A PostgreSQL Interface for SAP BusinessObjects BI Data

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SAP BusinessObjects BI JDBC Driver

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Use the Remoting features of the SAP BusinessObjects BI 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 SAP BusinessObjects BI data as a PostgreSQL database, use the CData JDBC Driver for SAP BusinessObjects BI and a JDBC foreign data wrapper (FDW). In this article, we compile the FDW, install it, and query SAP BusinessObjects BI data from PostgreSQL Server.

Connect to SAP BusinessObjects BI Data as a JDBC Data Source

To connect to SAP BusinessObjects BI 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.sapbusinessobjectsbi.SAPBusinessObjectsBIDriver

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

    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.

    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.

    A typical JDBC URL is below:

    jdbc:sapbusinessobjectsbi:User=username;Password=password;Url=http://myinstance:6405/biprws

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 SAP BusinessObjects BI Data as a PostgreSQL Database

After you have installed the extension, follow the steps below to start executing queries to SAP BusinessObjects BI data:

  1. Log into your database.
  2. Load the extension for the database: CREATE EXTENSION jdbc2_fdw;
  3. Create a server object for SAP BusinessObjects BI: CREATE SERVER SAPBusinessObjectsBI FOREIGN DATA WRAPPER jdbc2_fdw OPTIONS ( drivername 'cdata.jdbc.sapbusinessobjectsbi.SAPBusinessObjectsBIDriver', url 'jdbc:sapbusinessobjectsbi:User=username;Password=password;Url=http://myinstance:6405/biprws', querytimeout '15', jarfile '/home/MyUser/CData/CData\ JDBC\ Driver\ for\ Salesforce MyDriverEdition/lib/cdata.jdbc.sapbusinessobjectsbi.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 SAPBusinessObjectsBI OPTIONS ( username 'admin', password 'test');
  5. Create a foreign table in your local database: postgres=# CREATE FOREIGN TABLE mycustomreport ( mycustomreport_id text, mycustomreport_StoreName text, mycustomreport_TotalRevenue numeric) SERVER SAPBusinessObjectsBI OPTIONS ( table_name 'mycustomreport');
You can now execute SELECT commands to SAP BusinessObjects BI: postgres=# SELECT * FROM mycustomreport;