How Boomi Extensions Enhance Integration Reusability

How Boomi Extensions Enhance Integration Reusability

n Boomi, extensions refer to a feature used for managing environment-specific configurations within integration processes.

There are two types of extensions. They are Environment Extensions and Process Extension.

Environment Extensions:

Extensions in Boomi allow us to provide environment-specific details without disturbing the core integration process. These can be used for connectivity information and other configuration parameters changed to each environment.

Process Extension:Process extensions are used to define configuration settings within a single process while specifying different settings for each location when deploying that process to multiple environments. This capability allows for the definition of elements that vary between environments, such as connectors, process properties, data maps, and other environment-specific parameters.

Purpose of Extensions:

  • Boomi integrations frequently involve connecting to various systems like databases, APIs across different environments like development, User Acceptance Test, Sanity, production.
  • Each environment may have unique connection details, such as URLs, usernames, and passwords.
  • Extensions enable you to define these environment-specific settings without modifying the core integration logic.

Example: Boomi integrations are like butterflies, flitting between different systems (databases, APIs) in various habitats (development, test, production).Each habitat has its own behavior and preferences, like unique connection details (URLs, usernames, passwords).Extensions are like the perfect chameleons, letting you blend in with each environment’s quirks without having to mess with your core integration magic.

Extensible Components: Connection Settings, Operation Settings, Partner Settings, Dynamic Process Properties, Process Properties, Cross Reference, PGP, Data Maps

  • Connection Setting:

If we use the Connector connection in the process and need to configure and manage in different extensions, we can specify the necessary details within the extension settings. These details may include username, password, ports, tokens, and URLs.

  • Operation Settings:

Operation settings are configuration options that can be set for specific operations within your integration processes at the environment level.

  • Partner Settings:

If we examine the extensions, we can get environment-specific details. These details allow us to modify the extension sets based on the component’s name.

  • Dynamic Process property:

Extensions are used to manage environment-specific data values passed between different components within a process.

  • Process Property:

It is a component that allows you to define environment-specific process-level properties, which can control the behavior of the process.

  • Cross Reference Table:

When utilizing the Cross-Reference Table in Boomi, you can access environment-specific values configured within the Cross-Reference Table.

  • PGP:

PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) in Boomi extensions refers to the capability to encrypt and decrypt data using PGP encryption standards within integration processes with different environment specific levels.

  • Data Maps:

Data map extensions in Boomi serve two primary purposes during process deployment:

  1. The first type allows for the augmentation, replacement, or override of field-to-field mappings defined by map components within a process.
  2. The second type facilitates the addition of fields to flat file profiles used in map components within a process.

These extensions enable flexible adjustment and enhancement of data mappings tailored to each deployment environment, ensuring accurate integration of data across diverse systems and formats.

Benefits of Extensions:

  • Reusable Integrations: Execute the process without disrupting its components like Process Property, Connection, Dynamic process property, Operation Settings.
  • Centralized Management: Extensions are centrally managed within Boomi, making it easier to update a few Components across multiple processes and environments from a single location.
  • Easier Deployment: Simplify the deployment process across different environments by keeping the core logic unchanged.

How Extensions Work:

  • Extensions are defined within a Boomi process to specify which configuration elements will vary between environments (e.g., URL, username).
  • When deploying the process, you set the actual values for each extension in each environment, often through the Atom Management Console.
  • During execution, the Boomi process references the extension names and retrieves the appropriate values based on the deployed environment.

Where to Find Extensions:

  • You can access extensions within the Boomi interface, typically under the “Build” tab of a process or in the Atom Management Console (AMC) for environment-specific configurations.
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