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How to set Adobe Analytics data as a JDBC data source in FineReport.

The CData JDBC Driver for Adobe Analytics fully implements the JDBC standard and can provide Adobe Analytics data connectivity to a wide variety of BI, reporting, and ETL tools and custom applications. In this article, we explain how to set Adobe Analytics data as JDBC data source in FineReport and view Adobe Analytics data as a table in the Report Designer.

Set Up a JDBC Data Source of Adobe Analytics Data

Follow the instruction below to set Adobe Analytics data as a FineReport database connection.

  1. Copy the cdata.jdbc.adobeanalytics.jar file from the lib folder in the CData JDBC Driver for Adobe Analytics installation directory to the lib folder of the FineReport installation directory. You will need to copy the cdata.jdbc.adobeanalytics.lic file as well.
  2. From the Server tab, select Define Data Connection, click to add a new connection, and click JDBC.

Next we will set up the data connection definition in the window.

  1. Database: Others
  2. JDBC Driver: cdata.jdbc.adobeanalytics.AdobeAnalytics Driver
  3. URL: A standard JDBC connection string using semicolon-separated connection properties.

    Adobe Analytics uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to create an app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties. See the "Getting Started" section of the help documentation for a guide.

    Retrieving GlobalCompanyId

    GlobalCompanyId is a required connection property. If you do not know your Global Company ID, you can find it in the request URL for the users/me endpoint on the Swagger UI. After logging into the Swagger UI Url, expand the users endpoint and then click the GET users/me button. Click the Try it out and Execute buttons. Note your Global Company ID shown in the Request URL immediately preceding the users/me endpoint.

    Retrieving Report Suite Id

    Report Suite ID (RSID) is also a required connection property. In the Adobe Analytics UI, navigate to Admin -> Report Suites and you will get a list of your report suites along with their identifiers next to the name.

    After setting the GlobalCompanyId, RSID and OAuth connection properties, you are ready to connect to Adobe Analytics.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

    For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Adobe Analytics JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.adobeanalytics.jar

    Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    When you configure the JDBC URL, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:adobeanalytics:GlobalCompanyId=myGlobalCompanyId; RSID=myRSID; OAuthClientId=myOauthClientId; OauthClientSecret=myOAuthClientSecret; CallbackURL=myCallbackURL;
  4. Click Connection pool attributes and set Test before getting connections to No.

Click Test connection to ensure you have configured the connection properly. With the connection to Adobe Analytics set up, you can use it as FineReport data source.

Select Adobe Analytics Data in the Report Designer.

  1. Click to add a new template data set and select DB query to open the database query window.
  2. Choose the JDBC connection that you created from the dropdown list.
  3. The Adobe Analytics entities will appear as tables on the left pane.
  4. Write a SELECT statement for the Adobe Analytics data tables and columns that you want to load.
  5. Click preview and data is shown as table.

With these simple steps, Adobe Analytics can be used as a JDBC data source in FineReport.