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Use the CData ODBC Driver for Dynamics 365 Business Central in SAS JMP

You can use the CData ODBC Driver to integrate Dynamics 365 Business Central data into the statistical analysis tools available in SAS JMP. This article shows how to use Dynamics 365 Business Central data in the Graph Builder and Query Builder.

You can use the CData ODBC Driver for Dynamics 365 Business Central to integrate live data into your statistical analysis with SAS JMP. The driver proxies your queries directly to the Dynamics 365 Business Central API, ensuring that your analysis reflects any changes to the data. The CData ODBC Driver supports the standard SQL used by JMP in the background as you design reports.

The Dynamics 365 Business Central API supports bidirectional access. This article shows how to access Dynamics 365 Business Central data into a report and create data visualization. It also shows how to use SQL to query and manipulate Dynamics 365 Business Central data from the JMP Query Builder.

Access Dynamics 365 Business Central Data 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.

To authenticate to Dynamics 365 Business Central, you must provide the User and AccessKey properties.

To obtain the User and AccessKey values, navigate to the Users page in Dynamics 365 Business Central and then click on Edit. The User Name and Web Service Access Key values are what you will enter as the User and AccessKey connection string properties. Note that the User Name is not your email address. It is a shortened user name.

To connect to data, specify OrganizationUrl. If you have multiple companies in your organization, you must also specify the Company to indicate which company you would like to connect to. Company does not need to be specified if you have only one company.

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 Dynamics 365 Business Central Data with the Query Builder

After you have created the Dynamics 365 Business Central DSN, you can use SQL to invoke the capabilities of the Dynamics 365 Business Central API. Follow the steps below to execute some supported queries in the Query Builder:

  1. In SAS JMP, click File -> Database -> Query Builder. The Select Database Connection dialog is displayed.
  2. Click New Connection.
  3. On the Machine Data Source tab, select the DSN. In the next step, the Select Tables for Query dialog is displayed.
  4. In the Available Tables section, select a table and click Primary.
  5. As you drag Available Columns to the Included Columns tab, the underlying SQL query is updated.
  6. Click Run Query to display the data.
  7. To refresh the results with the current data, right-click Update from Database and click Run Script.

Manipulate Dynamics 365 Business Central Data

You can execute data manipulation queries from JSL scripts such as the one below. To execute a script, click New Script in the toolbar. To connect, specify the DSN. You can then use the standard SQL syntax:

Open Database( "DSN=CData D365BusinessCentral Source;", "INSERT INTO Accounts (Name) VALUES ('MyAccount');");

Visualize Dynamics 365 Business Central Data

After importing, you can use the Graph Builder to create graphs visually. To open the Graph Builder, click the Graph Builder button in the toolbar.

  1. Drag a dimension column onto the x axis. For example, accountid.
  2. Drag a measure column onto the y axis. For example, Name.
  3. Select a chart type. For example, a bar chart.