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We are really excited about the response from Oracle shops to our SQL approach via ODBC and JDBC to fully integrate Oracle applications with Salesforce.com at Collaborate 12, Oracle User's Community. There was a roaring applause and folks tweeted about our session (#940 - SQL Access to Salesforce.com Data) that included a demo of a SQL-92 inner join query against Salesforce.com in real time from Oracle SQL Developer.
Learned how to easily integrate #Salesforce with #OBIEE leveraging@datadirect_news , will recommend to my clients. #C12LV
Great presentation from @datadirect_news on SQL and #salesforceconnectivity to both SaaS and OnPremise BI Tools. #C12LV #Oracle#EPM
Nice talk to Sumit at data direct booth #clv12 #c12lv
If you were unable to visit Progress DataDirect at the Collaborate 12 Oracle User’s Conference, here are the top 5 questions we heard from Oracle shops on leveraging SQL access to Salesforce.com from various applications including: OBIEE, E-business Suite (EBS), JD Edwards, Oracle Warehouse Builder or Data Integrator, PL/SQL and Application Development Framework (ADF).
1. How do you model the RPD in OBIEE directly against Salesforce.com without a staging database?
With a direct ODBC connection from OBIEE to Salesforce.com, you have the option to model your metadata directly against Salesforce.com. You can read more about our experiences with OBIEE integration with Salesforce. And an OBIEE consultant with over 30 years experience stopped by to share that the mappings will be generated automatically in newer versions using the foreign keys exposed by the driver!
2. What are my integration options from Oracle E-business suite?
If you’re fetching and inserting data from calls initiated within EBS against Salesforce.com, we recommend creating a Database Gateway for ODBC to Salesforce. This is the same approach used by Oracle shops for years to integrate with SQL Server, DB2 and Sybase.
And the same ODBC driver can be used with JD Edwards shops running SQL Server.
3. For Oracle Warehouse Builder and Oracle Data Integrator, how does the driver handle transactions against Salesforce for inserts, updates, deletes, upserts?
Since Salesforce.com does not support transactions, we included an option to ignore transactions in the driver so that the workflow can run. The driver was designed for accessing SAAS data the cloud with built-in fault tolerance to prevent failures.
4. What solution do you have for application development using Oracle’s Application Development Framework (ADF) that requires access to data in Salesforce.com?
We recommend running the DataDirect Connect XE for JDBC Salesforce driver for a direct connection to Salesforce.com. This enables rapid development of a variety of ADF applications accessing SFDC.
5. Does your driver support the rest of the Salesforce platform?
Yes, we support connectivity to force.com applications and database.com.
To summarize the excitement at the conference, an architect waiting in line for Starbucks shared that he is underway with a custom development project with a consulting firm to integrate EBS with Salesforce.com; and he then asked how Progress DataDirect does it. I shared we have out-of-box integration with ODBC and JDBC available. He then smiled real big and replied "oh my gosh".
Need to integrate your Oracle Shop with Salesforce?
1. Download free 15 day trial of the DataDirect Connect XE for ODBC or JDBC Salesforce drivers to integrate an unlimited number of BI applications with Salesforce.
2. Or call 1-800-876-3101 to speak with a live Solutions Consultant to learn how other organizations are making progress with DataDirect Connect Salesforce SQL access.
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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