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                       HP Connect- It Basics




HP Connect-It Basics


     Introduction to Connect-It

     Types of Connectors


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     Benefits of Connect-It

     Important Concepts and Terminology




Introduction to Connect-It


What is Connect-It?

Connect-It is an integration platform that belongs to the EAI (Enterprise Application
Integration) group.


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EAI is an integration framework, which comprises of technologies and services that
forms a middleware to enable integration of systems and applications across the
enterprise.

Ex:
Suppose we have any application database and if we want to take data from that database
or put additional data into it from some other application database then Connect-It serves
as a bridge (middleware) between the two application databases.

Connect-It not only integrates the data, but also correlates the application processes. We
can build entire process by synchronizing the insert, update or delete operations in
multiple systems simultaneously.



Uses of Connect-It

       We can use Connect-It for transferring the data from one database to another
       Import and Export information from e-mails, delimited text files, XML files or
        other formats into a database and vice-versa.
       Import NT Security-based information into a database.
       Duplicate the data from one database to another in real-time.


How does Connect-It process data?

Connect-It interacts with external applications through the use of connectors.

During a data transfer from one database to another:


       A source connector produces XML-type documents.
       Each document corresponds to a data container that is found in the source
        application.
       A mapping box reorganizes the structure of the documents produced by the source
        connector so that the destination connector can consume them.
       A destination connecter consumes XML-type documents.
       Each document corresponds to a data container that is found in the destination
        application.




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                Transferring data from one database to another


When using database-type connectors, each document corresponds to a record in a table.
For example, a document from an Asset Center database connector might contain
information from the Assets table.

For the other connectors, the data containers correspond to e-mail messages, delimited
text files, security information, etc.

The relationship between the selected connectors, and the definition of mappings between
source and destination type documents together form an integration scenario. After the
test and debugging phase, a scenario is associated to a schedule and then put into
production phase.

Through the integration process, these documents can either be partially or totally
rejected during the operation. By using processing reports and document logs, you can
reprocess these rejected documents without having to redefine your entire integration
scenario. If no issue is found, the documents will be processed successfully.



Who can use Connect-It?

Connect-It can be used by the users who are in charge of integrating different
applications with a HP application.

Using Connect-It requires the following expertise:

       Advanced knowledge of the applications being integrated i.e. the staff should
        have complete knowledge on the source and destination applications and the

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        respective fields to be mapped between the source and the destination
        applications. Also, the mandatory & read only fields should be considered in the
        mappings.

       Understanding of Basic language used in mapping



Types of Connectors
Connectors

Connectors are used to communicate with the external applications and enable these
applications to exchange data.

Are use to define document types corresponding to an application.

Three types of Connectors

       Source
       Destination
       Mapping




Connectors produce or/and consume documents.

Types of connectors-

       HP Connectors – These connectors are specifically designed to process HP
        applications (Asset Center/ Asset Manager Connectors, Service Center / Service
        Manager Connectors etc.)

       Application Connectors – These connectors are dedicated to specific external
        applications (Lotus notes, NT security, MQ series etc.)

       Internal Tools- Data generator, Mapping etc.

       Inventory Connectors- These connectors process information from databases that
        can scan a company’s assets (Tivoli inventory connectors, Asset insight
        Connectors, Lan desk connectors etc.)

       ERP Connectors- These connectors are dedicated to ERP applications (SAP ALE,
        SAP BAPI, SAP IDOC etc)
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       Protocol Connectors- These connectors process data formatted by external
        applications that use a particular protocol (Command line, Database, LDAP, Web
        Services etc)




Benefits of Connect-It
Advantages of using Connect-It

       Provides a common architecture for connecting and mapping different systems.
        Common architecture is one of the crucial thing by which we will be able to
        integrate any of the complicated system.

       Connect-It graphical user interface helps in using, configuring and deploying the
        Integration scenarios.

       Scalable to current and future HP Software System

       Contains a built-in Scheduler. (Easy to schedule the interface scenarios)

       Scenarios can be set to run as a Windows Service or Daemon on Unix. Enables
        the Connect-It server to start the data processing procedure as a background task,
        depending on the scheduler associated to our scenario.




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Contains pre-defined mappings which

       We have some pre – defined mappings which will be helpful for reference during
        the creation of new mappings




                              Pre-defined Scenarios




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Pre-defined scenario for file to Asset Center4.3




Scenarios can be scheduled

       We can schedule scenarios as per our requirement through schedule editor.




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Important Concepts and Terminology

Scenario Builder – Main Window




Connectors

Connectors are used to communicate with the external applications and enable these
applications to exchange data.


Scenario Diagram

Scenario diagram pan consist of two tabs:
    Global – Displays all components of the current scenario like source &
       destination connectors, links and mapping boxes.
    Exception – Does not display any information but for scenario error handling.



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Favorite

Enables us to keep a connector’s configuration and to reuse it in other scenarios.


Toolbox

Enables us to choose the tools or the favorites for our scenario.


Connect-It Log

Log informs to the user of actions performed by Connect-It .




Hope the information provided would be helpful for understanding the basic concepts of
HP Connect-It.




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