Process & Analyze Freshdesk Data in Azure Databricks

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Freshdesk JDBC Driver

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Host the CData JDBC Driver for Freshdesk in Azure and use Databricks to perform data engineering and data science on live Freshdesk data.

Databricks is a cloud-based service that provides data processing capabilities through Apache Spark. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver, customers can use Databricks to perform data engineering and data science on live Freshdesk data. This article walks through hosting the CData JDBC Driver in Azure, as well as connecting to and processing live Freshdesk data in Databricks.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Freshdesk data. When you issue complex SQL queries to Freshdesk, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Freshdesk and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations). Its built-in dynamic metadata querying allows you to work with and analyze Freshdesk data using native data types.

Install the CData JDBC Driver in Azure

To work with live Freshdesk data in Databricks, install the driver on your Azure cluster.

  1. Navigate to your Databricks administration screen and select the target cluster.
  2. On the Libraries tab, click "Install New."
  3. Select "Upload" as the Library Source and "Jar" as the Library Type.
  4. Upload the JDBC JAR file (cdata.jdbc.freshdesk.jar) from the installation location (typically C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Freshdesk\lib).

Connect to Freshdesk from Databricks

With the JAR file installed, we are ready to work with live Freshdesk data in Databricks. Start by creating a new notebook in your workspace. Name the notebook, select Python as the language (though Scala is available as well), and choose the cluster where you installed the JDBC driver. When the notebook launches, we can configure the connection, query Freshdesk, and create a basic report.

Configure the Connection to Freshdesk

Connect to Freshdesk by referencing the class for the JDBC Driver and constructing a connection string to use in the JDBC URL.

driver = "cdata.jdbc.freshdesk.FreshDeskDriver"
url = "jdbc:freshdesk:Domain=MyDomain;APIKey=myAPIKey;"

Built-in Connection String Designer

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

java -jar cdata.jdbc.freshdesk.jar

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

FreshDesk makes use of basic authentication. To connect to data, set the following connection properties:

  • Domain: Set this to the domain associated with your FreshDesk account. For example, in your URL: https://my_domain.freshdesk.com.
  • APIKey: Set this to the API key associated with your FreshDesk account. To retrieve your API key, Log into your support Portal -> Click on profile picture in the top right corner -> profile settings page. The API key will be available below the change password section to the right.

Load Freshdesk Data

Once the connection is configured, you can load Freshdesk data as a dataframe using the CData JDBC Driver and the connection information.

remote_table = spark.read.format ( "jdbc" ) \
	.option ( "driver" , driver) \
	.option ( "url" , url) \
	.option ( "dbtable" , "Tickets") \
	.load ()

Display Freshdesk Data

Check the loaded Freshdesk data by calling the display function.

display (remote_table.select ("Id"))

Analyze Freshdesk Data in Azure Databricks

If you want to process data with Databricks SparkSQL, register the loaded data as a Temp View.

remote_table.createOrReplaceTempView ( "SAMPLE_VIEW" )

The SparkSQL below retrieves the Freshdesk data for analysis.

% sql

SELECT Id, Name FROM Tickets WHERE Status = '2'

The data from Freshdesk is only available in the target notebook. If you want to use it with other users, save it as a table.

remote_table.write.format ( "parquet" ) .saveAsTable ( "SAMPLE_TABLE" )

Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for Freshdesk and start working with your live Freshdesk data in Apache NiFi. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.