ADP Reporting and Star Schemas in OBIEE

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ADP ODBC Driver

The ADP ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from ADP, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access ADP data like you would a database - read, write, and update ADP FALSE, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Create a star schema that shows perspectives on ADP facts in real time.

The CData ODBC Driver for ADP is a standard database driver that can integrate real-time access to ADP data into your data warehouse or directly into your reporting tool. This article shows how to bypass the data warehouse and import operational ADP data into Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE).

See the knowledge base for ODBC integrations with ETL tools like Informatica PowerCenter. For an ETL solution into Oracle Warehouse Builder, use the driver with the Oracle ODBC Gateway to Access ADP Data as a Remote Oracle Database.

Connect to ADP as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

Connect to ADP by specifying the following properties:

  • SSLClientCert: Set this to the certificate provided during registration.
  • SSLClientCertPassword: Set this to the password of the certificate.
  • UseUAT: The connector makes requests to the production environment by default. If using a developer account, set UseUAT = true.
  • RowScanDepth: The maximum number of rows to scan for the custom fields columns available in the table. The default value will be set to 100. Setting a high value may decrease performance.

The connector uses OAuth to authenticate with ADP. OAuth requires the authenticating user to interact with ADP using the browser. For more information, refer to the OAuth section in the Help documentation.

When you configure the DSN, 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.

Import ADP Metadata

Follow the steps below to use the OBIEE Client Tools to import ADP metadata into an OBIEE repository. You can then integrate ADP data into your business models.

  1. Open the Administration Tool and click File -> New Repository.

  2. In the Connection Type menu, select ODBC 3.5 and select the CData DSN.
  3. Select the metadata types you want to import under the Relational Sources option and then select ADP tables.
You can now create star schemas based on ADP tables: