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A great use for the Sterling REST API would be to query the FGArrivedFile, FGRoute, and FGDelivery endpoints in order to build a modern delivery dashboard for business users. This is currently impossible with the current implementation due to a couple of poor implementation choices.
1. the ModifyTs cannot be queried on, thus making it impossible to query for recently changed entries.
2. Having to query all 3, FGArrivedFile, FGRoute, and FGDelivery and merging the data between the arrivedFileKey and RouteKey is a usability nightmare. All of the data is relevant and must be combined into 1 endpoint.
3. Once the above is completed then the REST API will finally be somewhat usable; however, not modern. A modern implementation would allow consumers to subscribe to changes via websocket so that consumers could get instant updates to transmissions without having to constantly poll the rest api.
1&2 is a must. 3 is a nice to have.
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This will allow us to continue to build out our managed file transfer program and deliver to the business visibility and self service features. IBM continues to reaffirm that users of Sterling should build solutions for the business outside of Sterling instead of inside. This is due to the fact that we still do not have granular permissions and the user interface continues to lack usability for non-tech business users.
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