Using the CData ODBC Driver for SAP BusinessObjects BI in PyCharm

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SAP BusinessObjects BI ODBC Driver

The SAP BusinessObjects BI ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from SAP BusinessObjects BI, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access SAP BusinessObjects BI data like you would a database through standard ODBC Driver interface.



Connect to SAP BusinessObjects BI as an ODBC data source in PyCharm using the CData ODBC Driver for SAP BusinessObjects BI.

The CData ODBC Drivers can be used in any environment that supports loading an ODBC Driver. In this tutorial we will explore using the CData ODBC Driver for SAP BusinessObjects BI from within PyCharm. Included are steps for adding the CData ODBC Driver as a data source, as well as basic PyCharm code to query the data source and display results.

To begin, this tutorial will assume that you have already installed the CData ODBC Driver for SAP BusinessObjects BI as well as PyCharm.

Add Pyodbc to the Project

Follow the steps below to add the pyodbc module to your project.

  1. Click File -> Settings to open the project settings window.
  2. Click Project Interpreter from the Project: YourProjectName menu.
  3. To add pyodbc, click the + button and enter pyodbc.
  4. Click Install Package to install pyodbc.

Connect to SAP BusinessObjects BI

You can now connect with an ODBC connection string or a DSN. See the Getting Started section in the CData driver documentation for a guide to creating a DSN on your OS.

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.

Below is the syntax for a DSN:

[CData SAPBusinessObjectsBI Source] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for SAP BusinessObjects BI Description = My Description User = username Password = password Url = http://myinstance:6405/biprws

Execute SQL to SAP BusinessObjects BI

Instantiate a Cursor and use the execute method of the Cursor class to execute any SQL statement.

import pyodbc cnxn = pyodbc.connect('DRIVER={CData ODBC Driver for SAPBusinessObjectsBI};User = username;Password = password;Url = http://myinstance:6405/biprws') cursor = cnxn.cursor() cursor.execute("SELECT StoreName, TotalRevenue FROM MyCustomReport WHERE State = 'CA'") rows = cursor.fetchall() for row in rows: print(row.StoreName, row.TotalRevenue)

After connecting to SAP BusinessObjects BI in PyCharm using the CData ODBC Driver, you will be able to build Python apps with access to SAP BusinessObjects BI data as if it were a standard database. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback regarding this tutorial, please contact us at support@cdata.com.