Create SAP Business One DI-Connected Nintex Workflows

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Use CData Connect Cloud to connect to SAP Business One DI from Nintex Workflow Cloud and build custom workflows using live SAP Business One DI data.

Nintex Workflow Cloud is a cloud-based platform where you can design workflows to automate simple or complex processes using drag-and-drop interactions — without writing any code. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to SAP Business One DI data for business applications. This article shows how to create a virtual database for SAP Business One DI in Connect Cloud and build a simple workflow from SAP Business One DI data in Nintex.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for SAP Business One DI, allowing you to build workflows from live SAP Business One DI data in Nintex Workflow Cloud — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. Nintex allows you to access data directly using SQL queries. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc.) directly to SAP Business One DI, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return the requested SAP Business One DI data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for SAP Business One DI Data

CData Connect Cloud uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Log into Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "SAP Business One DI" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to SAP Business One DI.

    To connect to SAP Business One DI data, specify the following connection properties:

    • DBServerType: The type of server being connected to.
    • Server: The name or IP address of the Business One DI server to connect to.
    • CompanyDB: The company to connect to.
    • User: The username used when connecting to the LicenseServer.
    • Password: The password used when connecting to the LicenseServer.
    • LicenseServer (optional): Set this if your License Server is different from the Server.
    • UseTrusted (optional): Set to TRUE to connect using Windows credentials.
  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to SAP Business One DI data from Nintex.

Connect to SAP Business One DI in Nintex

The steps below outline creating a new connection for access to SAP Business One DI CData Connect Cloud from Nintex to create a new SAP Business One DI data source.

  1. Log into Nintex Workflow Cloud
  2. In the Connections tab, click "Add new"
  3. Select MySQL as the connector and click "Connect"
  4. In the MySQL connection wizard, set the following properties:
    • Connection Name: name the connection (e.g., CData Connect Cloud SAP Business One DI Connection)
    • Username: your Connect Cloud username
    • Password: your Connect Cloud password
    • Database Host: your Connect Cloud MySQL endpoint (e.g., myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Database Name: the virtual SAP Business One DI database (e.g., SAPBusinessOneDI1)
  5. Click "Connect"
  6. Configure the connection permissions and click "Save permissions"

Create a Simple SAP Business One DI Workflow

With the connection to CData Connect Cloud configured, we are ready to build a simple workflow to access SAP Business One DI data. Start by clicking the "Create workflow" button.

Configure the Start Event Action

  1. Click the start event task and select the "Form" event
  2. Click "Design form"
  3. Drag a "Text - Long" element onto the Form and click the element to configure it
    • Set "Title" to "Enter SQL query"
    • Set "Required" to true
  4. Drag a "Text - Short" element onto the Form and click the element to configure it
    • Set "Title" to "Enter desired result column"
    • Set "Required" to true

Configure an "Execute a Query" Action

  1. Add an "Execute a query" action after the "Start event: Form" action and click to configure the action
  2. Set "SQL Script" to the "Enter SQL Query" variable from the "Start event" action
  3. Set "Column to retrieve" to the "Enter desired result column" variable from the "Start event" action
  4. Set "Retrieved column" to a new variable (e.g., "values")

Configure a "Send an Email" Action

  1. Add a "Send an email" action after the "Execute a query" action and click to configure the action
  2. Set the "Recipient email address"
  3. Set the "Subject"
  4. Set the "Message body" to the variable created for the retrieved column

Once you configure the actions, click "Save," name the Workflow, and click "Save" again. You now have a simple workflow that will query SAP Business One DI using SQL and send an email with the results.

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