SAP BODS and NetSuite ODBC adapters from Linux

SAP BODS and NetSuite ODBC adapters from Linux

February 06, 2015 0 Comments

In my previous blog about connectivity from Business Objects to Salesforce, we talked about creating Salesforce Universes for direct and real-time data connectivity to use in business intelligence (BI). As new requirements come to your team, it makes sense to expand your data warehouse (like SAP HANA) to include cloud data.

Expand Your Data Warehouse to Include Cloud Data

Today, I’m working off that theme and discussing couple of SAP Business Objects Data Services (BODS) 4.2 Linux projects I’ve been engaged with, connecting cloud data sources such as Salesforce and NetSuite using Progress® DataDirect® ODBC adapters. These ODBC adapters enable native data services extraction, transformation and loading.

DataDirect ODBC adapters are built on the same technology as the relational adapters bundled with BODS out-of-box. With them you can instantly browse any cloud application schema similar to existing relational sources and targets from within the Designer interface. And YES, we can write to as a target from BODS!

Using ODBC adapters with Salesforce and NetSuite

This tutorial will focus on Salesforce and NetSuite, but similar steps can be followed to connect BODS 4.2 to any commercial DataDirect ODBC drivers across big data, NoSQL and cloud. In addition, this mini tutorial applies to third-party ODBC drivers you might obtain from other application vendors such as, ServiceNow, Plex Systems, VoltDB and Deltek, to name a few.

Connecting BODS 4.2 to Salesforce and NetSuite: Getting Started

To get started connecting BODS to cloud sources, follow these steps:

  1. Download a trial of the 32-bit and 64-bit Progress® DataDirect Connect® and Connect64 XE for ODBC Salesforce drivers. 32-bit ODBC drivers will run on the BODS client designer; 64-bit on the application server. This tutorial focuses on UNIX and Linux application servers.
  2. Verify that your DataDirect test connection works independently from BODS by following the corresponding quick start guide, available with the trial download.
  3. Update the BODS profile with the ODBC shared library path (for example, LIBPATH on AIX, SHLIB_PATH on HP-UX pa-risc, and LD_LIBRARY_PATH on Solaris, Linux and HP-UX (Itanium). For example, the default installation location for Salesforce will be:

    For other drivers such as NetSuite, an additional environment variable is required:


    Refer to the instructions from the application vendor for a complete reference.

  4. Modify the appropriate ini files. The architecture of BODS 4.2 requires two odbc.ini files (ds_odbc.ini and odbc.ini).
  5. Default locations for odbc.ini and ds_odbc.ini:

    ds_odbc.ini serves as a pass through to the DataDirect Unix/Linux ODBC Driver Manager where the desired ODBC data source name is in brackets. For example:


    In odbc.ini, you should configure the actual library ( for DataDirect Connect64 for ODBC Salesforce v7.1.4 or for Note that the ODBC DSN name in brackets must match between ds_odbc.ini and odbc.ini.

     Description=DataDirect 7.1 Salesforce
     Extended Options=

    Make sure the client ODBC data source on Windows is configured with the same properties in the ODBC Administrator.

  6. Create and run a job using the Salesforce ODBC DSN created above

Why Use the ODBC Driver vs. the Salesforce Adapter from SAP?

SAP recommends the use of DataDirect drivers when you need:

  • To access Salesforce using a newer Salesforce API version to expose data from all the latest features (Spring '15 was a whopper!). We stay current with the latest Salesforce API versions in the ODBC driver.
  • Read/Write access to the Salesforce Platform. The ODBC driver works as a target and supports INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE using either standard or bulk APIs, which are transparent to BODS.

My BODS Prediction for 2015

I guarantee you will see requirements from BODS to consume at least one of the following cloud data sources over the next 8 months:

  • Salesforce
  • NetSuite
  • Amazon Redshift
  • Oracle Marketing Cloud (Eloqua)
  • ServiceNow
  • Marketo
  • Oracle Service Cloud (RightNow)
  • Google Analytics
  • WorkDay

Tweet @SAsInSumit or ping me on LinkedIn to let me know if I'm right (be nice!).

How Can We Help?

We are always ready to help our customers with whatever they need. To contact us, post a comment below, tweet to @DataDirect_News or call 1-800-876-3101. We are partners with SAP on TSANET  and happy to collaborate on your behalf for any connectivity project.

Sumit Sakar

Sumit Sarkar

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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