The Infor Connector supports transmitting EDI documents to and from the Infor CloudSuite Industrial (formerly Syteline) platform.
Infor Connectors perform two functions when sending or receiving EDI documents to Infor CloudSuite Industrial. When sending, the connector converts XML documents into a flat file structure accepted by CloudSuite, then sends the resulting file to the remote data folder where it can be picked up by Infor. When receiving, the connector polls the data folder for flat files, which it then converts into XML.
Installing the Connector
The instructions for installing external connectors will vary depending on your installation.
In the Windows edition, simply running the installer should detect the installation directory and install to the appropriate path for it to be recognized within ArcESB.
In the Java edition, the procedure will depend on the operating system and environment where ArcESB is running. In all cases, the Infor Connector for ArcESB.zip folder containing the connector will need to be unzipped, and its contents copied into the “connectors” directory within the application directory. The location of this “connectors” directory will be one of the following, depending on how ArcESB is running:
- Windows: C:\ProgramData\ArcESB\connectors\
- Unix when deploying the WAR in your own Java Servlet container: ~/arcesb/connectors/
- Using the embedded web server on Unix: /opt/arcesb/connectors/
Note that the ~/ directory will be the user’s home directory of the user running the Java Web server process.
This section contains all of the configurable connector properties.
Infor System Configuration
Settings provided in the connection to the Infor system.
- Trading Partner Code The code identifying the documents in the Infor system.
Folder locations for demand-side documents in the Infor system.
- Inbound Data Logic Folder The folder location for demand-side file pickup and drop-off.
- Inbound Archive Folder The folder location for archival of processed demand-side documents.
Folder locations for outbound documents in the Infor system.
- Outbound Data Logic Folder The folder location for supply-side file pickup and drop-off.
- Outbound Archive Folder THe folder location for archival of processed supply-side documents.
Settings related to the automatic processing of files by the connector.
- Send Whether files arriving at the connector will automatically be sent to the Infor system.
- Retry Interval The amount of time before a failed send is retried.
- Retry Maximum Attempts The maximum number of times a failed send will be retried.
- Receive Whether the connector should automatically poll the remote Receive path for files to retrieve.
- Receive Interval The interval between automatic receive attempts.
- Minutes The number of minutes to wait before receiving. Only applicable when Receive Interval is set to Minute.
- Minutes Past the Hour The minutes offset for an hourly schedule. Only applicable when Receive Interval is set to Hourly. For example, if this value is set to 5, the automation service will receive at 1:05, 2:05, 3:05, etc.
- Time The time within a given day that the receive should occur. Only applicable when Receive Interval is set to Daily, or Weekly, or Monthly.
- Day The day on which the receive should occur. Only applicable when Receive Interval is set to Weekly or Monthly.
- Cron Expression An arbitrary string representing a cron expression that determines when the receive should occur. Only applicable when Receive Interval is set to Advanced.
Settings that determine where the connector will read files to upload, and where to write files after downloading.
- Input Folder (Send) Files placed here will be sent by the connector. If Send Automation is enabled, the connector will automatically poll this location for files to process.
- Output Folder (Receive) Files that the connector receives will be placed here. If the connector is connected to another connector in the flow, files will not remain here and will instead be passed along to the Input/Send folder for the connected connector.
- Processed Folder (Sent) After sending, the connector will place a copy of the file here if Save to Sent Folder is enabled. This copy of the file will not be passed along to the next connector in the flow.
Settings related to the allocation of resources to the connector.
- Max Workers The maximum number of worker threads that will be consumed from the threadpool to process files on this connector. If set, overrides the default setting from the Profile tab.
- Max Files The maximum number of files that will be processed by the connector each time worker threads are assigned to the connector. If set, overrides the default setting from the Profile tab.
Settings not included in the previous categories.
- Excluded Extensions A comma-delimited list of file extensions that will not be processed by the connector.
- Local File Scheme A filemask for determining local file names as they are downloaded by the connector. The following macros may be used to reference contextual information:
%ConnectorId%, %Filename%, %FilenameNoExt%, %Ext%, %ShortDate%, %LongDate%, %RegexFilename:%, %DateFormat:%, %ControlNumber%, %TransactionControlNumber%, %TransactionCode%, %StandardVersion%.
As an example: %FilenameNoExt%_%ControlNumber%%Ext%
- Log Debug Info Whether enhanced logging is enabled for the connector. When requesting support, it is recommended to generate a debug log and provide this along with the support request.
- Parent Connector The connector from which settings should be inherited, unless explicitly overwritten within the existing connector configuration. Must be set to a connector of the same type as the current connector.
Establishing a Connection
Connecting to Infor has five configuration requirements:
- The Trading Partner Code that identifies the documents in the Infor system
- The Inbound Data Logic Folder for demand-side file pickup and drop-off
- The Inbound Archive Folder for archival of processed demand-side documents
- The Outbound Data Logic Folder for supply-side file pickup and drop-off
- The Outbound Archive Folder for archival of processed supply-side documents
After the above fields have been specified, the connector can exchange documents with the Infor system.
After a connection to Infor has been established, XML files in the Input/Send Folder of the Infor Connector will be converted to the Infor standard flat file format and uploaded. If Send Automation is enabled, the connector will automatically poll this folder for processing. The Excluded Extensions advanced configuration option can be set to a comma-delimited list of file extensions that should not be sent by the connector.
Files that are found when polling Infor CloudSuite will be downloaded to the Output/Receive Folder of the Infor Connector. The standard flat file structure is automatically converted into XML, and if the Infor Connector is connected to other connectors in the RSSBus Connect flow then the file is passed along through the flow.