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Create Act CRM-Connected Nintex Workflows

Use the CData Cloud Hub to connect to Act CRM from Nintex Workflow Cloud and build custom workflows using live Act CRM data.

Nintex Workflow Cloud is a cloud-based platform where you can design workflows to automate simple or complex processes using drag-and-drop interactions — without writing any code. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Act CRM data for business applications. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Act CRM in Cloud Hub and build a simple workflow from Act CRM data in Nintex.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Act CRM, allowing you to build workflows from live Act CRM data in Nintex Workflow Cloud — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. Nintex allows you to access data directly using SQL queries. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc.) directly to Act CRM, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return the requested Act CRM data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Act CRM Data

CData Cloud Hub uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Log into Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "Act CRM" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Act CRM.

    The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid Act! user credentials. In addition to the authentication values, see the following:

    • Connecting to Act! Premium

      In addition to the authentication values, the URL to Act! is also required; for example https://eup1-iis-04.eu.hosted.act.com/.

      Additionally, you must specify the ActDatabase you will connect to. This is found by going to the About Act! Premium menu of your account, at the top right of the page, in the ? menu. Use the Database Name in the window that appears.

    • Connecting to Act! Premium Cloud

      To connect to your Act! Premium Cloud account, you also need to specify the ActCloudName property. This property is found in the URL address of the Cloud account; for example https://eup1-iis-04.eu.hosted.act.com/ActCloudName/.

    Note that retrieving ActCRM metadata can be expensive. It is advised that you set the CacheMetadata property to store the metadata locally.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to Act CRM data from Nintex.

Connect to Act CRM in Nintex

The steps below outline creating a new connection for access to Act CRM the CData Cloud Hub from Nintex to create a new Act CRM data source.

  1. Log into Nintex Workflow Cloud
  2. In the Connections tab, click "Add new"
  3. Select MySQL as the connector and click "Connect"
  4. In the MySQL connection wizard, set the following properties:
    • Connection Name: name the connection (e.g., CData Cloud Hub Act CRM Connection)
    • Username: your Cloud Hub username
    • Password: your Cloud Hub password
    • Database Host: your Cloud Hub MySQL endpoint (e.g., myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Database Name: the virtual Act CRM database (e.g., ActCRM1)
  5. Click "Connect"
  6. Configure the connection permissions and click "Save permissions"

Create a Simple Act CRM Workflow

With the connection to the CData Cloud Hub configured, we are ready to build a simple workflow to access Act CRM data. Start by clicking the "Create workflow" button.

Configure the Start Event Action

  1. Click the start event task and select the "Form" event
  2. Click "Design form"
  3. Drag a "Text - Long" element onto the Form and click the element to configure it
    • Set "Title" to "Enter SQL query"
    • Set "Required" to true
  4. Drag a "Text - Short" element onto the Form and click the element to configure it
    • Set "Title" to "Enter desired result column"
    • Set "Required" to true

Configure an "Execute a Query" Action

  1. Add an "Execute a query" action after the "Start event: Form" action and click to configure the action
  2. Set "SQL Script" to the "Enter SQL Query" variable from the "Start event" action
  3. Set "Column to retrieve" to the "Enter desired result column" variable from the "Start event" action
  4. Set "Retrieved column" to a new variable (e.g., "values")

Configure a "Send an Email" Action

  1. Add a "Send an email" action after the "Execute a query" action and click to configure the action
  2. Set the "Recipient email address"
  3. Set the "Subject"
  4. Set the "Message body" to the variable created for the retrieved column

Once you configure the actions, click "Save," name the Workflow, and click "Save" again. You now have a simple workflow that will query Act CRM using SQL and send an email with the results.

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