Using Boomi AtomSphere
The Boomi AtomSphere approach to integration is configuration based rather than code based. As you build and modify your integration processes, they are stored in the platform’s multi-tenant repository as XML. This repository contains the entire end-to-end integration process, which is deployed to a Boomi Atom for run-time execution.
After you log into your company’s account on the Boomi AtomSphere platform, you can design and build integrations using a visual tool that includes access to a library of prebuilt connectors. Using familiar point-and-click, drag-and-drop techniques, you can build simple to very sophisticated integration processes with exceptional speed—no coding required.
Boomi simplifies the creation of application, data, and B2B integration processes. We have identified the steps needed to automate integrations and made a series of common integration components available to Boomi users. To develop an integration process, simply select and connect the necessary components to create an end-to-end integration workflow.
Once you’ve built and tested your integration processes, you deploy them to a lightweight run-time engine known as a Boomi Atom. The Boomi Atom allows your integration processes to run on-premises or in the cloud, hosted by Boomi or a third party. Integration processes can execute independently of the Boomi AtomSphere platform. Even when the AtomSphere platform is down for maintenance, Boomi Atoms continue to run.
Regardless of where you deploy Boomi Atoms or how many integration processes you run, the Atom’s unique architecture enables centralized management of all integrations from the Boomi AtomSphere platform Manage tab. With the manage functionality you can monitor the health and activity of integration processes and review detailed process logs.
Boomi Integration Components
Displayed in the Component Explorer, components are reusable configuration objects used to create integration processes. Once created, components can be referenced by process steps in multiple processes. A variety of components are available in four categories: application connectors, operation components, map components and process components. More information and a full list of components are available in the Dell Boomi AtomSphere Reference Guide.
Data Formats Supported
Boomi supports a variety of transport methods including AS2, HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, SFTP, FTPS, SMTP, ODBC/JDBC and standards based web services like SOAP, REST, and JNDI.
In addition, we support several document-based standards including EDI (X12, EDIFACT, HIPAA), HL7 (v2 & v3), XML and JSON.
Boomi also provides robust translation capabilities through the use of profiles and data mapping.
Dell Boomi AtomSphere Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I access AtomSphere?
A: Because AtomSphere is an online service, there is no appliance or software to buy, install or maintain. Just point your browser to the login page at www.boomi.com and login.
Q: What applications can I integrate using AtomSphere?
A: An up-to-date list of supported applications can be found here.
Q: Is any training required to learn to use AtomSphere?
A: AtomSphere is designed to be user friendly and anyone with basic IT skills and knowledge of the applications they plan to integrate should be able to build integration processes. Our customers have reported that using AtomSphere is similar to using other web-based software. Dell Boomi Education Services offers a library of free self-service training, including videos and tutorials.
Q: Is there any additional training available?
A: Proper training is critical for the development of successful projects. Our training curricula include classroom training at Dell Boomi’s training facility, on-site instruction at client locations, remote, and self-service options. You can find full details on our training options.
Q: What product support is available?
A: We have many support options to give you the help you need:
- If you’re using a Free 30 Day Trial, login to your account on www.boomi.com and access the Forums within the product.
- Submit support tickets to email@example.com.
- Access the Boomi Help Documentation.
- Visit our Standard, Premier and Premier Plus Support pages for more information.
Q: What skill set is required to configure AtomSphere?
A: We aim for our service to be a visual, configuration based approach to integration. Simple integrations may be done by systems analysts, application administrators and business process engineers. More complex integrations require the skills of developers and analysts with strong knowledge of the application data models.
Q: What platforms do I need to have in order to run AtomSphere?
A: Since Dell Boomi hosts the application, all you need is a computer or an alternative device that can run a Web browser. It doesn’t matter what type of hardware or operating system you’re running.
Q: What involvement is required from my company’s IT department to set up my integration processes?
A: Very minimal involvement from your IT department is typically needed. Typical involvement from the IT department would include allowing you access to the source/destination applications or allowing you to install a Dell Boomi Atom to gain access to your on-premises application.
Q: Can Dell Boomi’s customer support team help me set up my integrations?
A: We have designed AtomSphere to be largely self-service and our website contains a number of resources to help you including documentation, videos, webinars, and training courses that are free. You also have access to Dell Boomi forums from within AtomSphere. Your support level will determine the availability of these services and specific response times.
Q: How is error handling managed?
A: Error handling is administered via our ‘manage’ tab where users can see the integration process, its executions and all associated log and status notifications. Dell Boomi AtomSphere also includes retry capabilities to ensure messages that had an error during transit are delivered; an Atom also tracks its state to ensure that only unique data is processed. Finally, decision logic can be configured to query destination applications to ensure duplicate data is not sent to the application.
Q: If I have on-premises sources, how do I test my integration process in the hosted environment? Do I have to deploy an Atom to do my testing?
A: Yes, the Dell Boomi Atom would reside onsite, allowing you access to on-premises application through Dell Boomi AtomSphere.
Q: Does the internet and/or AtomSphere need to be up for my Atom to run?
A: Yes, because the Dell Boomi Atom that resides onsite has no GUI, it must be in fairly constant contact with the data center. One important design aspect of AtomSphere is that, much like the Internet itself, it is a distributed architecture, eliminating single points of failure. It is important to note that even during planned maintenance of the platform, deployed Atoms continue to run and process normally.
Q: Do you have rollbacks for changes to an integration process?
A: Yes, we offer version control for our integration process allowing you to rollback to a previous integration process should the need arise.
Q: Is Test Mode an actual test of the process flow of the integration and is the destination getting updated/changed?
A: Yes, test mode actually executes the integration process as designed, so the source and destination will get updated. Dell Boomi AtomSphere provides the concept of ‘Environments’ for those that wish to have the same integration process pointed to different locations (i.e., Test, QA, Production).