Best Practices of webMethods Integration
Written by Harini Krishnamurthy
Lead Content Writer
January 30, 2023
Software AG’s webMethods allows organizations to build solutions on the top-notch hybrid integration platform. Organizations can integrate applications on the cloud and ground without any coding while using a microservices-based architecture that gives organizations the ability to deliver integrations fast, scale at will, and Leverage the power of API management to promote and secure access to APIs.
The Software AG webMethods integration Platform comes with capabilities that include:
- Application Interfacing
- Partner Interfacing
- API Management Platform
- B2B integration Platform
- Managed file transfer Protocols
- Building Microservices
- High-speed messaging
- In-memory caching Systems
With the webMethods.io Platform, organizations can have scalable, extensible, and reliable infrastructure, running either in the cloud, on-premises, or catering to hybrid scenarios where apps can be hosted both on the cloud or on the ground, providing seamless integration across all types of areas including cloud, mobile, APIs, and the IoT. In the latest webMethods 10.4 release, webMethods software enhanced many functional aspects of the product.
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Software AG’s webMethods Integration
webMethods Integration Server comes with an entire webMethods integration platform suite, which covers API Management, B2b Integrations, File Transfer, Business Process Management, etc.
WebMethod’s hybrid integration platform allows organizations to scale and do quick and easy integrations with apps available on the cloud or the ground, wholly interoperable and multi-container. As a container, the Platform comes with hundreds of useful prebuilt APIs, frameworks, event-driven architecture, in-memory data grid, and services.
The Platform supports all major connectors, such as OData and REST, and the full complement of SOAP-based web services. In addition, mapping and transformation functions are built in—especially useful when integrating significant data sources.
webMethods.io introduced an essential feature in the latest release, including support for GraphQL with Integration Server. Integration Server allows developers to create a GraphQL schema that describes different types and fields to develop APIs that follows GraphQL standard. Integration Server provides native support and capability for JSON schema that allows developers to create a JSON document based on a JSON schema. In addition, the Software AG Designer can help publish swagger documentation using the API Management Platform.
The integration Server is certified to communicate with Java Message Service (JMS) to support AMQP protocol using QPID JMS client libraries. In addition to that, Integration Server offers support for Swagger 2.0 standards while creating REST APIs.
Microservices Runtime in webMethods has a low disk-size requirement and an improved start-up time. In addition, webMethods.io provides an OpenShift script for Microservices Runtime, which can be further customized to meet users’ needs so you can create Microservices Runtime pods and orchestrate them using OpenShift.
The new UI in webMethods ActiveTransfer supports actions, logs, and proxy server settings enhancements. In addition, Software AG now supports an additional field that shows deployment status. Now organizations can view the deployment history with status and a log to debug issues.
The webMethods CloudStreams server supports one or more authentication schemes supported by any SaaS applications or backend systems while creating a connection. Additionally, it supports the Salesforce Replay Events mechanism provided by Salesforce for message durability to retrieve, and process lost events sent by Salesforce within the supported retention window.
The CloudStreams server supports OAuth 2.0 authentication flow using JSON Web Token (JWT). A JWT enables identity and security information to be shared across security domains.
Users can snoop on events on a Universal Messaging channel or queue and purge events from a channel or queue using the Command Central web user interface and command-line interface. Users also can publish events, including Protobuf events, on a Universal Messaging channel or queue using the Command Central web user interface and command-line interface. In addition, universal Messaging sessions using the “horizontal scalability” feature now support automatic (re) connection to realm servers in the scalability set that is offline or unavailable when the session is created or initialized.
Software AG webMethods API Management
Software AG’s webMethods API Portal provides a comprehensive solution that allows the developer community to find, learn about, discuss and test an organization’s APIs. API Portal not only exposes API documentation to developers inside and outside your organization but also manages the onboarding process and lets developers use the exposed APIs for new and creative uses.
webMethods API Gateway securely exposes your APIs to consumers, third-party developers, and other partners for use on the web, mobile, and IoT applications. webMethods Microgateway is an independent offering—lightweight, agile and fast. It works with webMethods API Gateway or as a standalone solution to control API access to microservices in a distributed environment. It also supports service mesh architectures offering independent and sidecar deployments.
There are many API documentation enhancements, including enhanced import and export support in API Gateway to include all assets and configurations so that users can quickly move the configurations across instances. In addition, the staging and promotion support in API Gateway has been enhanced and includes all assets and configurations so that users can quickly move configurations across instances.
For application identification, we have secured it to use certificates sent through the custom HTTP header. The custom HTTP header can be configured as an extended set in API Gateway administration.
Also, API providers can be configured to invoke multiple APIs in parallel as part of one mashup step and aggregate the response passed to the next step. Similarly, responses to any mashup steps can be aggregated and sent as a single output to the client. Finally, API Gateway can be run within a Kubernetes® environment which provides a platform for automating deployment, scaling, and operations of services.
With this release, API Gateway provides a dedicated screen to display groups of micro gateway registered. API Gateway users can now retrieve details about the micro gateway available within the group and a list of assets and configurations. In addition, user onboarding with approval flow is enhanced to include a multi-level approval process.
An API gallery page is enhanced to display a grouping of APIs based on the community they are published to. In addition, API Portal allows users to share their registered applications with a specific list of users or teams.
webMethods Microgateway supports Kubernetes with health and readiness checks and Prometheus metrics, among others. Microgateway configuration capabilities have been enhanced to allow the provisioning of an instance using a single YAML settings file. Microgateway supports API scoping and resource and method-level policy enforcement. Microgateway provisioning can now include runtime alias configurations.
CentraSite users can now trigger the promotion of APIs from one API Gateway instance to another. When more than one API Gateway instance is available in the environment, you can choose the required instance to which the API must be promoted.
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The webMethods suite includes enhancements that improve functionality across multiple products.
Before webMethods 10.4, Command Central restarted all runtime instances and related platform manager installations after applying all configuration changes. This behavior is updated when you use Command Central 10.4 with Platform Manager 10.3 or higher. With this release, you can set Command Central only to restart runtime instances if they require a restart for the updates to be applied.
Software AG Command Central and Platform Manager 10.4 can fail template applications when configuration settings are not applied. The old behavior is the default one to ensure backward compatibility. In addition, the Software AG Command Central enables you to generate a template for a product instance hosted on the Platform Manager 10.0 or higher by using a CLI command.
Default templates for installation and basic configuration of the analytic engine and web service data collector using Command Central are now available on GitHub.The task engine now supports archiving task instance data in a separate data store. Integration of the business console with co-located task engine running on the Integration Server has been stabilized. In addition, the database component configurator tool is rewritten to improve reliability and performance.
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