Use the CData JDBC Driver for Salesforce in MicroStrategy Desktop



MicroStrategy is an analytics and mobility platform that enables data-driven innovation. When you pair MicroStrategy with the CData JDBC Driver for Salesforce, you gain database-like access to live Salesforce data from MicroStrategy, expanding your reporting and analytics capabilities. In this article, we walk through adding Salesforce as a data source in MicroStrategy Desktop and creating a simple visualization of Salesforce data.

The CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Salesforce data in MicroStrategy due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from MicroStrategy to Salesforce, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Salesforce and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. With built-in dynamic metadata querying, you can use native MicroStrategy data types to visualize and analyze Salesforce data.

Connect to and Visualize Salesforce Data using MicroStrategy Desktop

In addition to connecting to Salesforce in MicroStrategy enterprise products, you can connect to Salesforce in MicroStrategy Desktop. Follow the steps below to add Salesforce data as a dataset using JDBC and create visualizations and reports of Salesforce data.

  1. Open MicroStrategy Desktop and create a new dossier.
  2. In the datasets panel, click New Data, select Databases, and choose Select a Table as the Import Option.
  3. Add a new data source and choose the DSN-less data sources option.
  4. Choose Generic in the Database menu and Generic DBMS in the Version menu.
  5. Click the link to show the connection string and opt to edit the connection string. In the Driver menu, select MicroStrategy Cassandra ODBC Driver. (MicroStrategy requires a certified driver to interface through JDBC; the actual driver will not be used.)
  6. Set the connection string as follows and click OK:
    • Add the JDBC keyword to the connection string.
    • Set MSTR_JDBC_JAR_FOLDER to the path of the JAR file for the JDBC driver. (C:\Program Files\CData JDBC Driver for Salesforce\lib\ on Windows.)
    • Set DRIVER to cdata.jdbc.salesforce.SalesforceDriver, the driver class.
    • Set URL to the JDBC URL for the Salesforce driver, setting the necessary connection properties.

      There are several authentication methods available for connecting to Salesforce: Login, OAuth, and SSO. The Login method requires you to have the username, password, and security token of the user.

      If you do not have access to the username and password or do not wish to require them, you can use OAuth authentication.

      SSO (single sign-on) can be used by setting the SSOProperties, SSOLoginUrl, and TokenUrl connection properties, which allow you to authenticate to an identity provider. See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for more information.

    JDBC;MSTR_JDBC_JAR_FOLDER=PATH\TO\JAR\;DRIVER=cdata.jdbc.salesforce.SalesforceDriver;URL={jdbc:salesforce:User=username;Password=password;SecurityToken=Your_Security_Token;};
  7. Right-click on the new data source, and choose Edit catalog options.
  8. Edit the SQL Statement to SELECT * FROM SYS_SCHEMAS to read the metadata from the JDBC Driver.
  9. Select the new data source to view the available tables. You may need to manually click the search icon in the Available Tables section to see the tables.
  10. Drag tables into the pane to import them. Note: Since we create a live connection, we can import whole tables and utilize the filtering and aggregation features native to the MicroStrategy products.
  11. Click Finish and choose the option to connect Live. Live connections are possible and effective, thanks to the high-performance data processing native to CData JDBC Drivers.
  12. Choose a visualization, choose fields to display, and apply any filters to create a new visualization of Salesforce data. Data types are discovered automatically through dynamic metadata discovery. Where possible, the complex queries generated by the filters and aggregations will be pushed down to Salesforce, while any unsupported operations (which can include SQL functions and JOIN operations) will be managed client-side by the CData SQL engine embedded in the driver.
  13. Once you are finished configuring the dossier, click File -> Save.

Using the CData JDBC Driver for Salesforce in MicroStrategy Desktop, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on Salesforce data. Read our other articles for connecting to Salesforce in MicroStrategy Developer and connecting to Salesforce in MicroStrategy Web for more examples.

 
 
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