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Create Blackbaud FE NXT-Connected Business Apps in AppSheet

Use the CData Cloud Hub to connect to Blackbaud FE NXT from AppSheet and build custom business apps using live Blackbaud FE NXT data.

AppSheet provides a no-code development platform for application software, which allows users to create mobile, tablet, and web applications. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Blackbaud FE NXT data for business applications. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Blackbaud FE NXT in Cloud Hub and build a simple app from Blackbaud FE NXT data in AppSheet.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Blackbaud FE NXT, allowing you to build reports from live Blackbaud FE NXT data in AppSheet — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. As you create applications to work with data, AppSheet generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc.) directly to Blackbaud FE NXT, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return the requested Blackbaud FE NXT data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Blackbaud FE NXT 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 "Blackbaud FE NXT" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Blackbaud FE NXT.

    Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT 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 guide in the CData driver documentation for more information.

  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 Blackbaud FE NXT data from AppSheet.

Connect to Blackbaud FE NXT in AppSheet

The steps below outline connecting to the CData Cloud Hub from AppSheet to create a new Blackbaud FE NXT data source.

  1. Log into AppSheet
  2. Click "My account" in the menu
  3. Click the Sources tab and add a new data source
  4. Select Cloud Database and set the connection information
    • Type: MySQL
    • Server: the endpoint for your instance, including port, for example, myinstance.cdatacloud.net:3306
    • Database: the virtual database, for example, FinancialEdgeNXT1
    • Username: a Cloud Hub user with permissions for the database
    • Password: the password for the Cloud Hub user
    • SSL: Require SSL
  5. Click "Test Connection"
  6. Click "Authorize Access"

Create an App

Once you create the data source for Blackbaud FE NXT, you can start building apps on Blackbaud FE NXT data. Start by clicking "My apps" in the menu.

  1. Click to create a new app and select "Start with your own data"
  2. Name the app and select an appropriate category, based on your data
  3. Select the newly created data source (e.g., database-1)
  4. Select the table or view with the data you want

At this point, you can configure the design of your app, selecting which columns from the selected table to display, use as labels, and more. Preview the app in the preview panel and then publish or share it when ready.

To get SQL data access to 150+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, try the CData Cloud Hub.