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Connect to SAP ByDesign Data in RapidMiner

Integrate SAP ByDesign data with standard components and data source configuration wizards in RapidMiner Studio.

This article shows how you can easily integrate the CData JDBC driver for SAP ByDesign into your processes in RapidMiner. This article uses the CData JDBC Driver for SAP ByDesign to transfer SAP ByDesign data to a process in RapidMiner.

Connect to SAP ByDesign in RapidMiner as a JDBC Data Source

You can follow the procedure below to establish a JDBC connection to SAP ByDesign:

  1. Add a new database driver for SAP ByDesign: Click Connections -> Manage Database Drivers.
  2. In the resulting wizard, click the Add button and enter a name for the connection.
  3. Enter the prefix for the JDBC URL: jdbc:sapbydesign:
  4. Enter the path to the cdata.jdbc.sapbydesign.jar file, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  5. Enter the driver class: cdata.jdbc.sapbydesign.SAPByDesignDriver
  6. Create a new SAP ByDesign connection: Click Connections -> Manage Database Connections.
  7. Enter a name for your connection.
  8. For Database System, select the SAP ByDesign driver you configured previously.
  9. Enter your connection string in the Host box.

    Set the following connection properties to connect to SAP ByDesign.

    • Url: Set this to the Url of your SAP ByDesign site. For example, https://test.sapbydesign.com
    • User: Set this to the username of your account.
    • Password: Set this to the password of your account.
    • CustomService or AnalyticsService: Only one of these must be specified. If you have a custom service you want to retrieve data from, specify CustomService. If you want to retrieve the reports of a analytical service, specify AnalyticsService.
      If neither is specified, 'cc_home_analytics.svc' will used as a default for the AnalyticsService property. If you are not sure what service to specify, you can always query the Services view to list available services.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

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

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.sapbydesign.jar

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

    A typical connection string is below:

    URL=https://my999999.sapbydesign.com;User=username;Password=password;CustomService=servicename;
  10. Enter your username and password if necessary.

You can now use your SAP ByDesign connection with the various RapidMiner operators in your process. To retrieve SAP ByDesign data, drag the Retrieve operator from the Operators view. With the Retrieve operator selected, you can then define which table to retrieve in the Parameters view by clicking the folder icon next to the "repository entry." In the resulting Repository Browser, you can expand your connection node to select the desired example set.

Finally, wire the output to the Retrieve process to a result, and run the process to see the SAP ByDesign data.