Bridge SAP BusinessObjects BI Connectivity with Apache NiFi

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SAP BusinessObjects BI JDBC Driver

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Access and process SAP BusinessObjects BI data in Apache NiFi using the CData JDBC Driver.

Apache NiFi supports powerful and scalable directed graphs of data routing, transformation, and system mediation logic. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver for SAP BusinessObjects BI, NiFi can work with live SAP BusinessObjects BI data. This article describes how to connect to and query SAP BusinessObjects BI data from an Apache NiFi Flow.

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

Connecting to SAP BusinessObjects BI Data in Apache NiFi

  1. Download the CData JDBC Driver for SAP BusinessObjects BI installer, unzip the package, and run the JAR file to install the driver.
  2. Copy the CData JDBC Driver JAR file (and license file if it exists), cdata.jdbc.sapbusinessobjectsbi.jar (and cdata.jdbc.sapbusinessobjectsbi.lic), to the Apache NiFi lib subfolder, for example, C:\nifi-1.3.0-bin\nifi-1.3.0\lib.

    On Windows, the default location for the CData JDBC Driver is C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for SAP BusinessObjects BI.

  3. Start Apache NiFi. For example:

    cd C:\nifi-1.3.0-bin\nifi-1.3.0\bin
    run-nifi.bat
    
  4. Navigate to the Apache NiFi UI in your web browser: typically http://localhost:8080/nifi
  5. Click the (Configuration) button from the Operate sidebar.
  6. In the NiFi Flow Configuration page, navigate to the Controller Services tab.
  7. Click the button to create a new controller service.
  8. In the Add Controller Service page, select DBCPConnection Pool, and then click Add.
  9. Click the gear button to configure the new DBCPConnection Pool.
  10. In the Configure Controller Service page, navigate to the Properties tab. Fill in the properties:

    PropertyValue
    Database Connection URLjdbc:sapbusinessobjectsbi:User=username;Password=password;Url=http://myinstance:6405/biprws
    Database Driver Class Namecdata.jdbc.sapbusinessobjectsbi.SAPBusinessObjectsBIDriver

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.sapbusinessobjectsbi.jar

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

    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.
  11. Click the button to enable the new DBCPConnection Pool.

Your SAP BusinessObjects BI data is now available for use in Apache NiFi. For example, you can use the DBCPConnection Pool as the source for a QueryDatabaseTable processor.

Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for SAP BusinessObjects BI and start working with your live SAP BusinessObjects BI data in Apache NiFi. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.