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Session # T5

FSA Gateway and Portal Strategies

Balu Balasubramanyam

Terry Woods

U.S. Department of Education


Enterprise service bus and federal student aid gateway strategy

Enterprise Service Bus and Federal Student Aid Gateway Strategy

Balu Balasubramanyam


Objectives

Objectives

  • To review the vision and high-level requirements of Federal Student Aid's TSV Gateway solution

  • Provide information on the TSV Gateway's role in the target state and how customers can leverage its capabilities


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Agenda

  • Gateway

  • TSV Gateway Requirements Overview

  • Interface Infrastructure

  • TSV Gateway Integration

    • TSV Application Architecture

    • TSV Integration Points

  • TSV Gateway Conceptual Design

  • Open Discussion


What is a gateway

What Is A Gateway?

  • A gateway is part of an organization's technical architecture that facilitates the communication between internal applications and external systems

  • A gateway provides separation and security between the outside world and an internal network

  • A gateway acts as a proxy to broker requests between external partners and Federal Student Aid systems


Relationship to tsv

Gateway (cont’d)

Relationship to TSV

Gateway provides a communication channel between Federal Student Aid and external partners

Gateway is an access point for external partners


What is gateway s role in tsv

Gateway (cont’d)

What is Gateway’s role in TSV?

  • TSV Gateway will be a key enabler for external partners doing business with Federal Student Aid

  • TSV Gateway will provide Federal Student Aid TSV enterprise business applications with a secure and reliable solution to communicate with external partners


What are the benefits and impacts

What are the benefits and impacts?

Gateway (cont’d)

  • Creates an enterprise view of all external interface information exchanged with Federal Student Aid

  • Provides a layer of security between Federal Student Aid and external partners

  • Creates well defined procedures for integrating with Federal Student Aid services

  • External interfaces can be centrally managed


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Agenda

  • Gateway

  • TSV Gateway Requirements Overview

  • Interface Infrastructure

  • TSV Gateway Integration

    • TSV Application Architecture

    • TSV Integration Points

  • TSV Gateway Conceptual Design

  • Open Discussion


High level functional capabilities identified

High-level functional capabilities identified:

Gateway Requirements Overview

Support batch-file transfer

  • External partner sends batch files to Gateway

  • External partner receives batch files from Gateway

    Support right-time data transfer

  • External partner sends right-time update to Gateway

  • External partner receives right-time update from Gateway

    Support shared services use

  • External partner invokes Federal Student Aid shared service via Gateway

  • Internal application invokes external shared service via Gateway


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Agenda

  • Gateway

  • TSV Gateway Requirements Overview

  • Interface Infrastructure

  • TSV Gateway Integration

    • TSV Application Architecture

    • TSV Integration Points

  • TSV Gateway Conceptual Design

  • Open Discussion


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Interface Infrastructure

“What problem

needs to be solved?”

The current Federal Student Aid external interface concerns are:

  • Multiple communication channels and entry points into Federal Student Aid are not centrally tracked or managed

  • No right-time data interchanges

  • Security architecture is not being leveraged

"What problem needs to be solved?"


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Interface Infrastructure (cont’d)

TSV Gateway solution will be the single communication channel between Federal Student Aid, external partners, and external service providers.


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Agenda

  • Gateway

  • TSV Gateway Requirements Overview

  • Interface Infrastructure

  • TSV Gateway Integration

    • TSV Application Architecture

    • TSV Integration Points

  • TSV Gateway Conceptual Design

  • Open Discussion


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Gateway, Portal, ESB and internal applications are integrated within the enterprise target state vision

TSV Technical Architecture


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TSV Integration Points

TSV Gateway solution will integrate with:

  • Federal Student Aid's critical enablers

    • TSV Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)

    • Security Architecture

    • Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG)

    • TSV Portal solution

  • Federal Student Aid's business applications (e.g., COD, NSLDS, IPM, Information Framework, etc…)

  • *Network Storage

* Integrating with Network Storage is an alternative technical architecture to support the processing of batch files.


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Agenda

  • Gateway

  • TSV Gateway Requirements Overview

  • Interface Infrastructure

  • TSV Gateway Integration

    • TSV Application Architecture

    • TSV Integration Points

  • TSV Gateway Conceptual Design

  • Open Discussion


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TSV Gateway Conceptual Design


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TSV Gateway Conceptual Design (cont’d)

TSV Gateway Component Descriptions:

Interfaces: Interfaces provide a way to establish systems-to-system communication. Interfaces specify the appropriate method of communicating with a system, such as messaging and transport protocols.

Messaging/Transport Protocols:Support the actual system-to-system communication. The messaging protocol specifies the communication language understood by the receiving system or service, e.g. SOAP. The transport protocol specifies the type transmission protocol supported for the system-to-system communication, e.g. HTTP or JMS.

Service Registry:A directory that contains information about available services, including web services and batch file transfer interfaces.

*Network Storage: Serves as a staging area to store all inbound and outbound batch files. Using Network Storage prevents the need to send batch files over the network and ESB, therefore reducing network overhead.


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TSV Gateway Conceptual Designs (cont’d)

TSV Gateway Component Descriptions:The following capabilities are used to support the Gateway’s processing of batch files.

Data Validation: Validates the schema and/or file format is in a readable and correct format.

Note: Data Validation does not validate the actual data content, such as SSN has no dashes.

Data Transformation: Transforms data structure to necessary schema or file format between systems with different data structures.

Note: Data Transformation does not change the data content. Data Transformation is not business rule driven.

XML Standardization: Validates and enforces the use of a standard data schema between systems. Using a standard data format with a common data definition enables data consistency throughout data exchange process. This service should leverage the use of Federal Student Aid's XML repository.


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TSV Gateway Conceptual Design (cont’d)

TSV Gateway Component Descriptions:End User GUI Components describe the functionality provided to gateway*end users.

Upload/Download Batch File: Provide the capability for an external partner to upload and download a file to the TSV Gateway.

Check Status of Batch File: Provide the capability to check the status of sent and received batch files.

Mailbox Management: Provide external partner’s administrators with the capability to manage the mailboxes for their organization.

Administrator Management Console: Provide gateway administrators with administrative capabilities, such as reporting and operating the TSV Gateway.

Reference Center Documentation & FSA Download: Provide the capability to download any necessary client software and supporting gateway documentation.

*TSV Gateway end users include external partners’ end users and administrators, Federal Student Aid employees, and TSV Gateway administrators.


What are some key differences between a gateway and portal

Gateway vs.

Used for system to system communication

Capable of batch-file and right-time data transmission

Acts as a proxy between external partners and Federal Student Aid

Portal

Used by end users to access information

Capable of real-time data transmission

Customizable graphical user interface (GUI)

Gateway & Portal Comparison

What are some key differences between a Gateway and Portal?

Both Gateway and Portal are applications to communicate between external partners and Federal Student Aid


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Agenda

  • Gateway

  • TSV Gateway Requirements Overview

  • Interface Infrastructure

  • TSV Gateway Integration

    • TSV Application Architecture

    • TSV Integration Points

  • TSV Gateway Conceptual Design

  • Open Discussion


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Open Discussion

  • What problems do you anticipate with this approach?

  • What problems continue to be unresolved if Federal Student Aid implements this solution?

  • How should Federal Student Aid solve them?

  • Are any supplemental requirements necessary?

  • Is Gateway the right place to solve them?

  • How soon will this solution be useful?

  • How are you benefited by using this solution?


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Questions?


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Balu Balasubramanyam

Phone: (202) 377-3730Email:[email protected]


Federal student aid enterprise portal

Federal Student AidEnterprise Portal


Target state vision tsv

Target State Vision (TSV)


Tsv technical architecture

TSV Technical Architecture


What is a portal

What is A Portal

  • An Enterprise Portal is a Framework for Integrating Information, Applications, and Processes Across Organizational Boundaries – Wikipedia

Portals Provide:

  • Simplified sign-on to back office applications and systems

  • Personalized information to deliver what users need when they need it

  • Streamlined and seamless access to information through a single user experience reducing the need to go from website to website

  • Continuous look and feel throughout allows for the appearance of integration before reengineering back end systems takes place


Enterprise portal infrastructure

Enterprise Portal Infrastructure


Design principles

Design Principles

  • Zero impact to current Web site styles

  • Fully support current FSA web design guidelines

  • Maximize user flexibility and personalization

  • Leverage built-in portal capabilities

  • Formalize concepts of a view

  • Support clear development contract boundaries


Enterprise portal layers

Enterprise Portal Layers


What is a view

What is a View?

  • Delivery of services and content from the perspective of a targeted user population

Views Provide:

  • A broad spectrum of services to address a user population not just a particular function

  • Allows for seamless integration of information across functions

  • Leverages common reusable functionality enabling project teams to focus on business function unique to the user population

  • Provides one location to go to and one sign on


How views relate to each other

How Views Relate to Each Other

Students and Parents

Employees and

Contractors

Schools and

Third Party Processors

FSA.ED.GOV

Students View

Employee View

Trading Partner View


Views are fully customizable

Views Are Fully Customizable


View style theme

View Style - Theme

  • Themes Control the overall look and feel.

Themes:

  • Include header, footer, menu bar, side navigation

  • Define the page level items that repeat on all pages in the site

  • Define the color palette for the site


Page content portlet

Page Content - Portlet

  • Portlets are pluggable user interface component that represent a piece of functionality on a page.

Portlets:

  • Pages are collections of portlets

  • Reusable content area of page

  • Support personalization

  • Support customization


Reusable portlets

Reusable Portlets

  • Alerts portlet

  • Survey

  • Features portlet

  • News portlet

  • Featured links portlet

  • Add a gadget portlet

  • My book marks portlet

  • My news

  • Weather portlet

  • Employee finder

  • My to do’s


Questions

Questions?


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Terry Woods

Chief Application Architect

[email protected]


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