PIP Connector

Version 24.1.8906


PIP Connector


The PIP connector supports generating RosettaNet Partner Interface Processes (PIP) service headers for outbound messages and processing service headers on inbound PIP messages. This connector should be used with the RosettaNet connector (RNIF).

Overview

When receiving a PIP message over RNIF, a PIP connector validates the PIP service headers against the settings configured for the connector. These settings include the PIP Code, PIP Version, and so on. After validation, the PIP message payload is processed into the Output tab for this connector, and passed along to the next connector in the flow.

When generating PIP messages, a PIP connector adds service headers from the settings configured for the connector. Once these service headers are applied, the resulting file in the Output tab can be passed to a RosettaNet connector for transport to the trading partner.

PIP connectors do not generate acknowledgments. Acknowledgments are handled by the RosettaNet connector.

Connector Configuration

This section contains all of the configurable connector properties.

Settings Tab

Connector Configuration

Settings related to the core operation of the connector.

  • Connector Id The static, unique identifier for the connector.
  • Connector Type Displays the connector name and a description of what it does.
  • Connector Description An optional field to provide a free-form description of the connector and its role in the flow.
  • Direction Whether the connector is handling PIP messages that were received or PIP messages that need to be sent.

PIP Settings

Settings related to the service headers of PIP messages. When sending messages, these settings are applied as services headers in the resulting message. When receiving messages, these settings are used to validate the incoming document.

  • PIP Code Identifies the standard business process associated with this message.
  • PIP Version Identifies the version of the PIP standard.
  • Business Activity Identifier Identifies a specific business activity. This code is found in table 3.2 of a PIP specification document.
  • Global Business Action Code Identifies a specific business action. This code is found in table 4.2 of a PIP specification document.
  • From Role The role initiating a business document exchange.
  • From Service The service from which a message is being sent.
  • To Role The role receiving the document in a business document exchange.
  • To Service The service to which a message is being sent.
  • Test Indicator Whether the message exchange is in test mode or production mode.

Automation Tab

Automation Settings

Settings related to the automatic processing of files by the connector.

  • Send Whether messages arriving at the connector are automatically processed.

Performance

Settings related to the allocation of resources to the connector.

  • Max Workers The maximum number of worker threads consumed from the threadpool to process files on this connector. If set, this overrides the default setting on the Settings > Automation page.
  • Max Files The maximum number of files sent by each thread assigned to the connector. If set, this overrides the default setting on the Settings > Automation page.

Alerts Tab

Settings related to configuring alerts and Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

Connector Email Settings

Before you can execute SLAs, you need to set up email alerts for notifications. Clicking Configure Alerts opens a new browser window to the Settings page where you can set up system-wide alerts. See Alerts for more information.

Service Level Agreement (SLA) Settings

SLAs enable you to configure the volume you expect connectors in your flow to send or receive, and to set the time frame in which you expect that volume to be met. CData Arc sends emails to warn the user when an SLA is not met, and marks the SLA as At Risk, which means that if the SLA is not met soon, it will be marked as Violated. This gives the user an opportunity to step in and determine the reasons the SLA is not being met, and to take appropriate actions. If the SLA is still not met at the end of the at-risk time period, the SLA is marked as violated, and the user is notified again.

To define an SLA, click Add Expected Volume Criteria.

  • If your connector has separate send and receive actions, use the radio buttons to specify which direction the SLA pertains to.
  • Set Expect at least to the minimum number of transactions (the volume) you expect to be processed, then use the Every fields to specify the time frame.
  • By default, the SLA is in effect every day. To change that, uncheck Everyday then check the boxes for the days of the week you want.
  • Use And set status to ‘At Risk’ to indicate when the SLA should be marked as at risk.
  • By default, notifications are not sent until an SLA is in violation. To change that, check Send an ‘At Risk’ notification.

The following example shows an SLA configured for a connector that expects to receive 1000 files every day Monday-Friday. An at-risk notification is sent 1 hour before the end of the time period if the 1000 files have not been received.

Advanced Tab

Advanced Settings

Settings not included in the previous categories.

  • Processing Delay The amount of time (in seconds) by which the processing of files placed in the Input folder is delayed. This is a legacy setting. Best practice is to use a File connector to manage local file systems instead of this setting.
  • Strict Schema Validation Whether the connector should validate the PIP against the DTD file and perform additional schema validation checks.

Message

  • Save to Sent Folder Check this to copy files processed by the connector to the Sent folder for the connector.
  • Sent Folder Scheme Instructs the connector to group messages in the Sent folder according to the selected interval. For example, the Weekly option instructs the connector to create a new subfolder each week and store all messages for the week in that folder. The blank setting tells the connector to save all messages directly in the Sent folder. For connectors that process many messages, using subfolders helps keep messsages organized and improves performance.

Logging

  • Log Level The verbosity of logs generated by the connector. When you request support, set this to Debug.
  • Log Subfolder Scheme Instructs the connector to group files in the Logs folder according to the selected interval. For example, the Weekly option instructs the connector to create a new subfolder each week and store all logs for the week in that folder. The blank setting tells the connector to save all logs directly in the Logs folder. For connectors that process many transactions, using subfolders helps keep logs organized and improves performance.
  • Log Messages Check this to have the log entry for a processed file include a copy of the file itself. If you disable this, you might not be able to download a copy of the file from the Input or Output tabs.

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous settings are for specific use cases.

  • Other Settings Enables you to configure hidden connector settings in a semicolon-separated list (for example, setting1=value1;setting2=value2). Normal connector use cases and functionality should not require the use of these settings.