Connect to the systems that will supply the data you need for your application. ThingWorx offers a variety of pre-built connectors, but some third-party systems require custom integration connectors.
Before you begin, complete these steps:
Connect to the third-party systems, assets, and/or tools your use case requires by creating integration connectors. Follow the integration strategy you created earlier in the project. A solution architect can help determine which connectors are necessary to extract the data you need. If possible, work with an expert who understands the system you’re connecting to. Also consider how network configuration will affect your connections: some ports may be blocked or have stricter security in a production environment compared to a test/QA environment.
If necessary, build custom integrations to the systems, assets, and/or tools your use case requires. In most cases, you will use REST APIs to create these integrations. Configuration will be necessary within the system you’re connecting to. A solutions architect can help determine how to build these connectors. If possible, work with an expert who understands the system you’re connecting to.
In order to trigger ThingWorx to recognize these new connectors, you will need to restart the server several times—which will interrupt others who are working on that server. We recommend you work on a standalone server as you implement connectors.
After your connectors are in place, verify the data is flowing from the source to ThingWorx.
If necessary, troubleshoot any issues before you continue with deployment.
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