Skip to Main Content

This is an IBM Automation portal for Integration products. To view all of your ideas submitted to IBM, create and manage groups of Ideas, or create an idea explicitly set to be either visible by all (public) or visible only to you and IBM (private), use the IBM Unified Ideas Portal (

Shape the future of IBM!

We invite you to shape the future of IBM, including product roadmaps, by submitting ideas that matter to you the most. Here's how it works:

Search existing ideas

Start by searching and reviewing ideas and requests to enhance a product or service. Take a look at ideas others have posted, and add a comment, vote, or subscribe to updates on them if they matter to you. If you can't find what you are looking for,

Post your ideas
  1. Post an idea.

  2. Get feedback from the IBM team and other customers to refine your idea.

  3. Follow the idea through the IBM Ideas process.

Specific links you will want to bookmark for future use

Welcome to the IBM Ideas Portal ( - Use this site to find out additional information and details about the IBM Ideas process and statuses.

IBM Unified Ideas Portal ( - Use this site to view all of your ideas, create new ideas for any IBM product, or search for ideas across all of IBM. - Use this email to suggest enhancements to the Ideas process or request help from IBM for submitting your Ideas.

Status Not under consideration
Workspace App Connect
Created by Guest
Created on May 14, 2014

GDM Node has mandatory map even when configured programatically.

I have a message flow that includes a Graphical Data Mapper node which is controlled at runtime using ESQL. In oder to add the GDM to the flow I must create a dummy map which will never be used.

Idea priority Medium
RFE ID 53558
RFE Product IBM App Connect Enterprise (formerly IBM Integration Bus)
  • Admin
    Ben Thompson
    Jul 30, 2021

    Idea / RFE Review. Apologies for the length of time this suggestion has been in status Uncommitted Candidate / Future Consideration. To mitigate the problem, you could create a single "dummy empty map" and reference the same one in all circumstances, followed by dynamic overrides. We acknowledge this is less than ideal, but unfortunately with a solitary vote for this suggestion over this significant seven year period, we are unable to apply business prioritization to this feature idea.

  • Guest
    Jul 11, 2016

    Although this could potentially confuse some newer users with simple use cases, we acknowledge that having the option to direct the node not to validate the existence of the map in some cases would simplify your flow creation process. Status of the RFE is updated to Uncommitted Candidate.

  • Guest
    Oct 7, 2015

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - WebSphere
    Product family - Integration
    Product - IBM Integration Bus (WebSphere Message Broker) - IIB

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - WebSphere
    Product family - Connectivity and Integration
    Product - IBM Integration Bus (WebSphere Message Broker) - IIB