IBM App Connect is continually evolving and frequently releasing new functionality. If we haven’t released what you want¬†yet, or you have questions¬†about the “What’s new?” information, please add comments to the bottom of this page.

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14 June 2019

  • Updates to SAP (via OData) application: In the latest update to IBM App Connect, we’ve extended the range of operations available on the SAP (via OData) application by adding the ability to update and delete objects from within your flows. To learn more about this new capability please see this blog post.
  • Updates to Salesforce Service Cloud: In addition to the SAP updates, we’ve also added update and delete support to Salesforce Service Cloud, as well as the ability to use the application with batch extract operations.

3 June 2019

  • Updates to NetSuite CRM and NetSuite ERP applications: In the latest update to IBM App Connect, we’ve extended the range of operations available on the NetSuite CRM and NetSuite ERP applications by extending the CRUD support, and adding new objects to interact with from within your flows.
  • A new way to view Integration Server logs: We‚Äôve just updated the way you can view your Integration Server logs in IBM App Connect, which no longer relies on an instance of the Log Analysis service. To learn more about this new capability please see this blog post.
  • Updates to Atlassian authentication methods: On June 1st, Atlassian ecosystem deprecated Basic Authentication using password for cloud deployments, affecting how users connect to the Jira and Confluence applications in IBM App Connect. You can now connect to these applications using an API token, with OAuth authentication to follow. To learn more about the changes please see this forum post.

13 May 2019

  • New applications available in the App Connect catalog: In the latest update to IBM App Connect, you can now connect to and interact with three new applications; Apptus, QuickBooks Online, and Zuora – further increasing the range of use-cases available within your flows.
  • Updates to the Hubspot CRM application: We‚Äôve just extended the range of operations available when interacting with Hubspot CRM within your flows, to include Update and Delete actions on all objects.

    3 May 2019

    • Event-driven processing nodes: You can now run enterprise integrations containing event-driven processing nodes in IBM App Connect on IBM cloud, allowing your integrations to provide message flow aggregation, message collection, message sequencing, and timeout capabilities. To learn more on this new capability, please see this blog post.

      29 April 2019

      • Remote debug for enterprise flows: You can now use IBM App Connect to enable remote debug of your enterprise integrations within IBM App Connect Enterprise Toolkit. To learn more on this new capability, please see this blog post.
      • New log viewer available: In the latest release of IBM App Connect on IBM Cloud, we‚Äôve introduced an embedded log viewer within the UI. To read more about the logging changes and join the conversation, see this forum discussion.
      • Connect to Shopify from your IBM App Connect flows: You can now integrate with Shopify from within your flows. We’ve added CRUD support for interacting with Customer, Order and Product objects, further extending the range of use cases available.
      • Enhancements to Freshdesk application: We’ve just extended the capability when connecting to Freshdesk from within your App Connect flows, allowing you to interact with Ticket objects and extending the range of operations available on Agent, Account, Contact and Ticket Comment objects.
      • Changes to the Web Crawler application: We’ve just introduced an enhanced version of the “Web Crawler Beta” application, under the new name “Website Crawler”. We’ve marked the old version as deprecated and will be removing it from the App Connect catalog in the coming weeks. For more information on migrating existing Web Crawler flows, see this forum discussion.

        5 April 2019

        • Updates to the Jira application: The latest release of IBM App Connect provides enhanced support for Jira. Users can now integrate with both the software as a service (SaaS) and on-premises versions, as well as with all of the project templates that are available in Jira. You can read more about this new capability in this blog post. (This enhanced Jira application replaces the Jira Service Desk SaaS-only application that was introduced earlier.)
        • Updates to enterprise policy management: In the latest release of IBM App Connect on IBM Cloud, we‚Äôve enhanced the enterprise capability so that you can manage and apply policies from a single place. For more information, see this blog post.
        • Enhancements to Google Drive for Work application: We’ve just extended the capability when connecting to Google Drive for Work from within your App Connect flows, allowing you to interact with objects including Files, Folders, Comments, Revisions, Change Tokens and Users.

          12 March 2019

          • Use PostgreSQL with enterprise message flows in App Connect on cloud: IBM App Connect Enterprise software has provided the capability to connect to PostgreSQL from on-premises systems since version 10.0.0.6 by using the PostgreSQL LoopBack connector. In the latest release of IBM App Connect on IBM Cloud, the enterprise capability has been extended to allow the same PostgreSQL connectivity. For more information, see this blog post.
          • Use MongoDB with enterprise message flows in App Connect on cloud: In addition to PostgreSQL, we’ve also added support in App Connect on IBM Cloud to run integrations that connect to MongoDB either on premises or in the cloud without any need to modify the integration. For more information, see this blog post.
          • Collect diagnostic trace for enterprise flows running in the cloud: We‚Äôve added the ability to collect both user and service diagnostic trace information for enterprise flows running in App Connect in IBM Cloud, to help you debug without the need to perform localised testing on a development environment. You can read more about this new capability in this blog post.
          • Enhancements to the Microsoft Sharepoint application: We’ve just extended the CRUD operations available with the Microsoft Sharepoint node, extending the range of use cases available when interacting with this application from your App Connect flows.

            07 February 2019

            • Secure Gateway support for the OpenAPI node: We’ve just added the capability for using the Secure Gateway with the OpenAPI node, allowing you to connect to private networks from within flows that call OpenAPI-defined endpoints. In addition you can override the URL for an OpenAPI connection, with a different value for each connected account. For more information, see this article.

              05 February 2019

              • Connect to SAP Concur from IBM App Connect: You can now interact with SAP Concur from within your App Connect flows, via the new application we’ve added to our Catalog page. To read more about these new capabilities, see this blog post.
              • Enhancements to the Scheduler node: We’ve just extended the capability of the Scheduler node, allowing you finer-grained control of when your scheduled flows run. You now have the option to select specific days for a schedule to run, as well as timezone support. For more information on this new capability please see this blog post.
              • Connect to Confluence from IBM App Connect: You can now interact with Confluence from within your IBM App Connect flows. We’ve added CRUD operation support for objects such as Blog posts, Pages, Spaces, Attachments and more. You can see the full list of operations available with the Confluence application via the Catalog page in IBM App Connect.

                29 January 2019

                • Connect to Workday from IBM App Connect: You can now interact with Workday from within your App Connect flows, via the new application we’ve added to our Catalog page. To read more about these new capabilities, see this blog post.
                • Additional support for Salesforce Files and Salesforce Libraries: We’ve just extended the range of capabilities available with the Salesforce Files and Salesforce Libraries applications, further enhancing the operations available for interacting with these endpoints within your App Connect flows.

                  15 January 2019

                  • Secure connectivity to IBM Db2 on Cloud: We’ve just extended Db2 connectivity to enable you to securely connect to IBM Db2 on Cloud (formally DashDB), a fully managed SQL database service. You now have complete flexibility in how you choose to deploy App Connect Enterprise integrations and set up Db2 databases, allowing for a truly hybrid system. For more information about connecting to IBM Db2 on Cloud with App Connect, see this blog post.
                  • Use MQTT with enterprise message flows in App Connect on cloud: You can now deploy integrations to run enterprise message flows to directly access your secure MQTT for processing, enabling flows in the cloud to connect to applications and devices that send and receive messages using the MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT) messaging protocol. You can read more about this new capability in this blog post.
                  • Extended application capabilities: We’ve just added Update and Delete support to a number of applications in the IBM App Connect catalog, further increasing the range of capabilities available in your flows. The updated applications include IBM COSS3, IBM Watson Discovery, Service Now, Box, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive for Business, Gmail, Slack, Cloudant and SurveyMonkey.

                    13 December 2018

                    • Additions to SOAP web service support: We’ve just extended IBM App Connect’s SOAP web service capabilities, with support for 3 key additions; NTLM authentication, HTTP transport headers, and the ability to invoke a SOAP web service on a private network using the secure gateway. For more information about using SOAP web services with App Connect, see this blog post.
                    • Support for NetSuite SuitePeople HCM: You can now interact with NetSuite SuitePeople HCM from within your App Connect flows, via the new application added to our Catalog. You can read more about the capabilities available with this application in this blog post.
                    • Upgraded runtime for App Connect on IBM Cloud Enterprise capabilities: The runtime for Enterprise capabilities has been upgraded to use the latest App Connect Enterprise v11 runtime. You can read more about this upgrade, and the reflections of an App Connect developer, in this blog post.

                      05 December 2018

                      • Enhancements to the Jira Service Desk application: We’ve just extended the range of actions available with the Jira Service Desk application in IBM App Connect, enabling a range of Update and Delete interactions. You can view the full list of operations available for Jira Service Desk on the Catalog page of the App Connect UI.

                        26 November 2018

                        • Connect to on-premise IBM MQ installations with App Connect: In addition to the existing support for connecting to IBM MQ on-cloud within IBM App Connect, we’ve just added support for connecting to on-premise installations of MQ (version 8.0 or later) – expanding the range of messaging-based use cases available for your flows. For more information about using App Connect with IBM MQ, see this blog post.

                          01 November 2018

                          • Enhancements to the SFTP application: We’ve just extended the range of actions available on the SFTP connector to include support for DELETE operations. They are exposed via the “Delete file” and “Delete folder” actions, further enhancing the range of use cases possible in your App Connect flows. For more information about using delete operations, see this article.

                            23 October 2018

                            • Support for IBM Food Trust: You can now use IBM App Connect to connect IBM Food Trust to your other supply chain systems via the IBM Food Trust application in the catalog. App Connect supports V2.0 of the Food Trust API. You can read more about this new capability and example use cases in this blog post.
                              • Enhancements to JIRA Service Desk support: The latest release of App Connect provides enhanced support for Jira Service Desk ‚Äď a service desk and ticketing platform for IT teams. With the enhanced support, App Connect users can integrate more features of Jira Service Desk into their workflows including interactions with objects such as Issues, Projects, Priorities and Statuses.

                                8 October 2018

                                • Group node support: App Connect Enterprise recently released new ‚ÄúGroup‚ÄĚ nodes that perform aggregation-style operations, similar to the existing aggregation nodes but without the requirement for a local queue manager. Now, integrations running in¬†App Connect plans with Enterprise capabilities on IBM cloud can use the new Group nodes for aggregation-style operations, with the co-ordination data held in memory instead of on queues. You can read more about this new capability in this blog post.
                                  • Enhancements to error viewing: We‚Äôve made improvements to the visibility of any errors that occur during the start-up of a flow, enabling you to view them in the UI via the ‚ÄėView errors‚Äô link on the flow‚Äôs dashboard tile, and then expanding any collapsed sections to show the source of the error.
                                    • Get your IBM App Connect badge: There’s a new IBM badge for IBM App Connect. To earn this badge, take the IBM App Connect Integration Essentials course, and then take the IBM App Connect Essentials badge quiz and pass with 80% or more. See more about the badge here.

                                      28 September 2018

                                      • Connect to IBM MQ on Cloud: Support for connecting to IBM MQ on Cloud is now available with App Connect, via a new node we‚Äôve added to the Catalog. Connecting to a queue manager running in the cloud enables you to put and get messages from a queue, as well as publish and subscribe to messages on a topic from within your App Connect flows. You can read more about this new capability in this blog post.
                                        • Connectivity to SOAP web services: This update has added the ability to import SOAP web services to a user‚Äôs catalog and invoke them from a flow. This allows users to expose and call existing web service business applications that are running in their enterprise and connect them with any of the other applications App Connect supports. Read more about this new functionality in this blog post.
                                          • XML Parse node: We‚Äôve added to the collection of JSON and CSV parse nodes available in App Connect, with an XML parse node that allows you to map XML data from an event or action to a subsequent node in a flow, transforming a string of XML text in UTF-8 encoding into an XML object representation of the string. More details are available in this tutorial.
                                            • Compose XML output within your flows: App Connect flows can now deliver XML format data into target systems. This is achieved by specifying ‚ÄúXML‚ÄĚ as the target format for any string field, followed by defining a structure via importing an XSD file, and then the content for the XML output. Further detail and examples are available in this tutorial.
                                              • Web Crawler node: We‚Äôve added a node to the Catalog to enable crawling of websites. The Web Crawler node crawls websites starting from one or more initial pages by using the ‚ÄúRetrieve all pages‚ÄĚ action to discover and crawl links between pages, and can optionally fetch the content of pages using the ‚ÄúDownload page content‚ÄĚ action. Where needed, basic authentication and the IBM Secure Gateway can be used for secure access to websites. More details are available in this doc page.
                                                • Connectivity to Microsoft OneDrive for Business: We‚Äôve added a node to the Catalog enabling your flows to interact with Microsoft One Drive for Business. A range of actions are available across objects including Drives, Files, File Collections, Folders, Folder Collections, Folder items, Permissions and Shared Links – enabling fine-grained control of your One Drive for Business use-cases within your App Connect flows.
                                                  • Certificate import for outbound connectivity on enterprise flows: We‚Äôve made an update to App Connect plans that provide enterprise capabilities so you can now deploy message flows that use CA Certificates. This enables enterprise message flows running on IBM Cloud to directly access your trusted website for processing, and more details can be found in this blog post.

                                                    24 September 2018

                                                    • Pause & Resume capability for batch processing: We’ve just updated the batch processing functionality in IBM App Connect to include the ability to pause and resume batch extract operations. This allowing finer-grained control over your batches for situations such as record processing verification, reacting to errors, or rate-limiting thresholds being reached. You can read more about this new capability in this blog post.

                                                      19 September 2018

                                                      • Support for MySQL databases: You can now interact with MySQL open source relational database management systems from within IBM App Connect via the new node added to the applications list. You can read more about this new capability, along with the requirements and a sample scenario in this blog post.
                                                      • Configure pagination for the ‚ÄėRetrieve with filter‚Äô operation in API flows:¬†We‚Äôve enhanced the capability of “Retrieve with filter” to enable pagination for your retrieved records, allowing your API to return a page of data on each invocation that can be configured by using ‘limit’, ‘skip’ and ‘token’ query parameters. More details can be found in this blog post.

                                                      07 September 2018

                                                      • Construct CSV files in IBM App Connect: We’ve just added the ability to construct CSV files using data from upstream events or actions within your App Connect flows. You can read more about this new capability in this blog post.
                                                      • Run enterprise integrations on App Connect Lite plan:¬†The App Connect Lite plan is a no-charge plan that provides you with the capabilities required to connect cloud and on-premises applications. This plan has been updated so that you can now run dedicated Integration Servers that have been built using the IBM Integration Bus Toolkit, enabling users to integrate a broader range of data and applications. More details can be found in this blog post.

                                                      20 August 2018

                                                      • Support for email servers in IBM App Connect on IBM Cloud (Enterprise plans): From IBM App Connect on IBM Cloud (Enterprise plans), you can now connect to email servers to send and receive emails by using the “EmailInput” and “EmailOutput” nodes. You can learn more about this capability in this blog post.
                                                      • Calling a delete action in IBM App Connect: Learn about how to use a delete action in this blog post. From a flow, you can delete items that match a specific ID, and can also specify whether to continue or exit the flow if no items are found for deletion.

                                                      10 August 2018

                                                      • Support for binary files in IBM Watson Discovery: App Connect now includes support for binary files in Watson Discovery. This means that in addition to JSON documents, you can now also work with Microsoft Word, PDF, and HTML documents, thereby extending the scope for your queries and the insights that can be extracted. You can learn more about support for binary files in this blog post.
                                                      • Support for the SalesforceRequest node in IBM App Connect on IBM Cloud (Enterprise plans): In IBM App Connect on IBM Cloud (Enterprise plans), you can now deploy message flows that use the SalesforceRequest node to directly access Salesforce. You can learn more about this capability in this blog post.

                                                      3 August 2018

                                                      • Improved error logging for batch processes: You can now define an ID that appears in the logs for each record that’s retrieved in a batch process. This allows you to identify specific records that haven’t been processed successfully. The ID can consist of a combination of mapped fields, free text, and JSONata expressions. You can learn more about how to define an ID in this blog post and this tutorial.
                                                      • Extended support for upsert operations in ServiceNow: We‚Äôve enabled upsert support for the set of objects in ServiceNow. So you can now add actions to your flows to update a ServiceNow object if it exists, or create it if it doesn‚Äôt.

                                                      27 July 2018

                                                      • Support for Salesforce Commerce Cloud Digital Data: We’ve added Salesforce Commerce Cloud Digital Data – a product line of Salesforce Commerce Cloud – to the growing list of applications in the App Connect catalog, enabling you to create flows that connect Salesforce Commerce Cloud to other applications. You can read more about using Salesforce Commerce Cloud Digital Data in your flows in this blog post.

                                                      18 July 2018

                                                      • Support for Salesforce Platform Events: If your Salesforce organisation has platform events defined to deliver custom event notifications, you can now add these to your App Connect flows as either an event that consumes an event notification from Salesforce, or an action that publishes an event notification. You can read more about using platform events in this Salesforce How-To guide.

                                                      09 July 2018

                                                      • Batch completion assemblies: We’ve just added support for batch completion assemblies, allowing you to specify one or more actions that run upon completion of a batch within your flows. These actions can act upon the status of your batch processes, allowing you to control downstream behaviour based on their results. You can learn more about this new capability in this post.
                                                      • Support for Apache Hive: You can now interact with Apache Hive from within IBM App Connect via the new node added to the applications list, allowing you to use this application to perform retrieve operations on your data.

                                                      02 July 2018

                                                      • Securely connect to IBM MQ on Cloud: Connectivity to IBM MQ has been extended to enable you to securely connect to IBM MQ on Cloud, an IBM hosted and managed service providing proven, enterprise-grade messaging capabilities. You now have complete flexibility in how you choose to deploy App Connect Enterprise integrations and set up MQ queuing, allowing for a truly hybrid system. You can learn more about App Connect’s connectivity to IBM MQ in this blog post.
                                                      • Enhancements to the Log node: We’ve just extended the capability of the Log node to include support for Custom message fields, allowing you to define your own fields that are then written as part of the log entry. You can read more about this capability, along with other Log node usage examples, in this blog post.

                                                      20 June 2018

                                                      • Support for Microsoft SQL Server: We’ve just added a Microsoft SQL Server node to our Applications list, enabling you to interact with the database from within your IBM App Connect flows. Actions available include the ability to call CRUD operations on database tables and the retrieve-all operation on database views.
                                                      • Updates to the HTTP node: The HTTP node has been extended to include support for calling endpoints on private networks using the Secure Gateway, as well as being able to call an endpoint that is secured with basic authentication by adding a user name and password to your HTTP account. You can read more about configuring the HTTP node with the Secure Gateway in this blog post.

                                                      11 June 2018

                                                      • Enhanced user logging with the new Log node: Available from the Toolbox section of the flow editor, this new node allows you to specify a log level and log message that can be viewed as log information from your flows in Kibana. A range of log levels are available – Info, Debug and Error – to support fine-grained customisation of your flow logging.
                                                      • Updates to Oracle Database and IBM Db2 nodes: We’ve made enhancements to our Oracle Database and IBM Db2 nodes, enabling them for production usage and removing the “early prototype” labelling. You can learn more about using the nodes in these Oracle Database and IBM Db2 articles respectively.
                                                      • Improved error-handling with the HTTP node: We’ve added additional capability to the HTTP node to enhance the error-handling logic available, whereby you can now specify whether a flow continues upon receiving a non-2xx return code from the HTTP call.
                                                      • Support for Microsoft SharePoint online: You can now interact with Microsoft SharePoint online via the new node added to the Applications page of IBM App Connect, with actions available to support retrieving a range of objects.

                                                      01 June 2018

                                                      • Enhanced date and time data manipulation within IBM App Connect: We’ve just extended the functions to manipulate date and time data in the mapper using the JSONata data transformation and querying language, enabling new use cases such as the ability to transform time-zone data for a given field. You can read more about this new capability in this blog post.

                                                      15 May 2018

                                                      • Create output schemas from the for-each node: We’ve just expanded the capability of the¬†for-each node¬†to allow the creation of output schemas. This allows you to take the output data from actions within your for-each loops, and access them from downstream nodes in your flows. Read more about this new capability and see an example flow in this blog post.

                                                      03 May 2018

                                                      • Directly call flows in IBM App Connect on IBM Cloud from App Connect Enterprise and IBM Integration Bus:¬†We’ve expanded the callable flow function so that flows in App Connect on IBM Cloud can be exposed as callable flows. This opens up the collection of App Connect on IBM Cloud applications to App Connect Enterprise and IBM Integration Bus flows, enabling seamless integration between cloud and on-premise systems. You can learn more about this new capability in this blog post.

                                                      20 April 2018

                                                      • Extended operational experience for batch flows: We’ve made some enhancements to the batch processing operational capabilities. With the new functionality you can now view the progress of running batches, stop an individual running batch process, and view the details of a running batch via a link to the Kibana logs dashboard.
                                                      • Additional context available from Scheduler node: We recently announced the ability to use the new Scheduler¬†node to trigger your flows at regular intervals or at specific dates and times. This node has just been enhanced to output additional data into the flow context. From downstream nodes in your flow you can now access the timestamp of the current flow run, as well as the previous time the scheduled flow ran.¬†We’ve updated the previous blog post to add a scenario that illustrates how you can use the emitted timestamps.

                                                      12 April 2018

                                                      • Introducing filter parameters for API flows: You can now specify API query parameters that filter the behaviour of API flows in IBM App Connect. By specifying query parameters you can provide the ability for your APIs to retrieve or upsert only records that match the values passed to the API call. More information and an example scenario can be found in this blog post.

                                                      16 March 2018

                                                      • Introducing batch processing in IBM App Connect: You can now take advantage of our batch processing node within your flows, enabling powerful data copy capabilities between applications. The batch processing node is optimised to retrieve large numbers of records from an application and process them in parallel, and you can read more about the new features here.
                                                      • Easily manage your APIs built in IBM App Connect with IBM API Connect: In a single click, users of IBM App Connect can now open and manage their APIs in IBM API Connect,¬†providing¬†access to the capabilities of IBM‚Äôs premier API management tooling. Details of the new¬†functionality¬†and example usage are available in this blog post.
                                                      • Enhanced experience for using IBM Cloud shared APIs in flows: Following on from the capabilities introduced last month to enable using IBM Cloud shared APIs within your IBM App Connect flows, we‚Äôve further enhanced the user experience in this area. You can read more about the latest changes in this blog post.
                                                      • Support for Salesforce Libraries and Salesforce Files: We‚Äôve just added two new nodes to our applications Catalog, enabling interaction with Salesforce Libraries and Salesforce Files within your IBM App Connect flows.

                                                      06 March 2018

                                                      • Support for IBM Cloud Object Storage S3: An IBM Cloud Object Storage S3 node has been added to the IBM App Connect catalog, enabling you to create flows that can connect applications to IBM Cloud Object Storage S3, and perform actions on objects and buckets in the cloud data store. You can read more about the new capability in this blog post.

                                                      16 February 2018

                                                      • Invoke¬†IBM Integration Bus callable flows from IBM App Connect: With IBM App Connect Enterprise (beta) on IBM Cloud,¬†the callable flow function has been expanded so that IBM App Connect flows can now call IBM Integration Bus flows. This opens up exciting new hybrid integration opportunities where the massive collection of IBM App Connect Applications can be combined with the rich on-premise capability of IBM Integration Bus. You can learn more about the new capability in this blog post.
                                                      • Use SFTP¬†operations within your IBM App Connect flows: We’ve just added an SFTP¬†node to our IBM App Connect library for performing file-based operations using the Secure File Transfer Protocol. Further details on the available operations, and example usage, are available in this blog post.

                                                      06 February 2018

                                                      • Easily use shared APIs from¬†IBM¬†Cloud¬†API management within your flows: Users who have provisioned an IBM App Connect¬†service in IBM Cloud can now re-use APIs that have been shared within¬†their IBM Cloud organization. These APIs, published to the ‘Shared APIs’ section of IBM¬†Cloud¬†API management, can now be consumed within your flows by¬†browsing for available APIs from the Applications page.¬†We’re continuing to develop the experience for consuming these APIs, stay tuned for further updates.
                                                      • Create reusable mappings with the Set Variable node: In addition to using the¬†JSONata¬†query and transformation language to compose mappings within your IBM App Connect flows, you can now create reusable mappings by using the new Set Variable node. You can read more about this new capability in this blog post.

                                                      26 January 2018

                                                      • Detect situations from your IBM App Connect flows: A ‘Situation detector’ node has been added to the toolbox palette of the flow editor, allowing you to create flows that can detect complex situations in your data. You can read more about this new functionality in this blog post.

                                                      17 January 2018

                                                      • New Scheduler node: IBM App Connect now provides a Scheduler¬†node that you can use to trigger your flows at regular intervals or at specific dates and times. You can read more about the new capability in this blog post.
                                                      • Support for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales: We’ve just added Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales as an application that you can interact with from within your IBM App Connect flows. The application contains create, retrieve and update operations for Account, Contact, Invoice, Lead, Product and SalesOrder objects.

                                                      21 December 2017

                                                      • Call OpenAPI 2.0 applications from IBM App Connect flows: We’ve just added the ability to upload an OpenAPI application as a YAML or JSON document,¬†allowing you to call the defined APIs from within your IBM App Connect flows¬†to give simple yet powerful access to back-end services. You can learn more about this new functionality in this blog post.
                                                      • Enhanced mapping capability to objects with variable schema: When populating the target fields for actions with semi structured interfaces, like IBM Cloudant: Create Document, you can now easily declare the input data in whatever structure you choose. This is done by extending the pre-defined structure with additional target fields which can be simple types or complex structures and then expressing the input data for each target field as normal.¬†You can read more about this new feature in this blog post, using the IBM Cloudant¬†example to specify a custom¬†document structure.
                                                      • Enhanced cognitive capabilities: You can now interact with Watson Discovery from within your IBM App Connect,¬†enabling you to take advantage of the cognitive search and content analytics engine to enrich your integration flows.

                                                      15 December 2017

                                                      • Debug logging for¬†flows: We’ve just added the ability to¬†enable flow debug logging from the dashboard,¬†by using the¬†IBM Cloud Log¬†Analysis service¬†together with¬†the¬†IBM App Connect service¬†on IBM Cloud. You can read more about this new feature in this blog post.
                                                      • Gmail ‘New Message’ event: You can now trigger an IBM App Connect flow when a new message is received by a connected Gmail account, further extending the range of use cases available with this application.

                                                      28 November 2017

                                                      • Object & array support for API models:¬†When you create a flow for an API¬†in IBM App Connect, you can now define¬†object¬†and array type properties for the resource model. This enhances the capability of API models, allowing you to structure the request and response data to better suit your business needs. You can learn more about the new functionality in this blog post.
                                                      • Salesforce sandbox & custom domain support: You can now configure a connection to a Salesforce custom domain or sandbox within the Applications page or flow editor of IBM App Connect. When configuring the connection to Salesforce, you’ll now see the optional input field for specifying the custom URL; for example¬†test.salesforce.com for sandboxes or <xyz>.my.salesforce.com for custom domains.

                                                      03 November 2017

                                                      • Templates:¬†We are excited to announce the introduction of a templates gallery in IBM App Connect. This provides a collection of pre-built end-to-end flows that solve real world use cases, allowing you to create flows even faster and rapidly achieve value out of IBM App Connect. As well as offering full end-to-end solutions, templates are also customisable for your integration requirements. You can learn more about the new Templates functionality in this blog post.
                                                      • Support for multiple accounts: A single instance of IBM App Connect can now connect to many instances of an application such as Salesforce, using different credentials. This enables you to connect multiple instances of an application within a single flow, and have multiple flows connecting multiple instances of applications. You can learn more about the new functionality in this blog post.
                                                      • Notification feed:¬†A new Notification feed has been added to the UI, allowing you to see business-relevant information that has been emitted from a flow, make decisions based on that information, and choose a course of action with a click of a button. You can use enable Notifications via the new Notification node that has been added to the Toolbox within the flow editor, and you can learn more about the new Notification functionality in this blog post.
                                                      • Configuration of events via polling: For Salesforce and Netsuite ERP, you can now configure flow events for a significantly increased number of objects, via polling. This greatly increases the number of triggers available for your flows with these applications, allowing you to use IBM App Connect‚Äôs event capabilities to react to additional business scenarios. You can learn about configuring polled events to trigger flows in this tutorial.
                                                      • Application updates:¬†In addition to new application support for Salesforce Marketing Cloud, we‚Äôve extended the range of objects available you can interact with in ServiceNow to include Attachments and Comments, as well as adding support for events that trigger on updated ServiceNow objects.

                                                      24 October 2017

                                                      • Embedded¬†integration with IBM Bluemix Native API Management: When creating API flows with an instance of IBM App Connect provisioned¬†in Bluemix, you can now take advantage of¬†the embedded¬†API management capabilities that are native to IBM Bluemix. This enables to manage all API lifecycle tasks from a single, integrated solution. You can read more about IBM App Connect’s integrated API management capabilities in this blog post.
                                                      • Custom HTTP operations on APIs: We’ve just introduced the ability to¬†define custom HTTP operations when creating flows for APIs. This new functionality allows you to craft custom operations outside of the Create/Retrieve/Update/Delete (CRUD) model, with support for custom input and output schemas. You can learn more about the new feature in this blog post.
                                                      • New application support for Google Analytics:¬†You can now interact with Google Analytics via your flows in IBM App Connect. Support has been added for retrieving objects including profiles, filters, goals and custom metrics.
                                                      • Array to array mapping: We’ve significantly improved the experience for mapping to an array¬†of objects¬†with¬†child¬†properties. By selecting an array¬†from¬†a trigger or retrieve action earlier in the flow, you can map to an array¬†of objects of the same size in the target.¬†For advanced use cases, you¬†can¬†additionally use custom JSONata expressions to collect together fields.

                                                      13 October 2017

                                                      • CSV Parser node: We’ve just introduced a¬†CSV Parser node in the ‘Toolbox’ section of the flow editor. This new node makes it really simple to process tabular data that is formatted as ‘Comma Separated Values’ coming from a downstream node in your flow. You can learn more about the new functionality in this blog post.
                                                      • IBM Cloudant application support: You can now interact with IBM Cloudant instances within your IBM App Connect flows, allowing you to perform create, retrieve and update operations on¬†objects including Databases, Documents and Attachments within your flows.
                                                      • Updates to existing applications: We’ve just increased the number of objects and interactions available on a range of SaaS applications, including Marketo, Mailchimp, ServiceNow, Box, Trello and Microsoft Office 365 – further expanding the capabilities available within your IBM App Connect flows.

                                                      29 September 2017

                                                      • Import & export flows: We’ve just added the ability to import and export flows from the IBM App Connect dashboard. This capability makes it easy for you to copy flows across your organisation and IBM App Connect environments, greatly improving team collaboration. You can learn more about this new feature in this blog post.
                                                      • Trigger from updated¬†objects with Salesforce: Additional triggers have been added to the Salesforce application in IBM App Connect, allowing you to trigger a flow¬†upon an update to an existing object in Salesforce. This¬†functionality joins the existing ability to trigger upon new object creation, expanding the range of use cases you achieve using our Salesforce application.
                                                      • Updates to existing applications: We’ve just added support for triggering flows on a range of objects with SugarCRM, as well as additions to the actions you can perform with Google Sheets.

                                                      14 September 2017

                                                      • JSON Parse node: A new node has been added to the ‘Logic’ panel of the flow editor, allowing you to parse data encoded in JSON format generated from upstream triggers and actions. The resulting JSON is placed into the flow context as the output of the parse node, allowing any downstream nodes¬†to access the parsed data in the mapper.¬†You can read more about the JSON Parse node, including example usage, in this blog post¬†and accompanying tutorial.
                                                      • New SaaS application: We’ve just added support for a new SaaS endpoint applications, WordPress.
                                                      • Updates to existing applications: Additional capabilities have been added to the existing Google Drive endpoint, allowing you to¬†create additional objects and perform retrieve operations within your IBM App Connect flows. We’ve also just enabled upsert support for a set of objects on BigCommerce.
                                                      • Additional ‘If node’ logic operators: We’ve added a host¬†of new logic operators to our existing ‘If node’, allowing you to perform a wider range of conditional processing¬†in your flows. These new operators, as well as examples of their usage within an ‘If node’, are covered in more detail¬†in this blog post.

                                                      31 August 2017

                                                      • Retrieve multiple records within a flow: We’ve extended the retrieve functionality within flows so you can now retrieve multiple records from an endpoint, enabling you to perform sequential¬†processing in downstream loops (see below) and mappings.
                                                      • ‘For each’ node: A new node has been added onto the ‘Logic’ panel of the flow editor, the ‘For each’ node. When combined with the above ability to retrieve multiple records, the ‘For each’ node can be used to iterate over each entry of a collection. Regular flow nodes can be added inside¬†the looping branch of a ‘For each’ node, enabling a wide¬†range of actions to be performed for each entry in the collection. You can learn more about this node, including example usage, in this blog post.
                                                      • Mapper extensions for arrays: We’re always working on improvements to our mapper, and our latest is to give you a hint when you map multiple items (an array) into a single field on the target. We’ve also provided quick-fix suggestions, and a link so you can learn more about our mapping language, JSONata.
                                                      • Dynamic object support for Salesforce: When viewing the available events and actions for Salesforce, you’ll now see a ‘Show More’ link that enables you to access dynamic objects from your Salesforce account. Note that these are not viewable until you have connected¬†to Salesforce, either from within the ‘Applications’ page or from within the flow editor.
                                                      • Embedded dashboard metrics: We’ve made some updates to the dashboard flow tiles, so you can now see when your flows have run successfully, or generated errors, in near real-time. We’ve also added a ‘View errors’ entry on the flow tile’s menu, allowing you to see any recent errors from the flow. Read more about this new capability in this blog post.
                                                      • New SaaS application: We’ve just added support for Microsoft Office 365 as an application endpoint, enabling you to interact with a range of objects including Messages, Calendar and Contacts, within your IBM App Connect flows.
                                                      • Updates to existing SaaS applications: Many new actions and events have been added to a set of existing applications, allowing you to interact with more objects within your flows. The updated applications are: Insightly, Eventbrite, Wufoo, Slack and Dropbox. Check the ‘Applications’ page from within the UI to see the full list of actions and events¬†available for¬†these endpoints.
                                                      • Per-application help pages: We’ve enhanced the user-assistance within IBM App Connect to include specific help pages for a set of SaaS applications. These pages are accessible via the ‘More Info’ link on the ‘Applications’ page, and the full list of available pages is viewable¬†here.

                                                      24 August 2017

                                                      • Additional¬†cognitive capabilities: IBM Watson Personality Insights is now available as an application to use in your flows. This joins IBM Watson Campaign Automation, IBM Watson Natural Language Classifier, IBM Watson Tone Analyzer and IBM Watson Language Translator to provide cognitive integration capabilities within IBM App Connect.
                                                      • New SaaS¬†applications:¬†We’ve added support for two new SaaS applications; Salesforce Service Cloud and Netsuite ERP – further extending the range of endpoints you can interact with within your flows.
                                                      • Accessing response codes from flow operations:¬†You can now access response codes from upsert and retrieve operations within a flow. When combined with the ‘If’ logic node, this enables decision making within a flow based on the outcome of previous operations; for example determining whether an update or create happened during an upsert, or whether a retrieve operation resulted in zero or one results being returned. This functionality can also be used to set appropriate return codes from upsert operations within an API flow.

                                                      26 July 2017

                                                      • New SaaS applications:¬†Netsuite HCM and Intacct have been added to the list of endpoint systems you can integrate with as part of your flows, extending our connectivity to SaaS endpoints.
                                                      • New IBM Watson application: You can now use IBM Watson Language Translator within your IBM App Connect flows, further extending the range of cognitive integration capabilities within IBM App Connect.
                                                      • HTTP connector: The addition of this new application¬†allows you to call out from your App Connect flow to any HTTP endpoint and invoke a method. The currently supported methods are GET, PUT, POST, PATCH, DELETE and HEAD. Learn more about this new functionality in this blog post.
                                                      • View IBM App Connect logs in Kibana: When using IBM App Connect in Bluemix, you can now view log information for your flows in Kibana. Learn more in this blog post.
                                                      • Response code mappings for API flows: This new functionality allows you to statically or dynamically set the response code of an API request, so that you can build¬†PUT¬†operations that conform to the HTTP spec.

                                                      14 July 2017

                                                      • IBM App Connect launches in Bluemix UK: IBM App Connect is now available in the UK region of IBM Bluemix, in addition to the existing deployment in the US region. Try it out today by registering or logging in here.

                                                      10 July 2017

                                                      • IBM App Connect’s first cognitive integration capabilities:¬†You can now use IBM Watson Campaign Automation,¬†IBM Watson Natural Language Classifier, and IBM Watson Tone Analyzer¬†within your IBM App Connect flows. Connectivity to these endpoints allows you to harness the power of IBM Watson’s cognitive platform within your integrations.
                                                      • New SaaS applications: Salesforce Pardot, Stripe, BigCommerce, Twilio, Freshdesk, and Netsuite CRM have been added to the list of endpoint systems you can integrate with as part of your flows, extending our connectivity to SaaS endpoints.
                                                      • Work with objects and arrays within the mapper: Within the mapping experience of an IBM App Connect flow, you now have the ability to map from inputs that have nested structure such as objects and arrays.

                                                      26 June 2017

                                                      • New SaaS applications:¬†Hubspot Marketing, Atlasian JIRA and Coupa¬†have been added to the list of endpoint systems you can integrate with as part of your flows, extending our connectivity to SaaS endpoints.
                                                      • Improved error reporting for API flows: Dashboard errors resulting from API flows now include details of which operation generated the error, so you can more easily diagnose and fix errors in your API integrations.
                                                      • View object hierarchy in mapping targets: We’ve added the ability to show¬†object hierarchy within the mapping data, allowing you to see a visual representation of a nested target in the mapper.

                                                      12 June 2017

                                                      • “Update or Create” operation now available:¬†From inside an App Connect flow, you can now invoke an operation on connectors that performs a create or update depending on whether a record that satisfies a certain condition exists in the backend system. Learn more about this new functionality in this blog post.
                                                      • Improved dashboard error reporting:¬†You will now only see¬†an error on the dashboard flow tile if the last invocation resulted in an error, rather than showing the last error that happened, regardless of whether the flow ran successfully afterwards.

                                                      12 comments on"What’s new in IBM App Connect"

                                                      1. whitef@us.ibm.com May 04, 2019

                                                        For the April 29 entry :”New log viewer available: In the latest release of IBM App Connect on IBM Cloud, we‚Äôve introduced an embedded log viewer within the UI. To read more about the logging changes and join the conversation, see this forum discussion. ” When I click the link it says access forbidden. Where we can find out more info? As the log change offers very little info to debug problems as compared to previous logging ability.

                                                      2. Akshay Ambekar July 16, 2018

                                                        Hello Team, I wanted to know if you plan to add integration support for Intercom (Customer Messaging Platform).

                                                      3. Lynette Ma April 30, 2018

                                                        Hi there, I wanted to ask if Hubspot is also available as Endpoint in App Connect professional Studio (AKA Cast Iron)? I dont seem to see it anywhere within my current version of Cast Iron which 7.5.1.0. Could you please help?

                                                        • Ian_Larner April 30, 2018

                                                          Hello Lynette,
                                                          IBM App Connect on IBM Cloud already includes Hubspot CRM and Hubspot Marketing as applications in Designer. With IBM App Connect Professional on Cloud you can get both Designer and Studio.
                                                          (For the applications available in IBM App Connect Designer, see the catalog at https://designer.appconnect.ibmcloud.com/catalog/apps)

                                                          If there’s more to your question, please let us know.

                                                          Regards, Ian

                                                          • Lynette Ma June 13, 2018

                                                            Thanks Ian.

                                                            Are you able to confirm if all scopes of Hubspot are available for integration in App Connect? I have been able to use Create Contact/Company but am not able to find anything around Update. Could you let me know what modules/scopes are currently available for Hubspot?

                                                            • Ian_Larner June 13, 2018

                                                              Lynette,
                                                              Create is the operation currently available for Hubspot. Other operations, like Update and Upsert are in our backlog, but we cannot yet give a specific date when they will be available.
                                                              Regards,
                                                              Ian

                                                              • Lynette Ma June 14, 2018

                                                                Many thanks Ian! I thought so as well.

                                                                With the available operations (Create company/deals), when I attempt to connect with the Object, I always get an error saying ‘Something went wrong while getting details about the application’s object. To help resolve this issue, contact IBM with the reference PBzdQQIeU (for create company) or FBJr4N6eU (for Create deals).’

                                                                Is this something that the dev team can look into and address soon? At the moment, only Create Contact works for Hubspot CRM integration.

                                                                Thanks,
                                                                Lynette

                                                              • Ian_Larner June 15, 2018

                                                                Lynette,
                                                                I was able to reproduce the problem in testing, and have opened a support ticket for my experience. If you encounter problems, that is the way to report your experiences to the App Connect Ops team who will drive a fix through into a production update; for more info, see the Support page at https://developer.ibm.com/integration/support-ibm-integration/
                                                                (Check the forum in dWAnswers first; the IBM Integration community of IBMers and users is there to help ūüôā
                                                                Regards,
                                                                Ian

                                                              • Lynette Ma June 20, 2018

                                                                HI Ian,

                                                                Re below: Is there a page for me to check the progress of fixes and the build of other operations such as Upsert Contact/Company, etc.

                                                                Lynette,
                                                                I was able to reproduce the problem in testing, and have opened a support ticket for my experience. If you encounter problems, that is the way to report your experiences to the App Connect Ops team who will drive a fix through into a production update; for more info, see the Support page at https://developer.ibm.com/integration/support-ibm-integration/
                                                                (Check the forum in dWAnswers first; the IBM Integration community of IBMers and users is there to help ūüôā
                                                                Regards,
                                                                Ian

                                                      4. IBM AppConnect on Cloud, is the price quoted only for PROD instance, ie 1 instance? What about other instances that could be needed for DEV, SIT, UAT purposes? Will there be additional costs?

                                                        e.g. Level 1 – 20K actions or 100 hours

                                                        • @Rachel Hello,
                                                          The pricing levels apply to the number of flow runs across environments. Customers can request any number of environments, and the flows run across these are aggregated for arriving at total number of actions / flow runs. For more information, please see the latest Service Description for IBM App Connect Professional: http://www-03.ibm.com/software/sla/sladb.nsf/pdf/7494-03/$file/i126-7494-03_08-2017_en_US.pdf

                                                          Each Level limits the total number of Flow Runs per month and number of allowed Workload Hours of usage per month, cumulative across all Client’s environments.

                                                          Regards,
                                                          Ian

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