IBM App Connect Designer includes a growing set of connectors for popular SaaS applications, designed for business users who want to automate repetitive tasks that use public cloud applications. For the applications available in IBM App Connect Designer, see the http://ibm.biz/acapplib page. In addition to applications, the IBM App Connect catalog can include imported APIs, imported SOAP web services, and shared APIs. You can add these APIs and web services as target applications in your flows in the same way as the IBM, partner, and third-party applications.
The Templates gallery of IBM® App Connect on IBM Cloud™ provides a growing set of templates for App Connect, covering a range of cognitive, marketing, sales, support, business ops, e-commerce, and finance use cases. These templates make use of key connectors such as Salesforce, SAP, Netsuite, Watson, MS Dynamics, Marketo, and others.
In just a few simple steps, integration developers can add custom applications to App Connect to provide additional connectivity through IBM Integration Bus flows. Your custom applications have the same, familiar look and feel as the 3rd-party applications to users of App Connect. IBM Integration Bus could be performing extremely complex integrations, but when configured they appear just like any other application, with the same simple click-and-select experience to connect SaaS applications with on-premises proprietary applications and systems.
IBM App Connect Professional Studio includes even more pre-built connectivity to hundreds of SaaS, packaged, and proprietary applications, both on cloud and on premises, which include Enterprise resource planning (ERP), Customer relationship management (CRM), Databases, web services, and flat files. This connectivity is established to endpoints by using native application protocols, with the advantage that no additional adapters are required and there is nothing to install or change at the endpoints.
IBM App Connect Professional Studio also includes a rich set of integration templates that can help to significantly reduce the time needed to integrate SaaS and on premises applications. Hundreds of reusable Template Integration Processes (TIPs) are provided for all of the most common cloud integration scenarios.
The online library of templates can be searched with a single click, for example, to be able to select from all templates that provide connectivity for Salesforce.com cloud offerings(i) (select the image to view at full size):
IBM App Connect Professional Studio also includes tools for you to customise its application connectivity:
- A Connector Development Kit that enables developers to add connectors to custom applications.
- A Template Configuration Editor that enables the creation of reusable integration templates. Businesses and partners can create their own wizard-driven, reusable templates and make the kits valuable to the entire user community.
Built-in connectivity for Salesforce.com cloud offerings
IBM App Connect Professional comes with built-in connectivity to all Salesforce.com cloud offerings. The platform offers pre-built connectors for Salesforce.com web services API and Bulk API. It also provides an out of the box connector for Salesforce Analytics Cloud, Wave Analytics platform.