Use the CData ODBC Driver for Raisers Edge NXT in SAS JMP

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Raisers Edge NXT ODBC Driver

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

Access Raisers Edge NXT data like you would a database, including Raisers Edge NXT Events, Gifts, Opportunities, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



You can use the CData ODBC Driver to integrate Raisers Edge NXT data into the statistical analysis tools available in SAS JMP. This article shows how to use Raisers Edge NXT data in the Graph Builder and Query Builder.

You can use the CData ODBC Driver for Raisers Edge NXT to integrate live data into your statistical analysis with SAS JMP. The driver proxies your queries directly to the Raisers Edge NXT API, ensuring that your analysis reflects any changes to the data. The CData ODBC Driver supports the standard SQL used by JMP in the background as you design reports.

This article shows how to access Raisers Edge NXT data into a report and create data visualization. It also shows how to use SQL to query Raisers Edge NXT data from the JMP Query Builder.

Access Raisers Edge NXT Data as an ODBC Data Source

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.

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.

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.

Import Raisers Edge NXT Data with the Query Builder

After you have created the Raisers Edge NXT DSN, you can use SQL to invoke the capabilities of the Raisers Edge NXT API. Follow the steps below to execute some supported queries in the Query Builder:

  1. In SAS JMP, click File -> Database -> Query Builder. The Select Database Connection dialog is displayed.
  2. Click New Connection.
  3. On the Machine Data Source tab, select the DSN. In the next step, the Select Tables for Query dialog is displayed.
  4. In the Available Tables section, select a table and click Primary.
  5. As you drag Available Columns to the Included Columns tab, the underlying SQL query is updated.
  6. Click Run Query to display the data.
  7. To refresh the results with the current data, right-click Update from Database and click Run Script.

Visualize Raisers Edge NXT Data

After importing, you can use the Graph Builder to create graphs visually. To open the Graph Builder, click the Graph Builder button in the toolbar.

  1. Drag a dimension column onto the x axis. For example, Id.
  2. Drag a measure column onto the y axis. For example, AddressLines.
  3. Select a chart type. For example, a bar chart.