Blog posts

October 19, 2022
How to connect to Azure Service Bus using App Connect Enterprise

Written by Kim Meynendonckx I received a request from my current client to retrieve messages, that are published on the Azure service Bus, using App Connect Enterprise v12 and forward the messages to the onsite MQ infrastructure. It was the first time I connected with ACE to Azure Service Bus, so I turned to the […]

August 4, 2022
Difference between 'mqsipackagebar','mqsicreatebar' and 'ibmint'. 

Written by Mathias Blomme Introduction Today automated builds and deployments are a must to support business demands. IBM App Connect Enterprise (ace) offers strong capabilities to automate build and deployments. In this blog we highlight the different options available out of the box and share our view on the pros and cons. Let’s look at […]

August 4, 2022
Let's try out the new ACE Business Transaction Monitoring

written by Matthias Blomme Introduction I wanted to try the new (re-introduced in 12.0.2.0) ACE Business Transaction Monitoring to see what the added value could be for a company/team/environment that didn't have this type of monitoring in place yet. In my search for the "how does this work" I came across 2 YouTube entries by […]

July 27, 2022
7 questions with Jason Verlinden - Intern at Redify

Meet Jason Verlinden. He’s studying Information Security Management at Thomas More and he recently finished his internship at Redify, a division of Integration Designers  Let’s have a look at how Jason experienced his time with us. 1. Hey Jason, can you briefly introduce yourself to the readers? I’m Jason and I’m studying Information Security Management […]

July 19, 2022
How to use the Administration Rest API in App Connect Enterprise

Written by Francis Cocx App Connect Enterprise supports the Representational State Transfer Application Programming Interface (REST API), which you can use to administer integration nodes, integration servers, and other resources. the REST API classes and methods are described in the App Connect Enterprise REST API V2 specification, which you can view in a browser by specifying the address […]

July 19, 2022
How to validate ReCAPTCHA on IBM API Connect

Written by Xander Veldeman Foreword Recently, one of our clients asked me if it would be possible to verify reCAPTCHA tokens using @IBM API Connect. reCAPTCHA is a tool that verifies if a user is human. This verification happens in the front-end by the means of a button, through small tests such as "select the […]

July 15, 2022
8 questions with Zakaria - our newest Junior Integration Engineer

A few weeks ago, Zakaria joined the team as a junior integration engineer. If we would describe him in just a few words, we would say “Zakaria is curious with a contagious passion for IT and learning.” We asked Zakaria 8 questions to learn how he experienced his first weeks at Integration Designers. 1. Hi […]

May 31, 2022
Dynamic Message Parsing in App Connect Enterprise

Foreword The Problem Imagine that you have an integration in which you receive booking messages (might be as files from an FTP folder, or via an MQ queue...) and perform an operation that requires access to its content (like a mapping). Also imagine that different partners will send you the messages in different formats, like […]

March 29, 2022
App Connect Enterprise Vault

Since App Connect Enterprise v11 Fixpack 6 a new way of storing data records is provided. A vault can be used to encrypt and decrypt data records using symmetric encryption. Symmetric encryption is a type of encryption where only one key (a secret key) is used to both encrypt and decrypt information. In this case AES 256-bit […]

February 21, 2022
IBM Hybrid Cloud Platform 2022 Update

One of the many advantages of being a business partner from IBM is we get regularly invited to some workshops were IBM shares their vision and insight on there product portfolio. Last week I was able to attend the GSI Lab workshop “IBM Hybrid Cloud Platform 2022 Update” in the IBM Systems Centre of Montpellier. […]

February 21, 2022
Meet Robin, our newest integration consultant

Hey, I'm Robin Thoelen and I recently started my Integration Career at Integration Designers. As an Integration Consultant, I use IBM and Red Hat technology to connect applications The day I changed my LinkedIn profile to 'open to work', I was bombarded with messages! After finishing my bachelor in 'Applied Computer Science', I indicated on my […]

February 9, 2022
Checking the cloud readiness for your ACE applications

The Transformation Advisor tool (TA for short) is a program that comes with the ACE v11 and v12 installation.
It takes your old (v10) sources, launches a standalone container, deploys the sources and matches the result against a set of rules, to determine if any actions need to be taken before migrating to ACE.

January 19, 2022
ACE v12: Executing unittests in a maven CI/CD pipeline.

App  Connect Enterprise v12: Executing unit tests in a maven CI/CD pipeline In my previous blog, I've created my first v12 unit test project. So I was wondering how I could include this test project in a CI/CD pipeline using maven. I decided to create a small proof of concept. As-Is situation: When I commit […]

January 12, 2022
ACE V12 Unittest functionality

With App Connect Enterprise V12, IBM introduced a test framework to facilitate test-driven development. In my opinion, this is a great addition to the product. When using this test functionality errors can be identified much faster in the development lifecycle. A developer can test locally fix-packs or new product versions and the impact they will […]

December 24, 2021
Our findings and recommendations regarding log4j vulnerability

As most of you know already a vulnerability was detected (Log4Shell - CVE-2021-44228) in the popular java logging framework Log4j. Some of our customers had some questionq on how this impacts the IBM middleware products. IBM has created a blog with all the latest official IBM communication. You can find it in the link below: […]

November 24, 2021
IBM API Management: multipart/form-data payloads

Context In most cases within API management, APIs exist out of a JSON or XML structured payloads. However, in some cases it can be beneficial or is even required to use payloads that are structured in multipart/form-data. For instance when a file is being transmitted. Each value is sent as a block of data (a […]

November 1, 2021
i8c Technical University

On Thursday October 21st, we organized our first Technical University. In collaboration with our colleagues of i8c, Integration Team and Archers we filled a full day with knowledge sharing. The main goal of this day was to share technical knowledge and practical experiences from recent projects. What projects are we doing for our clients? What […]

July 26, 2021
Our experience with installing IBM API Connect v10 on IBM Kubernetes

by Jef Jansen, IBM Integration Specialist. I wanted to experiment a bit with the latest new features from IBM API Connect v10.0.2.0. I thought let’s perform a quick install on the IBM Kubernetes Service (IKS). As it is from the same vendor it should be easy … I downloaded the following files from fix central: […]

June 21, 2021
IBM API Connect - Custom validation error handling with the default Validation policy.

Introduction IBM API Connect provides a default ‘Validation’ policy. In case you would like to use this policy to validate API definitions (example given: the body of a POST message), it will provide a default error message. In case you want to do something with the error response of the ‘Validate’ policy (example given: map […]

October 25, 2020
Using Postman to automate API Connect administration

Using Postman and the API Connect 2018 APIs for semi-automated creation and configuration of Consumer Organizations and Applications APIC 2018 has multiple ways of administration access, the most well-known and used being the web GUI. Another way is using the inbuilt management API’s which is a great option for automation. This guide will focus on […]

October 25, 2020
API Connect - using OAuth 2.0 with GCP as third party OAuth provider

OAuth 2.0: Secure server to server application connections with GCP as third party OAuth provider Product Information IBM API Connect V2018.4.1.x - v5c Requirements Developer account on APIC (used version v2018.4.1.x) Google service account. Case: oAuth conncection GCP In this blog we will take a look on how we can create a secure connection between […]

October 25, 2020
API Connect - UDP overwrite parameters

Product information IBM API Connect V2018.4.1.x - v5c https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSMNED_2018/com.ibm.apic.policy.doc/capic_custpolicies_dp.html Case: User Defined Policies In the past we have built a UDP (User Defined Policy) to sign SOAP messages before sending them to an external server. The goal of this UDP was, that this UDP would be used for one specific partner (all parameters where hardcoded […]

July 15, 2020
Eduardo’s integration journey

Because Eduardo has long been intrigued by the world of integration, his main goal has always been to grow his skills in this area of expertise. With the ambition of becoming a real technical integration expert, Eduardo today works as a technical lead at Lineas, where he leads the implementation of a new integration platform.  […]

June 4, 2020
Niki – Business Integration Consultant @ Integration Designers

Throughout his entire career, Niki was passionate about people and technology. Two fields of interest that led to an important choice regarding his professional career: growing into aproduct specialist -and become a real technical expert -or aiming for a steering rolein which he directs others?  People vs. Technology Previous projects gave Niki the opportunity to gain many technical integration […]

April 21, 2020
How to get started with User Defined Policies

Introduction To successfully complete a project at one of our clients, the demand arose to sign SOAP messages before sending them to an external server. As SOAP signing was not supported (at the time of writing), a custom solution was needed. At first, we wrote gateway scripts which initially to sign SOAP messages. Given that we […]

April 8, 2020
Installation of IBM API Connect on Amazon EKS

A cost-efficient setup of IBM API Connect (APIC) has been deployed to Amazon EKS. To achieve this, per environment, a single instance of the API Manager, Developer Portal and Analytics subsystem is deployed to a ‘mgmt’ worker node. In the production environment three replicas of the API Gateway are deployed, one gateway per availability zone. Business […]

February 3, 2020
Alexander's road to integration

After his IT-studies, Alexander was looking for a varied and challenging first job experience. Lots of IT-graduates start their career as a developer, however, Alexander always knew he didn’t want to narrow his skills to pure development. Read more about his journey!

March 14, 2019
My visit to Think2019.

What is Think2019? It’s IBM’s flagship business and technology conference. https://www.ibm.com/events/think/ This year the hosting city was San Francisco. A very nice and cultural city, but I don’t think they took the weather into account in the decision of their lounge infrastructures at the conference. To summarize the weather during the convention: sunny with clouds, rain ,rain […]

April 11, 2018
Visiting IBM Think 2018

I decided to attend the IBM Think 2018 conference in Las Vegas. It was the first time that IBM brought all of its big conference together at one location. The program is impressive with a wide area of topics: - Cloud - Collaboration - Customer Engagement - Data and Analytics - Dev - Human Resources […]

March 20, 2018
Think 2018

Last Sunday Think 2018 started. Think is IBM’s largest conference. On this conference some new exciting developments were announced in our world of integration. In this blog I will highlights some points I am most excited about. A more in depth blog with focus on ACE will follow as soon as I have the time. […]

October 5, 2017
XSD Visualisation Part 1

By Niki Heyligen An analysis team at a client was looking for an easy to use tool to visualize XSD’s and WSDL’s. As this was not a technical team, but a team that has a focus on the business and functional aspect of a project, there was no interest in seeing the contracts in its […]

February 11, 2017
IBM Watson Customer Engagement

A few weeks ago, I attended a big IBM training event about IBM’s e-commerce offering. During the conference, a new brand name was released: “Watson Customer Engagement”. My primary interest was the B2B integration solution of IBM, that is part of this suite and falls under the category “Watson Supply Chain”. IBM has an extensive […]

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