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Create FedEx-Connected Nintex Workflows

Use the CData Cloud Hub to connect to FedEx from Nintex Workflow Cloud and build custom workflows using live FedEx data.

Nintex Workflow Cloud is a cloud-based platform where you can design workflows to automate simple or complex processes using drag-and-drop interactions — without writing any code. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to FedEx data for business applications. This article shows how to create a virtual database for FedEx in Cloud Hub and build a simple workflow from FedEx data in Nintex.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for FedEx, allowing you to build workflows from live FedEx data in Nintex Workflow Cloud — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. Nintex allows you to access data directly using SQL queries. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc.) directly to FedEx, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return the requested FedEx data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for FedEx Data

CData Cloud Hub uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Log into Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "FedEx" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to FedEx.

    There are five pieces of information needed in order to authenticate its actions with the FedEx service. This information is below.

    • Server: This controls the URL where the requests should be sent. Common testing options for this are: "https://gatewaybeta.fedex.com:443/xml", "https://wsbeta.fedex.com:443/xml", "https://gatewaybeta.fedex.com:443/web-service", and "https://wsbeta.fedex.com:443/web-service"
    • DeveloperKey: This is the identifier part of the authentication key for the sender's identity. This value will be provided to you by FedEx after registration.
    • Password: This is the secret part of the authentication key for the sender's identity. This value will be provided to you by FedEx after registration.
    • AccountNumber: This valid 9-digit FedEx account number is used for logging into the FedEx server.
    • MeterNumber: This value is used for submitting requests to FedEx. This value will be provided to you by FedEx after registration.
    • PrintLabelLocation: This property is required if one intends to use the GenerateLabels or GenerateReturnLabels stored procedures. This should be set to the folder location where generated labels should be stored.

    The Cache Database

    Many of the useful tasks available from FedEx require a lot of data. To ensure this data is easy to input and recall later, utilizes a cache database to make these requests. You must set the cache connection properties:

    • CacheProvider: The specific database you are using to cache with. For example, org.sqlite.JDBC.
    • CacheConnection: The connection string to be passed to the cache provider. For example, jdbc:sqlite:C:\users\username\documents\fedexcache.db
  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to FedEx data from Nintex.

Connect to FedEx in Nintex

The steps below outline creating a new connection for access to FedEx the CData Cloud Hub from Nintex to create a new FedEx data source.

  1. Log into Nintex Workflow Cloud
  2. In the Connections tab, click "Add new"
  3. Select MySQL as the connector and click "Connect"
  4. In the MySQL connection wizard, set the following properties:
    • Connection Name: name the connection (e.g., CData Cloud Hub FedEx Connection)
    • Username: your Cloud Hub username
    • Password: your Cloud Hub password
    • Database Host: your Cloud Hub MySQL endpoint (e.g., myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Database Name: the virtual FedEx database (e.g., FedEx1)
  5. Click "Connect"
  6. Configure the connection permissions and click "Save permissions"

Create a Simple FedEx Workflow

With the connection to the CData Cloud Hub configured, we are ready to build a simple workflow to access FedEx data. Start by clicking the "Create workflow" button.

Configure the Start Event Action

  1. Click the start event task and select the "Form" event
  2. Click "Design form"
  3. Drag a "Text - Long" element onto the Form and click the element to configure it
    • Set "Title" to "Enter SQL query"
    • Set "Required" to true
  4. Drag a "Text - Short" element onto the Form and click the element to configure it
    • Set "Title" to "Enter desired result column"
    • Set "Required" to true

Configure an "Execute a Query" Action

  1. Add an "Execute a query" action after the "Start event: Form" action and click to configure the action
  2. Set "SQL Script" to the "Enter SQL Query" variable from the "Start event" action
  3. Set "Column to retrieve" to the "Enter desired result column" variable from the "Start event" action
  4. Set "Retrieved column" to a new variable (e.g., "values")

Configure a "Send an Email" Action

  1. Add a "Send an email" action after the "Execute a query" action and click to configure the action
  2. Set the "Recipient email address"
  3. Set the "Subject"
  4. Set the "Message body" to the variable created for the retrieved column

Once you configure the actions, click "Save," name the Workflow, and click "Save" again. You now have a simple workflow that will query FedEx using SQL and send an email with the results.

To learn more about SQL data access to 150+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, check out the CData Cloud Hub. Sign up for a free trial and reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.