Most large enterprise systems that are accessed through DCP have multiple collections of data objects. There must be a mapping between DCP and the data store to control outside access. The first level of defining a data connection is an adapter. Adapters are source-specific connectors that are developed for the product and distributed with the software.
An adapter must be enabled and configured before creating any higher-level data access objects. Boomi uses three additional object levels for data access control:
- Data stores
- Data sources
- Data sets
An adapter serves as a connecting code that enables DCP to communicate with the data store. To make a data store available to users, a Boomi administrator (or someone with equivalent privileges) uses the Data Stores page to add an external data location to the Boomi system. This location is a pointer to the location of the data and includes items like the machine name, and on what network port it is accessible. To access the pages listing the defined stores and sources in the system:
- Click the menu.
- Select either Data Stores or Data Sources.