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Optimizing the .IFB File for Siebel EIM

This topic is part of Recommended Sequence for Implementing Siebel EIM Processes.

When you have finished coding and testing the .IFB file to meet your business requirements, the next step is to optimize the .IFB file. The selected parameters in each section of the .IFB file determine the focus of each Siebel EIM task. The following recommendations are provided for each section of the .IFB file:

  • ONLY BASE TABLES or IGNORE BASE TABLES. These parameters specify and restrict the selected base tables for the Siebel EIM process. A single EIM table (sometimes referred to as an interface table) is mapped to multiple user or base tables. For example, the EIM table EIM_ACCOUNT is mapped to S_PARTY, S_ORG_EXT, and S_ADDR_ORG, as well as other tables. The default configuration is to process all base tables for each EIM table.

    NOTE:  Oracle's Application Expert Services strongly recommends that you always include these parameters in every section of the .IFB file, and list only those tables and columns that are relevant for a particular Siebel EIM task. Contact your Oracle sales representative for Oracle Advanced Customer Services to request assistance from Oracle's Application Expert Services.

  • ONLY BASE COLUMNS or IGNORE BASE COLUMNS. These parameters specify and restrict the selected base columns for the Siebel EIM process. The default is to process all base columns for each base table. It is likely that you are not using every column in a base table, and these parameters will make sure that Siebel EIM is only processing the desired columns in the table.

    You will see an additional performance increase if you exclude those columns that are defined as foreign keys (FKs) and are not used by the Siebel configuration, because Siebel EIM does not need to perform the interim processing (using SQL statements) to resolve the values for these FKs. Set the Siebel EIM task parameter Error Flags to a value of 1 to see which FKs are failing to be resolved by Siebel EIM (you might have missed excluding that FK with this parameter).

    NOTE:  Do not use the IGNORE BASE COLUMNS parameter for merge processes or export processes. Use this parameter only for import processes and delete processes.

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