In this exercise, we will create the various Connections needed across the remaining exercises of this Quick Start guide.
Primary Learning Objective
This exercise is designed to reinforce the concept of Connections.
Secondary Learning Objectives
A Workspace named Learning OneCloud with a DEV environment needs to exist. See the Learning OneCloud Quick Start Guide for more information.
Create a new Connection and enable all Connections for the "DEV" and "PROD" Environments in the Sample Workspace for IBM PA. This Connection will be helpful to fetch published data sources made available via a public-facing web service. This tutorial utilizes the GET Command, but also within the HTTP BizApp are POST, PUT, and DELETE.
Step 1: Add an HTTP Connection
To add a new Connection or view an existing one, click the Connections tab on the navigation pane on the left side of the page.
Click on the (+) button in the lower, right-hand corner.
Under BizApp, select HTTP Request for this demonstration.
Scroll down to confirm the Environments for "DEV" and "PROD" are enabled.
Click the corresponding boxes, as necessary.
Save the Connection.
📓 About the Example Video:
Connections are available across Workspaces and must have unique names. They must also be enabled within a specific Environment of a Workspace to be used. The tenant creating this video had previously created a HTTP Connection for another tutorial. The process is consistent regardless of whether this is the tenant's first Connection or fifth. In this case, the Connection is edited to enable the Environments for "Sample Workspace for BlackLine" (shown below).
Step 1A: Edit an Existing Connection
📓 While multiple Connections may be established for specific BizApps (notice the Anaplan Connections below), they are not always necessary. With one set of credentials tenants can enable different Environments. Below shows the activation of the existing BlackLine Connection for the newly created Sample Workspace for BlackLine Workspace and its Environments.
Click on the 🔽 to the right of the Connection.
For this example,
Scroll down to the "Environments" Section.
As necessary, click the box(es) to enable the Connection for the "PROD" and "DEV" Environments.
Save the changes.
Step 2: Alternative Source Connections (optional)
Depending on the Environment, a range of connections to other source applications or data sets to use with BlackLine may also be created. Please visit one or more of the following guides to create a required source connection:
📚 Related Topics from this Section: