IBM Sterling Ideas

Shape the future of IBM!

We invite you to shape the future of IBM, including product roadmaps, by submitting ideas that matter to you the most. Here's how it works:

Post your ideas

IBM is transforming its request for enhancement (RFE) process. The purpose of the transformation is to provide a more consistent experience for you to submit requests and to enable IBM product owners to respond to your requests more quickly. For more information click here.

Start by posting ideas and requests to enhance a product or service. Take a look at ideas others have posted and upvote them if they matter to you,
1. Post an idea
2. Upvote ideas that matter most to you
3. Get feedback from the IBM team to refine your idea

Help IBM prioritize your ideas and requests

The IBM team may need your help to refine the ideas so they may ask for more information or feedback. The offering manager team will then decide if they can begin working on your idea. If they can start during the next development cycle, they will put the idea on the priority list. Each team at IBM works on a different schedule, where some ideas can be implemented right away, others may be placed on a different schedule.

Receive notifications on the decision

Some ideas can be implemented at IBM, while others may not fit within the development plans for the product. In either case, the team will let you know as soon as possible. In some cases, we may be able to find alternatives for ideas which cannot be implemented in a reasonable time.

Allow for an upload of the CD export as text file for defining rules

Connect Direct Administration, File Agent Configuration:

There is no business justification for the time needed to rebuild a ser file should it ever become corrupt.

The File agent configuration has a nice feature to export to text. However the opposite feature (import from text) does not exist.

It would be extremely convenient to have this feature when using configuration files with more than 20 to 50 rules.

It would also allow to tweak the file if the processes are on a different location on a new server and thus allow a quick build of the .ser file, instead of having to go hunt the rules down one by one and make sure none got forgotten.

Thanks for your consideration

  • Guest
  • Apr 19 2019
  • Delivered
What is your industry? Financial Markets
How will this idea be used?

Using the export as file will allow to store a humanly readable list of rules.

From this list of rules you will be able with the load from text to create a .ser file applying those rules.

This is great in case the .ser file got corrupted (media corruption)

This would also help greatly in case the location of the processes changed on a server:

  • export as text
  • global replace of process location
  • upload from text to get the new .ser file setup.
  • Guest commented
    4 Jan 12:01pm

    This new feature needs to be made available in the stand alone version of
    File Agent as well. Please advise. Thanks.

  • Admin
    Chris Sanders commented
    3 Jan 01:22pm

    Thank you for your patience as we worked on this enhancement. I'm pleased to say that we were able to deliver the capability to export and import FA configurations with our latest v6.2 release. Note that the import capability will only be supported on v6.2 and newer versions however. This release introduces integrated File Agent to C:D which also brings a host of other much needed enhancements, many specifically targeted at File Agent. I'd strongly suggest pulling down the latest release to explore all of the new enhancements.


    Chris Sanders

    Connect:Direct Offering Manager

  • Guest commented
    18 Feb, 2021 05:23pm

    This really is a necessity... I have over 1000 rules and I need to modify each one of them due to a server change...

  • Admin
    Chris Sanders commented
    24 May, 2019 01:29pm

    Thank you for opening this enhancement request with IBM.  I've reviewed this with my team and we are in agreement that this request is reasonable and would be beneficial to our broader customer base.  The method we'd use to improve FA administration may differ from what you've described, but we would like to simplify administration and updates to FA moving forward.  I will accepted this request as an uncommitted candidate and will look to add it to our roadmap moving forward.


    Chris Sanders

    Connect:Direct Offering Manager

  • Guest commented
    19 Apr, 2019 05:03pm

    This update will help out connect direct deployment

By clicking the "Post Comment" or "Submit Idea" button, you are agreeing to the IBM Ideas Portal Terms of Use.
Do not place IBM confidential, company confidential, or personal information into any field.