Integrate LinkedIn Data into Automated Tasks with Power Automate

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Use CData Connect Cloud to create a virtual SQL Server database for LinkedIn data and integrate live LinkedIn data into your Power Automate (Microsoft Flow) tasks.

Power Automate (Microsoft Flow) is an online service that automates events (known as workflows) across the most common apps and services. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to LinkedIn data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to connect to Connect Cloud from Power Automate and integrate live LinkedIn data into your workflows and tasks.

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

Create a Virtual SQL Database for LinkedIn Data

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

  1. Login to Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "LinkedIn" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to LinkedIn. LinkedIn uses the OAuth 2 authentication standard. You will need to obtain the OAuthClientId and OAuthClientSecret by registering an app with LinkedIn. For more information refer to our authentication guide.
  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connecting to CData Connect Cloud

To use Connect Cloud to integrate LinkedIn data into your Power Automate tasks, you need a new SQL Server connection:

  1. Log in to Power Automate
  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 Connect Cloud instance (myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Set SQL database name to the name of the virtual LinkedIn database you created earlier (like linkedindb)
    • Set the Username and Password and click Create

Integrating LinkedIn Data into Power Automate Tasks

With the connection to Connect Cloud configured, you are ready to integrate live LinkedIn data into your Power Automate tasks.

  1. Log in to Power Automate
  2. Click My flows -> New and choose to create the flow from blank or template
  3. Add (or configure) a SQL Server action (like Get rows) and configure the action to connect to your Connect Cloud connection
  4. Select a Table to work with (from the drop-down menu) and configure any advanced options (like filters, orders, etc)
  5. Configure any actions to follow and test, then save the flow

SQL Access to LinkedIn Data from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live LinkedIn data from Power Automate tasks. You can create more connections and workflows to drive business — all without replicating LinkedIn data.

To get SQL data access to 200+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Connect Cloud.