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Category Archive for "Enterprise & System Integration"

Making the Case for Entity Framework in the Enterprise

Recently, I was met with some friction by the IT department at a client where, they asserted, that a decision had been made years ago to ban Entity Framework. Like many enterprise environments, this client was understandably concerned with the potential pitfalls of embracing Entity Framework. That meant that my job was to convince them otherwise – not to discount their apprehension, but quite the contrary – to demonstrate how EF can be leveraged for its advantages, and avoided for its shortcomings.
Entity Framework (EF) is a broad framework with many optional parts. There are several aspects of EF that provide great benefit, while others are a source of great consternation – particularly from the perspective of the database purist. As the cliché goes, “with great power comes great responsibility,” and so this blog post explores different aspects of EF, and…

Test Harnesses and the Use of Exception Shapes

While testing an integration it is always important to perform a series of negative test cases to ensure the process can fail gracefully through error handling. It is not always possible for endpoint environments to be set up for quick and easy testing. For this reason, a useful step in the development process is to create test harnesses. These can act as the implementation of abstract test cases beyond simple shape-to-shape testing. Test harnesses are also incredibly useful for regression testing.

Introduction to Windows Server Active Directory Domain Services and Active Directory Health

Jason Zandri

For most corporate networks, Windows Active Directory Domain Services is the critical backbone for the support of your enterprise information structure. An improperly performing Windows Server Active Directory can be the cause of the most minor of nuisance issues, up to and including as much as the complete failure of your corporate environment’s security and authentication structure and the loss of access to your data, systems, and network shared resources.
This introduction post on the subject of the health of your Windows Server Active Directory Domain Services is part one of an occasional series of blog posts that I will have on Active Directory Health.
Performing an Active Directory Health Check in small and midsize environments can be somewhat problematic for the local, in house network and resource administrators. Often times, those smaller businesses don’t always have dedicated, full-time Active Directory administrators,…

How to use Integration Packs in Dell Boomi

Anthony Dinh

There are some instances where you may wish to package a set of processes that ready for installation by managed accounts. Dell Boomi offers a solution to this problem with the use of Integration packs. Integrations packs allow you to offer a pre-packaged solution to your end users.
There are however a few things to consider before using integration packs:

You can only have a maximum of 100 processes in a single integration pack.
There are several components that cannot be added to an integration pack. Those elements included

Process Route Components
Processes that contain Process Route Components
API Components
Certificate Components

Processes must first be published to a process library before being added to an integration pack. For more information about how to use process libraries in Dell Boomi, see this link

Integration pack management and multi-install integration packs are optional Dell Boomi AtomSphere features that must first be…

How to use Process Libraries in Dell Boomi

A common operation in Dell Boomi is to copy processes from one account to another. These processes can often be used as templates for new processes. One way to accomplish this task is to copy the process to the other account choosing the account and the folder.
 

While this method does move the process that we need to the correct account, there are a few drawbacks to this method.

It is difficult to determine which version of the process you are using when copying the process in this manner.
Copying a new version of the process is often messy process which involves first deleting the old version of the process before copying over the new version.

In many instances there are better and less painful alternatives to the above mentioned method.
Process Libraries
Dell Boomi offers a feature called Process Library Management that fixes these issues….

Programmatically Deploying Dell Boomi Processes using the AtomSphere RESTish API and C#

Paul Gutierrez

While the Dell Boomi user interface is highly robust and user friendly there are times when using the user interface can prove to be quite tedious. One example that we have discovered to be an example of this are process deployments. In order to deploy a set of Boomi processes one must search for each individual process and deploy. This may not seem overly tedious if AtomSphere only has a few processes. But in some cases AtomSphere could have numerous applications each consisting of many processes. It is easy to see given the scenario how frequent deployments could prove to be very time consuming.
Luckily, there is an alternative to using the AtomSphere user interface. Dell Boomi offers a set of APIs (both REST and SOAP) that can be used for various sets of tasks and that includes deploying Boomi processes….

Publishing Schemas and Orchestrations as WCF Services in BizTalk

Warayut Techarut

Overview
If there’s one problem that an integration system needs to address, it’s standardizing the format of all data being exchanged. Before any type of data can be processed or transformed, the system handling it must be aware of its format and structure. Using a service, at the client endpoint, forces the user to provide proper data that is agreed upon. This acts as a contract between the service and the client. Given a certain format of data, the client will receive another format of data in return. Anything that happens behind the curtain is the responsibility of the service; the client simply waits for the returned data set.
BizTalk WCF Service Publishing Wizard
One of the more popular tools offered by BizTalk 2010 is the WCF Service Publishing Wizard. This handy tool can automatically create a WCF service, and fully configures the…

Dell Boomi X12 Trading Partner Feature Overview

Mike Agnew

The Dell Boomi AtomSphere provides users with the ability to create and configure trading partners for EDI transactions. Users can create trading partners to be used with the X12 Interchange format.
The X12 Interchange Format is a standard used for the sending and receiving of EDI files, it allows us to define different pieces of information about the file and communicate information about what is expected of the file between the respective trading partners. It uses the ISA and GS segment definition headers within sent EDI messages to set this information.
This post will cover how to create a basic X12 Trading Partner and the different configuration options available for them.
First we can create our trading partner by creating a new component and selecting “Trading Partner”, we can configure items such as the name and whether or not this is our company…

Throttling and Batching with Boomi Atom Queues

Through the use of Atom Queues and Listeners a single process can spawn many iterations of a listening process. Each process spawned from a listener will execute asynchronously, independent of any other executions. By default, an Atom Queue listener will spawn an instance of the listening process every time a document is written to the queue. While this will work fine in cases with a low throughput, larger numbers of documents being processed will cause a large number of executions to get kicked off.

Using AzCopy as a Workaround for Microsoft Azure File Storage Connector

Many times when working with Microsoft Azure, it is necessary to read and write information to Microsoft Azure File Storage. Unfortunately, at this time Dell Boomi currently only supports a Microsoft Blob Storage Connector; one possible solution to this problem is to use Microsoft’s AzCopy utility to read and write information to Microsoft Azure File Storage.
AzCopy is a command-line Utility designed for copy data to and from Microsoft Azure Blob, File, and Table storage; but our purposes we will be using it to write data to Microsoft Azure File Storage.
AzCopy can be downloaded from this link (http://aka.ms/downloadazcopy). To install, simply follow the installation instructions.
One possible use of AzCopy is to upload newly created data files to Microsoft Azure File Storage.  By doing so we can call AzCopy to upload the data files after we have finished creating them all rather…

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