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Create Datasets from Salesforce in Domo Workbench and Build Visualizations of Salesforce Data in Domo

Use the CData ODBC Driver for Salesforce to create datasets from Salesforce data in Domo Workbench and then build visualizations in the Domo service.

Domo helps you manage, analyze, and share data across your entire organization, enabling decision makers to identify and act on strategic opportunities. Domo Workbench provides a secure, client-side solution for uploading your on-premise data to Domo. The CData ODBC Driver for Salesforce links Domo Workbench to operational Salesforce data. You can build datasets from Salesforce data using standard SQL queries in Workbench and then create real-time visualizations of Salesforce data in the Domo service.

The CData ODBC Drivers offer unmatched performance for interacting with live Salesforce data in Domo due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from Domo to Salesforce, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Salesforce and utilizes the embedded SQL Engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. With built-in dynamic metadata querying, you can visualize and analyze Salesforce data using native Domo data types.

Connect to Salesforce 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.

There are several authentication methods available for connecting to Salesforce: Login, OAuth, and SSO. The Login method requires you to have the username, password, and security token of the user.

If you do not have access to the username and password or do not wish to require them, you can use OAuth authentication.

SSO (single sign-on) can be used by setting the SSOProperties, SSOLoginUrl, and TokenUrl connection properties, which allow you to authenticate to an identity provider. See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for more information.

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.

After creating a DSN, you will need to create a dataset for Salesforce in Domo Workbench using the Salesforce DSN and build a visualization in the Domo service based on the dataset.

Build a Dataset for Salesforce Data

You can follow the steps below to build a dataset based on a table in Salesforce in Domo Workbench using the CData ODBC Driver for Salesforce.

  1. Open Domo Workbench and, if you have not already, add your Domo service server to Workbench. In the Accounts submenu, click Add New, type in the server address (i.e., domain.domo.com) and click through the wizard to authenticate.
  2. In the DataSet Jobs submenu, click Add New.
  3. Name the dataset job (i.e., ODBC Salesforce Account), select ODBC Connection Provider as the transport method, and click through the wizard.
  4. In the newly created DataSet Job, navigate to Source and click to configure the settings.
  5. Select System DSN for the Connection Type.
  6. Select the previously configured DSN (CData Salesforce Sys) for the System DSN.
  7. Click to validate the configuration.
  8. Below the settings, set the Query to a SQL query: SELECT * FROM Account NOTE: By connecting to Salesforce data using an ODBC driver, you simply need to know SQL in order to get your data, circumventing the need to know Salesforce-specific APIs or protocols.
  9. Click preview.
  10. Check over the generated schema, add any transformations, then save and run the dataset job.

With the dataset job run, the dataset will be accessible from the Domo service, allowing you to build visualizations, reports, and more based on Salesforce data.

Create Data Visualizations

With the DataSet Job saved and run in Domo Workbench, we are ready to build visualizations of the Salesforce data in the Domo service.

  1. Navigate to the Data Center.
  2. In the data warehouse, select the ODBC data source and drill down to our new dataset.
  3. With the dataset selected, choose to create a visualization.
  4. In the new card:
    • Drag a Dimension to the X Value.
    • Drag a Measure to the Y Value.
    • Choose a Visualization.

With the CData ODBC Driver for Salesforce, you can build custom datasets based on Salesforce data using only SQL in Domo Workbench and then build and share visualizations and reports through the Domo service.