connect Professional, or on the cloud using the managed App Connect service on IBM Cloud. For more information, see IBM Knowledge Center

  • App Connect Enterprise on IBM Cloud provides:
    • An IBM hosted and managed cloud service for clients with entitlement to deploy reserved-instance integration servers and multi- tenant integrations. For more information see the App Connect Enterprise on IBM Cloud Service Description.
    • A Hybrid entitlement provides clients with the flexibility to use either App Connect Enterprise software or App Connect Enterprise on IBM Cloud, or a combination of both.

(1) This capability is only available to clients that have purchased IBM App Connect on IBM Cloud.

IBM App Connect Enterprise is available as an on-premises offering, which now includes Linux on IBM Z and LinuxOne. New part numbers have been added for monthly software subscriptions and nonproduction deployment of App Connect Enterprise on Linux on IBM Z and LinuxOne. App Connect is also available to clients on other operating system platforms, such as Microsoft Windows and Linux, as well as a managed or unmanaged cloud offering.

In addition to making App Connect Enterprise available as an on- premises offering for Linux on IBM Z and LinuxOne, this offering also includes new part numbers for monthly software subscriptions and nonproduction deployment of App Connect Enterprise. The new part numbers are as follows:

Monthly subscription parts

App Connect Enterprise software is now available with monthly virtual processor core (VPC) pricing. You pay for what you need on a term and subscription basis, which allows you to easily optimize application deployment between software (on-premises or deployed to a public cloud) and on-cloud deployments of your choice.

A VPC is a processor core in an unpartitioned physical server or a virtual core that is assigned to a virtual server. You must obtain entitlement for each VPC that is available to App Connect Enterprise. If you have a virtual core available to App Connect Enterprise, then you license a VPC for it regardless of whether it is on-premises or in the cloud. In cases where you know how many physical cores are being used, you can license the lesser of the number of virtual cores or physical cores.

Nonproduction parts

App Connect Enterprise for nonproduction use gives you the option to add a testing environment at a reduced cost. This license provides access to the same basic functionality of the production software, but limits usage through licensing terms to testing and preproduction use only. See your license for full terms and conditions.

IBM Integration Bus V10

Information for Clients using IBM Integration Bus V10 or prior

As part of the App Connect Enterprise Software Announcement IBM updated the offering program names and part number descriptions but retained the offering program number and part numbers. This does not affect any existing IIB client entitlements. For example, for every one PVU or VPC entitlement that a client has in order to run IIB workloads, the client has one PVU or VPC entitlement to App Connect Enterprise. Because the program number and part numbers are retained, some IIB assets are now located under App Connect Enterprise. For example, IIB V10 images can be found in Passport Advantage under App Connect Enterprise.

IBM Integration Bus 10.0 includes enhancements to can help improve developer experience, manageability, cloud, and functional capabilities.

Quickly get started with a radically simplified, single- package installation and improved support for unit test

The installation and configuration of Integration Bus is dramatically simplified. It allows an integration developer to quickly get started and use the IBM Integration Toolkit to start creating applications. On Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems, there is a single-package, installation process that deploys both the runtime environment and the Integration Toolkit.

  • On Windows, you run the installer, accept the license, and optionally change the location for the installation.
  • On Linux, the installation is a simple unpack of the code into an appropriate directory.

A local integration node and integration server are automatically created the first time that you start the Integration Toolkit and these components are automatically started whenever the Toolkit is started.

The Unit Test experience allows the integration server to be placed in a test data capture mode. This enables the ability to inject data in both serialized (physical) and parsed (logical) formats and visually trace the path taken by data as it propagates through a message flow.

Flexibly interact with MQ using connection policies

Greater flexibility is delivered in the interactions between Integration Bus and MQ. You can configure local or client connections. This enables your integration nodes to get messages from, or put messages to, queues on local or remote queue managers.

MQ message flow nodes can be configured to communicate with a specific local or remote queue manager by using properties such as the queue manager name, host name, port, and channel. These properties can be abstracted from the node into a policy document, which can be edited dynamically in the web user interface and reused across multiple attachment points.

You can also create message flows that contain multiple MQInput and MQOutput nodes, each of which can access different queue managers. This allows you to adapt your message flows to match any existing MQ topology.

Use Integration Bus without installing MQ

MQ is no longer a prerequisite for using Integration Bus. This means you can develop and deploy Integration Bus applications without installing MQ.

When creating an integration node, you can still specify a relationship with a queue manager. This relationship is used by all message flow nodes that do not have queue manager connections explicitly defined or defined with a policy.

When you purchase a license for Integration Bus you are entitled to install and use one copy of MQ on the same server on which the Integration Bus Runtime component is installed. This allows you to continue using the Integration Bus capabilities that require MQ functionality, such as the event-driven processing capabilities like message aggregation and sequencing.
Note: No entitlement is provided for use of MQ on a separate server. The copy of MQ that you are entitled to when you purchase Integration Bus may be used only for messages generated or consumed by the components of the program or for internal Integration Bus operation, and not for any other purpose.

Simplify administration of Integration Bus by using the improved web browser user interface which includes capabilities for deployment, creating, editing and attaching policy documents

The web-browser-based administration tool provides capabilities for managing an Integration Bus environment:

  • Create, edit, and attach policy documents.
  • Manage (add, delete, or rename) a node's integration servers.
  • Modify a node's properties.
  • Deploy Broker Archive (BAR) files.
  • Delete individual applications, services, libraries and flows.
  • Add, edit, and delete configurable services.
  • Export the HTTP port configuration for a node.

Rapidly create REST APIs and use the graphical data mapper to support the transformation of unmodelled data structures

Integration Bus can be used to rapidly expose a REST API. Input data interpreted by using the built-in JSON parser can be quickly transformed by using the Graphical Data Mapper, even in cases where the data structure has not been modelled. Use the mapper's support to add, reuse, rename, transform, and delete user-defined elements directly within your message map during the development phase.

With a single click, you can also generate a JavaScript client API by adding an HTTP/JSON binding to an existing integration service. The JavaScript client API provides operation functions that a JavaScript developer can call from a program that is running in a JavaScript environment.

Reuse common resources, such as message models, subflows, Java, and ESQL code in shared libraries

Shared libraries are introduced to share resources between multiple applications. A shared library is deployed directly to an integration server. Any application can reference the resources in that deployed shared library. If that shared library is updated, the changes are immediately visible to all referencing applications.

You might want to map between different versions of an XML schema. Both versions might declare the same elements and types, which cannot coexist in one application. If you create the two versions in separate shared libraries, then at deployment time separate models are built for each of the shared libraries. Therefore, no clash results from the duplicated elements and types.

In addition to these functional benefits, sharing common resources in a shared library can provide a significant reduction in memory usage, particularly in cases using large message models.

Libraries created in previous versions of Integration Bus are classified as static libraries. If you use a static library to contain resources, each application that references that static library is deployed with its own private copy of that library. If a static library is updated, each application that references it must be redeployed with the updated static library.

Integrate publish-subscribe-based applications by using MQ Telemetry Transport messages

MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT) is a lightweight publish-subscribe messaging protocol. You can now use Integration Bus to connect to applications and devices that send and receive messages using the MQTT messaging protocol.

You can create message flows to receive an MQTT message by using the MQTTSubscribe node to subscribe to one or more topics on an MQTT server. You can send an MQTT message by using the MQTTPublish node in your message flow to publish messages to a topic on an MQTT server.

Easily transform and model data structures with multiple Graphical Data Map and DFDL features

Support is provided to dynamically define user-defined elements in your message map structured data for which you do not have the XML schema. User-defined elements are useful, for example, when graphically mapping JSON data and the Local Environment tree variables folder. You can also use them when using transport headers that include extension points, such as the MQRFH2, and a SOAP or XML messages that include an xsd:any structure. Graphical data maps can use the Environment tree variable input data to a transformation.

You can also now use the Graphical Data Map Specification Language to create a message map programmatically. If you choose to use a development approach that is based on JAXB, a bindings file is also provided.

DFDL continues to be enhanced for parsing and writing non-XML data structures. Sample DFDL commercial and scientific formats are provided via a GitHub repository. These models are provided with a public license for use on any DFDL implementation and include TLOG 4690, ISO8583 (1987), ISO8583 (1993), NACHA, and HL7v2. DFDL functional enhancements include support for unordered sequences, asserts on recoverable exceptions, improved refactoring support in the DFDL editor, DFDL Model Editor Copy-Paste support, and improved validation of DFDL schema.

Extend the reach of the Integration Bus with file, database, and security enhancements

Several functional improvements have been made to the core capabilities of Integration Bus when interacting with files and databases, including several security enhancements.

  • The FileRead node is enhanced to support the retrieval of remote files using SFTP.
  • There are integrated security enhancements for the HTTP and SOAP nodes to use the transport-level security protocols NT LAN Manager (NTLM), Kerberos, and Simple and Protected Negotiation (SPNEGO). These protocols are collectively known as Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA).
  • Support is also added for the configuration of a Microsoft SQL Server database to be used as a data store for recording and replaying data. When the database has been configured, you can select a data capture store that is configured to use an SQL Server database and view the recorded data.

Create new application connectors and control them by using independently managed policies

The Connector Framework provides a simple development experience for quickly creating new connectors for the exchange of data with application endpoints.

  • When creating a user-defined node, new connector framework API methods are provided. This simplifies the development experience so that connectors can be written without earlier knowledge of how Integration Bus nodes work. This approach focuses on the interactional style of the endpoint application and not on Integration Bus.
  • The MQ nodes and MQTT nodes are built on the new connector framework and can be easily administered at run time using policies. A policy defines a common approach to performing a particular action by providing a shared, managed set of properties. These configuration properties can be changed dynamically and managed independently from the multiple places where the policy is used. A policy can be attached to one or more nodes in a message flow to control their operational behavior at run time.
  • Connectors can be administered using policies. A policy defines a common approach to performing a particular action by providing a shared, managed set of properties. These configuration properties can be changed dynamically and managed independently from the multiple places where the policy is used. A policy can be attached to one or more nodes in a message flow to control their operational behavior at run time.

Import and convert existing WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus integration assets

Integration Bus represents the strategic IBM Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) offering and is the successor product for existing clients of both WebSphere Message Broker and WebSphere ESB.

Integration Bus provides tooling that facilitates the conversion of existing WebSphere ESB assets so they can run on Integration Bus. The tooling enables:

  • WebSphere ESB Project Interchange files to be imported and viewed
  • Common flow primitives to be converted automatically while maintaining the flow structure
  • An understanding of remaining manual tasks through a task list
  • Resulting flows to be modified and deployed

The conversion tooling is greatly enhanced beyond the extensible framework delivered in Integration Bus 9.0. It reduces the number of manual tasks required and now supports:

  • Conversion of mediation modules with multiple exports and with multiple mediation flow components.
  • Conversion of mediation flow components that implement multiple interfaces.
  • Conversion of mediation modules which contain Java components. Java components can call Imports with a synchronous binding or other Java components.
  • Conversion of mediation flow component subflows.
  • Encapsulation of converted mediation flow component logic using separate subflows for operation request, response, and error flows.
  • Encapsulation of converted exports, imports, and Java components within separate subflows.
  • Updated documentation to reflect the latest capabilities and conceptual approach.

Share product extensions with the integration community, including an enhanced explorer configured to access a GitHub repository of Integration Bus patterns

Patterns and samples are no longer included with the Integration Toolkit by default. Instead, the Pattern Explorer is configured to access a GitHub repository, from which you can select, download, and install just the resources you require. The Open Technologies for Integration GitHub repository also provides DFDL models, nodes, and connectors.

By default, the Integration Toolkit is now configured to use the online IBM Knowledge Center to provide context-sensitive help from the latest information that is available.

Delivers several modes of operation

Integration Bus offers several modes of operation to licensed clients. The mode of operation may be selected at any time, subject to the purchase of license entitlement. Existing clients may select any mode of operation at deployment time and are not required to reinstall their existing Integration Bus environment to change the mode in which a node is running.

  • Express Edition provides an entry-level starting point to deploy an integration solution with the option to grow to full function and performance. It has restricted features and is limited to one process.
  • Standard Edition offers the choice of a full-feature mode of operation, which is limited to one process, or a restricted mode of operation without capacity restrictions. This intermediate edition offers the flexibility to fulfill either broad capability or high- performance scenarios.
  • Advanced Edition is the full-feature edition of Integration Bus with no function or capability restrictions imposed. It is the default mode of operation.
  • Remote Adapter Deployment Edition offers support for adapter- related features for users whose typical use of the integration nodes is integration with Enterprise Information Systems (EIS). The types of message flow nodes that you can use, and the number of integration servers that you can create, are limited.

WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus Transfer License

The Integration Bus WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus Transfer License provides comparable capabilities and performance to those available in WebSphere ESB. It offers a restricted mode of operation without capacity restrictions.

Maximize the value of your IBM software investment

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  • Product upgrades
  • New releases and new versions
  • Phone and technical support

To download upgrades to your licensed IBM Software, sign in to Passport Advantage Online at

http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage

For information on the benefits of migrating to Integration Bus, see

http://www.ibm.com/integration-bus

Accessibility by people with disabilities

IBM App Connect Enterprise 12

App Connect Enterprise 12 is capable as of May 28, 2021, when used in accordance with associated IBM documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Accessibility Conformance Statement can be requested on the Product accessibility information website.

IBM App Connect Enterprise V11

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT), containing details about accessibility compliance, can be found on the Product accessibility information website.

IBM Integration Bus V10

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

IBM App Connect Enterprise V11

App Connect Enterprise is capable as of March 30, 2018, when used in accordance with related IBM documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be found on the Product accessibility information website.

IBM Integration Bus V10

IBM Integration Bus 10.0 is capable as of March 27, 2015, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested via IBM's website at the following URL

http://www-3.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html


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Hardware requirements

IBM App Connect Enterprise 12

For the most recent information, see the Software Product Compatibility Report website.

IBM App Connect Enterprise V11

App Connect Enterprise 11.0 runs on 64-bit operating systems on the following environments:

  • Linux on IBM Z: Any system capable of running one of the Linux for IBM Z releases listed in the Software requirements section with enough storage to meet the requirements of App Connect Enterprise.
  • Linux on x86-64: AMD64 and EM64T technology-compatible PC hardware is capable of running the required level of a compatible operating system with enough storage to meet the requirements of App Connect Enterprise.
  • Microsoft Windows x86-64: Windows x86-64 technology-compatible PC hardware is capable of running the required level of a compatible operating system with enough storage to meet the requirements of App Connect Enterprise.

IBM Integration Bus V10

Integration Bus 10.0 delivers to 64-bit operating systems on the following hardware:

IBM AIX

  • IBM Power systems only that are capable of running the required level of a compatible operating system with enough storage to meet the requirements of Integration Bus.
  • Any hardware that is capable of running other trademarked IBM AIX systems or other vendors that have passed a set of certification test for compliance with AIX application binary and programming interfaces.

HP-UX on Itanium

Itanium systems. Any hardware that is explicitly compatible and fully capable of running the specified operating system, all the corresponding supporting software shown in the Software requirements topic below, and any associated applications unmodified.

Linux on IBM Power

IBM Power processor-based systems only that is capable of running the required level of a compatible operating system with enough storage to meet the requirements of Integration Bus.

Linux on x86-64

AMD64 and EM64T technology-compatible PC hardware that is capable of running the required level of a compatible operating system with enough storage to meet the requirements of Integration Bus.

Linux on z System

Any server capable of running one of the Linux for z System releases listed in the Software requirements section.

Solaris on x86-64

AMD64, EM64T, and compatible processors. Any hardware that is explicitly compatible and fully capable of running the specified operating system. All the corresponding supporting software shown in the Software requirements topic and any associated applications unmodified.

Solaris on SPARC

Sun Microsystems SPARC processor machines.

Microsoft Windows

Windows x86-64 technology-compatible PC hardware that is capable of running the required level of a compatible operating system with enough storage to meet the requirements of Integration Bus.

For the latest information, see

http://www.ibm.com/integration-bus

Software requirements

IBM App Connect Enterprise 12

For the most recent information, see the Software Product Compatibility Report website.

IBM App Connect Enterprise V11

App Connect Enterprise 11.0 runs on the following 64-bit operating systems:

  • Linux on IBM Z
    • LinuxONE
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6
    • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Linux on x86-64
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 7.6
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 12
    • Ubuntu 16.04
  • AIX 7.2 TL3 for IBM Power Systems - Big Endian 64-Exploitation
  • Windows x86-64
    • Windows 8.1 Basic, Professional, and Enterprise Editions
    • Windows 2012 R2, Datacenter and Standard Edition
    • Windows 10 Basic, Professional, and Enterprise Editions
    • Windows 2016

App Connect Enterprise for the zCX environment is supported on the platforms and software required to run a zCX LPAR.

The IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) is enhanced to support the zCX environment. Utilization of ILMT is now mandatory for subcapacity pricing for licensing of Linux on IBM Z software products procured through Passport Advantage. Manual counting for subcapacity pricing in the zCX environment will no longer be permissible.

Additional information about ILMT enablement for zCX, including PTFs required, can be found in IBM Knowledge Center.

The latest software information will be available on the IBM Software Product Compatibility Reports website.

IBM Integration Bus V10

Integration Bus 10.0 delivers to the following 64-bit operating systems:

AIX

  • AIX 6.1 (Technology Level 9)
  • AIX 7.1 (Technology Level 3)

HP-UX on Itanium

  • HP-UX 11i V3 (plus PHCO_38048, PHSS 42980, and PHSS 41496) for Itanium

Linux on IBM Power

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS V6
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11

Linux on x86-64

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS V6
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11
  • Ubuntu 12.04
  • Ubuntu 14.04

Linux on z Systems

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS V6
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11

Solaris on SPARC

  • Solaris 10
  • Solaris 11

Solaris on x86-64

  • Solaris 10
  • Solaris 11

Microsoft Windows x86-64

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and Enterprise Edition
  • Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate Edition
  • Windows 8.1 Basic, Professional, and Enterprise Editions
  • Windows 2012 R2, Datacenter and Standard Edition

For detailed requirements for all editions of Integration Bus, see

http://www.ibm.com/integration-bus

Note: Before installing any new products, ensure that you review your current Preventative Service Planning (PSP) information.

The program's specifications and specified operating environment information may be found in documentation accompanying the program, if available, such as a README file, or other information published by IBM, such as an announcement letter. Documentation and other program content may be supplied only in the English language.



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Planning information

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Customer responsibilities

Not applicable

Limitations

For additional information, see the license information document that is available on the IBM Software License Agreement website at

http://www.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf


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Publications

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IBM App Connect Enterprise V11

Effective March 30, 2018, documentation for App Connect Enterprise will be available in IBM Knowledge Center.

IBM Integration Bus V10

A Quick Start Guide is provided with this program.

Online product documentation is integrated within the product and is also supplied on the Quick Start DVD.

To access documentation and information about Integration Bus documentation, see

IBM Knowledge Center


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** Company, product, or service name may be a trademark or service mark of others.

Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

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