A deployment of IBM’s Enterprise Insight Analysis (EIA) that includes IBM® i2® Analyze with the Opal services can use the i2 Connect gateway to query and retrieve data from external data sources. By implementing a connector to an external data source, one enables i2 Analyze to create and display records that represent the data in that source.


If the deployment and their permissions support it, users who create records from external sources can upload them to the Information Store for storage, sharing, and subsequent analysis.


Solutions that use the i2 Connect gateway depend on connectors that one creates to make the bridge between i2 Analyze and external data sources. Conventionally, one writes a connector for each unique source that one wants to connect to. Each connector provides one or more services that present a querying interface to users and perform the actual queries on the data source.

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