Adapters are software codes that communicate with source and target applications. Each adapter is designed to integrate with a specific target system (for example, Essbase or Financial Management) or source system (for example, Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management ERP Integration Adapter for Oracle Applications, or SQL). Workbench enables you to import and maintain the adapters used by FDM.

Target adapters are composed of an XML metadata component and a DLL or EXE. Other adapters are composed of an XML component only. The DLL or EXE components contain the system-specific instructions for interacting with the target system. The XML component contains all data that relates to the FDM application.