Outbound Data Feed (OBDF) is a file-based communication intended to keep a replicated copy of producer data in the carrier's downstream systems.
OBDF is sometimes referred to as a "delta," which means that each file only contains the producers that have had data changes since the last time a file was generated. If any data has changed on a producer record, OBDF can be configured to extract some or all of the data for that producer. The file size is configurable so that files do not get too large to process cleanly.
If the XML format of the OBDF file is not suitable for a carrier's specific need, then Vertafore's Professional Services department can be engaged to help manipulate the file layout into a format that is consumable.
Sample Use Scenario—Data Warehouse Population
Carriers with a data warehouse can use the OBDF to populate it with producer data, enabling both basic reporting and more complex data analytics.
|Data Warehouse Population|
|Name||Outbound Data Feed|
|Communication Mechanism||File transfer (secure FTP)|
|Data Representation||Changes to all producer records since last file generated|
|Response Timing||Files generated no more than once per hour|
|Availability||Nearly always, not subject to software service outages|