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Integrate Live Sugar CRM Data into Custom Business Apps Built in Power Apps

Use the CData Cloud Hub to create a virtual SQL Server Database for Sugar CRM data and integrate live Sugar CRM data into apps built in Microsoft Power Apps.

Power Apps is a service for building and using custom business apps that connect to your data and work across the web and mobile — without the time and expense of custom software development. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Sugar CRM data from the apps you build using Power Apps. This article shows how to connect the Cloud Hub from Power Apps and build an app based on live Sugar CRM data.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure SQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Sugar CRM, allowing you to easily integrate with live Sugar CRM data in Power Apps — without replicating the data. The CData Cloud Hub looks exactly like a SQL Server database to Power Apps and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Sugar CRM, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Sugar CRM data.

Create a Virtual SQL Database for Sugar CRM 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 "Sugar CRM" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Sugar CRM.

    The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid SugarCRM user credentials. This will use the default OAuth token created to allow client logins. OAuthClientId and OAuthClientSecret are required if you do not wish to use the default OAuth token.

    You can generate a new OAuth consumer key and consumer secret in Admin -> OAuth Keys. Set the OAuthClientId to the OAuth consumer key. Set the OAuthClientSecret to the consumer secret.

    Additionally, specify the URL to the SugarCRM account.

    Note that retrieving SugarCRM metadata can be expensive. It is advised that you store the metadata locally as described in the "Caching Metadata" chapter of the help documentation.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connecting to the CData Cloud Hub

To use the Cloud Hub to integrate Sugar CRM data into your Power Apps, you need a new SQL Server connection:

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Data -> Connections -> New connection
  3. Select SQL Server
  4. In the connection wizard:

    • Choose to connect directly
    • Set SQL server name to the address of your Cloud Hub instance (myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Set SQL database name to the name of the virtual Sugar CRM database you created earlier (like sugarcrmdb)
    • Set the Username and Password and click Create

Building a Data-Centric App for Sugar CRM Data

With the connection to the Cloud Hub configured, you are ready to integrate live Sugar CRM data into the apps you build in Power Apps.

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Create, hover over "Start from data" and click Make this app
  3. Select the SQL Server connection you created
  4. Search for or choose a table to work with
  5. Click Connect
  6. Customize the newly created app just like you would any other, including changing the layout and setting the fields exposed in BrowseScreen, DetailScreen, and EditScreen

At this point, you have an app with read and write access to live Sugar CRM data that you can save and publish for use within your organization.

SQL Access to Sugar CRM Data from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live Sugar CRM data from Microsoft Power Apps. You can create more connections and apps to drive business — all without replicating Sugar CRM data.

To get SQL data access to 100+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Cloud Hub.