Access SAP BusinessObjects BI Data in Anypoint Using SQL

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SAP BusinessObjects BI MuleSoft Connector



Create a simple Mule Application that uses HTTP and SQL with the CData Mule Connector for SAP BusinessObjects BI to create a JSON endpoint for SAP BusinessObjects BI data.

The CData Mule Connector for SAP BusinessObjects BI connects SAP BusinessObjects BI data to Mule applications enabling read functionality with familiar SQL queries. The Connector allows users to easily create Mule Applications to backup, transform, report, and analyze SAP BusinessObjects BI data.

This article demonstrates how to use the CData Mule Connector for SAP BusinessObjects BI inside of a Mule project to create a Web interface for SAP BusinessObjects BI data. The application created allows you to request SAP BusinessObjects BI data using an HTTP request and have the results returned as JSON. The exact same procedure outlined below can be used with any CData Mule Connector to create a Web interface for the 200+ available data sources.

  1. Create a new Mule Project in Anypoint Studio.
  2. Add an HTTP Connector to the Message Flow.
  3. Configure the address for the HTTP Connector.
  4. Add a CData SAP BusinessObjects BI Connector to the same flow, after the HTTP Connector.
  5. Create a new Connection (or edit an existing one) and configure the properties to connect to SAP BusinessObjects BI (see below). Once the connection is configured, click Test Connection to ensure the connectivity to SAP BusinessObjects BI.

    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.
  6. Configure the CData SAP BusinessObjects BI Connector.
    1. Set the Operation to 'Select with Streaming'.
    2. Set the Query type to Dynamic.
    3. Set the SQL query to SELECT * FROM #[message.inboundProperties.'http.query.params'.get('table')] to parse the URL parameter table and use it as the target of the SELECT query. You can customize the query further by referencing other potential URL parameters.
  7. Add a Transform Message Component to the flow.
    1. Map the Payload from the input to the Map in the output.
    2. Set the Output script to the following to convert the payload to JSON:
      %dw 1.0
      %output application/json
      ---
      payload
              
  8. To view your SAP BusinessObjects BI data, navigate to the address you configured for the HTTP Connector (localhost:8081 by default) and pass a table name as the table URL parameter: http://localhost:8081?table=MyCustomReport
    The MyCustomReport data is available as JSON in your Web browser and any other tools capable of consuming JSON endpoints.

At this point, you have a simple Web interface for working with SAP BusinessObjects BI data (as JSON data) in custom apps and a wide variety of BI, reporting, and ETL tools. Download a free, 30 day trial of the Mule Connector for SAP BusinessObjects BI and see the CData difference in your Mule Applications today.