Extract, Transform, and Load FedEx Data in Informatica PowerCenter

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FedEx ODBC Driver

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

Access FedEx data like you would a database - read, write, and update FedEx Packages, Shipments, Recipients, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Create a simple Workflow for FedEx data in Informatica PowerCenter.

Informatica provides a powerful, elegant means of transporting and transforming your data. By utilizing the CData ODBC Driver for FedEx, 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 create a simple Workflow in Informatica PowerCenter to extract FedEx data and load it into a flat file.

Add FedEx as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, install the driver on the PowerCenter server and client machines. On both machines, specify the 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.

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

Create an ETL Workflow in PowerCenter

Follow the steps below to create a workflow in PowerCenter to pull FedEx data and push it into a flat file.

Create a Source Using the ODBC Driver

  1. In the powrmart.ini file found in %INFA_HOME%\clients\PowerCenterClient\client\bin, add the following line to the ODBCDLL section:
    CData=PMODBC.DLL
  2. In PowerCenter Workflow Manager, add a new ODBC relational connection, set the user name and password properties to the user for the machine on which the ODBC Driver is installed, and set the connect string to the System DSN for the driver (CData FedEx Sys).
  3. In PowerCenter Designer, connect to your repository and open your folder.
  4. Select the Source Analyzer, click the sources menu, and select Import from Database...
  5. In the drop-down menu for ODBC data source, select the DSN you previously configured (CData FedEx Sys).
  6. Click connect and select the tables and views to include.
  7. Click OK.

Create a Flat File Target Based on the Source

  1. Select the Targets Analyzer and drag and drop the previously created source onto the workspace. Using the existing source copies the columns into the target.
  2. Right-click the new target, click edit, and change the database type to flat file.

Create a Mapping to Between FedEx Data and a Flat File

  1. Click on the Mapping Designer.
  2. Drag the source and target to the workspace (name the new mapping, if prompted).
  3. Right-click on the workspace and select Autolink by Name.
  4. Drag the columns from the source qualifier to the target definition.
  5. Save the folder (Ctrl + S).

Create Workflow Based on the Mapping

With the source, target, and mapping created and saved, you are now ready to create the workflow.

  1. Right-click the mapping and select generate workflow to open the Workflow Generation wizard.
  2. Create a workflow with a non-reusable session.
  3. Ensure that you have properly configured the connection object (to the relational connection we created earlier) and set the prefixes.
  4. Configure the Connection as needed.
  5. Review the Workflow and click Finish.

With a workflow created, you can open the PowerCenter Workflow Manager to access and start the workflow, quickly transferring FedEx data into a flat file. With the ODBC Driver for FedEx, you can configure sources and targets in PowerCenter to integrate FedEx data into any of the elegant and powerful features in Informatica PowerCenter.