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Use the CData ODBC Driver for SAP ByDesign in SAS for Real-Time Reporting and Analytics

Connect to real-time SAP ByDesign data in SAS for reporting, analytics, and visualizations using the CData ODBC Driver for SAP ByDesign.

SAS is a software suite developed for advanced analytics, multivariate analysis, business intelligence, data management, and predictive analytics. When you pair SAS with the CData ODBC Driver for SAP ByDesign, you gain database-like access to live SAP ByDesign data from SAS, expanding your reporting and analytics capabilities. This articles walks through creating a library for SAP ByDesign in SAS and creating a simple report based on real-time SAP ByDesign data.

The CData ODBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live SAP ByDesign data in SAS due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from SAS to SAP ByDesign, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to SAP ByDesign 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 easily visualize and analyze SAP ByDesign data in SAS.

Connect to SAP ByDesign as an ODBC Data Source

Information for connecting to SAP ByDesign follows, along with different instructions for configuring a DSN in Windows and Linux environments (the ODBC Driver for SAP ByDesign must be installed on the machine hosting the SAS System).

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.

When you configure the DSN, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

Windows

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

Linux

If you are installing the CData ODBC Driver for SAP ByDesign in a Linux environment, the driver installation predefines a system DSN. You can modify the DSN by editing the system data sources file (/etc/odbc.ini) and defining the required connection properties.

/etc/odbc.ini

[CData SAPByDesign Sys] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for SAP ByDesign Description = My Description URL = https://my999999.sapbydesign.com User = username Password = password CustomService = servicename

For specific information on using these configuration files, please refer to the help documentation (installed and found online).

Create a SAP ByDesign Library in SAS

Connect to SAP ByDesign in SAS by adding a library based on the CData ODBC Driver for SAP ByDesign.

  1. Open SAS and expand Libraries in the Explorer pane.
  2. In the Active Libraries window, right-click and select New.
  3. Name your library (odbclib), select ODBC as the Engine, and click to Enable at startup (if you want the library to persist between sessions).
  4. Set Data Source to the DSN you previously configured and click OK.

Create a View from a SAP ByDesign Query

SAS natively supports querying data either using a low-code, point-and-click Query tool or programmatically with PROC SQL and a custom SQL query. When you create a View in SAS, the defining query is executed each time the view is queried. This means that you always query live SAP ByDesign data for reports, charts, and analytics.

Using the Query Tool

  1. In SAS, click Tools -> Query
  2. Select the table sources and the table(s) you wish to pull data from. Then, click OK.
  3. Select columns and right-click to add filtering, ordering, grouping, etc.
  4. Create a local view to contain the query results by right-clicking the SQL Query Tool window, selecting Show Query, and clicking Create View. Name the View and click OK.

Using PROC SQL

  1. In SAS, navigate to the Editor window.
  2. Use PROC SQL to query the data and create a local view.
    NOTE: This procedure creates a view in the Work library. You can optionally specify a library in the create view statement.
    proc sql;
      create view [inventory balance]_view as
      select 
        id, 
        productcategoryid 
      from 
        odbclib.[inventory balance] 
      where 
        ProductCategoryID = '1234567';
    quit;
    
  3. Click Run -> Submit to execute the query and create a local view.

Report On or Visualize SAP ByDesign Data in SAS

With a local view created, you can report, visualize, or otherwise analyze SAP ByDesign data using the powerful SAS features. Print a simple report using PROC PRINT and create a basic graph based on the data using PROC GCHART.

Print an HTML Report

  1. In SAS, navigate to the Editor window.
  2. Use PROC PRINT to print an HTML report for the SAP ByDesign [Inventory Balance] data.
    proc print data=[inventory balance];
      title "SAP ByDesign [Inventory Balance] Data";
    run;
    

Print a Chart

  1. In SAS, navigate to the Editor window.
  2. Use PROC GCHART to create a chart for the [Inventory Balance] data.
    proc gchart data=[inventory balance];
      pie id / sumvar=productcategoryid
          value=arrow
          percent=arrow
          noheading
          percent=inside plabel=(height=12pt)
          slice=inside value=none
          name='[Inventory Balance]Chart';
    run;