Important Terminologies

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This article demonstrates the important terminologies that you need to consider while using our Workflow system.

Flow

A flow or more specifically a business flow is a complete business process mapping that include multiple data integration points to sync data together. In other words, a flow is a set of different integration points which commonly run together to make a complete meaningful update to the business applications.

Touchpoint

Touchpoints are special connections which map the source entity for a particular action with the destination entity for a particular action. By generating a process of transforming and pushing data for every touchpoint. Thus, in other words, Touchpoint is said to be the unit of pulling and pushing data.

Action

As a user, if you want to perform some actions in your Workflow such as sending an email notification or raise every time a touchpoint encounters XSLT transformation failure or save the file which failed to be synced for later reference then one can use the Action node. This action node basically performs some real-time action in the Agent or in the cloud, This node currently can perform actions like:

  • Email: Sending Email notification to the user account which is currently logged in to the admin portal.
  • Support Ticket: Raising a support ticket to the cloud automatically.
  • Webhook: Webhook is used for sending some data(information) to an external application apart from the destination application with the help of an URL which would hit directly the web service of that external application.
  • Snapshot: The snapshot gives a detailed overview of the data that is being transferred through workflow giving you a complete picture of the data transformed through the process.

Filters

The filter is a special kind of data manipulation node, that uses criteria to produce a subset of data collection from original data. These criteria are written using xpath of the parent file.

Links are termed as connection to two or more nodes demarking the flow of data from one node to another. In certain step, a link can also point to itself, which is termed as self loop, this kind of loops will indicate a continuous flow of execution of a single node and triggering the data back to the flow.

Nodes

Nodes are associated with a particular action which uses specific action filters and credentials mentioned to the application to get a response back to APPSeCONNECT. Each node in APPSeCONNECT workflow is tied to a particular connection, such that when the node is executed the data from that particular Application is generated and responded back to the application workspace.

Properties

Properties contains the details of that node/Touchpoint in the workflow creation panel which is currently selected.

Scheduler

APPSeCONNECT is all about connecting two Apps together so that they can execute certain process periodically and sync data.The scheduler will allow you as a user to individually specify how many times you want to schedule a Workflow to execute, its recurrence minutely or hourly etc. It gives you granular level scheduler for each and every Workflow, which by default will use 5 minutes interval.

Debugging

Debugging is the process of finding and resolving defects or problems within a computer program that prevent correct operation of computer software or a system.

Output

Output of a node is the data that is being generated by the node. Every node consists of input and output, input is the data that is fed into the node while output is the data created by the node. A node can generate single or multiple data depending on the type of the node.

Resync Bucket

APPSeCONNECT uses Resync Bucket to keep track of all the items that are getting synced. There are mainly four states that an item can go through from Resync Bucket.For Workflow we have implemented the same resync bucket but this Resync bucket will have multiple touchpoint records. The user will be able to resync the data touchpoint wise or else Check all at once if required. Delete, Purge or Export options will be available in Agent’s Resync Bucket.

  • Unprocessed: This state is when the item is not synced and also the Transformation is not performed correctly.

  • Skipped: These items are forcefully skipped by the adapter, hence our agent will not allow you to sync them again.

  • Failed: These items are failed at the point of the instant when it wanted to sync. These items will be again resynced from the resync bucket.

  • Success: These items went through the entire process and succeeded through the push operations.

Logs

In addition to the sync logs termed as Resync Bucket in case of APPSeCONNECT, there is also process logs which we term as normal logs. A log is a textual data representing the working principle of the individual. A log is generally inspected to identify possible problem in an execution. A log can be of :

  • Error
  • Warning
  • Info
  • Status