Release Notes - APPSeCONNECT

APPSeCONNECT 
Release Notes


Product Release Version: 3.8.0
Release Date:  4April, 2018

New Apps Supported

  • Acumatica
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • Micsosoft Dynamics 365 CRM
  • ePages
  • OroCommerce

Integration Enhancements:

  • LightSpeedPOS-Shopify
  • SAPB1-Magento2B2B
  • SAPB1-BigCommerce
  • SAPB1-OroCommerce
  • SAPB1SL-ePages
  • DynamicsGP-Shopify
  • Acumatica-Shopify
  • Dynamics 365 CRM-WooCommerce 


New Features & Improvements

Agent
New Action Clean-Up on Rules 
This will allow you to perform a regular cleanup job on the platform whenever there is a low disk space or there is memory pressure. The cleanup ensures that the application runs smoothly over longer time.

Portal
Cloud Execution of Touchpoint from Web
Users can now sync, re-sync, filter, purge, delete, schedule data for touchpoint from the portal, so that all the on-premise activities can be performed for cloud agent with ease.

Cloud-to-Cloud

Smart UI for App Credential
You can now design the UI Credential page for application as defined in the adapter. This feature will help an implementer to develop a smart UI such that they can design and deliver the cloud-based credential screen to its customers.

Organization Specific App Credential 
This feature will give its users an option to view the Application specific credential data for all cloud-supported apps while designing the Smart UI page.

Migration of Admin APIs to Service fabric. 
This feature will help its users to get the benefits service fabric for easy deployment, packaging, upgrading of scalable applications that run on a cluster or shared pool of machines.

Execution Calculator 
This feature will allow you to keep track of no. of touchpoint executions in auto mode for a specified interval of time.

Environment Setup for cloud hosted application – 
This feature will allow its users to create separate cloud environment for projects where cloud hosting is enabled.

Credential Creation for Cloud Hosting Apps in Base 
Smart UI Credential designer and creator form is given to users for feeding the credentials of cloud-hosted applications in the base.

Connection Setup feature and activation
This will allow you to have a separate pop up window to choose the credentials that are provided for cloud-hosted apps from the connection page of the organization. To access this feature, cloud environment needs to be activated beforehand. Connection Activation or Deployment in Cloud Agent from Portal.


Smart Credentials UI Designer 
This will provide you with controls that are draggable to generate the smart form in WYSIWYG way. Each control has some pre-defined properties that can be set for the design.
Search Criteria in Feeds Page 
This feature has been included for Audit Trail so that feeds can be filtered out easily using date and topic filters.
For more details, click here.


Product Release Version: 3.7.0
Version Release Date : 31st January 2018

With a whole year of learning and innovation coming to an end with a bunch of opportunities and ideas to begin with, APPSeCONNECT welcomes you with its 2017 Q4 Product Release (7th Minor Release since AEC 3). This release has focussed on strengthening the APPSeCONNECT Agent, expanding the APPSeCONNECT Cloud Portal and supporting lot many new application adapters.

Let’s have a look at what’s new:

Agent

  • A new plugin for SAP Hana has been introduced in the APPSeCONNECT Agent which will allow log and resync data that is to be written in SAP HANA Database.
  • Pagination for the Touchpoints in the Resync bucket in Agent has been enabled. This will allow the resync data to be displayed page-wise and will facilitate users in managing large volume of data during resync operations.
  • To help users upgrade from APPSeCONNECT 3.x to its latest 3.7 version, a migration tool has been enabled for convenience and easy of the process.

Portal

  • A lot of enhancements have been done with the APPSeCONNECT Workflow – new UI for organization specific and base workflows has been introduced, newer and more convenient workflow listing has been enabled to help users and the complete execution of workflow from the AEC Portal.
  • Changes in User Profile, new UI on portal login, app and project-specific permission management are also introduced to add to the rich user experience.
  • Just like Workflow, there is also a UI change for Rules - it is more detailed with visible nodes. (Using switch toggle, you can activate/deactivate the Rules).
  • The way of the product listing page has also been changed – multiple projects can be added in the list tab (movement from one tab to another is now easier), multiple project activities can be seen in the form of feeds, etc.
  • Numerous UI enhancements done for Value Mapping, Attribute Mapping, Touchpoint creation, connector listing, connector page, etc.

Integrations

APPSeCONNECT has extended its support to integrate newer applications like Shopware, HubSpot, Pipedrive, etc.
We support the following touchpoints for SAP B1-Magento2B2C integration:

  • Incoming Payment Sync.
  • Item Sync
  • Web Item Master Data 
  • A/R Down Payment. 
  • Web Item Master Data Update Sync.      

We have introduced the Dynamics AX2012-Magento2B2C touchpoints as follows:

  • Item Sync     
  • Customer Sync 
  • Sales Order Sync
  • Item Inventory Update
  • Shipment Upload 
  • Invoice Upload 
  • Item Price Update

Support for the new adapter of Pipedrive to be integrated with SAP B1 has been introduced and the touchpoints are as follows: 

  • Pipedrive adapter 3.X
  • Organization Sync
  • Product Sync

Support for the new adapter of Shopware to be integrated with SAP B1SL has been introduced and the touchpoints are as follows: 

  • Product Sync 
  • Customer Sync 
  • Sales Order Sync 
  • Stock Sync

Support for the new adapter of HubSpot to be integrated with SAP B1 has been introduced and the touchpoints are as follows:

  • Company Sync
  • Contact Sync


With our current set of advancements and a continuous improvement in the platform, APPSeCONNECT promises to be a total game changer in the iPaaS industry, helping businesses to achieve more with higher productivity and efficiency. For in-depth view of our current release features, refer to : 


Product Release version: 3.6.0
Product Release date : 23rd October 2017

With fall closing in, APPSeCONNECT welcomes you with yet another brand new release and with lots of new and anticipated features. We continued with our never ending quest of bringing innovation closer to your expectation.
Some of them are merely adding up to the solution while some are improving the capabilities of the product.  As a partner you would love to see what all changes we made during this period that were added to the platform.
Let us have a quick look at the features which are freshly added to the solution:

What’s New in Cloud

Sequencer in Workflow

In some applications, the ability to process information in specific order is important or is a business need and you see the APIs provided by the application does not support such case. In those scenarios, proper data sequencing is needed to ensure that information delivered to the receiving application to be in an order. Taking this business need into account, we have improved the way of workflow by adding Sequencer to it. Sequencer is an independent process property which can sequence your data after your API is already responded which eliminates the need of customization in the application itself.

You can now add Sequencer node and lineup the items that you intend to transfer from one application to another based on a specific field. For example, while syncing a customer if you get multiple addresses you can sequence the addresses alphabetically. You can also sort business partner data as per their id with the help of sequencer node.

Activity Tracker

In this release, we also present you with Activity Tracker, which will help you in tracking APPSeCONNECT activities of Trial and LIVE customers. It will keep you updated about the synchronization status between your chosen application such as project state, when the last sync happened and what was the sync volume and when the project will get expired etc. So, with this feature on, you can keep an eye on sync activities at anytime from anywhere. This feature comes very handy to implementation partners and ISV partner to constantly track the customers.

What’s New in Agent

Independent Access of Agent Activities from Cloud

Now, you can view Agent specific real time information in cloud using Auto Sync service only without the need of keeping the Agent open in your on-premise. This improvisation has reduced memory consumption issue to a great extent, as it has curtailed application’s dependency on more than one process at a time.

Independent Auto Sync of Real Time touch-points

In the same line, we have also improvised the real-time touchpoints execution process by enabling them to run independently via auto sync service. They can now be executed even when APPSeCONNECT Agent is off.

Integrations

On Integration precinct, we not only worked on improving existing connectors but also introduced new connectors strengthening our extensive list of integration solution.

Let’s have a quick look on our latest additions:

SAP B1 and Magento 2.0 B2B Integrations 

In our earlier releases, we brought Magento B2B extension with credible features. This time, we extended that support by providing its integration with our core ERP solution, that is SAP B1. This connector has been worked upon considering growing business needs for automating information sync specifically to cater B2B customers and providing them a competitive edge in the current market.

Here are the integration points:

  • Contact Person Sync
  • Sales Representative Sync
  • Configurable Product Sync
  • Customer Sync
  • Tier Price Sync from SAP B1 to Magento2
  • Order Sync from Magent2 to SAP B1
  • Shipment Sync
  • Pricelist Sync from SAP B1 to Magento2

Other than the above basic integration, we have also enhanced the capability of this integration solution by allowing sync of linked products mainly upsell, cross-sell and related products along with parent simple products and configurable products from SAP B1. This feature has catered the business need of customers who want to manage their products from their ERP. Now, SAP B1 users can easily set upsell, cross sell and related products and that can be synced to Magento.

Dynamics AX and Magento B2C Integrations 

Another new offering adding up to our list of integration solution, is Dynamics AX and Magento B2C connector. MS Dynamics AX integration can be considered as one of the most practical choice for anyone who wants to simplify their complex business operation by accurately syncing information in no time.

APPSeCONNECT currently supports one-way integration from Magento to Dynamics AX:

  • Product Sync
  • Customer Sync
  • Sales Order Sync

NAV Generic and Shopify Integrations 

Though we have already provided our customer with NAV and Shopify integration solution earlier. This time, we revamped NAV Adapter again and made it more generic, so that business users can have the ease to connect any version of NAV with their application through APPSeCONNECT platform.

We have covered almost all the integration points, which we have earlier offered in its predecessor:

  • Customer Sync
  • Product Sync
  • Sales Order Sync from Shopify to NAV
  • Variant Price Update from NAV to Shopify
  • Inventory Update from NAV to Shopify
  • Shipment Sync


With our current set of features in your perusal and plenty more to come in the upcoming releases, APPSeCONNECT is becoming one such platform where you can visualize your entire business at a go. So, let’s start availing the features from now!!!For in-depth view of our current release features, refer: Detailed Release Notes for 2017-Q3


Product Release version: 3.5.0
Product Release date: 02 July 2017

As our tagline states “Empower your business” with APPSeCONNECT, so with every release, we ensure that we can bring innovations, improvisations that could delight you and help your business in the long run. In this second quarter release of 2017, we kept an eagle eye on every area, when there was a call for refinement and when new features to be added.

So, without further ado, let’s have a quick look at the list of changes we made during this release:

What’s New In Cloud

 You will be glad to know that to enhance the capability of workflow, we have introduced Rules which will allow you to take key decisions through workflow, You can now easily define and execute complex decision logic through an easy graphical simulation. This, in a way will help any business to drive its internal processes swiftly with changing business needs, confirming their agility. Rules offer a great deal of flexibility, as they can be modified in runtime unlike procedural codes.

Structurally, this business rules are the criterions, which when met, actions are taken to route the information to their respective routing options. You can visualize it as sophisticated if/then interpreter and the interpreted statement as rules.

Apart from graphical rules simulation, which is more workflow-specific, you can also make your Rules generic for all applications through our organizational Rule Engine mechanism. This Rule Engines are more event-based, which gets triggered for all applications whenever the set criteria gets satisfied.
In short, with Rule mechanism in place, business implementers can easily create and maintain applications with minimal effort.
Currently, using APPSeCONNECT Rules you can set off following routing options/actions:

  • Tickets & E-mail – You can define a rule in a way that whenever any application trouble happens, for eg.- APPSeCONNECT is throwing an exception while synchronizing data, then a support ticket will get automatically raised. User does not have to wait for the error and also they don’t have to explicitly define them. In this way, you can automate your help desk tasks easily.Another mode of notification is email, you can define the rule to route the message through customized emails. This email get auto-sent to its recipient when the specific conditions set on rule are evaluated as passed.
  • Storage – It may happen that you want to do R&D or refer to any file for reference that holds data related to specific transaction during synchronization. For this convenience, we have included Store as one of the action criteria while defining the rule.
  • WebHooks – Sometimes when you create a rule for an application, you want to see its effect outside that application. Using APPSeCONNECT, you can now create a rule which sends real time stream of information to any other web application. In normal cases, APIs’ generate responses only when requests were provided but with WebHook, whenever any event is triggered i.e. whether a data has been added or updated an instant notification will get pushed to an external application, instead of waiting for the request.

Let’s say, for e.g.,  you want to set a rule for handling online payment and you want to get notified whenever a payment completes or gets failed/rejected. Also, you can instantly know if the payment is refunded, you just have to identify the rule conditions you care about and the url in which you want the relevant data to be posted. So, instead of users redirecting through every steps and waiting for what to do next, Webhook notifications saves time and resources.
Other than Rules, in the same line we have enhanced our Workflow execution by providing Filter option, where you can decide on the type of data you want to filter and you can set it dynamically. This will help businesses in making quick decision changes. Have you ever wanted to view and manage orders of specific customers?
Well you can – by using APPSeCONNECT Workflow filters. Suppose you want to manage customers orders in separate ERP companies based on their geographical region, viz. US orders in one company and UK orders in other, simply apply the filter in your Workflow Design and get the data you need and send it to the desired location.
For ease of implementation, we have also provided Import/Export features where one can directly import/export files containing value mapping details instead of manually scribbling each of them.

Integrations

 On Integration front, we improvised our existing bunch of integrators and also supplemented the list by adding some more new integration solutions.

Let us have quick brief on our latest additions:

SAP B1 and Lightspeed POS Integrations – This time we understood the changing business needs and thought of streamlining the operation by providing this integration. As Lightspeed users prefer lightening fast shopping without any hassle or time consuming process, so we cashed on this fact and equipped our application in a way that will allow store owner to get hold of their productivity and sales. Here are the integration points:

  • Product Sync
  • Sales Order Sync
  • Shipment Sync
  • Stock Update

SAP B1 and WooCommerce Integrations – Not only we worked on integration points but also on compatibility factor and made this integration solution robust enough to make it compatible with all the released version of WooCommerce. Let’s have a quick look at its integration points:

  • Customer Sync
  • Sales Order Sync
  • Item Sync
  • Stock Update

Extensions

To improve our B2B offering, we included few more features to provide a more unified approach towards delivering B2B functionality in a better way. So, what key features you can look forward to:

  • Bulk Order Capability – In our last release, we introduced Quick Order feature, which opened the gate for our B2B customers for placing repeat orders. In this release, we enhanced this capability by allowing a much more faster way , where B2B users can upload a file (in.csv format) containing multiple product records at a time. This kind of quicker approach will help in driving up repeat customer and also boost up the order frequency.
  • Sales Representative can have better control over their customers where they can track for specific customers as per their need and will know what kind of orders they are responsible for.
  • We also worked on B2B Email notifications where B2B approver will receive email notification whenever they have orders to approve.


With the current offerings that are ready to be served in your platter and some more exciting features in the pipeline for future releases, APPSeCONNECT always feel the urge of growing the business of its consumers by enriching itself.For in-depth view of our current release features, refer: Detailed Release Notes for 2017-Q2


Product Release version: 3.4.0
Product Release date: 28th March 2017

APPSeCONNECT welcomes you in the first quarter release of 2017 with many new features and improvements as part of our current offerings. We constantly assess the potential of our product and over time fill in those capabilities with more innovative, feature rich versions. We also do continuous enhancements in selected areas to make them well equipped for future expectations. On one hand, we are pleased to announce changes that will help our partners, implementers to visualize and handle business efficiently all by themselves and also on the other hand we are excited to introduce our customers with our first ever APPSeCONNECT BOT to keep you connected with us whenever you want to through your instant messaging app. Let’s have a quick preview of our current list of features:

What’s New In Administration

If you are an ISV, Implementer or developer, you will enjoy the following offerings:

  • In our last release, we have introduced you with the Workflow to have a feel of APPSeCONNECT’s graphical solution for handling your business process. This time, we enhanced this feature further to reduce the complexity and deliver better results with minimum effort.The redesign is centered around two core area: to have a better control of the synchronizing touchpoints and to speed up the synchronization process
  • You can now have a better control over the execution of your business activities through workflow by using delay, halt and resume features which lets you defer a certain process for a specific amount of time or even change the execution order of business processes. The elements will allow the implementer to orchestrate the business process based on their requirements. Earlier our workflow were designed for sequential execution, one activity at a time i,e you get a record,process it and then send it to your destination application. Once the entire operation is complete, then only the next process will start. Though the design was straightforward, it causes lag between first and next execution. In the new version of workflow we introduced Self loop feature, to handle recurrence of selected activity for finite no. of times. This feature has not only improved workflow performance but has resulted in faster synchronization.
  • You can easily manage the execution order of elements in a workflow using Pre and Post links. This feature has optimized the process of workflow execution.
  • We also did revamping of our Workflow UI to have a better edge over navigation, action assignments, order of execution etc.
  • Our Administration portal is continually growing. You will be happy to know that we have included drag and drop feature for code snippets which will help the developers to quickly find common code to tweak a functionality.
  • Implementers and Sales can now collaboratively manage their client’s subscription through subscription calculation feature. They can have clear visibility of the total amount client needs to pay for their integrations.
  • We have also given face lift with unique functionalities to some of our existing Administrations screens such as project specific action filter and touchpoint pages.

What’s New In Agent

  • We have provided a separate interface in our Sync Tool where you can add and reuse same credentials for multiple connections available in cloud.
  • You can now schedule recurrence of your workflows at the time of their execution from Agent itself.
  • We have enabled the Resync feature to keep track on the activities performed on a workflow execution. You can now easily resync multiple touchpoints at a time. It’s a time saving feature with better throughput results.
  • We have also resolved few common memory leakage problems with which the chances of software aging has been reduced with enhanced performance.
  • Daily status notifications to multiple recipients is now possible through our Agent. One can also schedule the timing when they want to receive those notification.
  • We have worked on compatibility parameters of our Sync Tool. It is now equally compatible with any versions of Windows Operating System, lower (eg. <Win 8) and higher version with same quality checks.

Introducing BOT

Alongside we have also introduced conversational bots with the release of AI based web service feature APPSeCONNECT BOT. This feature is currently available over skype messenger. With this helper assistant by your side, you can ask any questions about APPSeCONNECT and will get an instant response. It will help in understanding on how do we integrate, what are our supported apps and also about pricing and subscription details.

Integrations

With this Release, APPSeCONNECT has also extended its list by providing integration solution between popular applications.Let’s have a sneak peek on what connectors we are presenting this time:

This time we thought of streamlining the business operation with Opencart and SAP B1 basic integration.

  • Customer Sync
  • Product Sync
  • Order Sync
  • We have also included Shoppingcartelite and SAP B1 integration solution with basic touchpoints. Our team is currently working on improvising this solution to support multiple integration points in future.
  • We extended our reach by providing seamless integrations between popular marketplaces like shopify store with online accounting software zoho books. Currently, the solution will allow business owners to sync their customer information between shopify and Zoho Books so any transactions associated with the contact can immediately be reconciled.

Extensions

In B2B eCommerce segment, we are offering our extension that supports B2B with Magento 2.0. This time, we have revamped our package further to garner our user with some more new features, here we go:

  • Customer Group specific Catalog/category access. With this feature, the store owners will have control to display or hide store content and restrict purchase of specific category products to specific customer groups according to their business policy.
  • Quick Order feature - This feature is more on personalizing the shopping experience for our B2B customers. B2B consumers mostly place orders for common items regularly and in bulk, so they prefer an easy way where they can place order quickly, so that they can move on to their other important tasks.
  • B2B transactions typically involves values that are significantly higher and therefore can require an order approval process Keeping this in mind, we have enhanced order approval feature and provided order edit facility to approvers. With this feature, approver can not only add/update/delete ordered items, they can modify item quantities and can also add complex products as part of ordered items at the time of approval.

Additional perquisites...

  • We have provided GZip and Deflate compatibility for real time touchpoints. Now, ISVs can easily sync gzip compressed request through APPSeCONNECT and get response in gzip format.
  • Migration tool for 3.4 APPSeCONNECT Version - This tool will enable our existing users to easily upgrade their Agent from 3.2/3.3 to 3.4 versions.


With our current offerings in place and more fascinating features lined up for future releases, APPSeCONNECT is becoming one such versatile platform where our users can feel more secure and comfortable while transacting with their critical business information. So, just go ahead and start availing our new features from now!!!
For in-depth view of our current release features, refer :  Detailed Release Note for 2017-Q1


Product Release version: 3.3.0
Product Release date: 3rd January 2017

APPSeCONNECT focusses on delivering more and more flexibility, power and ease to its users. We try to make our product more and more powerful and easier to use. We are one of the best integration platform in the market which delivers ready-made end to end business integration. We have improved the way our external developers, integration partners or even end customer work in the platform. With the latest enhancements, we have changed our platform way ahead providing our implementers a way to visualize the entire business at a go. We are really happy to announce some of the latest enhancements that we have made in this release. The platform is totally revamped with new look and feel with more enhanced look and feel, enhanced color schemes etc.

What’s new for Administration
If you are an ISV or implementation partner, this release has a lot of things to offer for you.

  • We have introduced Workflows, a new way of defining your business process. Workflow provides graphical view of your entire business and you can tweak / customize it very easily.
  • Workflow now supports loops and powerful tooling to orchestrate the data flow from one application to another.
  • You can split or merge data depending on the requirements of the application and to harness the power of integration.
  • Chaining is yet supported, we are also free to separately create both parallel or sequential dependencies through workflows.
  • New workflow can also engage touchpoints of different connections and hence enhances the reusability of the data and minimizing network usage.
  • Workflow can be scheduled or even can be manually executed in agent and the same can be directly configured from our cloud portal as well.
  • In spite of several changes made to workflows, we have also included some of the unique functionalities on our admin portal which will help you to easily implement projects. Some of them includes:

    • Enhanced Organization dashboard.
    • Option to add application and / or connection from admin.
    • Option to change connection details, protocols etc.
    • Defining workflow from dashboard.
    • Enhanced Value mapping screens for admin.
    • New action page with enhanced user experience.
    • And many more…

What’s new in Agent (APPSeCONNECT Sync tool)

  • To enhance the way our Agent talks to the applications, we made subtle changes to the tool such that it can execute huge volume of data in a loop.
  • We have separated the activity execution for each touchpoint, such that they can execute in parallel, and hence deliver better throughput.
  • We are constantly improving the way agent executes workflows. Initially, we have been executing individual touchpoints, then we introduced dependencies and now we come with Workflows. As an integration developer, you are now flexible to define your own workflow without any restriction and our agent tool can handle it properly.

What’s new in Cloud

  • In APPSeCONNECT Cloud platform, we enhanced the look and feel with enhanced dashboard and other layout changes.
  • As per requested by most of the user, we now support multiple versions of same application. That means, you can now, for instance, configure both Magento 1.x series and Magento 2 series in the same organization.

Integrations
On integration side, we have added extended support for our new Generic NAV Extension. We improved the extension with new Remastered edition.

Here are some of the integrations we have worked on:
We have introduced NAV and Magento Integration using Generic Extension

  • Item Sync
  • Customer Sync
  • Product Sync
  • Order Sync
  • Websites download
  • Customer Group
  • Shipment
  • Invoice
  • We have also included integration of NAV Generic Extension with BigCommerce.

Our ISVs have also included new integration of Dynamics CRM which includes adapter development and connector development on our platform. Some of the integrations created by our ISV partners are:

  • Dynamics CRM with WooCommerce integration
  • Dynamics CRM with BigCommerce integration
  • Dynamics CRM with Shopify integration

Extensions
Being an early adopter of Magento 2 we wanted to give all the functionalities that we were offering with Magento 1.0. Hence we enhanced our APIs and Business to business extension of Magento further to support a number of new features. Here is a list of all features:

  • Credit Limit Management from Magento 2 Admin portal.
  • Did further enhancement to Sales Representatives Management APIs and screens.
  • We have also modified Category Visibility management screens for B2B.
  • We have added option to Contact Person Role management screens for administrators in B2B section.
  • Other than that, we added Customer specific Tier and Special prices in our module

It is evident if you are an existing user of the product, we are getting more and more mature with new releases. In the new year release, with a number of new features and new offerings with APPSeCONNECT gives our user an edge to have more user friendly and versatile platform to work with and also gives more power to the end users thereby minimizing the runtime or data related errors during execution.

With more visibility of the configurations in the platform and faster user interfaces, it is most likely that our customer will get better user experiences. As we continue to develop further, we are happy to allow you to use the latest release from today onwards.

For further information regarding our release please follow the link:


Product Release version: 3.2.0
Product Release date: 27th September 2016

APPSeCONNECT is growing day by day. Being the only integration platform to support end to end business process provider, we are continuously improving our offering by adding more and more application to the platform and also giving more and more power to our partners and consumers. As per our schedule, we have developed considerable no of cool feature which our customers really wanted and also added some features that we thought would be best suited to our customers. You will love to see these features live.We have also executed a hackathon to ensure getting things done quicker. We did extensive hackathon where the entire team sat together to develop a number of new connectors which we will define shortly.

What’s new in Agent (APPSeCONNECT Sync tool)

  • We have released our new plugin to support any database to store agent data. We use OLE DB object library to implement the plugin, so most of the databases which have OLE drivers available can be used.
  • We have improved your experiences with Auto sync services, by enabling decoupled architecture to call services from agent and cloud.
  • We now provide you access to our help documents directly from agent.

What’s new in Cloud

  • We have improved user experiences by providing tweaks to the new themes and adding more functionalities to handle agent from cloud.
  • With improved reporting on our cloud portal, it is hardly as a user you might go to agent to check sync status.

What’s new for Administration

  • We have improved APPSeCONNECT admin with new theme. For ISVs we have improved the look and feel of admin, developed new interfaces and revamped the entire web application
  • We have now opened Admin site for Partners and Resellers.
  • We improved the notification engine that our agent sends to the customers, giving more settings and options which you as an implementer can use.
  • We have fixed the Breadcrumb on each page for easier navigation.
  • We have added a feature to enable our users to add bookmark on a page, such that you working on the website can use these feature to log the recently used pages.

Integrations

On integration side, we have worked a lot on improving the existing connectors, yet releasing the new connectors from scratch. Let us look quickly what are the integration points we have created so far during this release. We have added all the integration points for our SAP B1 and Magento 2.0 connector. Let us take a quick pick on what we did on that side:

  • Simple product sync.
  • Configurable product sync.
  • Grouped product sync.
  • Virtual product sync
  • Downloadable product sync
  • Bundled product sync
  • Invoice sync
  • Payment sync.
  • Delivery sync.
  • Sales order sync.

We have revamped our new extension to support our B2B offering with Magento 2.0. Some of our new offering with B2B are:

  • Customer specific product tier price.
  • Customer specific product special price.
  • Customer specific discount.
  • Order approval
  • Sales representative login as contact person and place orders.
  • Discount priority management
  • Customer specific pricelist management
  • Contact person management

We have added Service Layer integration of SAP B1 with Magento. Some of the integration points are:

  • All types of Configurational data integration
  • Customer Sync
  • Simple product sync
  • Configurable product sync.
  • Order sync
  • Shipment sync
  • Invoice sync
  • Price sync
  • Stock sync

We have also added new integrations in the release. We have executed a 35 hours hackathon to build brand new connectors. Here is what we have released so far.

  • Dynamics NAV and Magento 2.0 integration
  • SAP B1 with Shipstation integration
  • SAP B1 with Shipworks integration
  • Dynamics NAV and Woocommerce integration
  • SAP B1 and 3D Cart integration
  • Lightspeed and shopify integration

In addition to that, we have also created

  • APPSeCONNECT Extension for Zoho.

In addition to these, we have also improved our learning portal, documentations and videos. We are also continuously improving our platform to give not only to our customer but our independent software vendors a platform where they can easily integrate and customize.For further information regarding our release please follow the link


Product Release version: 3.1.0
Product Release date: 5th July 2016

As per our schedule, we are trying to continuously improve our platform with newer features that can make you a raving fan of APPSeCONNECT. To make you happier even more, we are coming up with an extended version of APPSeCONNECT SDK giving you a chance to interact with more efficiently. The new SDK for APPSeCONNECT, new interactive user interfaces on Admin portal, and enhanced tracking on events on public portal are some of the benefits that you will get with this release. We have also worked very hard to double our speed of connector and major enhancements in subsequent releases will have those features incorporated.

We are also eager to increase our offering. This release includes Magento 2.0 and SAP B1 integration as our new offering. Magento 2.0 is brand new and inclusion of it to our offering as early adapter will help us to make it mature quickly. We are super excited with the new features just like you, here are some of the key areas that we have improved in APPSeCONNECT.

APPSeCONNECT SDK 3.1

  • APPSeCONNECT SDK 3.1 is released. Even though the existing SDK is unchanged, we have again moved to the same direction on making Adapter developer powerful. We added a new dimension to APPSeCONNECT to support external plugins. The new SDK can be found from Nuget.
  • The new plugin API will allow the developer to talk to our internal components seamlessly and even route the existing functionalities and / or enhance the functionalities according to their will. We have provided API hooks to allow you to work on
    • APPSeCONNECT Persistent storage
    • Styles
    • Core functionalities
    • Custom functionalities
    • As time goes by, we will engage in providing more and more decoupled components which can be easily used by the users free of cost.What’s new in Agent (APPSeCONNECT Sync tool)
      • Even though we started supporting parallel sync during execution of touchpoint we truly implemented the feature with the present release. The present release can execute scheduled touchpoint in parallel which will ensure the data is near real – time even if you have scheduled it over time.
      • We have provided enhanced scheduler for APPSeCONNECT The new scheduler for APPSeCONNECT allows you to specify specific time for performing sync operation.
      • We have enhanced the activity watcher to include more performance statistics. The activity watcher allows you to track scheduler performance and also perform optimization on your scheduler.
      • We introduced the new Plugin Model for APPSeCONNECT which opens infinite possibilities over agent and you as an ISV can program on specific features of APPSeCONNECT.
      • With lot of bug fixes and finding out critical issues and solving them gives an edge to use the new
    • Cloud
      • APPSeCONNECT cloud is now tracking your activities. It is now just a click away to identify what you or your administrator changed in our portal.
      • We have also worked on our wizard to ensure you get better user experience.
    • Administration
      • For ISV’s and Implementers, we now provide new look and feel for administrative portal.
      • We have introduced new layouts, new menu, search capabilities all through our site to ensure you get important things at your fingertip.
      • We enhanced our language to ensure you get better grip on data while you define your logic on transformation.
      • On security, we ensure your account gets locked automatically after a certain interval, so as to have less risk of your account being compromised.
    • Integrations
      On integration side, we have worked a lot on introducing the new connector for SAP B1 and Magento 2.0. Being an early adopter of Magento 2.0 we worked together with Magento itself to ensure we offer best breed connector for the same.
      Here are some of the integration points we have worked on:
      • Order Sync
      • Delivery Sync
      • Invoice Sync
      • Inventory Sync
      • Stock Sync
      • Customer Sync
      • Product Sync etc.
    • We have used REST protocol to deliver our integration using Magneto 2.0.
      • We have also worked on Magento 3.0 Adapter to provide support for Realtime touchpoints.
      • We have identified some bugs on Amazon, Shopify, Ebay and SAP B1 and fixed it.
    • Extensions
      We have released a new B2B extension for Magento 2. The B2B extension can be plugged into an existing Magento installation and get all the benefits of our all new extensions. Here is a list of all features:
      • Manage Pricelist through Admin portal of Magento.
      • Assigning Sales representative to a customer.
      • Manage Sales representatives from Portal.
      • Add new contact person to an account
      • We allow customer specific product categories
      • And many more…
    • Other than these, we have also extended some of the existing functionalities of our old offerings:
      • We now provide support for Multiple Websites from SAP B1 add-on.
      • We have successfully certified our Dynamics NAV Extension from Microsoft.
      • We have also fixed some bugs on Magento 1.0 B2C and B2B extension.

Being in the first release after 3.0, we are getting more and more mature. With this release, we have changed the status of our 3.0 release from BETA to Release which means all of our 2.X releases are now obsolete. With the power of 3.0 and delivery of new connectors supporting the new release, it makes you as a customer easier to detect and fix problems. Magento 2 being added to our whole bunch of connectors help early migrators find solutions immediately.
For further information regarding our release please follow the link:


Product Release Version : 3.0.0
Product Release date : 7th April 2016

We started the new year with a bang. Yes, we are releasing a new SDK for APPSeCONNECT. The new SDK, APPSeCONNECT SDK 3.0 is powerful, simplified yet have lot of important functionalities. The agent is re-architected and built from scratch to support the new SDK without changing much of our business logic and this change is huge. The entire team is dedicated toward producing bug – free code with the Insync’s new initiative on Bug Bash performed just before its release.

We revamped each and every connector with improved performance, rich in features and creative designs. The support of parallel sync, operational improved logging, support for workflow customization etc. are some of the benefits that are inherently provided with this release and can improve the overall performance of APPSeCONNECT immensely.

Let’s take a quick pick on some of the cool features which we introduced during the period:

APPSeCONNECT SDK 3.0

  • APPSeCONNECT SDK 3.0 released. The new SDK will give more power to adapter developer while making development simpler than before. The new SDK can be found from Nuget.
  • To make adapter development easier, we have released a new SDK documentation site. The site will step by step guide the development of SDK. We covered all the APIs of our new SDK.
  • For our ISV’s we now provide generalized styling component in-built with the SDK. So you as a developer can easily refer to our styles and create your User interface.
  • We added APIs which will identify validity of a request for Real-time touchpoints. The API will help adapter developer to identify validity of a request, hence ensuring better security.

What’s new in Agent (APPSeCONNECT Sync tool)

  • We support parallel sync during execution of touchpoint. So if you have 4 cores in your server, we will ensure that we would be using all the CPU 4 cores you have.
  • As per disk performance, our agent will never write unnecessary files to your disk ensuring superior performance. We have also given an option for the user to use APPSeCONNECT in diagnostics mode which will enable the files created.
  • Agent is now providing activity watcher which keeps track of all the touchpoints running on the service. It also keeps track of the performance statistics and individually identify which area is taking most of time.
  • We now give filter option to filter data for Resync bucket. You can filter resync data based on status, text or even by date range.
  • You can also export resync data directly from agent.
  • Auto sync of resync is an option which will automatically sync failed data in background such that you never lose your orders even if you are in holiday. We also give option to schedule the auto sync for resync.
  • We moved all the transactional data to secured location, such that we can support data integrity.
  • We identified that some of our customer’s sync huge data on daily basis. For those we provide batch sync operation performed on huge data in Resync and thereby reducing the huge memory usage.
  • We have implemented some smart logic to ensure identification of duplicate entries, identifying data transformation failures, track resync tries etc.

Cloud

  • One of the major feedback we got from cloud utilization is how to ensure productivity of cloud from customer’s angle. With this release, we provide all the functionalities that an agent can do from your cloud account. Some of the features exposed to cloud are:
    • Sync data
    • Check data logs.
    • Change settings
    • Resync data etc.

  • You can identify the synchronization statistics directly from your cloud account. We have provided a graph to demarcate counts of success, failed or skipped data.
  • You are allowed to stop / start your auto – sync service from your cloud account.
  • You can also identify whether your server has an active agent running or not. You will see options to manipulate agent as and when you login to your cloud portal.
  • Our cloud portal can schedule a touchpoint without configuring anything in agent side. You even don’t need to reconfigure your agent to ensure changes made in cloud to reflect.
  • With new Agent 3.0, the cloud portal gives an edge on handling your resync operations efficiently with better notification, smooth synchronization and enhanced logging.

Administration

  • For ISVs or implementers on the platform, we now provide functionality to define customization logic in cloud. Cloud resource provides an option to define your own functionalities in our admin portal which will be downloaded to the agent. There is no need to do a release to include your custom functionalities.
  • We have modified the UI flow of admin, to ensure easier customization and decrease implementation time. With our new user interface, you are going to save lot of time, as you know time is money.
  • We have included separate graphs for each organization to make an administrator better informed on what’s going on to the project.

Integrations

Integrations have been changed a lot as well. We have revamped all the adapters that runs on the SDK 3.0 to use the full functionalities of the new release. The new adapters are completely redesigned and created from scratch using the enhanced APPSeCONNECT SDK. To cope with the change, we have also modified some touchpoints to enhance the usages of new SDK and enhance process structure.

All connectors are updated, even our ISVs also did update their adapter to support new capabilities.

We have also executed the Bug Bash days which ensures a full testing of the new release.

Extensions

We have also added new revamped extension for NAV (INS 2.0) which will ensure quick implementation, better performance. Some of the features enhanced in the extension are:

  • Less time for implementation, installation and uninstallation.
  • Easy customizability of existing process.
  • Inherent support for multiple application in the extension.
  • Minimized changes to base Pages, CodeUnits, XMLPorts, Tables etc. which ensures separation of concerns.

We have also updated the B2B Magento Extension considerably to improve performance. Some of the enhancements includes:

  • Adding Approver functionality to Super User role.
  • Price deletion can now be performed in bulk.
  • We have added grids to all customized data structures.
  • Making category visible for all companies uploaded through our connector.




As this is one of the major release after 1 and half years, we did a full Bug bash with the whole team on all departments spending time together to clean all bugs from this release. You can refer to a complete detailed release notes from


Product Release Version : 2.5.0
Product Release date : 22nd December , 2015

Bug bash release focusses mainly on removing bugs from the product and enhancing the already existing components to deliver bug free and better product experience to our customers. This release is taken once in a year such that all the enhancement that we made throughout the whole year are properly brushed up. The Bug Bash release for year 2015 contains following enhancements.

Agent / APPSeCONNECT Sync tool

  • We have enhanced the sync tool to support skipping functionalities such that our connector can track every data that is downloaded from Source.
  • The Skipped data can also be resynced from the Sync bucket to success or failure.
  • With the new version of APPSeCONNECT agent, we can now determine the transformation failure and can also comment what kind of problem that causes data failures from our logs.
  • We provide search / copy feature in Resync panel so that you can use the search box to easily find an entry.
  • You will be receiving notification to agent when even a connection name is edited in the server. Accordingly, you can refresh your configuration in agent.
  • We have also fixed an issue with auto-sync service which ensures the service now runs with less privileges and also can notify problems.
  • We fixed the issue of multiple instance of service running on the same machine.
  • In addition to these, we have also fixed a couple of hundred new bugs with the release.

For Administration

  • We fixed some of the data issues by linking wikis with actual features, adding default value mappings, todos etc.
  • The administrator can now check the data problems directly from our platform like whether agent is running, if primary agent is turned down etc.
  • Variables can now be sorted directly from our admin portal.
  • We fixed problems with custom attribute mapping such that the configuration is secure in cloud.
  • We now show invalid mapping in attribute mapping page of admin, this will enable easy identification of all the issues a mapping container have in one page.
  • We have fixed a hell lot of UI related bugs during this release.

On Integration,

We have introduced SAP B1 DIS with WooCommerce as a new connector to the platform.
We have improved the following existing connectors:

  • SAP DIS ⇔ Magento
  • Navision ⇔ Salesforce

  • Navision ⇔Shopify
  • We have some major / minor fixes to each and every connector.

We have also worked considerably on our Magento B2B Extension to give you better experience.
For the entire list of all enhancements.


Product Release version: 2.4.0

Product Release date: 6th November 2015
The APPSeCONNECT Q4 release mainly focusses on enhancing the APPSeCONNECT usage by providing more automation from base and also enhancement for an implementer to work easily on the platform. The features we introduced in this release will help you to use APPSeCONNECT more effectively yet also it tracks down all the changes and give notifications.
Let’s take a quick pick on some of the cool features which we introduced during the period:

Agent / APPSeCONNECT Sync tool

  • Option to select logging device in settings: On our last release, we gave you database logging system which will enable you to filter / customize logs and see the details only on request. But some of our users really liked the previous feature where the logs are opened in a text file and one can browse through the entire log at a time. We accept this feedback from you and now we bring to you a feature to use both of them. There is a small check in Settings of Agent which says “Log in database” which will enable you to select/deselect this logging. When the checkbox is checked, it will log in database or otherwise in text file as before.
  • Seamless integration between Agent and Service: Our agent is composed of two processes, one is opened per – user basis which would be doing your manual sync operations and another is to do background processing which will be opened once for Local System account. Now in our last release, there when a user changes something from Agent process, it won’t update the service until you restart it. In this release, we did seamless integration of Service and Agent such that when there is change in Service, it can notify to Agent and vice versa.
  • We have also improved the touchpoint naming such that you can easily determine the process correctly.

Cloud

  • Revamped User Experience : Our Web portal now enhanced with new Improved User Interface with better layout and flat responsive UI.
  • Selection of Primary agent from cloud. We now give you an option to select the production Agent from APPSeCONNECT Cloud which will enable you to enjoy better integration.
  • Searching a touchpoint is now easier with new improved user interface and improved naming of touchpoints.
  • Contextual help links associated with each touchpoint. The touchpoint configurations can also be easily found with contextual help option which will point to our knowledgebase article.
  • We are also providing enhanced Web first time experience.
  • Enhanced value mapping screen which will give you visual clue on what value mapping is required at a point of time before you activate that particular touchpoint. So by removing the error messages you are actually making the configurations for a touchpoint. It will now also auto-select the type of value mapping required for a mapping.

Administration

  • We now track the changes in mapping for implementation such that any change by an implementer can be tracked easily and also there is an option to put comments.
  • We now give option to lock an organization from making any changes. A locked project can be changed only if it is unlocked again.
  • Contextual help for every admin pages. The contextual help will enable you to work on the particular page easily using our help documents. It also eliminates the time consumed to find the document in our support portal.
  • Selecting common touchpoints as default in base. When a connection is created, the first thing that is required is to activate and publish the touchpoints which are needed by the organization. But some of the processes are generally used by every organization, so to activate them an implementer needs to do it manually for every organization. We now give option to auto-activate and publish default touchpoints when a connection is created. So as an implementer, you can use this auto publishing default touchpoints easily.
  • We have added a feature to track your To-dos. The To-do data can be groped as well to have better management of your tasks in APPSeCONNECT cloud.
  • Association of Value mapping type during required mapping selection. We generally require value mapping for a particular attribute mapping combination. But our developer cannot point whether a Value mapping is required or not. We find this issue, and now we give our developer an option to choose the Value mapping type required to activate a mapping.
  • Sorting variables in same scope. On our script, there was no option to sort variables for a node. Well, we found this as a limitation, such that one variable cannot always depend on another. We now give a new ordering option on variables such that our developers can find easy to generate the scripts and put appropriate logic in place.
  • We also now have enhanced documentation of functions such that for an implementer if they need to use extended methods, it is easy to understand the usage and know what exactly the function will do.

Integrations

Even though we worked on a lot of APPSeCONNECT features, we have also worked on some major enhancements to the following on integration side.

  • We now have SSL and multi-tenant support for Dynamics NAV.
  • We did real-time touchpoint support for Shopify. So any custom requirement for realtime touchpoint on shopify we can cater.
  • We have developed a new connector connecting SAP B1 with WooCommerce.
  • We have enhanced our Zoho adapter and also enhanced the SAP B1 – Zoho CRM connectivity.
  • New Connectors introduced some of the new connections (during hackathon) for this release:
    • Navision ⇔ BigCommerce
    • Navision ⇔ Zoho CRM
    • Navision ⇔ Salesforce
    • Navision ⇔ SugarCRM
    • SAP B1 ⇔ OpenCart
  • In addition to the new connectors, we also did enhanced some of the existing connections, here is the list:
    • SAP B1 DIS ⇔ Magento
    • SAP B1 DIAPI ⇔ Magento
    • SAP B1 ⇔ Shopify
    • SAP B1 DIS ⇔ Zoho CRM
    • SAP B1 DIS ⇔ Zencart
    • Navision ⇔ Magento
    • Navision ⇔ Shopify
    • Navision ⇔ Salesforce

We have also enhanced some of our extensions. Here is the list:

  • Magento B2B Extension
  • Navision Extension
  • Zencart Extension

This was a big release for APPSeCONNECT which enhanced a lot of features. You can go through the entire list of enhancement 


Product Release version: 2.3.0
Release Date: 1st AUG 2015

The APPSeCONNECT Q3 release mainly focusses on providing a number of new features which our users thought to be useful and also takes care of your incoming feedbacks on the product. We are very thankful for your feedback on the previous releases and would also encourage to give further feedback on our product cycle roadmaps.

Let’s take a quick pick on some of the cool features which we introduced during the period:

Agent/APPSeCONNECT Sync tool

  • Improved logs on process execution. With this release, we give you option to filter, search and sort Logs through our APPSeCONNECT UI such that you can easily find your desired problem. Improved user experience and better navigation on the UI is additional enhancement. For details, refer log enhancement in agent.
  • Email notification option in agent which will give you detailed report every day through APPSeCONNECT. The report will give you detailed insights on what we synced throughout the day and also give notification about the problems we faced which might need your support to fix data. For more information, refer Detailed email notification.
  • Scheduling option to define recurrance of touchpoint execution. Even though the default schedule is always 5 minutes interval, the current Agent will allow you to set schedule of your touch point at your own scheduled interval and also allow you to define the start and end. Once the tasks are scheduled, it will maintain the rule you have set for that task and invoke the process accordingly. For more information, refer Task scheduling.
  • Protection of on-premise data to cloud. As we give you hybrid solution to connect between your apps, it is our rule to keep all your transnational data in your own premises only. But we also want to give you option to protect yourself from your system failures. For instance, say you have hardware failure in your server or you have corrupted your installation. With the new release, you will be protected with this failures. We will occasionally keep APPSeCONNECT data in cloud such that when you have failure or have changed your server, you can get the transactional data quickly and easily.
  • It follows the standard windows storage techniques. We already know that we save everything in Program files from our inception, but we believe the best process to store data is just following Microsoft’s protocol. In this version we moved the transnational as well as the master data in folders defined appropriate to the Windows standards. This will ensure you to work with APPSeCONNECT without giving additional privileges to the executable. We also improved the way we store data moving some part of our transnational data in database while keeping others in flat files.
  • We also improved the compatibility checks on how your project is deployed in agents you install. We will give you the correct compatible adapters always from our cloud such that you never fall into incompatible adapters at any point of time.
  • Full support for all HTTP Verbs. For real time touch points, we now support REST protocol and added full support to all HTTP verbs and you can use them configured from the apps it integrates. For more information refer How to define Http Verbs for realtime touchpoints.
  • Furthermore, we also enhanced the change notifications we give to your premises with additional bug fixes.


Cloud/Administration

  • Organization specific touchpoints. As an APPSeCONNECT implementer, you are provided with an option to create touchpoints specific to a particular organization. Some of our APPSeCONNECT users wanted to sync data which are not commonly required by others. APPSeCONNECT now supports additional touchpoints specific to an organization with their own entities and even their own workflows.
  • Support for Organization specific entities. As an administrator for APPSeCONNECT you might have already used our preferred feature to create Organization specific touchpoints. This feature is further enhanced to ensure local variables are also organization specific and no variable which is used for an organization will be reflected in our templates.
  • Allowing Value Mapping in base templates. It is a recurring task for an implementer to add value mapping to all the processes that a customer needs. But some of the value mapping are so common that every user add them to use our product. We identified the problem and provided you an option to set default value mapping in base such that when the Connection is created, the Value mapping will automatically be copied to the Touchpoints.
  • Support for multiple duplicate check condition. Duplicate check on Touchpoint logic ensures the touchpoint to execute some methods which identifies whether the selected data is already present on the destination application. Even though you could have selected a method and put all the logic to determine the distinct data through duplicate check filters before, but now we provide you an option to execute multiple conditions on duplicate check through configuration itself.
  • Enhanced publish experience. We consider our publish is slow and we allow users to do redundant script publish even when it is not required. In this release, we have made our publish operation smarter, such that it will only publish a process when it is really required thereby ensuring publish slots are mostly free.
  • Segregation of data for implementer. For an implementer, we no longer show unnecessary projects, we will now filter the organizations which are assigned to an implementer. This will also remove the risk of tampering someone else’s organization.
  • Enhanced filters on projects. We have enhanced our Organization and other related pages to support enhanced search functionalities. You can filter organizations or even sort them and find appropriate projects easily.
  • Support for Workflows in Real-time Touchpoints. For real-time touchpoints, we now support workflow execution. So you can now execute additional tasks while your real-time touchpoint gets executed.
  • Option to customize Workflows for an organization. Workflows are generally defined in base templates and when the process gets executed, the same workflow executes. After getting feedback from you, we have now given option to customize workflow per your own organization such that you can override the base workflow for your own custom one.
  • Support for parameterized method invocation from filters. Implementer It is often required by a developer to pass parameter to a function while calling through Action filters. We have been supporting a function call, but we never thought of giving parameters to the function. With this release, we give you an option to pass any parameter during call to a function.
  • Easy interface for managing user subscription. Extending a subscription or a trial has never been easy before. With this release, we give you a single click subscription extension for quick upgrades.
  • For developers, we have now provided a documented sample with SDK through Nuget Package.


Integrations

Even though we worked on a lot of APPSeCONNECT features, we have also worked on some major enhancements to the following on integration side.

  • We have added resync support for Amazon, Ebay, Zencart and all other applications we support so that all the integrations can use the feature.
  • Enhanced logging in adapters. With enhanced logging in all the adapters, you can now use the Agent feature and filter logs based on Severity, Time – frame and or priority.
  • Special extension for Zencart. We have developed a new extension for Zencart to support additional APIs. This extension is given free with our integration so that you can enjoy seamless integration between Zencart and other applications.

We have enhanced integration touchpoints for the following integrations :

  • Navision ⇔ Shopify
  • Navision ⇔ Prestashop
  • Navision ⇔ Magento
  • SAP B1 DIS ⇔ Amazon
  • SAP B1 DIS ⇔ Zencart


Release Version: 2.2.0
Release Date: 08th May, 2015

During the first quarter of 2015 product cycle, we wanted to give you some cool and interesting features. We made some major enhancements to the product which states as follows:

Agent/APPSeCONNECT Sync tool

  • Encrypted and compressed configurations. We wanted your integration configurations to be kept secret to you only. To support this, we wanted to keep the configurations encrypted on your system. In this release we worked on the encryption and compression of the configurations such that we can ensure your configurations are safe even if your system is compromised.
  • Scheduling an interval for execution. The initial release does not have an option to select the interval on which every process gets executed. In this release, we wanted to give you flexibility to configure our agent such that our agent follows the schedule you setup.
  • Support for multiple levels of dependencies in Workflow. Workflows are interesting features, but we noticed that dependencies can only be created up to two levels. In this release, we made you nth level dependency for a touchpoint, so even if your n-1th touchpoint requires an acknowledgement, you are free to add the dependency to APPSeCONNECT.
  • Auto-detection of dependency loops. Touchpoint dependency creates Workflow on which a process gets executed. It is a hierarchy of steps which every process follows to execute a successful job. Now as an implementer, you might create a loop using dependency which can crash the whole process. We wanted to remove circular references from workflows and we did in this release to remove accidental loops.
  • Support for POST operation in Realtime touchpoints. One of the major enhancement is the support of POST operation on real-time touchpoints. You can now use POST operation to post XML directly to the touchpoint and the data will be automatically pushed by our client.


Cloud/Web

  • While creating connection, we now support multiple protocols. If say, your application supports multiple protocols, you can now use APPSeCONNECT and create adapters for more than one protocols which can be used by our clients. While creating connection, the user will be provided with a list of protocols supported for connecting two apps, and user can choose either one or all depending on their own choice.
  • Introducing flat controls. Considering, the world is moving towards flat UI, with this release, we gradually transformed the UI into more flat structure.
  • Adjacent display of connection pair. In APPSeCONNECT cloud, for every connection, we show two connection in two different ways. With this release, we show both the connection pair adjacent to one another so as you can find connection pair easily.


Cloud/Administration

  • Enhanced publish in cloud. Publishing a connection takes a considerable amount of time, as a result implementation time increases. In this release, we minimize the time taken to publish a touchpoint and generate the scripts by intelligently identifying changes such that unnecessary publish calls can be avoided. The intelligent publish will ensure that our servers will now do less number of publish which results in lesser queue on publish. Hence, improved performance.
  • Support for error filters for entity. As in last release with resync feature, error filters are associated with touchpoints, but in general action filters can also be associated with an entity such that when the same entity is chosen for Touchpoint, it automatically gets copied to the touchpoint. We identified this feature, and hence added in this release. Now an entity can have its respective action as well as error filters and both the filters will be copied to touchpoints.
  • Support for Organization wise touchpoint. There is no way that every process we can identify beforehand, even there could be situations where you can have your own process defined. For an implementer, we can now have organization wise touchpoint which can only be activated for that particular organization itself and cannot be used by any other organization. This option will open a wide range of possibilities for implementers to work on the generic platform.
  • Improved notification on Publish. Publish notification was not that easy ever before. We use real-time notification to indicate the step of every publish which indicates clearly what our server is doing with your publish request.


On Integration

  • On integration side, we put up our efforts to implement Resync feature for Nav and Prestashop adapter.
  • We have also enhanced logging for both Nav and Prestashop adapter such that users can clearly identify problems on data syncs.
  • In Magento extension, we have fixed the Tax code issue which we identified in previous releases.

During this phase, we have also developed a number of important touchpoints for our connectors


Release Version: 2.1.0
Release Date: 19th March, 2015

Bug bash release focusses mainly on removing bugs from the product and enhancing the already existing components to deliver bug free and better product experience to our customers. This release is taken once in a year such that all the enhancement that we made throughout the whole year are properly brushed up. The Bug Bash release for year 2014 contains following enhancements.

For End Users:

  • Support for Organization specific touchpoints. As we found a large number of customers are looking to for integration of their own customized data, we have now given you organization specific touchpoints. Organization wise touchpoints will enable you to cater your own customizations and integrate through APPSeCONNECT. There might be an entire process which we don’t do, or something very specific to your own organization, APPSeCONNECT can now cater such situations as well.
  • Reduced time on publish operation. We found that you are not happy with our Publish feature as any change you made which needs to be reflected to your touchpoint needs a whole publish. In this release, we enable you to publish by touchpoint itself. So now, if you change something in your touchpoint Order download say, you don’t need to publish the whole connection to get the update to your on premise agent.
  • Resync failed items. Option to resync failed items has always been an issue for clients. APPSeCONNECT is now smart enough to detect failures (which might be caused due to some data validation failure or anything abnormal), and produce you a list of those, such that you can identify the problems and fix it and then sync them individually.
  • Fixing major and minor bugs to improve experience. We are really concerned with your feedbacks. While some of the features we released earlier might have some issues, which we have identified and fixed. Here is a list of all bugs fixed during the period.
  • Resync features implemented in adapters SAP B1 and Magento. Resync feature have been implemented on the product already, but some of the minor adjustments needed on the adapter side to support the feature. We have enhanced our SAP B1 and Magento adapter to support Resync Feature.
  • Enhanced installer for Agent now will give you perfect experience on installing the APP.


For Administration

  • Bugs fixed on attribute mapping. We enhanced the UI in attribute mapping section to remove various bugs which might cause the administration difficult.
  • Improved design. We also found that we can improve some of the designs of admin screens, which we did during the release cycle to enhance the experience of Web App.
  • Protocol list revamped. We have fixed the problem of Protocol list in Connection creation page such that you do not mistake a selection of protocol while creating connection.


On Integration

  • On this Bug bash release, we worked on major touchpoints on SAP B1, NAV, Magento touchpoints to fix all the problems following standard business process.

During this phase, we have also enhanced some of the other adapters (i.e., Prestashop, Ebay, Amazon) to clear out problems identified during the whole year.

During the first quarter of 2015 product cycle, we wanted to give you some cool and interesting features. We made some major enhancements to the product which states as follows:

Agent/APPSeCONNECT Sync tool

  • Encrypted and compressed configurations. We wanted your integration configurations to be kept secret to you only. To support this, we wanted to keep the configurations encrypted on your system. In this release we worked on the encryption and compression of the configurations such that we can ensure your configurations are safe even if your system is compromised.
  • Scheduling an interval for execution. The initial release does not have an option to select the interval on which every process gets executed. In this release, we wanted to give you flexibility to configure our agent such that our agent follows the schedule you setup.
  • Support for multiple levels of dependencies in Workflow. Workflows are interesting features, but we noticed that dependencies can only be created up to two levels. In this release, we made you nth level dependency for a touchpoint, so even if your n-1th touchpoint requires an acknowledgement, you are free to add the dependency to APPSeCONNECT.
  • Auto-detection of dependency loops. Touchpoint dependency creates Workflow on which a process gets executed. It is a hierarchy of steps which every process follows to execute a successful job. Now as an implementer, you might create a loop using dependency which can crash the whole process. We wanted to remove circular references from workflows and we did in this release to remove accidental loops.
  • Support for POST operation in Realtime touchpoints. One of the major enhancement is the support of POST operation on real-time touchpoints. You can now use POST operation to post XML directly to the touchpoint and the data will be automatically pushed by our client.


Cloud/Web

  • While creating connection, we now support multiple protocols. If say, your application supports multiple protocols, you can now use APPSeCONNECT and create adapters for more than one protocols which can be used by our clients. While creating connection, the user will be provided with a list of protocols supported for connecting two apps, and user can choose either one or all depending on their own choice.
  • Introducing flat controls. Considering, the world is moving towards flat UI, with this release, we gradually transformed the UI into more flat structure.
  • Adjacent display of connection pair. In APPSeCONNECT cloud, for every connection, we show two connection in two different ways. With this release, we show both the connection pair adjacent to one another so as you can find connection pair easily.


Cloud/Administration

  • Enhanced publish in cloud. Publishing a connection takes a considerable amount of time, as a result implementation time increases. In this release, we minimize the time taken to publish a touchpoint and generate the scripts by intelligently identifying changes such that unnecessary publish calls can be avoided. The intelligent publish will ensure that our servers will now do less number of publish which results in lesser queue on publish. Hence, improved performance.
  • Support for error filters for entity. As in last release with resync feature, error filters are associated with touchpoints, but in general action filters can also be associated with an entity such that when the same entity is chosen for Touchpoint, it automatically gets copied to the touchpoint. We identified this feature, and hence added in this release. Now an entity can have its respective action as well as error filters and both the filters will be copied to touchpoints.
  • Support for Organization wise touchpoint. There is no way that every process we can identify beforehand, even there could be situations where you can have your own process defined. For an implementer, we can now have organization wise touchpoint which can only be activated for that particular organization itself and cannot be used by any other organization. This option will open a wide range of possibilities for implementers to work on the generic platform.
  • Improved notification on Publish. Publish notification was not that easy ever before. We use real-time notification to indicate the step of every publish which indicates clearly what our server is doing with your publish request.


On Integration

  • On integration side, we put up our efforts to implement Resync feature for Nav and Prestashop adapter.
  • We have also enhanced logging for both Nav and Prestashop adapter such that users can clearly identify problems on data syncs.
  • In Magento extension, we have fixed the Tax code issue which we identified in previous releases.

During this phase, we have also developed a number of important touchpoints for our connectors, the entire list can be found from:


Release Version: 2.0.0
Release Date: 23rd Jan 2015

This is a major release of APPSeCONNECT where we have fixed our APPSeCONNECT SDK and released it for public. All the old agents running lower than this version will not able to use the features released, and it is recommended to upgrade all the adapters to latest release.

Our main focus on this release is to provide resync feature which allows to sync failed items separately and also identifying why it has failed.

Agent

  • Failure detection is one of the major enhancement which we did in this release. Our adapters can parse the data coming from application and detect failures in data and give proper messages to the user. With this release you can also open all the failed items in a separate list and sync each data individually or by selecting a range of data from the list.
  • Resync bucket is associated to every touchpoint, so that when you open the list corresponding to one touchpoint, it will show all the problems particular to that touchpoint only. We have also given delete option and also based on data an adapter can skip or fail an entry.
  • We now provide email notification regularly of all failed items such that you are notified properly with all the failures for a particular day.
  • Separate menu for adapter and configuration download. We identified that downloading an adapter is very rare case and for every configuration download we are additionally downloading adapters again and again. We fixed this problem by giving you a new / separate option to download adapters such that the configuration download can be performed without downloading adapters.
  • Notification when service restart required. Our agent also installs a background service to perform auto-sync operations. But there is no direct link between the two processes. Sometimes, when some data is changed it might take a little time to effect the change. We have identified the issue and provided a message such that you can identify when you need to restart a service.
  • Auto-fix background services.Auto sync service sometimes may corrupt or fail to work. Our agent is now smart enough to detect problems and fix if there is problems on running the service. We have also provided the user to kill or stop the service from settings panel.
  • Real-time touchpoint can now support more than one touchpoint executing for one request. Previously each touchpoint provides a new url but we found this might create lot of configuration on association. Thus we removed the issue by giving one single link for the whole connection which can be configured and based on the request body, the adapter can select as many touchpoint as it wants to execute.
  • Special installer for installing agent. Additionally, we provide a good installer which will install all the components in a single click. Our new installer will automatically determine if APPSeCONNECT is already running and stop or restart according to its own requirements.


Administration

  • Introducing workflows. No single touchpoint can perform an entire business process. This is a major issue with APPSeCONNECT as our touchpoint does not provide option to create dependency. Now with APPSeCONNECT 2.0 we support dependency of touchpoints. You can define touchpoint which will automatically execute when a parent touchpoint is triggered.
  • Proper segregation of Test and Real user. We now provide option to discriminate a real user and a test user in APPSeCONNECT.
  • Introducing trial touchpoints. We now provide option to select which touchpoints are going to be activated for trial users and also if any which are available for only paid users.
  • Tracking of background activities and autofix. We now track any problems of our background service which does all publishing jobs. The process will automatically fix the problems if any so as to give you minimum downtime.


Web

  • Invite user on APPSeCONNECT. You can now invite users or associates who can access your cloud account without problems. This feature will ensure that more than one user can access an account and customize.
  • Option to report an issue in every page. We provided a Report an Issue feature on every page, so if you find an issue, you can easily show us the problem.
  • Option to delete apps from application list. Once an app is selected, you cannot deselect it. This has been an issue with some of our clients. We removed this restriction, and now you can deselect an app already selected. Only catch is, the app can only be deselected if it is not used.
  • Option to disable email notification. APPSeCONNECT sends emails to users, but if you don’t want to receive notification, you can opt out of the emails. We have provided a link which will unsubscribe a user from mailing list.
  • In addition to these, we have also enhanced Value mapping user interface and other UI components.

  • Integrations

  • On integration side, we have worked a lot on the following integrations to provide you better sync process.
    • SAP B1 ⇔ BigCommerce
    • SAP B1 ⇔ Magento
    • SAP B1 ⇔ Shopify
    • SAP DI API ⇔ Magento

There are lot of minor adjustments and defect resolution which are introduced with the new release.


Release Version: 1.4.0
Release Date: 27th Nov 2014

In this release we wanted to make APPSeCONNECT smooth and provide a stable release of the product. We have also made enhancement on user experience of the product and also notify users correctly. This release makes working with the product easier than ever before by providing contextual help on every steps.

Agent

  • Search in Agent. Finding a touchpoint is not easy in agents. In this release, we provided option to search touchpoint inside agent, so that you can easily find required touchpoint.
  • Grouping option of touchpoints. We have also provided grouped display of touchpoints. You can even expand/collapse a group of touchpoint to clearly discriminate different touchpoint groups.
  • Morning reports as email. We now send morning report every day to describe all transactions performed throughout the day.
  • Touchpoint execution indication. We now provide indication when a touchpoint is executed. The touchpoint button will automatically convert to stop when it is already running.
  • For an implementer, you can now login to agent with your client’s email id without providing password.


Administration

  • Support for hiding touchpoints. We now support hiding unnecessary touchpoint from agent. A simple configuration you can setup on a touchpoint to either show or hide a touchpoint in agent.
  • Blocking domains for registration to APPSeCONNECT. To remove spamming, APPSeCONNECT now block a domain, a user or even an email id so that any user from that domain cannot register for an APPSeCONNECT account.
  • Report on new registration. We now provide a report of all new registration from our admin portal.
  • List of expired users. A new area is defined which will show all expired users in APPSeCONNECT with option to activate an account for 1 year.
  • Sequential execution of touchpoints. Every touchpoint is now have a sequence mentioned such that the touchpoints can be executed in the defined sequence.
  • Option to delete touchpoint. APPSeCONNECT admin now have option to delete connection and/or organization.
  • We now support real-time touchpoints. A real-time touchpoint cannot run at a schedule, rather it will be automatically called from the application.
  • You can now specify a touchpoint to be trial. A trial touchpoint can appear only on trial user.
  • New registration active notification. As an implementer, you will get notified when an account gets activated. The activation mail is copied to an implementer as well, such that when the user misses activating an account, an implementer can do it on their behalf.


Web App

  • Phone number during registration. During registration, we made phone number as optional field.
  • A help section is prepared for every page which can show contextual help of the particular page.
  • Registration option on Login. Login page will now have an option to register to APPSeCONNECT which will result a user to register for 30 days in Growth plan.
  • Single sign on to Support. Support action provided which will login a user to support portal automatically from APPSeCONNECT.
  • Enhanced designs. In addition to these, we have also enhanced the Web application with small and minor design changes to give better user experience.


Integrations

  • During this phase, we have developed new connections for:

    SAP B1 ⇔ Shopify
    SAP B1 ⇔ BigCommerce
    NAV ⇔ Prestashop

We have also enhanced all the existing connectors to provide better sync and solving business process in a better way.


Release Version: 1.0.0 – 1.3.0

During this phase we were working on features and mainly on stability of the product. We have just launched into market with 1.0.0 as MVP (Minimum Viable Product) release on January 2014 and did major enhancements to our product on Post MVP releases during mid 2014 time. We focused on giving quality product experience and solving various business processes. Some of the important features we developed on these release are:

  • APPSeCONNECT Cloud Portal:  A portal which allows users to do registration and customize their own account. APPSeCONNECT cloud gives you option to create / edit connections, publish Touchpoints and configure all business processes according to your own requirements.
  • APPSeCONNECT Agent:  We are giving our users a tool which will download all the configurations from cloud and do actual sync according to a predefined schedule.
  • APPSeCONNECT Admin: For our implementers, we have developed a portal where they can login and do actual customizations. The customizations made in processes are applied to each customer s as template and are ready to use from Cloud portal.
  • APPSeCONNECT SDK: For our developers, we have provided a simple yet effective SDK hosted publicly, which they can use to develop adapters and do actual communication to an application.
  • APPSeCONNECT Support Portal: We are providing a special place where our customers can create support tickets or give feedback about the product, such that our support executives can respond immediately to solve your upcoming issue / problems.

The entire list of all features can be found in our support portal.

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