How to Build Processes
Building a Process involves analyzing the business task and creating and submitting a Process
Analyze the Business Task
The first and most important step in creating a Process is to analyze the business task you want to accomplish. Most IBM® Connect:Direct® Processes copy files from one location to another (although Processes can also call external programs or even other Processes).
Consider the following factors before creating a Process.
- What files do you want to copy?
- Where do you want to copy the files from, and where to?
- What IBM Connect:Direct platforms are involved in the transfer?
- Will the Process run at regular dates and times?
- What security is required to access the IBM Connect:Direct servers that will execute the Process?
- Should the files be compressed during transmission?
- Do you want to perform checkpoint/restart on the transmission, enabling the transmission to resume at a defined point in case of failure?
- Who needs to be notified of Process status and completion?
- Will the Process call an external program?
- Will the Process need branching to perform additional or alternate processing, depending on previous results?
You may find it helpful to create a flow chart of the Process before creating it.
Create and Submit a Process
After you define your business need, you can create and submit a Process for execution in the following ways:
- Through the Process Builder feature of the Sterling
Connect:Direct Browser User Interface,
a Web-based interface to a IBM Connect:Direct server.
The Connect:Direct Browser User Interface is
distributed with Connect:Direct
HP NonStop, UNIX, and Microsoft Windows.
The Process Builder is a Graphical User Interface that enables you to build, modify, and save Processes. The Process Builder handles IBM Connect:Direct Process syntax rules automatically. The Process Builder eliminates the typographical mistakes made when creating Processes with a text editor. You can also validate Process syntax and submit completed Processes from the Process Builder.
You can use the Process Builder to modify Processes created with a text editor. Likewise, Processes created with the Process Builder feature can be edited with a text editor.
See Build Processes With the Process Builder for procedures to create a Process with the Connect:Direct Browser User Interface Process Builder.
- Through the IBM Connect:Direct Requester for Microsoft Windows, which is a graphical interface to Connect:Direct for Microsoft Windows. See Create Processes with Requester for procedures to create a Process with the IBM Connect:Direct Requester for Microsoft Windows.
- A text file that is submitted to a IBM Connect:Direct server through a batch utility, command line, or a user written program through the Sterling Connect:Direct Application Program Interface (API). See Create Processes with a Text Editor for procedures to create a Process with a text editor.
- Through Connect:Direct for z/OS. See the IBM Sterling Connect:Direct for z/OS User Guide for information about the IUI.