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Connect to SAP SuccessFactors Data as a Federated Tables in MySQL

Use the CData Cloud Hub to set up federated tables for SAP SuccessFactors data in MySQL .

You can use the CData Cloud Hub to set up federated tables in MySQL for SAP SuccessFactors data. The Cloud Hub provides a MySQL interface for SAP SuccessFactors: After configuring a virtual MySQL database for SAP SuccessFactors, you can create a server and tables using the FEDERATED Storage Engine in MySQL. You can then work with SAP SuccessFactors data just as you would local MySQL tables.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for SAP SuccessFactors, allowing you to easily query live SAP SuccessFactors data alongside existing MySQL data — all without replicating the data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to SAP SuccessFactors, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return SAP SuccessFactors data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for SAP SuccessFactors Data

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

  1. Login to Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "SAP SuccessFactors" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to SAP SuccessFactors.

    You can authenticate to SAP Success Factors using Basic authentication or OAuth with SAML assertion.

    Basic Authentication

    You must provide values for the following properties to successfully authenticate to SAP Success Factors. Note that the provider will reuse the session opened by SAP Success Factors using cookies. Which means that your credentials will be used only on the first request to open the session. After that, cookies returned from SAP Success Factors will be used for authentication.

    • Url: set this to the URL of the server hosting Success Factors. Some of the servers are listed in the SAP support documentation (external link).
    • User: set this to the username of your account.
    • Password: set this to the password of your account.
    • CompanyId: set this to the unique identifier of your company.

    OAuth Authentication

    You must provide values for the following properties, which will be used to get the access token.

    • Url: set this to the URL of the server hosting Success Factors. Some of the servers are listed in the SAP support documentation (external link).
    • User: set this to the username of your account.
    • CompanyId: set this to the unique identifier of your company.
    • OAuthClientId: set this to the API Key that was generated in API Center.
    • OAuthClientSecret: the X.509 private key used to sign SAML assertion. The private key can be found in the certificate you downloaded in Registering your OAuth Client Application.
    • InitiateOAuth: set this to GETANDREFRESH.
  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 SuccessFactors data from any MySQL client.

Create a FEDERATED Server and Tables for SAP SuccessFactors Data

After you have configured and started the service, create a FEDERATED server to simplify the process of creating FEDERATED tables:

Create a FEDERATED Server

The following statement will create a FEDERATED server based on the Cloud Hub. Note that the username and password of the FEDERATED server must match a user account you defined on the Cloud Hub.

CREATE SERVER fedSAPSuccessFactors
FOREIGN DATA WRAPPER mysql
OPTIONS (USER 'cloud_hub_user', PASSWORD 'cloud_hub_passwd', HOST 'myinstance.cdatacloud.net', PORT 3306, DATABASE 'sapsuccessfactorsdb');

Create a FEDERATED Table

To create a FEDERATED table using our newly created server, use the CONNECTION keyword and pass the name of the FEDERATED server and the remote table (ExtAddressInfo). Refer to the following template for the statement to create a FEDERATED table:

CREATE TABLE fed_extaddressinfo (
  ...,
  address1  TYPE(LEN),
  zipcode  TYPE(LEN),
  ...,
)
ENGINE=FEDERATED
DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8
CONNECTION='fedSAPSuccessFactors/ExtAddressInfo';

NOTE: The table schema for the FEDERATED table must match the remote table schema exactly. You can always connect directly to the Cloud Hub using any MySQL client and run SHOW COLUMNS FROM ExtAddressInfo to get the table schema.

Execute Queries

You can now execute queries to the SAP SuccessFactors FEDERATED tables from any tool that can connect to MySQL, which is particularly useful if you need to JOIN data from a local table with data from SAP SuccessFactors. Refer to the following example:

SELECT 
  fed_extaddressinfo.address1, 
  local_table.custom_field 
FROM 
  local_table 
JOIN 
  fed_extaddressinfo 
ON 
  local_table.foreign_address1 = fed_extaddressinfo.address1;