Create SAS Data Sets-Connected Nintex Workflows

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Use CData Connect Cloud to connect to SAS Data Sets from Nintex Workflow Cloud and build custom workflows using live SAS Data Sets data.

Nintex Workflow Cloud is a cloud-based platform where you can design workflows to automate simple or complex processes using drag-and-drop interactions — without writing any code. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to SAS Data Sets data for business applications. This article shows how to create a virtual database for SAS Data Sets in Connect Cloud and build a simple workflow from SAS Data Sets data in Nintex.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for SAS Data Sets, allowing you to build workflows from live SAS Data Sets data in Nintex Workflow Cloud — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. Nintex allows you to access data directly using SQL queries. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc.) directly to SAS Data Sets, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return the requested SAS Data Sets data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for SAS Data Sets Data

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

  1. Log into Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "SAS Data Sets" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to SAS Data Sets.

    Set the following connection properties to connect to your SAS DataSets files:

    • URI: Set this to the folder containing your .sas7bdat resources. Currently we only support local files.
  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 SAS Data Sets data from Nintex.

Connect to SAS Data Sets in Nintex

The steps below outline creating a new connection for access to SAS Data Sets CData Connect Cloud from Nintex to create a new SAS Data Sets data source.

  1. Log into Nintex Workflow Cloud
  2. In the Connections tab, click "Add new"
  3. Select MySQL as the connector and click "Connect"
  4. In the MySQL connection wizard, set the following properties:
    • Connection Name: name the connection (e.g., CData Connect Cloud SAS Data Sets Connection)
    • Username: your Connect Cloud username
    • Password: your Connect Cloud password
    • Database Host: your Connect Cloud MySQL endpoint (e.g., myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Database Name: the virtual SAS Data Sets database (e.g., SASDataSets1)
  5. Click "Connect"
  6. Configure the connection permissions and click "Save permissions"

Create a Simple SAS Data Sets Workflow

With the connection to CData Connect Cloud configured, we are ready to build a simple workflow to access SAS Data Sets data. Start by clicking the "Create workflow" button.

Configure the Start Event Action

  1. Click the start event task and select the "Form" event
  2. Click "Design form"
  3. Drag a "Text - Long" element onto the Form and click the element to configure it
    • Set "Title" to "Enter SQL query"
    • Set "Required" to true
  4. Drag a "Text - Short" element onto the Form and click the element to configure it
    • Set "Title" to "Enter desired result column"
    • Set "Required" to true

Configure an "Execute a Query" Action

  1. Add an "Execute a query" action after the "Start event: Form" action and click to configure the action
  2. Set "SQL Script" to the "Enter SQL Query" variable from the "Start event" action
  3. Set "Column to retrieve" to the "Enter desired result column" variable from the "Start event" action
  4. Set "Retrieved column" to a new variable (e.g., "values")

Configure a "Send an Email" Action

  1. Add a "Send an email" action after the "Execute a query" action and click to configure the action
  2. Set the "Recipient email address"
  3. Set the "Subject"
  4. Set the "Message body" to the variable created for the retrieved column

Once you configure the actions, click "Save," name the Workflow, and click "Save" again. You now have a simple workflow that will query SAS Data Sets using SQL and send an email with the results.

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