Integrate SAP with External Services using SnapLogic

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SAP ERP JDBC Driver

Straightforward SAP ERP integration. Now accessing SAP RFC's from any JDBC client is as easy as querying a database.



Use the CData JDBC Driver for SAP in SnapLogic to integrate SAP with External Services.

SnapLogic is an integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) that allows users to create data integration flows with no code. When paired with the CData JDBC Drivers, users get access to live data from more than 250+ SaaS, Big Data and NoSQL sources, including SAP, in their SnapLogic workflows.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live SAP data. When platforms issue complex SQL queries to SAP, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to SAP and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations). Its built-in dynamic metadata querying lets you work with SAP data using native data types.

Connect to SAP in SnapLogic

To connect to SAP data in SnapLogic, download and install the CData SAP JDBC Driver. Follow the installation dialog. When the installation is complete, the JAR file can be found in the installation directory (C:/Program Files/CData/CData JDBC Driver for SAP/lib by default).

Upload the SAP JDBC Driver

After installation, upload the JDBC JAR file to a location in SnapLogic (for example, projects/Jerod Johnson) from the Manager tab.

Configure the Connection

Once the JDBC Driver is uploaded, we can create the connection to SAP.

  1. Navigate to the Designer tab
  2. Expand "JDBC" from Snaps and drag a "Generic JDBC - Select" snap onto the designer
  3. Click Add Account (or select an existing one) and click "Continue"
  4. In the next form, configure the JDBC connection properties:
    • Under JDBC JARs, add the JAR file we previously uploaded
    • Set JDBC Driver Class to cdata.jdbc.saperp.SAPERPDriver
    • Set JDBC URL to a JDBC connection string for the SAP JDBC Driver, for example: jdbc:saperp:Host=sap.mydomain.com;User=EXT90033;Password=xxx;Client=800;System Number=09;ConnectionType=Classic;Location=C:/mysapschemafolder;RTK=XXXXXX;

      NOTE: RTK is a trial or full key. Contact our Support team for more information.

      Built-In Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.saperp.jar

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

      The driver supports connecting to an SAP system using the JCo JAR file. See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for information on using the Jco JAR file.

      In addition, you can connect to an SAP system using Web services (SOAP). To use Web services, you must enable SOAP access to your SAP system and set the Client, RFCUrl, User, and Password properties, under the Authentication section.

      For more information, see this guide on obtaining the connection properties needed to connect to any SAP system.

  5. After entering the connection properties, click "Validate" and "Apply"

Read SAP Data

In the form that opens after validating and applying the connection, configure your query.

  • Set Schema name to "SAPERP"
  • Set Table name to a table for SAP using the schema name, for example: "SAPERP"."MARA" (use the drop-down to see the full list of available tables)
  • Add Output fields for each item you wish to work with from the table

Save the Generic JDBC - Select snap.

With connection and query configured, click the end of the snap to preview the data (highlighted below).

Once you confirm the results are what you expect, you can add additional snaps to funnel your SAP data to another endpoint.

Piping SAP Data to External Services

For this article, we will load data in a Google Spreadsheet. You can use any of the supported snaps, or even use a Generic JDBC snap with another CData JDBC Driver, to move data into an external service.

  1. Start by dropping a "Worksheet Writer" snap onto the end of the "Generic JDBC - Select" snap.
  2. Add an account to connect to Google Sheets
  3. Configure the Worksheet Writer snap to write your SAP data to a Google Spreadsheet

You can now execute the fully configured pipeline to extract data from SAP and push it into a Google Spreadsheet.

More Information & Free Trial

Using the CData JDBC Driver for SAP you can create a pipeline in SnapLogic for integrating SAP data with external services. For more information about connecting to SAP, check at our SAP connectivity page. Download a free, 30 day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for SAP and get started today.