Access Epicor ERP Data in Mule Applications Using the CData JDBC Driver

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Create a simple Mule Application that uses HTTP and SQL with the CData JDBC Driver for Epicor ERP to create a JSON endpoint for Epicor ERP data.

The CData JDBC Driver for Epicor ERP connects Epicor ERP data to Mule applications enabling read , write, update, and delete functionality with familiar SQL queries. The JDBC Driver allows users to easily create Mule applications to backup, transform, report, and analyze Epicor ERP data.

This article demonstrates how to use the CData JDBC Driver for Epicor ERP inside of a Mule project to create a Web interface for Epicor ERP data. The application created allows you to request Epicor ERP data using an HTTP request and have the results returned as JSON. The exact same procedure outlined below can be used with any CData JDBC Driver to create a Web interface for the 200+ available data sources.

  1. Create a new Mule Project in Anypoint Studio.
  2. Add an HTTP Connector to the Message Flow.
  3. Configure the address for the HTTP Connector.
  4. Add a Database Select Connector to the same flow, after the HTTP Connector.
  5. Create a new Connection (or edit an existing one) and configure the properties.
    • Set Connection to "Generic Connection"
    • Select the CData JDBC Driver JAR file in the Required Libraries section (e.g. cdata.jdbc.epicorerp.jar).
    • Set the URL to the connection string for Epicor ERP

      To successfully connect to your ERP instance, you must specify the following connection properties:

      • Url:the URL of the server hosting your ERP instance. For example, https://myserver.EpicorSaaS.com
      • ERPInstance: the name of your ERP instance.
      • User: the username of your account.
      • Password: the password of your account.
      • Service: the service you want to retrieve data from. For example, BaqSvc.

      In addition, you may also set the optional connection properties:

      • ApiKey: An optional key that may be required for connection to some services depending on your account configuration.
      • ApiVersion: Defaults to v1. May be set to v2 to use the newer Epicor API.
      • Company: Required if you set the ApiVersion to v2.

      Built-in Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.epicorerp.jar

      Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    • Set the Driver class name to cdata.jdbc.epicorerp.EpicorERPDriver.
    • Click Test Connection.
  6. Set the SQL Query Text to a SQL query to request Epicor ERP data. For example: SELECT CustNum, Company FROM Customers WHERE CompanyName = 'CompanyName'
  7. Add a Transform Message Component to the flow.
  8. Set the Output script to the following to convert the payload to JSON:
    %dw 2.0
    output application/json
    ---
    payload
            
  9. To view your Epicor ERP data, navigate to the address you configured for the HTTP Connector (localhost:8081 by default): http://localhost:8081. The Epicor ERP data is available as JSON in your Web browser and any other tools capable of consuming JSON endpoints.

At this point, you have a simple Web interface for working with Epicor ERP data (as JSON data) in custom apps and a wide variety of BI, reporting, and ETL tools. Download a free, 30 day trial of the JDBC Driver for Epicor ERP and see the CData difference in your Mule Applications today.