Integrate Raisers Edge NXT Data in the Pentaho Report Designer

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Raisers Edge NXT JDBC Driver

Rapidly create and deploy powerful Java applications that integrate with Raisers Edge NXT.



Publish reports based on Raisers Edge NXT data in the Pentaho BI tool.

The CData JDBC Driver for Raisers Edge NXT data enables access to live data from dashboards and reports. This article shows how to connect to Raisers Edge NXT data as a JDBC data source and publish reports based on Raisers Edge NXT 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 Raisers Edge NXT connection. In the resulting dialog, configure the connection properties as shown below.

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

      Before establishing a connection, supply the SubscriptionKey, found in the Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT Profile.

      Authenticating to Raiser's Edge NXT

      Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT uses the OAuth authentication standard. You can connect to without setting any connection properties using the embedded OAuth credentials.

      Alternatively, you can authenticate by creating a custom app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties.

      See the Help documentation for an authentication guide.

      Built-in Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.raiseredgenxt.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:raiseredgenxt:SubscriptionKey=MySubscriptionKey;OAuthClientId=MyOAuthClientId;OAuthClientSecret=MyOAuthClientSecret;CallbackURL=http://localhost:33333;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH
    • Custom Driver Class Name: Enter cdata.jdbc.raiseredgenxt.RaiserEdgeNXTDriver.
    • User Name: The username to authenticate with.
    • Password: The password to authenticate with.

Add Raisers Edge NXT Data to a Report

You are now ready to create a report with Raisers Edge NXT data.

  1. Add the Raisers Edge NXT 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 Id, AddressLines FROM Constituents WHERE Type = 'Home'
  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 Constituents table.
  4. Finally, run the report to see the chart.