Use the CData ODBC Driver for IBM Informix in SAS for Real-Time Reporting and Analytics

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IBM Informix ODBC Driver

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

Access IBM Informix data like you would a database - read, write, and update IBM Informix databases through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Connect to real-time IBM Informix data in SAS for reporting, analytics, and visualizations using the CData ODBC Driver for IBM Informix.

SAS is a software suite developed for advanced analytics, multivariate analysis, business intelligence, data management, and predictive analytics. When you pair SAS with the CData ODBC Driver for IBM Informix, you gain database-like access to live IBM Informix data from SAS, expanding your reporting and analytics capabilities. This articles walks through creating a library for IBM Informix in SAS and creating a simple report based on real-time IBM Informix data.

The CData ODBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live IBM Informix data in SAS due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from SAS to IBM Informix, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to IBM Informix and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. With built-in dynamic metadata querying, you can easily visualize and analyze IBM Informix data in SAS.

Connect to IBM Informix as an ODBC Data Source

Information for connecting to IBM Informix follows, along with different instructions for configuring a DSN in Windows and Linux environments (the ODBC Driver for IBM Informix must be installed on the machine hosting the SAS System).

Set the following properties to connect to IBM Informix

  • Server: Set this to the name of the server running IBM Informix.
  • Port: Set this to the port the IBM Informix server is listening on.
  • Database: Set this to the name of the IBM Informix database.
  • User: Set this to the username of a user allowed to access the database.
  • Password: Set this to the password of a user allowed to access the database.

When you configure the DSN, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

Windows

If you have not already, first specify 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.

Linux

If you are installing the CData ODBC Driver for IBM Informix in a Linux environment, the driver installation predefines a system DSN. You can modify the DSN by editing the system data sources file (/etc/odbc.ini) and defining the required connection properties.

/etc/odbc.ini

[CData Informix Sys] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for IBM Informix Description = My Description Server = 10.0.1.2 Port = 50000 User = admin Password = admin Database = test

For specific information on using these configuration files, please refer to the help documentation (installed and found online).

Create a IBM Informix Library in SAS

Connect to IBM Informix in SAS by adding a library based on the CData ODBC Driver for IBM Informix.

  1. Open SAS and expand Libraries in the Explorer pane.
  2. In the Active Libraries window, right-click and select New.
  3. Name your library (odbclib), select ODBC as the Engine, and click to Enable at startup (if you want the library to persist between sessions).
  4. Set Data Source to the DSN you previously configured and click OK.

Create a View from a IBM Informix Query

SAS natively supports querying data either using a low-code, point-and-click Query tool or programmatically with PROC SQL and a custom SQL query. When you create a View in SAS, the defining query is executed each time the view is queried. This means that you always query live IBM Informix data for reports, charts, and analytics.

Using the Query Tool

  1. In SAS, click Tools -> Query
  2. Select the table sources and the table(s) you wish to pull data from. Then, click OK.
  3. Select columns and right-click to add filtering, ordering, grouping, etc.
  4. Create a local view to contain the query results by right-clicking the SQL Query Tool window, selecting Show Query, and clicking Create View. Name the View and click OK.

Using PROC SQL

  1. In SAS, navigate to the Editor window.
  2. Use PROC SQL to query the data and create a local view.
    NOTE: This procedure creates a view in the Work library. You can optionally specify a library in the create view statement.
    proc sql;
      create view books_view as
      select 
        id, 
        price 
      from 
        odbclib.books 
      where 
        Category = 'US';
    quit;
    
  3. Click Run -> Submit to execute the query and create a local view.

Report On or Visualize IBM Informix Data in SAS

With a local view created, you can report, visualize, or otherwise analyze IBM Informix data using the powerful SAS features. Print a simple report using PROC PRINT and create a basic graph based on the data using PROC GCHART.

Print an HTML Report

  1. In SAS, navigate to the Editor window.
  2. Use PROC PRINT to print an HTML report for the IBM Informix Books data.
    proc print data=books;
      title "IBM Informix Books Data";
    run;
    

Print a Chart

  1. In SAS, navigate to the Editor window.
  2. Use PROC GCHART to create a chart for the Books data.
    proc gchart data=books;
      pie id / sumvar=price
          value=arrow
          percent=arrow
          noheading
          percent=inside plabel=(height=12pt)
          slice=inside value=none
          name='BooksChart';
    run;