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Create Workday-Connected Business Apps in AppSheet

Use the CData Cloud Hub to connect to Workday from AppSheet and build custom business apps using live Workday data.

AppSheet provides a no-code development platform for application software, which allows users to create mobile, tablet, and web applications. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Workday data for business applications. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Workday in Cloud Hub and build a simple app from Workday data in AppSheet.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Workday, allowing you to build reports from live Workday data in AppSheet — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. As you create applications to work with data, AppSheet generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc.) directly to Workday, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return the requested Workday data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Workday Data

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

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

    To connect, there are three pieces of information required: Authentication, API URL, and WSDL URL.

    Authentication

    To authenticate, specify your User and Password. Note that you must append your Tenant to your User separated by an '@' character. For instance, if you normally log in with 'geraldg' and your Tenant is 'mycompany_mc1', then your User should be specified as 'geraldg@mycompany_mc1'.

    API URL

    The API URL may be specified either directly via APIURL, or it may be constructed from the Tenant, Service, and Host. The APIURL is constructed in the following format: <Host>/ccx/service/<Tenant>/<Service>.

    WSDL URL

    The WSDLURL may be specified in its entirety, or may be constructed from the Service and WSDLVersion connection properties. The WSDLURL is constructed in the following format: https://community.workday.com/sites/default/files/file-hosting/productionapi/<Service>/<WSDLVersion>/<Service>.wsdl

  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 Workday data from AppSheet.

Connect to Workday in AppSheet

The steps below outline connecting to the CData Cloud Hub from AppSheet to create a new Workday data source.

  1. Log into AppSheet
  2. Click "My account" in the menu
  3. Click the Sources tab and add a new data source
  4. Select Cloud Database and set the connection information
    • Type: MySQL
    • Server: the endpoint for your instance, including port, for example, myinstance.cdatacloud.net:3306
    • Database: the virtual database, for example, Workday1
    • Username: a Cloud Hub user with permissions for the database
    • Password: the password for the Cloud Hub user
    • SSL: Require SSL
  5. Click "Test Connection"
  6. Click "Authorize Access"

Create an App

Once you create the data source for Workday, you can start building apps on Workday data. Start by clicking "My apps" in the menu.

  1. Click to create a new app and select "Start with your own data"
  2. Name the app and select an appropriate category, based on your data
  3. Select the newly created data source (e.g., database-1)
  4. Select the table or view with the data you want

At this point, you can configure the design of your app, selecting which columns from the selected table to display, use as labels, and more. Preview the app in the preview panel and then publish or share it when ready.

To get SQL data access to 150+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, try the CData Cloud Hub.