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Integrate OData Services into Automated Tasks with Microsoft Flow

Use the CData Cloud Hub to create a virtual SQL Server database for OData services and integrate live OData services into your Microsoft Flow tasks.

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

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

Before starting, you need to create a virtual database instance for OData in your instance of the CData Cloud Hub. Refer to the online help documentation for instructions and more information. This article presumes that you have created a virtual database named odatadb.

Connecting to the CData Cloud Hub

To use the Cloud Hub to integrate OData services into your Flow tasks, you need a new SQL Server connection:

  1. Log in to Microsoft Flow
  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 OData database you created earlier (like odatadb)
    • Set the Username and Password and click Create

Integrating OData Services into MS Flow Tasks

With the connection to the Cloud Hub configured, you are ready to integrate live OData services into your Microsoft Flow tasks.

  1. Log in to Microsoft Flow
  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 Cloud Hub 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 OData Services from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live OData services from Microsoft Flow tasks. You can create more connections and workflows to drive business — all without replicating OData services.

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