New and enhanced activities, improved editing tools, new document formats, and automated operation of 5250 applications
Sydney, Australia — February 23, 2012 — LANSA announces the release of LANSA Composer Version 4 which includes new features and many enhancements that improve productivity by simplifying the development of automated business processes.
LANSA Composer delivers the power of Business Process Integration (BPI) technology in an easy-to-use visual environment so business analysts, rather than developers, can rapidly assemble, automate and integrate business processes. It satisfies the four key requirements of an end-to-end business process integration solution:
- Transport – moving data between source and target.
- Transformation – mapping data between many different formats.
- Process Orchestration – sequential and conditional execution of process flows.
- Administration – auditing, error-handling, logging, security and system operations.
LANSA Composer boosts productivity by providing a library of ready-made activities companies need for business process integration. Using these ready-made activities, business analysts can assemble processes quickly without writing program code.
Version 4 enhances twelve existing activities and includes fourteen new activities to provide more flexibility in processing, transforming and managing transaction documents. Examples of new activities are:
- Applying an XSL transformation to an XML file to transform it into another format.
- Splitting one XML document into multiple documents at a specified element name.
- Sending a message to and/or receiving from a message queue on an IBM i server, thus providing more options for inter-process communication.
Editing activities, transformations, processing sequences and configurations is easier and faster with Version 4 using the enhanced editing features which include text search, dynamic lists of items in processing sequences, and generating activities by dragging and dropping a configuration onto the Processing Editor.
One suite of new activities enable a processing sequence to connect to and interact with IBM i 5250 applications. The activities can navigate through screens, and insert or retrieve data by:
- Connecting to an IBM i server, logging on and disconnecting a 5250 session.
- Interrogating values of current screen identifiers and field values.
- Inserting values into 5250 screen entry fields.
- Sending function keys such as Enter and F3.
- Performing multiple operations with a single activity using scripts.
Using this feature, LANSA Composer can automate data entry tasks. For example, customers can place orders by completing a form on a Website and the order is routed to Composer as a document. Composer then directs entering the order data into a 5250 application. Customers perform the data entry work, Composer automates the order process and the 5250 application requires no change.
Version 4 ships with MapForce Version 2012 which includes enhancements for intermediate variables that store values derived in a process step for later use, database connections using JDBC, extended XBRL support (including US-GAAP 2011), support for SAP iDOCS, and a new EDI format IATA PADIS (Passenger and Airport Data Interchange Standards).
Version 4 also extends the LANSA Composer Request Server that integrates LANSA Composer and other LANSA applications by permitting each to invoke functions in the other. The LANSA systems can now be on different servers.
Version 4 of LANSA Composer Client includes new features for configuring user access, generating activity processors and attaching files to Composer definitions. The ability to configure user access provides fine grained control over the functionality of Composer Client so that each user has only the appropriate permissions relevant to their role.