IBM Engineering Integration Hub

IBM® Engineering Integration Hub extends the IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) solution with integrations to an extensive number of tools from other vendors. Customers are able to practice ELM in a diverse lifecycle tools environment, allowing them to use the current lifecycle tools investments.


IBM Engineering Integration Hub enables data flows, data visibility, traceability, and collaboration across heterogeneous lifecycle tools and the teams that use them, and thereby helps organizations to implement their digital threads. The tool supports three styles of integration including:
  • Bidirectional synchronization with out-of-the-box and point-and-click configuration.
  • Gateway integration, providing one-way event-triggered artifact creation or modification.
  • Enterprise data stream, which will pull artifact information from all of the tools connected to IBM Engineering Integration Hub.
No custom services are required. Model-based integration facilitates scaling to hundreds of projects. Engineering Integration Hub maintains artifact relationships by mirroring relationships like parent-child.
Integrations exist between IBM Engineering Workflow Management, IBM Engineering Test Management, IBM Engineering Requirements Management DOORS®, and IBM Engineering Requirements Management DOORS Next with over 60 tools. Following is a list of some representative vendors:
  • Aha!
  • Aras
  • Asana
  • Atlassian
  • Blueprint
  • BMC
  • Broadcom
  • codebeamer
  • SmartBear
  • Sparx Systems
  • Jama
  • Micro Focus
  • Microsoft
  • Mozilla
  • Planview
  • Git
  • Polarion
  • PTC
  • Salesforce
  • ServiceNow
  • Tricentis
  • Trello
  • Whitehat

IBM Engineering Integration Hub is an OEM offering of the Planview Tasktop Hub product. For the most up-to-date and complete listing of all supported integrations, see Supported Repository Versions.

Components of IBM Engineering Integration Hub

IBM Engineering Integration Hub Server: The IBM Engineering Integration Hub Server is the engine that runs the integrations and provides the administrative user interface where administrators can configure and run their integrations. All of the interactions an administrator has with Engineering Integration Hub are through the IBM Engineering Integration Hub server. This server can be installed on either a Windows or a Linux® machine. The IBM Engineering Integration Hub server admin accesses the UI through a web browser. The access is password protected and administrators are able to define who can access the IBM Engineering Integration Hub server.

User Management Server: The IBM Engineering Integration Hub server uses a second web server that is installed at the same time as the integration engine for user management and authentication. All actions performed by an IBM Engineering Integration Hub server admin on the hub interface are validated through the User Management Server to ensure that the admin has the required permissions.

Operational Database:
  • The Operational Database contains all configuration information and artifact data necessary for the proper operation of the IBM Engineering Integration Hub server integrations. Though by default, operational data is stored to an internal database, it is recommended that customers connect to an external database instead. When doing so, customers provide the database and connect through the IBM Engineering Integration Hub server UI.
  • The IBM Engineering Integration Hub Server stores the current state of artifacts that are involved in integrations in the operational database. It determines whether to propagate changes to customer repositories by comparing the artifact as seen from the originating side of an integration to the artifact state as stored in the operational database.
  • In addition to the configuration information and artifact state, the operational database contains the encrypted customer repository credentials.

System requirements

IBM Engineering Integration Hub is a Java™ application that is installed on-premises with a browser-based front end. IBM Engineering Integration Hub is installed either on a Windows or a Linux computer, with an operational database holding the data.
  • Supported operating systems: Windows and Linux
  • Supported browsers: Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer
  • Supported databases for storing IBM Engineering Integration Hub operational data: PostgreSQL (recommended), Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, and Oracle
For more information, see System Requirements.

For more information about IBM Engineering Integration Hub, see Planview Tasktop Hub Home.