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Our new ConnectXE for ODBC Salesforce driver is the new standard for accessing data in a cloud in real time.
Gartner is talking about it.
Salesforce is talking about it.
And even Oracle discovered that real-time integration was a challenge before the ConnectXE for ODBC Salesforce driver release.
So without further adieu, welcome to the new Oracle Database Gateway for Salesforce using DG4ODBC. Getting Oracle and Salesforce to talk reminds me of the 101N from San Jose to San Francisco: you see Salesforce Offices on your left and Oracle Corporate on your right. And the new ConnectXE for ODBC Salesforce driver is the "mutual friend" that gets these Silicon Valley neighbors talking to each other within your organization.
The preliminary steps are:
1. Assume Database Gateway for ODBC is installed (article is for Linux).
2. Download and test-connect the ConnectXE for ODBC Salesforce driver on Linux
3. Configure Database Gateway for ODBC with Salesforce using our white paper.
In the odbc.ini configuration file, configure the data source with ConfigOptions=MapSystemColumnNames, LogonDomain and SecurityToken connection properties.
Description=DataDirect 7.0 Salesforce
4. Create the database link as follows: SQL> create database link sfdc connect to "sumit.sarkar" identified by "xxxxxx" using 'dg4odbc';
Description=DataDirect 7.0 Salesforce
(Note: Username does not include domain and password does not include security token. Both of these are specified in LogonDomain and SecurityToken in the data source from previous step)
Once you test-connect, you will see that Salesforce looks like any other ODBC data source for your Gateway. Download the Salesforce to Oracle Gateway today, and show your colleagues that you personally figured out how to get high performance real time access to the Salesforce data that run your business; and integrated it into your Oracle shop.
This is cutting edge data access technology that will get a lot of attention, and you deserve all the credit!
Sumit Sarkar is a Chief Data Evangelist at Progress, with over 10 years experience working in the data connectivity field. The world's leading consultant on open data standards connectivity with cloud data, Sumit's interests include performance tuning of the data access layer for which he has developed a patent pending technology for its analysis; business intelligence and data warehousing for SaaS platforms; and data connectivity for aPaaS environments, with a focus on standards such as ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET and ODATA. He is an IBM Certified Consultant for IBM Cognos Business Intelligence and TDWI member. He has presented sessions on data connectivity at various conferences including Dreamforce, Oracle OpenWorld, Strata Hadoop, MongoDB World and SAP Analytics and Business Objects Conference, among many others.
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