IBM App Connect Professional on Cloud can help you connect your SaaS, ERP, and custom applications rapidly and automate your workflows by using an intuitive, configuration-based approach

IBM United States Software Announcement 216-363
September 13, 2016

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(Corrected on November 8, 2016)

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IBM® App Connect Professional on Cloud provides a powerful combination of a simple integration experience for business users and citizen integrators that is coupled with a configuration-based-integration approach for shadow integrators and integration developers. Pairing a powerful configuration-based integration approach with a broad set of connectivity to the most popular software-as-a-service (SaaS) and on-premise applications, App Connect Professional on Cloud enables organizations to build business solutions rapidly. It delivers the following features:

  • A simple, event-trigger-based integration experience for business users and SaaS power users
  • A configuration, no-coding-based approach for developing integrations
  • Enterprise-grade, subscription-based managed service with no upfront cost
  • A rich library of prebuilt connectors to a large number of SaaS and on-premise applications
  • A repository of prepackaged integration processes to help simplify and accelerate the most common integration challenges
  • Built-in support for exposing integrations as Open Data Protocol (OData)
  • Support for creating integration-built APIs and easy integration with IBM API Connect™ for exposing managed APIs
  • Designed for easy monitoring and management
  • Enterprise-grade integration platform with flexible pricing, for a wide range of integration scenarios
  • Integration tooling to match different skill sets of users from a line-of-business professional to an integration specialist


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App Connect Professional on Cloud provides rapid integration capabilities for today's modern cloud and hybrid architectures. By combining a powerful configuration-based integration approach with a broad set of connectivity to the most popular SaaS and on-premise applications, App Connect Professional on Cloud enables organizations to build business solutions rapidly.

Cloud adoption is gaining momentum across enterprises of all sizes and hybrid environments are becoming a business reality. App Connect Professional on Cloud delivers the integration backbone for digital transformation and harmonizes business processes across clients' hybrid application landscape.

As enterprises embrace SasS, hybrid integration becomes a key requirement. The challenge is to deliver these hybrid integration requirements without embarking on lengthy, costly, and complex project cycles that require specialized skill sets and multiple moving parts to install and maintain. App Connect Professional on Cloud provides a solution that meets the challenge by rapidly integrating a hybrid world of public clouds, private clouds, and on-premise applications.

App Connect Professional on Cloud delivers an integration solution with ease-of-use, flexibility, and increased responsiveness to the evolving business needs, while removing the daunting complexities of integration. It provides the powerful combination of a 'simple integration experience' for business users looking to automate how their applications talk to each other., which is coupled with 'configuration based integration' approach for shadow IT teams and integration developers who need to solve more complex problems and need powerful tooling.

App Connect Professional on Cloud offers the following key benefits:

  • Provides a simple, event-trigger-based integration experience for business users with no integration skills to allow their applications to interact with one another.
  • Helps reduce time-to-implement integration projects by using a configuration-no-coding-based, intuitive approach for creating integrations.
  • May lead to considerable cost savings with low, monthly subscription rates and lower maintenance and operations overhead.
  • Provides a rich library of prebuilt connectors and prepackaged integration processes to help simplify and accelerate integration projects.
  • Helps ease monitoring and management with anytime, anywhere monitoring, and remote management and administration.
  • Accelerates and simplifies the standards-based development process with flexibility and without requiring specialized middleware skills.
  • Caters to users with varied levels of integration skills and varied functionality requirements.
  • Integrates with API Connect capabilities to help facilitate the rapid conversion of integrations into APIs that can be exposed and managed.

App Connect Professional on Cloud is a key part of the IBM Hybrid Integration family of offerings, which also include:

  • App Connect. This tool is for business users that are looking to automate workflows between SaaS and on-premise applications.
  • Application Integration Suite. This premier offering combines enterprise integration, cloud integration and API management capabilities for IT users to build and manage digital transformation solutions.

App Connect Professional on Cloud incorporates the technology, formerly known as IBM WebSphere® Cast Iron®, into the new Hybrid Integration family of offerings. App Connect Professional on Cloud is specifically designed to allow both business users and application developers to get started with integration services quickly, with a ready-to-use, cloud-based environment that is hosted in IBM cloud data centers and managed by IBM.



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Key prerequisites
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App Connect Professional on Cloud requires an internet connection and a workstation with a browser.

For specific browser requirements, refer to the Technical information section.



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Planned availability date
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September 30, 2016



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Description
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App Connect Professional on Cloud is a multi-tenant, cloud service offering that provides integration services. These services can help companies rapidly integrate hybrid environments and connect SaaS and on-premise applications by using a configuration-not-coding approach. This enables enterprises of all size to help lower their integration costs and achieve a higher return on investments for cloud, SaaS, and digital applications. App Connect Professional on Cloud also includes entitlement to the App Connect business user tooling.

App Connect Professional on Cloud delivers following key capabilities:

  • Differentiated integration tooling
    • Integration tooling to match the needs of different user roles and skill sets
    • A simple integration experience for users, such as line-of-business professionals, citizen integrators, SaaS power users, and business analysts
    • Configuration-based integration capabilities for shadow integrators and integration developers

  • Comprehensive platform capabilities to handle a wide range of hybrid integration scenarios
    • Cloud data migration capabilities that can enable businesses to cleanse, enrich, and migrate data from existing applications to cloud applications in real time, to expedite the adoption of SaaS and cloud applications
    • Cloud data synchronization capabilities that can enable the coordination or orchestration of integration processes across multiple applications in real time
    • Integration in visualization (UI mashups) to provide the capability to mashup information from disparate sources and to display this information by using the native user interface of a cloud application in real time
    • Integration APIs that can be invoked from the digital applications for harnessing data and processes from other parts of the enterprise

  • Extensive, pre-built connectivity
    • Pre-built connectivity to many SaaS and proprietary applications, both cloud and on-premise, which include:
      • Enterprise resource planning (ERP)
      • Customer relationship management (CRM)
      • Databases
      • Web services
      • Flat files
    • A rich set of connectors and integration templates that can help to significantly reduce the time that is required to integrate with SaaS and on-premise applications
    • A Connector Development Kit to allow skilled developers to add connectors to custom applications
    • A Template Development Kit that facilitates the creation of reusable integration templates. Businesses and partners can create their own wizard-driven, reusable templates and make the kits valuable to the entire user community

  • Flexibility and reusability
    • Allows the flexibility in deployment by providing different form factors:
      • A multi-tenant managed SaaS offering
      • An on-premise edition
    • Provides flexible price points for enterprises of all size, with a free, 30-day trial to experience and evaluate the offering.
    • Provides multiple, reusable template integration processes (TIPs) to most common, cloud integration scenarios that are searchable in an online library.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

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



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App Connect Professional on Cloud, as part of the IBM hybrid integration platform, brings enterprise-grade connectivity to clients, at an affordable price point to support:

  • Hybrid user roles that provide capabilities for users with varied skill sets
  • Hybrid deployments to provide flexibility on where the integration operates
  • Hybrid Integration scenarios to support:
    • Data synchronization
    • Real-time scenarios, event or trigger-based actions
    • Batch or bulk updates
    • Ability to expose integrations as Open Data Protocol (OData)
    • Ability to create integration-built APIs and manage the APIs that use API Connect


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Reference information
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For information on IBM App Connect Professional on Cloud V7.5.2, refer to Software Announcement 216-332, dated September 13, 2016.

For information on IBM API Connect V5.0, refer to Software Announcement 216-019, dated February 16, 2016.

For information on IBM Application Integration Suite, refer to Software Announcement 216-098, dated February 16, 2016.



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Program number VRM Program name
5737-B81 SaaS IBM App Connect Professional on Cloud


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Product information is available on the IBM Offering Information website.

More information is also available on the Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express website.



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Publications
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Documentation can be found in IBM Knowledge Center.



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Technical information
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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

App Connect Professional on Cloud requires:

  • A workstation that supports one of the web browsers as listed in the Software requirements section
  • A direct, internet connection

Software requirements

App Connect Professional on Cloud requires one of the following supported web browsers:

  • Microsoft™ Internet Explorer V9, or later
  • Mozilla Firefox V24, or later
  • Google Chrome V30

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.

Companion products

The following products or services could be purchased with this product:

API Connect

API Connect can help businesses accelerate their digital transformation to provide secure services across on-premise, on cloud, and dedicated clouds. API Connect empowers API developers and businesses to rapidly design APIs with enterprise-grade, security policies and share APIs across organizational boundaries and environments, while providing deep insight into API usage. For additional information on API Connect, refer to the following:

  • API Connect V5.0, in Software Announcement 216-019, dated February 16, 2016
  • IBM API Connect for Bluemix® Dedicated, in Software Announcement 216-135, dated March 15, 2016
  • IBM API Connect for Bluemix Local, in Software Announcement 216-291, dated June 7, 2016

IBM Application Integration Suite V1.0

Application Integration Suite V1.0 provides the tools enterprises need for connecting cloud and on-premise applications, building Microservices and exposing and managing APIs. It enables you to reach new markets, rapidly take advantage of new business opportunities, and improve communications within your partner ecosystem. With this offering, you can influence existing investments by continuing to provide reliable, secure, and scalable enterprise integration while modernizing IT infrastructure to support digital transformation. For additional information on Application Integration Suite V1.0, refer to the Software Announcement 216-098, dated February 16, 2016.

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No software is shipped with this offering. There is no physical media.



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Product group: IBM Cloud

Product: App Connect Professional on Cloud (5737-B81)

Product category: Hybrid Integration


Passport Advantage

Program name/Description Part number
IBM App Connect Professional on Cloud Level 1 Instance per Month D1QA4LL
IBM App Connect Professional on Cloud Level 1 Thousand Items Overage D1QA5LL
IBM App Connect Professional on Cloud Level 2 Instance per Month D1QA6LL
IBM App Connect Professional on Cloud Level 2 Thousand Items Overage D1QA7LL
IBM App Connect Professional on Cloud Level 3 Instance per Month D1QA8LL
IBM App Connect Professional on Cloud Level 3 Thousand Items Overage D1QA9LL
IBM App Connect Professional on Cloud Additional Actions Add on Instance per Month D1QAALL
IBM App Connect Professional on Cloud Virtual Processing Core D1QABLL

Free trial

A 30-day free trial of App Connect Professional on Cloud is available from the IBM Connectivity and integration website.

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App Connect Professional on Cloud (Passport Advantage®)

Program name Program number Charge unit description
App Connect Professional on Cloud 5737-B81 Per Instance
    Per Item
    Per Virtual Processing Core


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