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Integrate Live HPCC Systems Data into Custom Business Apps Built in PowerApps

Use the CData Cloud Hub to create a virtual SQL Server Database for HPCC Systems data and integrate live HPCC Systems data into apps built in Microsoft PowerApps.

PowerApps 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 HPCC Systems data from the apps you build using PowerApps. This article shows how to connect the Cloud Hub from PowerApps and build an app based on live HPCC Systems data.

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

Create a Virtual SQL Database for HPCC Systems 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 "HPCC Systems" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to HPCC Systems.

    To connect, set the following connection properties: Set URL to the machine name or IP address of the server and the port the server is running on, for example, https://server:port. The User and Password are required to authenticate to the HPCC Systems cluster specified in the URL. Note that LDAP authentication is not currently supported by our ODBC driver.

    Set Version to the WsSQL Web server version. Note that if you have not already done so, you will need to install the WsSQL service on the HPCC Systems server. The WsSQL Web service is used to interact with the underlying HPCC Systems platform.

    Set Cluster to the target cluster.

  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 HPCC Systems data into your PowerApps, you need a new SQL Server connection:

  1. Log in to PowerApps
  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 HPCC Systems database you created earlier (like hpccdb)
    • Set the Username and Password and click Create

Building a Data-Centric App for HPCC Systems Data

With the connection to the Cloud Hub configured, you are ready to integrate live HPCC Systems data into the apps you build in PowerApps.

  1. Log in to PowerApps
  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 access to live HPCC Systems data that you can save and publish for use within your organization.

SQL Access to HPCC Systems Data from Cloud Applications

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

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