Web Transaction Framework
A lightweight IBM i (AS/400), iSeries component that simplifies outbound API calls via major integration platforms such as MuleSoft or Confluent.
Automatically manage low level communications with no API or Data Queue Development required on IBM i
Offload API heavy lifting to your Integration platform
The Web Transaction Framework (webTF) is an add-on component that can optionally be used with the infoConnect for implementing outbound IBM i -> MuleSoft -> external integration use cases. The component is included free of charge with a subscription purchase and is available for trial with any Infoview IBM i integration product.
Some of the use cases where webTF could be a good fit:
- Requesting shipping quotas and delivery dates
- Running real time credit applications
- Checking if a customer is already in an existing customer data platform
External messaging to the desired integration platform
Web Transactional Framework Mechanics
All interactions with the external APIs are offloaded from the IBM i (AS/400) to MuleSoft, Confluent, or other similar integration platforms. The webTF communicates with these integration platforms via a pair of data queues (request and response) and places new transactions/messages into request DQ then waits for the response DQ with the same transaction ID. Only the integration between IBM i and desired middleware platform needs to be configured to create and process the transaction via data queues.
Frequently asked questions
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What differentiates the webTF from a change data capture component?
The webTF is a free product given to customers who purchase a subscription for a connector product.
The webTF focuses on outbound messages from the IBM i to other software applications. infoCDC is an optional add-on that provides real-time codeless integration and data replication solutions.
Does the webTF reside directly on the IBM i?The component is installed on the applicable IBM i server(s) and is delivered in a SAVF file featuring all required objects
How long does it take to deploy and get the webTF up and running?
Typical implementation includes hours or days. Customers can reference our demo applications to rapidly roll out their own use cases.
Infoview Professional Services team is available to quickly implement the first few use cases both on IBM i and Mulesoft / Kafka / other integration platforms
What visibility is provided on transactions processed by webTF?
The following tables provide a seamless view of transactions processed
1. Transaction Types (TRNTYPES) defines transaction types
2. Transaction Header (TRNHDR) details of transaction results
3. Transaction Log (TRNLOG) log details of transactions
Below are some examples where real time outbound API calls deliver better customer experiences or improve the process quality and operational efficiency:
- Simple extensible developer-friendly framework built with native IBM i stack
- Automatically manages low-level communications with MuleSoft or similar platforms with no API or Data Queue development required on IBM i
- Easy configuration and management of all outbound API integrations within the product UI
- Transaction tracking and exception logging details can be streamed into log aggregation, alerting, and monitoring platforms such as Splunk or Elastic stack
Subscription Models, Delivery, and Support
The Web Transaction Framework is provided free of charge with the purchase of any Infoview IBM i product subscription and is valid for the same duration the connector subscription was purchased for, one or three years. Furthermore, the webTF is available for cost-free evaluations.
Via SAVF file to be installed directly on the applicable target IBM i server(s).
During the entirety of the subscription term, support will be provided entailing product deployment, error/bug resolution, best practice advice, as well as subsequent product releases
Expedited incident resolution, bug fixes, and small enhancements. Unused support hours can be rolled over for the following month.
Support engineer available for incident resolution during standard business hours and on-call rotations for all nights/weekends/holidays. Unused support hours are rolled over to the following month.
A dedicated support engineer is online and ready to jump in at any point in time, day or night. Time outside incident resolution can be used for any additional project work.
Available for product implementation, configuration, POC guidance, and system integration.
Helpful documentation and demonstration examples
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