Use the CData ODBC Driver for Sugar CRM in Microsoft Power Query

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Sugar ODBC Driver

The Sugar ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Sugar account data, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access CRM data like you would a database - read, write, and update Leads, Contacts, Opportunities, Accounts, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



You can use the CData Sugar CRM ODBC Driver with Microsoft Power Query. In this article, you will use the ODBC driver to import Sugar CRM data into Microsoft Power Query.

The CData ODBC Driver for Sugar CRM enables you to link to Sugar CRM data in Microsoft Power Query, ensuring that you see any updates. This article details how to use the ODBC driver to import Sugar CRM data into Microsoft Power Query.

Connect to Sugar CRM as an ODBC Data Source

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.

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.

Import Sugar CRM Data

Follow the steps below to import Sugar CRM data using standard SQL:

  1. From the ribbon in Excel, click Power Query -> From Other Data Sources -> From ODBC.

  2. Enter the ODBC connection string. Below is a connection string using the default DSN created when you install the driver: Provider=MSDASQL.1;Persist Security Info=False;DSN=CData SugarCRM Source
  3. Enter the SELECT statement to import data with. For example:

    SELECT Name, AnnualRevenue FROM Accounts
  4. Enter credentials, if required, and click Connect. The results of the query are displayed in the Query Editor Preview. You can combine queries from other data sources or refine the data with Power Query formulas. To load the query to the worksheet, click the Close and Load button.