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Use the CData ODBC Driver for Dynamics NAV in SAS JMP

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

You can use the CData ODBC Driver for Dynamics NAV to integrate live data into your statistical analysis with SAS JMP. The driver proxies your queries directly to the Dynamics NAV 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 NAV API supports bidirectional access. This article shows how to access Dynamics NAV data into a report and create data visualization. It also shows how to use SQL to query and manipulate Dynamics NAV data from the JMP Query Builder.

Access Dynamics NAV 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.

Before you can connect, OData Services will need to be enabled on the server. Once OData Services are enabled, you will be able to query any Services that are published on the server.

The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid Dynamics NAV user credentials. In addition, you will need to specify a URL to a valid Dynamics NAV server organization root and a ServerInstance. If there is not a Service Default Company for the server, you will need to set the Company as well.

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 NAV Data with the Query Builder

After you have created the Dynamics NAV DSN, you can use SQL to invoke the capabilities of the Dynamics NAV 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 NAV 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 DynamicsNAV Source;", "INSERT INTO Customer (Name) VALUES ('Bob');");

Visualize Dynamics NAV 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, Name.
  2. Drag a measure column onto the y axis. For example, Prices_Including_VAT.
  3. Select a chart type. For example, a bar chart.