Enable the CData JDBC Driver for FinancialForce in KNIME

Use standard data access components in KNIME to create charts and reports with FinancialForce data.

One of the strengths of the CData JDBC Driver for FinancialForce is its cross-platform support, enabling integration with major BI tools. Follow the procedure below to access FinancialForce data in KNIME and to create a chart from FinancialForce data using the report designer.

Define a New JDBC Connection to FinancialForce Data

  1. If you have not already done so, install the Report Designer extension: Click File -> Install KNIME Extensions, and filter on "Report".
  2. In a new workflow, click File -> Preferences and expand the KNIME -> Database Driver nodes to add cdata.jdbc.financialforce.jar. The driver JAR is located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  3. In the Node Repository view, expand the Database node and drag a Database Reader onto the workflow editor.
  4. Double-click the Database Reader and set the following properties:

    • Database Driver: In the menu, select the CData JDBC driver.
    • Database URL: Enter the connection properties. The JDBC URL begins with jdbc:financialforce: and is followed by a semicolon-separated list of connection properties.

      There are several authentication methods available for connecting to FinancialForce: login credentials, SSO, and OAuth.

      Authenticating with a Login and Token

      Set the User and Password to your login credentials. Additionally, set the SecurityToken. By default, the SecurityToken is required, but you can make it optional by allowing a range of trusted IP addresses.

      To disable the security token:

      1. Log in to FinancialForce and enter "Network Access" in the Quick Find box in the setup section.
      2. Add your IP address to the list of trusted IP addresses.

      To obtain the security token:

      1. Open the personal information page on FinancialForce.com.
      2. Click the link to reset your security token. The token will be emailed to you.
      3. Specify the security token in the SecurityToken connection property or append it to the Password.

      Authenticating with OAuth

      If you do not have access to the user name and password or do not want to require them, use the OAuth user consent flow. See the OAuth section in the Help for an authentication guide.

      Connecting to FinancialForce Sandbox Accounts

      Set UseSandbox to true (false by default) to use a FinancialForce sandbox account. Ensure that you specify a sandbox user name in User.

      A typical JDBC URL is below. jdbc:financialforce:User=myUser;Password=myPassword;Security Token=myToken;

    • User Name: The username used to authenticate.
    • Password: The password used to authenticate.
    • SQL Statement: Enter an SQL query in the SQL Statement box or double-click a table. This article uses the query below to create a chart: SELECT BillingState, Name FROM Account WHERE Industry = 'Floppy Disks'
  5. Test the connection by clicking Fetch Metadata.

  6. Connect the Database Reader to a Data to Report node to supply the dataset to a range of data visualization controls. Click Execute and then click Edit Report at the top of the workflow to open the report designer perspective.
  7. You can now generate reports based on live data. To create a chart, drag the chart control from the palette to the report designer. In the resulting wizard, you can use the filtering and aggregation controls available in KNIME.
 
 
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