Information Store ingestion and the production deployment process
Before you deploy i2 Analyze into production you develop your configuration in a number of environments. The same is true for the ingestion process. You use the same environments to develop the Information Store ingestion process for each of your external data sources.
In the configuration development environment, ingest small amounts of test data that is representative of the entity and link types in your existing data sources. By doing this, you can learn how to ingest your data into the Information Store database and ensure that your i2 Analyze schema and security schema are correct for your data. If you discover that the schemas cannot represent your data, you can update your schema files.
You are likely to complete many test ingestions during this development phase. As you understand the process more, you might change how the data is loaded into the staging tables, the data that you use to generate identifiers, or change the ingestion mappings. If you modify the i2 Analyze schema, you must re-create your staging tables to match.
The ingestion mappings that you use are slightly different for each external data source that you ingest data from. It is recommended that you keep any ingestion mapping files in a source control system to track changes and so that you can use them in later development and production environments.
In your pre-production environment or test environment, use the process that you developed to ingest larger quantities of data and note the time that is taken to ingest the data. You can complete representative initial and periodic loads from each of your external data sources. The time that each ingestion takes allows you to plan when to ingest data in your production environment more accurately.
In your production environment, complete your initial loads by using the developed and tested process. According to your schedule, perform your periodic loads on an ongoing basis.
Your deployment architecture can impact the ingestion process in general, and any logic or tools used for transformation of data. For more information, see Understanding the architecture.
The instructions that describe the ingestion process are separated into preparing for ingestion and adding data to the Information Store.