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Use the CData JDBC Driver for SAP SuccessFactors in MicroStrategy

Connect to SAP SuccessFactors data in MicroStrategy Developer using the CData JDBC Driver for SAP SuccessFactors.

MicroStrategy is an analytics and mobility platform that enables data-driven innovation. When you pair MicroStrategy with the CData JDBC Driver for SAP SuccessFactors, you gain database-like access to live SAP SuccessFactors data from MicroStrategy, expanding your reporting and analytics capabilities. In this article, we walk through creating a database instance for SAP SuccessFactors in MicroStrategy Developer and create a Warehouse Catalog for the SAP SuccessFactors data.

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

Connect to SAP SuccessFactors in MicroStrategy Developer

You can connect to SAP SuccessFactors in MicroStrategy Developer by adding a database instance based on the CData JDBC Driver for SAP SuccessFactors.* Before you begin, you will need to install the JDBC Driver for SAP SuccessFactors on the machine hosting the MicroStrategy Intelligence Server that your instance of MicroStrategy Developer is connected to.

  1. Open MicroStrategy Developer and select a Project Source.
  2. Navigate to Administration -> Configuration Managers -> Database Instances and right-click to add a new instance.
  3. Name the instance, select Generic DBMS as the database connection type, and create a new database connection.
  4. In the database connection wizard, name the connection and create a new Database Login name, setting the user and password for SAP SuccessFactors.
  5. On the Advanced tab for the connection wizard, set the additional connection string parameters as follows.
    • Add the JDBC keyword to the connection string.
    • Set MSTR_JDBC_JAR_FOLDER to the path of the directory containing the JAR file for the JDBC driver. (C:\Program Files\CData JDBC Driver for SAP SuccessFactors\lib\ on Windows.)
    • Set DRIVER to cdata.jdbc.sapsuccessfactors.SAPSuccessFactorsDriver, the driver class.
    • Set URL to the JDBC URL for the SAP SuccessFactors driver, which contains the necessary connection properties.

      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.

      Built-in Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.sapsuccessfactors.jar

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

      When you configure the JDBC URL, 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.

    Typical additional connection string properties follow:

    JDBC;MSTR_JDBC_JAR_FOLDER=PATH\TO\JAR\;DRIVER=cdata.jdbc.sapsuccessfactors.SAPSuccessFactorsDriver;URL={jdbc:sapsuccessfactors:User=username;Password=password;CompanyId=CompanyId;Url=https://api4.successfactors.com;};
  6. Ensure that you have not selected an ODBC data source (this will trigger MicroStrategy to use the additional connection string parameters to build the database instance) and click OK.
  7. Click OK to close the database instance wizard.
  8. In the Project Source, right-click the project and open the Project configuration.
  9. Navigate to Database Instances, select the newly created database instance, and click OK.
  10. Close MicroStrategy Developer and restart the connected MicroStrategy Intelligence Server to complete the database instance creation.

With the database instance configured, you will now be able to connect to SAP SuccessFactors data from the Warehouse Catalog and Data Import.

Connect to SAP SuccessFactors Data from the Warehouse Catalog

Once you have created a database instance based on the JDBC Driver for SAP SuccessFactors, you can connect to data from the Warehouse Catalog.

  1. Select your project and click Schema -> Warehouse Catalog.
  2. In the Read Settings for the Catalog, click Settings and set the queries to retrieve the schema:
    • To retrieve the list of tables, use the following query: SELECT * FROM SYS_TABLES
    • To retrieve the list of columns for selected tables, use the following query: SELECT DISTINCT CatalogName NAME_SPACE, TableName TAB_NAME, ColumnName COL_NAME, DataTypeName DATA_TYPE, Length DATA_LEN, NumericPrecision DATA_PREC, NumericScale DATA_SCALE FROM SYS_TABLECOLUMNS WHERE TableName IN (#TABLE_LIST#) ORDER BY 1,2,3
  3. Select tables to be used in the project.

Using the CData JDBC Driver for SAP SuccessFactors in MicroStrategy, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on SAP SuccessFactors data. Read our other articles on connecting to SAP SuccessFactors in MictroStrategy Web and connecting to SAP SuccessFactors in MicroStrategy Desktop for more information.


Note: Connecting using a JDBC Driver requires a 3- or 4-Tier Architecture.