Create Informatica Mappings From/To an ODBC Data Source for SharePoint Excel Services

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SharePoint Excel Services ODBC Driver

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

Access Excel Spreadsheet data hosted on SharePoint server like you would a database - read, write, and update data through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Create an ODBC connection to SharePoint Excel Services in Informatica and browse and transfer SharePoint Excel Services data.

Informatica provides a powerful, elegant means of transporting and transforming your data. By utilizing the CData ODBC Driver for SharePoint Excel Services, you are gaining access to a driver based on industry-proven standards that integrates seamlessly with Informatica's powerful data transportation and manipulation features. This tutorial shows how to transfer and browse SharePoint Excel Services data in Informatica PowerCenter.

Connect to SharePoint Excel Services as an ODBC Data Source

Information for connecting to SharePoint Excel Services follows, along with different instructions for configuring a DSN in Windows and Linux environments.

The URL, User, and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid credentials for SharePoint Online, SharePoint 2010, or SharePoint 2013. Additionally, the Library property must be set to a valid SharePoint Document Library and the File property must be set to a valid .xlsx file in the indicated Library.

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 SharePoint Excel Services 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 ExcelServices Source] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for SharePoint Excel Services Description = My Description URL = https://myorg.sharepoint.com User = admin@myorg.onmicrosoft.com Password = password File = Book1.xlsx

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

Create a Linked Table to Account Data

Follow the steps below to create a linked table, which enables you to access live Account data.

Create the ODBC Connection

Follow the steps below to connect to SharePoint Excel Services in Informatica PowerCenter:

  1. In the Informatica Developer tool connect to your repository and create a project.
  2. In the Connection Explorer pane, right-click and click Create a Connection.
  3. In the New Database Connection wizard that is displayed, enter a name and Id for the connection and in the Type menu select ODBC.
  4. In the Connection String property, enter the DSN.

NOTE: If you are working in a Linux operating system, set the Driver Manager for Linux property to unixODBC 2.3.x.

Create the SharePoint Excel Services Data Object

After you have created an ODBC connection to SharePoint Excel Services, you can now access SharePoint Excel Services entities in Informatica. Follow the steps below to add Account entities to your project.

  1. In the Object Explorer, right-click your project and then click New -> Data Object.
  2. In the wizard that is displayed, select the Relational Data Object option.
  3. Click the Browse button next to the Connection box and select the ODBC connection you created in the previous step.
  4. Select the option to create a data object from an existing resource and click the Browse button next to the Resource box.
  5. In the dialog that is displayed, clear the Show Default Schema Only option and expand the node for the ODBC connection. Select the entity that you want.

You can now browse the table in the Data Viewer: Right-click the node for the table and then click Open. On the Data Viewer view, click Run.

Create the Mapping

Follow the steps below to add the SharePoint Excel Services source to a mapping:

  1. In the Object Explorer, right-click your project and then click New -> Mapping.
  2. Expand the node for the SharePoint Excel Services connection and then drag the data object for the table onto the editor.
  3. In the dialog that appears, select the Read option.

Follow the steps below to map SharePoint Excel Services columns to a flat file:

  1. In the Object Explorer, right-click your project and then click New -> Data Object.
  2. Select Flat File Data Object -> Create as Empty -> Fixed Width.
  3. In the properties for the SharePoint Excel Services object, select the rows you want, right-click, and then click copy. Paste the rows into the flat file properties.
  4. Drag the flat file data object onto the mapping. In the dialog that appears, select the Write option.
  5. Click and drag to connect columns.

To transfer SharePoint Excel Services data, right-click in the workspace and then click Run Mapping.