Integrate Bullhorn CRM Data in the Pentaho Report Designer

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Bullhorn CRM JDBC Driver

Rapidly create and deploy powerful Java applications that integrate with Bullhorn CRM.



Publish reports based on Bullhorn CRM data in the Pentaho BI tool.

The CData JDBC Driver for Bullhorn CRM data enables access to live data from dashboards and reports. This article shows how to connect to Bullhorn CRM data as a JDBC data source and publish reports based on Bullhorn CRM data in Pentaho.

Connect and Create a Report

  1. Copy the JAR file of the driver, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory, to the \Report-Designer\lib\jdbc\ folder in the Pentaho directory.
  2. Run the report-designer.bat file in the \Report-Designer\ folder to open the Report-Designer UI.
  3. Create a new data source with the driver by clicking Data -> Add Data Source -> Advanced -> JDBC (Custom) and then creating a new Bullhorn CRM connection. In the resulting dialog, configure the connection properties as shown below.

    • Custom Connection URL property: Enter the JDBC URL. This starts with jdbc:bullhorncrm: and is followed by a semicolon-separated list of connection properties.

      Begin by providing your Bullhorn CRM account credentials in the following:

      If you are uncertain about your data center code, codes like CLS2, CLS21, etc. are cluster IDs that are contained in a user's browser URL (address bar) once they are logged in.

      Example: https://cls21.bullhornstaffing.com/BullhornSTAFFING/MainFrame.jsp?#no-ba... indicates that the logged in user is on CLS21.

      Authenticating with OAuth

      Bullhorn CRM uses the OAuth 2.0 authentication standard. To authenticate using OAuth, create and configure a custom OAuth app. See the Help documentation for more information.

      Built-in Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.bullhorncrm.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.

      Below is a typical JDBC URL:

      jdbc:bullhorncrm:DataCenterCode=CLS33;OAuthClientId=myoauthclientid;OAuthClientSecret=myoauthclientsecret;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH
    • Custom Driver Class Name: Enter cdata.jdbc.bullhorncrm.BullhornCRMDriver.
    • User Name: The username to authenticate with.
    • Password: The password to authenticate with.

Add Bullhorn CRM Data to a Report

You are now ready to create a report with Bullhorn CRM data.

  1. Add the Bullhorn CRM source to your report: Click Data -> Add Data Source -> JDBC and select the data source.

  2. Configure the query. This article uses the one below:

    SELECT Id, CandidateName FROM Candidate WHERE CandidateName = 'Jane Doe'
  3. Drag a chart onto your report and double-click it to edit the chart. Run the report to display the chart. You can use the results of this query to create a simple chart for the Candidate table.
  4. Finally, run the report to see the chart.