B2B PostOffice - Documentation - Overview

These pictures tell the story of On Demand Data On-Ramps for E-Businesses requiring better, faster, cheaper connectivity with partners. By following the simple steps outlined in the following table, using an open and extensible architecture, you can quickly construct secure, available, and reliable connections for sharing data. Web Forms in the first 2 setup steps define messaging entities like Data Topics, Subscriptions by Topic, transfer routes. After the setup for a new interface is complete, a publisher or data owner may fire the whole interface process with an extremely simple, Java client program that creates a data event. A separate body of software implemented in a server-side PostOffice, manages routing of data and protocols for data connections and security. Simple data events at the source trigger data flow between "Publishers" and "Subscribers", usually with an intermediate data hop at the PostOffice.

Clik Image New Data Interfaces with 3, Simple Steps

Overview - ON Demand B2B Data Interfaces

Define the routes and protocols that will connect systems and data. When the data is ready to be interfaced, fire the I have new data event in a java command line program.

-1- Create New Topic for Publishing Data.

Define a new topic in a web form. Topics bind together data producers and consumers of that data. Publisher's Put their data to a topic. Subscriber's Get their data from a topic. These definitions cover all activities required to make data available in a virtual PostOffice (PO).

-2- Subscribe to a Topic for Receiving Data

Add a new Subscriber to an existing Topic. So that any "data-has-been-created" events on that topic will result in the data's distribution to the new subscriber. Subscriptions may be bound to a window in time with properties for fromDate toDate.

-3- Run Data Interfaces with an event trigger on the Client

See key in lower right side for details on this drawing. A Publisher fires the interfaces by running a small java program that creates a new data event. Event Handlers then process steps necessary to get the data to the Post Office where data is then forwarded to subscribers on the the Topic under which the data was published.