In Acoustic Exchange, an endpoint is a representation of a business application or solution that provides or receives data through Acoustic Exchange.
Products and solutions that are created and supported by Acoustic Exchange or Acoustic Exchange Business Partners can be Acoustic Exchange endpoints through the Acoustic Exchange partner provisioning and validation process. Appearing in Acoustic Exchange as an endpoint makes it possible for marketers and business users to register the endpoint for use in their Acoustic Exchange account. By registering your Acoustic Exchange endpoint in their Acoustic Exchange account, users indicate that they explicitly allow Acoustic Exchange to interact with your product or solution on their behalf.
The Acoustic Exchange partner provisioning process includes evaluation and approval by Acoustic Exchange of your product or solution as it appears in Acoustic Exchange as an endpoint. Acoustic Exchange provides the Integration Manager as a graphical interface to guide you through the process. During partner provisioning, you can use the Acoustic Exchange Integration Manager to define how your solution appears in Acoustic Exchange.
Endpoint registration by Acoustic Exchange users
Acoustic Exchange enables your organization and business solution for use in a particular Acoustic Exchange user account users only at the explicit request of the Acoustic Exchange account. Acoustic Exchange users make such a request by registering your business solution as an Acoustic Exchange endpoint for their Acoustic Exchange account. Endpoint registration requires that users submit the access credentials that they use to access your product or solution. Acoustic Exchange provides a wizard to guide users through the process of registering your endpoint.
When a user registers an endpoint, the endpoint registration wizard either prompts users for their credentials or provides alternative submission instructions. Acoustic Exchange supports various authentication standards and provides different ways to submit user credentials. Your Acoustic Exchange application definition specifies the submission method and authentication requirements. The credential submission process is called Click to Connect because, from the user’s point of view, they register with just a few clicks.
When the user registers an endpoint, Acoustic Exchange generates a unique authentication key that is specific to the user's Acoustic Exchange account. Acoustic Exchange submits the user credentials and the authentication key to authenticate with your authorization systems.
Acoustic Exchange users register each endpoint separately to ensure that only endpoints that they explicitly authorize can publish to their secure Acoustic Exchange account. When the registration process is complete, the name and description of the endpoint appears in the Acoustic Exchange user interface as an option that the Acoustic Exchange user can select for data syndication.
When you make your application or business solution available in Acoustic Exchange, you specify the type of data that the endpoint can provide and whether the endpoint is a source of data, a destination for data, or both.
Acoustic Exchange users can register four types of endpoints.
- Event source
- Event destination
- Audience source
- Audience destination
When you complete partner provisioning to make your solution available as an endpoint, you indicate the type of endpoint. Acoustic Exchange uses information that you provide to present the endpoint as an option in the user interface.