DataBind SAP BusinessObjects BI Data to the DevExpress Data Grid

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Use the CData ADO.NET Provider for SAP BusinessObjects BI with the DevExpress Windows Forms and Web controls to provide SAP BusinessObjects BI data to a chart.

The CData ADO.NET Provider for SAP BusinessObjects BI implements standard ADO.NET data access components that can be used with third-party controls. The standard ADO.NET process for databinding can be followed to enable bidirectional access to live data from UI controls. In this article we show how to use the CData components to databind to the DevExpress Windows Forms and Web controls; you will databind to a chart that displays current data.

To connect to your SAP Business Objects BI instance, you must set the following connection properties:

  • Url: set this to the rest API URL. After logging into the Central Management Console, choose 'Applications' from the combo box. Double-click on 'RESTful Web Service' and you'll see the access URL. By default it is, http://{Server-Name}:6405/biprws.
  • User: set this to the username of your instance.
  • Password: set this to the password of your instance.

Windows Forms Controls

The code below shows how to populate a DevExpress chart with SAP BusinessObjects BI data. The SAPBusinessObjectsBIDataAdapter binds to the Series property of the chart control. The Diagram property of the control defines the x- and y-axes as the column names.

using (SAPBusinessObjectsBIConnection connection = new SAPBusinessObjectsBIConnection( "User=username;Password=password;Url=http://myinstance:6405/biprws")) { SAPBusinessObjectsBIDataAdapter dataAdapter = new SAPBusinessObjectsBIDataAdapter( "SELECT StoreName, TotalRevenue FROM MyCustomReport WHERE State = 'CA'", connection); DataTable table = new DataTable(); dataAdapter.Fill(table); DevExpress.XtraCharts.Series series = new DevExpress.XtraCharts.Series(); chartControl1.Series.Add(series); series.DataSource = table; series.ValueDataMembers.AddRange(new string[] { "TotalRevenue" }); series.ArgumentScaleType = DevExpress.XtraCharts.ScaleType.Qualitative; series.ArgumentDataMember = "StoreName"; series.ValueScaleType = DevExpress.XtraCharts.ScaleType.Numerical; chartControl1.Legend.Visibility = DevExpress.Utils.DefaultBoolean.False; ((DevExpress.XtraCharts.SideBySideBarSeriesView)series.View).ColorEach = true; }

Web Controls

The code below shows how to populate a DevExpress Web control with SAP BusinessObjects BI data. The SAPBusinessObjectsBIDataAdapter binds to the Series property of the chart; the Diagram property defines the x- and y-axes as the column names.

using DevExpress.XtraCharts; using (SAPBusinessObjectsBIConnection connection = new SAPBusinessObjectsBIConnection( "User=username;Password=password;Url=http://myinstance:6405/biprws")) { SAPBusinessObjectsBIDataAdapter SAPBusinessObjectsBIDataAdapter1 = new SAPBusinessObjectsBIDataAdapter("SELECT StoreName, TotalRevenue FROM MyCustomReport WHERE State = 'CA'", connection); DataTable table = new DataTable(); SAPBusinessObjectsBIDataAdapter1.Fill(table); DevExpress.XtraCharts.Series series = new Series("Series1", ViewType.Bar); WebChartControl1.Series.Add(series); series.DataSource = table; series.ValueDataMembers.AddRange(new string[] { "TotalRevenue" }); series.ArgumentScaleType = ScaleType.Qualitative; series.ArgumentDataMember = "StoreName"; series.ValueScaleType = ScaleType.Numerical; ((DevExpress.XtraCharts.SideBySideBarSeriesView)series.View).ColorEach = true; }