Work with SAP Business One DI Data in Apache Spark Using SQL

Ready to get started?

Download for a free trial:

Download Now

Learn more:

SAP Business One DI JDBC Driver

Rapidly create and deploy powerful Java applications that integrate with SAP Business One DI.



Access and process SAP Business One DI Data in Apache Spark using the CData JDBC Driver.

Apache Spark is a fast and general engine for large-scale data processing. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver for SAP Business One DI, Spark can work with live SAP Business One DI data. This article describes how to connect to and query SAP Business One DI data from a Spark shell.

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

Install the CData JDBC Driver for SAP Business One DI

Download the CData JDBC Driver for SAP Business One DI installer, unzip the package, and run the JAR file to install the driver.

Start a Spark Shell and Connect to SAP Business One DI Data

  1. Open a terminal and start the Spark shell with the CData JDBC Driver for SAP Business One DI JAR file as the jars parameter: $ spark-shell --jars /CData/CData JDBC Driver for SAP Business One DI/lib/cdata.jdbc.sapbusinessonedi.jar
  2. With the shell running, you can connect to SAP Business One DI with a JDBC URL and use the SQL Context load() function to read a table.

    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.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.sapbusinessonedi.jar

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

    Configure the connection to SAP Business One DI, using the connection string generated above.

    scala> val sapbusinessonedi_df = spark.sqlContext.read.format("jdbc").option("url", "jdbc:sapbusinessonedi:Server=ServerName;DBServerType=MSSQL_2016;CompanyDB=SBODemoCA;User=manager;Password=manager;").option("dbtable","OACT").option("driver","cdata.jdbc.sapbusinessonedi.SAPBusinessOneDIDriver").load()
  3. Once you connect and the data is loaded you will see the table schema displayed.
  4. Register the SAP Business One DI data as a temporary table:

    scala> sapbusinessonedi_df.registerTable("oact")
  5. Perform custom SQL queries against the Data using commands like the one below:

    scala> sapbusinessonedi_df.sqlContext.sql("SELECT AcctCode, AcctName FROM OACT WHERE AcctName = account_name").collect.foreach(println)

    You will see the results displayed in the console, similar to the following:

Using the CData JDBC Driver for SAP Business One DI in Apache Spark, you are able to perform fast and complex analytics on SAP Business One DI data, combining the power and utility of Spark with your data. Download a free, 30 day trial of any of the 200+ CData JDBC Drivers and get started today.