Integrate Jira Service Desk Data in the Pentaho Report Designer

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Jira Service Desk JDBC Driver

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Publish reports based on Jira Service Desk data in the Pentaho BI tool.

The CData JDBC Driver for Jira Service Desk data enables access to live data from dashboards and reports. This article shows how to connect to Jira Service Desk data as a JDBC data source and publish reports based on Jira Service Desk data in Pentaho.

Connect and Create a Report

  1. Copy the JAR file of the driver, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory, to the \Report-Designer\lib\jdbc\ folder in the Pentaho directory.
  2. Run the report-designer.bat file in the \Report-Designer\ folder to open the Report-Designer UI.
  3. Create a new data source with the driver by clicking Data -> Add Data Source -> Advanced -> JDBC (Custom) and then creating a new Jira Service Desk connection. In the resulting dialog, configure the connection properties as shown below.

    • Custom Connection URL property: Enter the JDBC URL. This starts with jdbc:jiraservicedesk: and is followed by a semicolon-separated list of connection properties.

      You can establish a connection to any Jira Service Desk Cloud account or Server instance.

      Connecting with a Cloud Account

      To connect to a Cloud account, you'll first need to retrieve an APIToken. To generate one, log in to your Atlassian account and navigate to API tokens > Create API token. The generated token will be displayed.

      Supply the following to connect to data:

      • User: Set this to the username of the authenticating user.
      • APIToken: Set this to the API token found previously.

      Connecting with a Service Account

      To authenticate with a service account, you will need to supply the following connection properties:

      • User: Set this to the username of the authenticating user.
      • Password: Set this to the password of the authenticating user.
      • URL: Set this to the URL associated with your JIRA Service Desk endpoint. For example, https://yoursitename.atlassian.net.

      Note: Password has been deprecated for connecting to a Cloud Account and is now used only to connect to a Server Instance.

      Accessing Custom Fields

      By default, the connector only surfaces system fields. To access the custom fields for Issues, set IncludeCustomFields.

      Built-in Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.jiraservicedesk.jar

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

      When you configure the JDBC URL, 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.

      Below is a typical JDBC URL:

      jdbc:jiraservicedesk:ApiKey=myApiKey;User=MyUser;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH
    • Custom Driver Class Name: Enter cdata.jdbc.jiraservicedesk.JiraServiceDeskDriver.
    • User Name: The username to authenticate with.
    • Password: The password to authenticate with.

Add Jira Service Desk Data to a Report

You are now ready to create a report with Jira Service Desk data.

  1. Add the Jira Service Desk source to your report: Click Data -> Add Data Source -> JDBC and select the data source.

  2. Configure the query. This article uses the one below:

    SELECT RequestId, ReporterName FROM Requests WHERE CurrentStatus = 'Open'
  3. Drag a chart onto your report and double-click it to edit the chart. Run the report to display the chart. You can use the results of this query to create a simple chart for the Requests table.
  4. Finally, run the report to see the chart.