A PostgreSQL Interface for Salesforce Marketing Data

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Salesforce Marketing JDBC Driver

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Use the Remoting features of the Salesforce Marketing JDBC Driver to create a PostgreSQL entry-point for data access.

There are a vast number of PostgreSQL clients available on the Internet. From standard Drivers to BI and Analytics tools, PostgreSQL is a popular interface for data access. Using our JDBC Drivers, you can now create PostgreSQL entry-points that you can connect to from any standard client.

To access Salesforce Marketing data as a PostgreSQL database, use the CData JDBC Driver for Salesforce Marketing and a JDBC foreign data wrapper (FDW). In this article, we compile the FDW, install it, and query Salesforce Marketing data from PostgreSQL Server.

Connect to Salesforce Marketing Data as a JDBC Data Source

To connect to Salesforce Marketing as a JDBC data source, you will need the following:

  • Driver JAR path: The JAR is located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  • Driver class: cdata.jdbc.sfmarketingcloud.SFMarketingCloudDriver

  • JDBC URL: The URL must start with "jdbc:sfmarketingcloud:" and can include any of the connection properties in name-value pairs separated with semicolons.

    Authenticating to the Salesforce Marketing Cloud APIs

    Set the User and Password to your login credentials, or to the credentials for a sandbox user if you are connecting to a sandbox account.

    Connecting to the Salesforce Marketing Cloud APIs

    By default, the data provider connects to production environments. Set UseSandbox to true to use a Salesforce Marketing Cloud sandbox account.

    The default Instance is s7 of the Web Services API; however, if you use a different instance, you can set Instance.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.sfmarketingcloud.jar

    Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:sfmarketingcloud:User=myUser;Password=myPassword;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH

Build the JDBC Foreign Data Wrapper

The Foreign Data Wrapper can be installed as an extension to PostgreSQL, without recompiling PostgreSQL. The jdbc2_fdw extension is used as an example (downloadable here).

  1. Add a symlink from the shared object for your version of the JRE to /usr/lib/libjvm.so. For example: ln -s /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-openjdk/jre/lib/amd64/server/libjvm.so /usr/lib/libjvm.so
  2. Start the build: make install USE_PGXS=1

Query Salesforce Marketing Data as a PostgreSQL Database

After you have installed the extension, follow the steps below to start executing queries to Salesforce Marketing data:

  1. Log into your database.
  2. Load the extension for the database: CREATE EXTENSION jdbc2_fdw;
  3. Create a server object for Salesforce Marketing: CREATE SERVER SFMarketingCloud FOREIGN DATA WRAPPER jdbc2_fdw OPTIONS ( drivername 'cdata.jdbc.sfmarketingcloud.SFMarketingCloudDriver', url 'jdbc:sfmarketingcloud:User=myUser;Password=myPassword;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH', querytimeout '15', jarfile '/home/MyUser/CData/CData\ JDBC\ Driver\ for\ Salesforce MyDriverEdition/lib/cdata.jdbc.sfmarketingcloud.jar');
  4. Create a user mapping for the username and password of a user known to the MySQL daemon. CREATE USER MAPPING for postgres SERVER SFMarketingCloud OPTIONS ( username 'admin', password 'test');
  5. Create a foreign table in your local database: postgres=# CREATE FOREIGN TABLE subscriber ( subscriber_id text, subscriber_Id text, subscriber_Status numeric) SERVER SFMarketingCloud OPTIONS ( table_name 'subscriber');
You can now execute read/write commands to Salesforce Marketing: postgres=# SELECT * FROM subscriber;