Defining the Work IBM Connect:Direct Will Perform

The IBM® Connect:Direct® Process language provides instructions that tell IBM Connect:Direct the work to perform in your enterprise. A IBM Connect:Direct Process contains special 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.

Processes contain parameters that control Process attributes such as:

  • Scheduling information—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 existing security systems—Specifying 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, it restarts automatically from the most recent checkpoint.
  • Compression—Performing data compression for Copy operations for shorter transfer times.
  • User notification—Automatically notifying users of successful and unsuccessful transfers.

These parameters can be specified within the actual Process or you can specify them when you submit the Process. Any parameters you provide when you submit a Process override the parameters coded in the Process.