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Integrate Live FinancialForce Data into Custom Business Apps Built in Power Apps

Use the CData Cloud Hub to create a virtual SQL Server Database for FinancialForce data and integrate live FinancialForce data into apps built in Microsoft Power Apps.

Power Apps is a service for building and using custom business apps that connect to your data and work across the web and mobile — without the time and expense of custom software development. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to FinancialForce data from the apps you build using Power Apps. This article shows how to connect the Cloud Hub from Power Apps and build an app based on live FinancialForce data.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure SQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for FinancialForce, allowing you to easily integrate with live FinancialForce data in Power Apps — without replicating the data. The CData Cloud Hub looks exactly like a SQL Server database to Power Apps and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to FinancialForce, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return FinancialForce data.

Create a Virtual SQL Database for FinancialForce Data

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

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

    There are several authentication methods available for connecting to FinancialForce: login credentials, SSO, and OAuth.

    Authenticating with a Login and Token

    Set the User and Password to your login credentials. Additionally, set the SecurityToken. By default, the SecurityToken is required, but you can make it optional by allowing a range of trusted IP addresses.

    To disable the security token:

    1. Log in to FinancialForce and enter "Network Access" in the Quick Find box in the setup section.
    2. Add your IP address to the list of trusted IP addresses.

    To obtain the security token:

    1. Open the personal information page on FinancialForce.com.
    2. Click the link to reset your security token. The token will be emailed to you.
    3. Specify the security token in the SecurityToken connection property or append it to the Password.

    Authenticating with OAuth

    If you do not have access to the user name and password or do not want to require them, use the OAuth user consent flow. See the OAuth section in the Help for an authentication guide.

    Connecting to FinancialForce Sandbox Accounts

    Set UseSandbox to true (false by default) to use a FinancialForce sandbox account. Ensure that you specify a sandbox user name in User.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connecting to the CData Cloud Hub

To use the Cloud Hub to integrate FinancialForce data into your Power Apps, you need a new SQL Server connection:

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Data -> Connections -> New connection
  3. Select SQL Server
  4. In the connection wizard:

    • Choose to connect directly
    • Set SQL server name to the address of your Cloud Hub instance (myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Set SQL database name to the name of the virtual FinancialForce database you created earlier (like financialforcedb)
    • Set the Username and Password and click Create

Building a Data-Centric App for FinancialForce Data

With the connection to the Cloud Hub configured, you are ready to integrate live FinancialForce data into the apps you build in Power Apps.

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Create, hover over "Start from data" and click Make this app
  3. Select the SQL Server connection you created
  4. Search for or choose a table to work with
  5. Click Connect
  6. Customize the newly created app just like you would any other, including changing the layout and setting the fields exposed in BrowseScreen, DetailScreen, and EditScreen

At this point, you have an app with read and write access to live FinancialForce data that you can save and publish for use within your organization.

SQL Access to FinancialForce Data from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live FinancialForce data from Microsoft Power Apps. You can create more connections and apps to drive business — all without replicating FinancialForce data.

To get SQL data access to 100+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Cloud Hub.