Use the CData ODBC Driver for HCL Domino in SAS for Real-Time Reporting and Analytics

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HCL Domino ODBC Driver

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

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



Connect to real-time HCL Domino data in SAS for reporting, analytics, and visualizations using the CData ODBC Driver for HCL Domino.

SAS is a software suite developed for advanced analytics, multivariate analysis, business intelligence, data management, and predictive analytics. When you pair SAS with the CData ODBC Driver for HCL Domino, you gain database-like access to live HCL Domino data from SAS, expanding your reporting and analytics capabilities. This articles walks through creating a library for HCL Domino in SAS and creating a simple report based on real-time HCL Domino data.

The CData ODBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live HCL Domino data in SAS due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from SAS to HCL Domino, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to HCL Domino and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. With built-in dynamic metadata querying, you can easily visualize and analyze HCL Domino data in SAS.

Connect to HCL Domino as an ODBC Data Source

Information for connecting to HCL Domino follows, along with different instructions for configuring a DSN in Windows and Linux environments (the ODBC Driver for HCL Domino must be installed on the machine hosting the SAS System).

Prerequisites

The connector requires the Proton component to be installed. Normally, Proton is distributed as part of the AppDev pack. See the HCL documentation for instructions on acquiring and installing Proton or the AppDev pack.

Once the Proton service is installed and running, you will also need to create a user account and download its Internet certificate. This certificate can be used to set the connector certificate connection properties.

Authenticating to Domino

  • Server: The name or IP address of the server running Domino with the Proton service.
  • Port: The port number that the Proton service is listening on.
  • Database: The name of the database file, including the .nsf extension.
  • SSLClientCertType: This must match the format of the certificate file. Typically this will be either PEMKEY_FILE for .pem certificates or PFXFILE for .pfx certificates.
  • SSLClientCert: The path to the certificate file.
  • SSLServerCert: This can be set to (*) if you trust the server. This is usually the case, but if you want to perform SSL validation, you may provide a certificate or thumbprint instead. See the documentation for SSLServerCert for details.

Additional Server Configuration

The connector supports querying Domino views if any are defined. Before views can be queried by the connector they must be registered with the design catalog.

Please refer to the Catalog Administration section of the AppDev pack documentation for details on how to do this.

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.

Windows

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.

Linux

If you are installing the CData ODBC Driver for HCL Domino in a Linux environment, the driver installation predefines a system DSN. You can modify the DSN by editing the system data sources file (/etc/odbc.ini) and defining the required connection properties.

/etc/odbc.ini

[CData Domino Sys] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for HCL Domino Description = My Description Server = https://domino.corp.com Database = names.nsf Port = 3002 SSLClientCertType = PEMKEY_FILE SSLClientCert = full_path_of_certificate.pem SSLServerCert = *

For specific information on using these configuration files, please refer to the help documentation (installed and found online).

Create a HCL Domino Library in SAS

Connect to HCL Domino in SAS by adding a library based on the CData ODBC Driver for HCL Domino.

  1. Open SAS and expand Libraries in the Explorer pane.
  2. In the Active Libraries window, right-click and select New.
  3. Name your library (odbclib), select ODBC as the Engine, and click to Enable at startup (if you want the library to persist between sessions).
  4. Set Data Source to the DSN you previously configured and click OK.

Create a View from a HCL Domino Query

SAS natively supports querying data either using a low-code, point-and-click Query tool or programmatically with PROC SQL and a custom SQL query. When you create a View in SAS, the defining query is executed each time the view is queried. This means that you always query live HCL Domino data for reports, charts, and analytics.

Using the Query Tool

  1. In SAS, click Tools -> Query
  2. Select the table sources and the table(s) you wish to pull data from. Then, click OK.
  3. Select columns and right-click to add filtering, ordering, grouping, etc.
  4. Create a local view to contain the query results by right-clicking the SQL Query Tool window, selecting Show Query, and clicking Create View. Name the View and click OK.

Using PROC SQL

  1. In SAS, navigate to the Editor window.
  2. Use PROC SQL to query the data and create a local view.
    NOTE: This procedure creates a view in the Work library. You can optionally specify a library in the create view statement.
    proc sql;
      create view byname_view as
      select 
        name, 
        address 
      from 
        odbclib.byname 
      where 
        City = 'Miami';
    quit;
    
  3. Click Run -> Submit to execute the query and create a local view.

Report On or Visualize HCL Domino Data in SAS

With a local view created, you can report, visualize, or otherwise analyze HCL Domino data using the powerful SAS features. Print a simple report using PROC PRINT and create a basic graph based on the data using PROC GCHART.

Print an HTML Report

  1. In SAS, navigate to the Editor window.
  2. Use PROC PRINT to print an HTML report for the HCL Domino ByName data.
    proc print data=byname;
      title "HCL Domino ByName Data";
    run;
    

Print a Chart

  1. In SAS, navigate to the Editor window.
  2. Use PROC GCHART to create a chart for the ByName data.
    proc gchart data=byname;
      pie name / sumvar=address
          value=arrow
          percent=arrow
          noheading
          percent=inside plabel=(height=12pt)
          slice=inside value=none
          name='ByNameChart';
    run;