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Integrate Live Zuora Data into Amazon SageMaker Canvas with RDS



Use CData Connect Cloud to connect to Zuora from Amazon RDS connector in Amazon SageMaker Canvas and build custom models using live Zuora data.

Amazon SageMaker Canvas is a no-code machine learning platform that lets you generate predictions, prepare data, and build models without writing code. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Zuora data for building custom machine-learning models, predicting customer churn, generating texts, building chatbots, and more. This article shows how to connect to Connect Cloud from Amazon SageMaker Canvas using the RDS connector and integrate live Zuora data into your ML model deployments.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure SQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Zuora, allowing you to easily integrate with live Zuora data in Amazon SageMaker Canvas — without replicating the data. CData Connect Cloud looks exactly like a SQL Server database to Amazon SageMaker Canvas and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Zuora, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Zuora data.

Configure Zuora Connectivity for Amazon SageMaker Canvas

Connectivity to Zuora from Amazon SageMaker Canvas is made possible through CData Connect Cloud. To work with Zuora data from Amazon SageMaker Canvas, we start by creating and configuring a Zuora connection.

  1. Log into Connect Cloud, click Connections, and click Add Connection.
  2. Select "Zuora" from the Add Connection panel.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Zuora.

    Zuora uses the OAuth standard to authenticate users. See the online Help documentation for a full OAuth authentication guide.

    Configuring Tenant property

    In order to create a valid connection with the provider you need to choose one of the Tenant values (USProduction by default) which matches your account configuration. The following is a list with the available options:

    • USProduction: Requests sent to https://rest.zuora.com.
    • USAPISandbox: Requests sent to https://rest.apisandbox.zuora.com"
    • USPerformanceTest: Requests sent to https://rest.pt1.zuora.com"
    • EUProduction: Requests sent to https://rest.eu.zuora.com"
    • EUSandbox: Requests sent to https://rest.sandbox.eu.zuora.com"

    Selecting a Zuora Service

    Two Zuora services are available: Data Query and AQuA API. By default ZuoraService is set to AQuADataExport.

    DataQuery

    The Data Query feature enables you to export data from your Zuora tenant by performing asynchronous, read-only SQL queries. We recommend to use this service for quick lightweight SQL queries.

    Limitations
    • The maximum number of input records per table after filters have been applied: 1,000,000
    • The maximum number of output records: 100,000
    • The maximum number of simultaneous queries submitted for execution per tenant: 5
    • The maximum number of queued queries submitted for execution after reaching the limitation of simultaneous queries per tenant: 10
    • The maximum processing time for each query in hours: 1
    • The maximum size of memory allocated to each query in GB: 2
    • The maximum number of indices when using Index Join, in other words, the maximum number of records being returned by the left table based on the unique value used in the WHERE clause when using Index Join: 20,000

    AQuADataExport

    AQuA API export is designed to export all the records for all the objects ( tables ). AQuA query jobs have the following limitations:

    Limitations
    • If a query in an AQuA job is executed longer than 8 hours, this job will be killed automatically.
    • The killed AQuA job can be retried three times before returned as failed.
  4. Click Create & Test.
  5. Navigate to the Permissions tab in the Add Zuora Connection page and update the User-based permissions.

Add a Personal Access Token

If you are connecting from a service, application, platform, or framework that does not support OAuth authentication, you can create a Personal Access Token (PAT) to use for authentication. Best practices would dictate that you create a separate PAT for each service, to maintain granularity of access.

  1. Click on your username at the top right of the Connect Cloud app and click User Profile.
  2. On the User Profile page, scroll down to the Personal Access Tokens section and click Create PAT.
  3. Give your PAT a name and click Create.
  4. The personal access token is only visible at creation, so be sure to copy it and store it securely for future use.

With the connection configured, you are ready to connect to Zuora data from Amazon SageMaker Canvas.

Connecting to CData Connect Cloud from Amazon SageMaker Canvas

With the connection in CData Connect Cloud configured, you are ready to integrate live Zuora data into Amazon SageMaker Canvas using its RDS connector.

  1. Select a domain and user profile in Amazon SageMaker Canvas and click on "Open Canvas".
  2. Once the Canvas application opens, navigate to the left panel, and select "My models".
  3. Click on "Create new model" in the My models screen.
  4. Specify a Model name in Create new model window and select a Problem type. Click on "Create".
  5. Once the model version gets created, click on "Create dataset" in the Select dataset tab.
  6. In the Create a tabular dataset window, add a "Dataset name" and click on "Create".
  7. Click on the "Data Source" drop-down and search for or navigate to the RDS connector and click on " Add Connection".
  8. In the Add a new RDS connection window, set the following properties:

    • Connection Name: a relevant connection name
    • Set Engine type to sqlserver-web
    • Set Port to 14333
    • Set Address as tds.cdata.com
    • Set Username to a Connect Cloud user (e.g. [email protected])
    • Set Password to the PAT for the above user
    • Set Database name the Zuora connection (e.g., Zuora1)
  9. Click on "Create connection".

Integrating Zuora Data into Amazon SageMaker Canvas

With the connection to Connect Cloud configured in the RDS, you are ready to integrate live Zuora data into your Amazon SageMaker Canvas dataset.

  1. In the tabular dataset created in RDS with Zuora data, search for the Zuora connection configured on Connect Cloud in the search bar or from the list of connections.
  2. Select the table of your choice from Zuora, drag and drop it into the canvas on the right.
  3. You can create workflows by joining any number of tables from the Zuora connection (as shown below). Click on "Create dataset".
  4. Once the dataset is created, click on "Select dataset" to build your model.
  5. Perform analysis, generate prediction, and deploy the model.

At this point, you have access to live Zuora data in Amazon SageMaker that you can utilize to build custom ML models to generate predictive business insights and grow your organization.

SQL Access to Zuora Data from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live Zuora data from Amazon SageMaker Canvas. You can create more connections, datasets, and predictive models to drive business — all without replicating Zuora data.

To get real-time data access to 100+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Connect Cloud.