What is a IBM Connect:Direct Process?

An IBM® Connect:Direct® Process is a series of statements and parameters that perform data movement and manipulation activities such as:

  • moving files between different IBM Connect:Direct servers
  • running jobs, programs, and commands on the IBM Connect:Direct server
  • starting other Processes
  • monitoring and controlling Processes
  • handling processing errors

Processes can be linked to network and application activities, generating a continuous cycle of processing. For example, a network message can trigger a file transfer that is used by another application.

As a Process executes and after it completes, audit information is available to analyze and use for future processing.

Features that you can specify in a Process include:

  • Scheduling–Setting a Process to run at a specific day and time. Processing can be scheduled to run automatically at a specified date or interval, without any operator intervention.
  • Integration with native applications–Invoke native applications from within a IBM Connect:Direct Process.
  • Integration with existing security systems–Specify user IDs and passwords within a Process that allow it to work within your existing network security system
  • Data transmission integrity–Specifying checkpoint and restart intervals within a file transmission, so that if a transmission fails at some point, it can be restarted automatically from the most recent checkpoint.
  • User notification–Automatically notify users of successful and unsuccessful transfers.