Integrations

The Integration is where most configuration and settings are stored.

Definition

An Integration defines the connection between a Process and the single system it’s connecting with. It is a record that contains all of the properties and configurations for that unique connection.

As previously stated, Integration has a many-to-one relationship with Process. This means multiple Integrations can exist for one Process and each unique Integration will define the way in which the Process connects with that particular system.

Example

Incident Process - JIRA = one Integration

Incident Process - ATOS = one integration

Incident Process - SAP = one integration

Incident Process TOTAL = three integrations

Automated Creation of Trigger Business Rule

Unifi will automatically create a Trigger (Business Rule) for the Process being integrated (if one doesn't already exist) when you run 'Build' either on the Integration or Message once your Create Message is configured.

For step-by-step instructions on how to configure Integrations (and other Integration components) see the Integration Guides section of the documentation.

Integration Fields

Details

The Details fields to be configured for the Integration record are as follows:

Field

Type

Description

Name

String

The name of the integration.

Description

String

A description of what this Integration is for and what it does.

Service type

String

The type of web service this integration is using (SOAP/REST).

Message format

String

Automatically pre-process incoming messages for simpler message scripting.

Application

Reference

Application containing this record.

Process

Reference

The process this integration belongs to.

Company

Reference

The company this integration belongs to.

Message format choices: XML, JSON, Advanced

The choice selected here will determine the object that's available to the 'Identify message script'.

Company

This is usually the name of the service provider being connected to, as opposed to the name of the manufacturer of the software.

Message Identification

Messages are central to the functionality of Unifi. Upon receipt of an inbound request, Unifi will be able to identify the Message, know how to process it and subsequently what actions to perform based on the Message configurations. For that reason, it is very important that each Message within an integration be unique (more on that in the Messages section).

The Message Identification fields to be configured for the Integration record are as follows:

Field

Type

Description

Identify message script

Script plain

The script used to extract the unique message identifier from the incoming request payload. It identifies which message record is used to process the request.

Identify message script (examples)

Unifi automatically looks for a header called X-SND-EB-Message-Name to use as the message name. If the header is found then the Identify Message Script is not executed.

Both the payload and headers are passed into the script. The following example will parse the XML payload and identify the message name from the first child element of the body node:

function identify(xmlDoc) {
var message_name = '';
message_name = '' + x_snd_eb.utils.identifyFirstChild(
xmlDoc,
'/soapenv:Envelope/soapenv:Body'
);
return message_name.split(':').pop();
}

The following is an example which returns the message name from a JSON payload:

function identify(payload) {
return (payload.$message_name || '') + '';
}

Settings Fields

Attachments

The Attachment Settings fields to be configured for the Integration record are as follows:

Field

Type

Description

Send existing attachments

Boolean

Set to true to send attachments which were added to the record before it was bonded.

Allowed content types

String

Comma separated list of attachment content types that are allowed to be sent to this integration.

Max attachments per bond

Integer

The maximum number of attachments allowed to be sent per bond.

Max attachments size per message

Decimal

The maximum size of all the attachments in a single message in MB.

Max attachments size per bond

Decimal

The maximum size of all the attachments in a single bond in MB.

Max attachments

Setting any attachment value to -1 means there is no limit.

Allowed content types

OOTB you can send any content type (i.e. this field is empty). You may wish to limit the content type by ‘whitelisting’ (explicitly specifying the file type that is allowed) (e.g. TXT, PNG).

Bond

The Bond Settings fields to be configured for the Integration record are as follows:

Field

Type

Description

Bond cleanup

Integer

Number of days after bond closure that all its associated Transactions, HTTP Requests and Bond Attachment records are deleted.

Bond cleanup

Although the associated transaction and attachment records data are deleted, Bond history will still be available. Setting the Bond cleanup value to 0 means the cleanup is never performed.

Feedback

The Feedback Settings fields to be configured for the Integration record are as follows:

Field

Type

Description

Enable UI messages

Boolean

Allow information and error messages to be shown to the user as UI Notifications. Only applies to certain notifications.

Note bond history

Boolean

Use the ‘Note bond history’ to process bond history updates.

Note attachment history

Boolean

Use the ‘Note attachment history’ to process attachment updates.

Add note script

Script plain

Script for adding integration updates to the target record. There is no need to call update() on the target.

Note bond history/Note attachment history

When the Note bondhistory/Note attachment history checkbox is checked, the history will be promoted to the work notes fields of the record being integrated for the user to view.

Error Handling Fields

General

The General Error Handling fields to be configured for the Integration record are as follows:

Field

Type

Description

Sync error message

Reference

The message to use when an inbound message cannot be processed synchronously.

Async error message

Reference

The message to use when an inbound message cannot be processed asynchronously.

Sync error message/Async error message

In the case of a catastrophic failure (e.g. the inability to identify, access, or read an inbound request, or the inability to process the request asynchronously), this will be the message that is sent in response (which can be standard or customised to suit).

Timeouts

The Timeouts fields to be configured for the Integration record are as follows:

Field

Type

Description

Sync timeout

Integer

The amount of time in seconds to wait for a request to be accepted by the external system.

Async timeout

Integer

The amount of time in seconds to wait for an asynchronous receipt.

MID server timeout

Integer

The amount of time in seconds to wait for the MID server to respond (only applies to connections using MID servers).

Sync/Async/Mid server timeout

If there is no response/receipt within the time stipulated, then the request is errored. These errored requests can be rolled up to the record for them to deal with/escalate accordingly. Such insight allows the sender to remain informed of the condition of the request.

Retry

The Retry fields to be configured for the Integration record are as follows:

Field

Type

Description

Retry delay

Integer

The amount of time in seconds to wait before retrying a failed outbound request.

Retry limit

Integer

The number of times sending an outbound request is attempted.

Native ServiceNow

There are some fields which are visible in native ServiceNow. These can be viewed by clicking the hamburger menu & selecting 'Open in platform'.

Integration Fields

The following non-selectable Integration fields are visible on the platform Integration record (and are controlled by Unifi):

Field

Type

Description

State

String

The current state of the integration. It can be Active, Off, or Paused.

Status

String

The current status of the integration. It can be Up, Down, or Awaiting.

Build date

Glide Date Time

The last time the integration components were generated using the Build action.

Active

Boolean

The integration is enabled when a connection is made active.

Active

This field is not selectable and is controlled by the Connections. There can only be one active Connection at any time. If there is an active Connection, the Integration will be active. If there is no active Connection, the Integration will be inactive.

Properties Fields

The Properties fields to be configured for the platform Integration record are as follows:

Field

Type

Description

Run event actions

Boolean

Should this integration run Event Actions for transactional events?

Heartbeat frequency

Integer

The amount of time in seconds to wait between trying an outbound heartbeat request.

Heartbeat message

Reference

The message that should be used to periodically test the integration.

Attach logs/payloads

These are used for debugging purposes.

*Attach logs/payloads:

The attached logs were previously controlled by the Attach logs and Attach payloads checkboxes on Integration, but they are now overridden off by the Enable Integration Attachments system property (logging attachments this way is now deprecated and has been replaced by the Unifi Portal and Activity Log).

This property acts as the master switch and effectively disables the checkboxes on the Integration.

Note: the checkboxes have been removed from the Integration form but can still be edited from the list view.

Copying Integrations

NOTE: When copying Integrations, the ServiceNow System Administrator (admin) role is required to see and to select Application Scope.