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Status Functionality already exists
Categories Performance
Created by Guest
Created on Sep 8, 2023

Add a polling feature to IBM Sterling B2B Integrator similar - to the IBM Sterling GENTRAN polling feature.

The GENTRAN polling feature we have used for years had made it possible to be very close to RealTIME in processing and getting files to their destination. Our internal systems and external customers have come to expect this, especially to meet SLAs.

GENTRAN can poll our windows network shares for files scanning hundreds of folders every couple of minutes, once a file is found, it kicks off the GENTRAN event to process the file(s). Not all files show up on a specific schedule. We can receive files to process at any time of day and most of them need to get to their destination asap.

Not sure why B2Bi that was meant to replace GENTRAN left out this important feature. We were told during demos of B2Bi that it had this capability. It was one of the top reasons we went with B2Bi.

What is your industry? Insurance
How will this idea be used?

Maintain help maintain SLA's with

  • Admin
    Mark Allen
    Nov 2, 2023

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your ideas to IBM. I truly value our relationship with you and appreciate your willingness to share details about your experience, your recommendations and ideas.

    B2Bi does have this functionality via the file system adapter when using it on a supported Windows OS. In the adapter, you can specify a file path and it will scan that path in a way that matches what Gentran does. UNC links need to have the correct permissions defined, otherwise it will not work.

    If you are on a non-WIndows OS, you can mount the file system to ensure that the file system adapter still works in this way.


    "The name of the folder or subfolder on the same computer where Sterling B2B Integrator is installed and where it extracts (or writes) data from the primary document as part of a business process. If you do not include the file path for the folder as part of the name, the folder is assumed to be the Sterling B2B Integrator working directory. Required."