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.
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 Salesforce.com as a target from BODS!
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 NetSuite.com, ServiceNow, Plex Systems, VoltDB and Deltek, to name a few.
To get started connecting BODS to cloud sources, follow these steps:
For other drivers such as NetSuite, an additional environment variable is required:
Refer to the instructions from the application vendor for a complete reference.
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:
[Salesforce] Driver=/home/boxiadm/app/bodsx/dataservices/DataDirect/odbc/lib/libodbc.so OdbcConformanceLevel=3 LazyLoading= DriverUnicodeType= ODBC64SqlLenSize=64 ODBC64SqlHandleSize=64 #RebrandedLib=TRUE
In odbc.ini, you should configure the actual library (ddsfrc27.so for DataDirect Connect64 for ODBC Salesforce v7.1.4 or ivoa22.so for NetSuite.com). Note that the ODBC DSN name in brackets must match between ds_odbc.ini and odbc.ini.
[Salesforce] Driver=/opt/Progress/DataDirect/Connect64_for_ODBC_71/lib/ddsfrc27.so Description=DataDirect 7.1 Salesforce ConfigOptions=(MapSystemColumnNames=0;CustomSuffix=Include;AuditColumns=All) CreateDB=1 EnableBulkLoad=False Extended Options= HostName=test.salesforce.com JVMClasspath=/opt/Progress/DataDirect/Connect64_for_ODBC_71/java/lib/sforce.jar SecurityToken= StmtCallLimit=0 TransactionMode=1
Make sure the client ODBC data source on Windows is configured with the same properties in the ODBC Administrator.
SAP recommends the use of DataDirect drivers when you need:
I guarantee you will see requirements from BODS to consume at least one of the following cloud data sources over the next 8 months:
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Technology researcher, thought leader and speaker working to enable enterprises to rapidly adopt new technologies that are adaptive, connected and cognitive. Sumit has been working in the data access infrastructure field for over 10 years servicing web/mobile developers, data engineers and data scientists. His primary areas of focus include cross platform app development, serverless architectures, and hybrid enterprise data management that supports open standards such as ODBC, JDBC, ADO.NET, GraphQL, OData/REST. He has presented dozens of technology sessions at conferences such as Dreamforce, Oracle OpenWorld, Strata Hadoop World, API World, Microstrategy World, MongoDB World, etc.
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