New features and enhancements in the latest release of IBM Cloud Pak® for Integration.
As the saying goes, “If you don’t ask, then you don’t get.” It’s generally true, but when it comes to your business integration needs, just asking has never been enough. You need a rich set of skills and an understanding of how to use them to create the right integration for the job. That is, until now.
Introducing flow creation with natural language processing
With the latest release of IBM Cloud Pak for Integration, you can simply ask for what you want. Describe the integration you are looking for and the Designer tool will offer you the integration flow you are most likely to need.
How is this new innovation provided? IBM Cloud Pak for Integration comes with a set of pre-built templates for integration flows. These can be further extended with customer-built workflow templates. Now, when you use natural language to describe what you want to do, the product will match the request with a set of templates and suggest the most likely workflow option. There’s even an autosuggest function that will provide options as you type!
This will not only help to accelerate flow creation but also make it possible for users with no integration experience to build integrations flows. Imagine the possibilities that open up with true citizen integrators.
Mapping assist enhancements
Additional new features that help accelerate the building of integration flows include enhancements to the mapping assist feature that helps suggest transformations. The transformation generator is a new capability to intelligently build the mapping expression suggestions based on sample data. And the previous integration flow mappings for each user now provide closed-loop operational feedback to help improve new mapping suggestions.
Event endpoint management
Another new feature is an extension of an innovation first introduced in the previous release of IBM Cloud Pak for Integration — Event Endpoint Management. This capability allows use of AsyncAPI as a method to make application programming interface (API) calls against Apache Kafka topic history, making it easier to get value from your Kafka event streams.
In this new release, you can now select this capability and deploy it as a distinct feature rather than selecting API Connect as the deployment component. Self-discovery is also now possible, making it easier for developers to use the portal to discover the right Kafka data and generate their own credentials to get started faster.
Additional new enhancements
In addition to these innovations, there are multiple enhancements and improvements delivered in this release of IBM Cloud Pak for Integration. An enhancement to the API Test Generation feature helps simplify and automate analyses for new API tests based on API calls and their ongoing use.
Another improvement is when customers are utilizing multiple integration capabilities for a single integration use case. These can now be pulled together for deployment as a single instance without the need to create a custom image of the deployable integration solution. This makes building these solutions much simpler and helps you to deploy them faster.
New and enhanced smart connectors
Each new release of IBM Cloud Pak for Integration has included new or enhanced smart connectors, allowing for contextual connectivity into applications or technical services to exchange data more simply. This release is no exception.
The newest IBM Cloud Pak for Integration release includes the following list of new connectors:
- Azure Blob storage
- Salesforce Commerce Cloud
- OpenAPI 3
These connectors help users extract key business data more quickly from these endpoints and be put to quick use. It should also be noted that some of the additional new features available in this release are described in this blog.
IBM App Connect V12
Also available as part of this IBM Cloud Pak for Integration release is IBM App Connect V12 software, which adds multiple new features:
- Restyled and updated integration tooling
- No-code RESTful integration services
- A new simplified API authoring tool
- Flexible integration patterns
- Broad deployment options
These new integration capabilities, together with the new features of IBM Cloud Pak for Integration, facilitate the ability for users to obtain these products for faster and simpler integrations than previously available anywhere.
Now why wouldn’t you ask for that?