Outbound RESTful Integration
REST as a Client Overview
Kourier REST enables you to build outbound integrations between your MultiValue (MV) application and REST APIs offered by best-in-class products using application connectors and adaptors. We call this outbound integration approach REST as a Client.
Most modern cloud-based, SaaS, mobile, third-party applications and Internet of Things (IoT) devices today offer REST APIs to enable synchronous integration. Kourier REST provides the platform you need to securely and reliably connect your MultiValue system with these applications to send and receive data.
Kourier REST as a Client
Kourier’s REST development framework is designed to simplify, streamline and accelerate the process of building, testing and managing outbound integrations to third-party application via their published REST APIs.
Integration with external REST APIs is accomplished primarily using configuration pages and "clicks not code." This results in more productive developers and higher quality integrations. For more advanced requirements, developers can use powerful Event Handlers to leverage existing application business logic or add special instructions at specific timing intervals.
Kourier’s REST as a Client Key Features & Benefits:
- Build outbound integration to external applications via third-party REST endpoints
- Uses Kore’s clicks-not-code template-based development of RESTful Web Services
- Build integrations using either XML or JSON format
- Optimized request processing for rate limited endpoints via Kore’s Net Change technology
- Configure endpoint settings for cross-reference file and map HTTP verbs for Create, Update and Delete
- Extensible architecture to support standard and custom application connectors and adaptors
- API Event Handlers can leverage and extend existing MultiValue business logic at specific time intervals:
- Before Select
- Dataset Initialize
- Dataset Header
- Dataset Detail
- Dataset Footer
- Supports programmatic modification of the SELECT statement
- Access REST endpoints via HTTP/HTTPS directly from UniBasic code
- Extensive performance statistics and configurable event logging
- Interactive testing capabilities do not require any .NET knowledge
- Automatic Integration Cross-References
- Configure primary key integration cross-references between each data source and REST endpoint
- Automatically build and rebuild cross-references between systems
- Automatically lookup integration cross-reference information at runtime
- Maintains integration cross-reference automatically as records are created the MultiValue system
- Searchable Integration Timeline
- Kourier automatically maintains a detailed history of significant events occurring during the lifecycle of a MultiValue record
- Search the timeline by MultiValue ID, Remote ID, date range, type and more
- Drill into the integration history and view the request and response messages
- Diagnose anomalies that occur during an integration
- Pinpoint and resolve issues
- Configure the maximum transactions history from 10 to 100 per MultiValue record
- Integration Exceptions
- Provides a high-level dashboard that summarizes the status of application objects across integrations
- Quickly spot errors and drill into exceptions to review details and messages
- Drill into individual MultiValue items and view the integration timelines
- Manually flag exceptions as OK
- Event-based exception management with email notification
- User-defined email notification templates
Application Connectors and Adaptors
Kourier outbound REST integration to third-party products requires two components: Application Connectors and Application Adaptors. Together these components provide out-of-the box outbound integration between a MultiValue-based system and a third-party application.
Connectors provide the credentials, protocols, actions, operations and error management that enable Kourier to communicate and exchange information with a specific third-party application REST endpoint. Connectors form the basis for integration to any ERP system and are designed to be used with any MultiValue back office system.
Adaptors are designed to work with a specific MultiValue-based application and pair with a Connecter to configure the integration. Adaptors define the actual data mapping, business rules, integration properties, cross-references and exception rules required for the MultiValue system to share data with a connected third-party application.
Currently Available Connectors and Adaptors
The following connectors and their associated adaptors are currently available with more planned for the future. Some examples include applications such as Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics and Hubspot to name a few.
- RMB Solutions: SaaS service management for call centers
- Epicor Avanté adaptor available
- Ortec Routing and Loading: SaaS shipping and logistics system
- Epicor D2K adaptor available.
- VKS Smart Manufacturing: Web-based visual work order instructions, tracking and tracability
- Epicor DataFlo adaptor available.
Contact Kore to find out if an application adaptor is available for your MultiValue system.