Load Workday Data to a Database Using Embulk

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Workday JDBC Driver

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Use CData JDBC Driver for Workday with the open source ETL/ELT tool Embulk to load Workday data to a database.

Embulk is an open source bulk data loader. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver for Workday, Embulk easily loads data from Workday to any supported destination. In this article, we explain how to use the CData JDBC Driver for Workday in Embulk to load Workday data to a MySQL dtabase.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Workday data. When you issue complex SQL queries to Workday, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Workday and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations).

Configure a JDBC Connection to Workday Data

Before creating a bulk load job in Embulk, note the installation location for the JAR file for the JDBC Driver (typically C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Workday\lib).

Embulk supports JDBC connectivity, so you can easily connect to Workday and execute SQL queries. Before creating a bulk load job, create a JDBC URL for authenticating with 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

Built-in Connection String Designer

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

java -jar cdata.jdbc.workday.jar

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

Below is a typical JDBC connection string for Workday:

jdbc:workday:User=myuser;Password=mypassword;Tenant=mycompany_gm1;Host=https://wd3-impl-services1.workday.com

Load Workday Data in Embulk

After installing the CData JDBC Driver and creating a JDBC connection string, install the required Embulk plugins.

Install Embulk Input & Output Plugins

  1. Install the JDBC Input Plugin in Embulk.
    https://github.com/embulk/embulk-input-jdbc/tree/master/embulk-input-jdbc
  2. embulk gem install embulk-input-jdbc
  3. In this article, we use MySQL as the destination database. You can also choose SQL Server, PostgreSQL, or Google BigQuery as the destination using the output Plugins.
    https://github.com/embulk/embulk-output-jdbc/tree/master/embulk-output-mysql embulk gem install embulk-output-mysql

With the input and output plugins installed, we are ready to load Workday data into MySQL using Embulk.

Create a Job to Load Workday Data

Start by creating a config file in Embulk, using a name like workday-mysql.yml.

  1. For the input plugin options, use the CData JDBC Driver for Workday, including the path to the driver JAR file, the driver class (e.g. cdata.jdbc.workday.WorkdayDriver), and the JDBC URL from above
  2. For the output plugin options, use the values and credentials for the MySQL database

Sample Config File (workday-mysql.yml)

in: type: jdbc driver_path: C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Workday 20xx\lib\cdata.jdbc.workday.jar driver_class: cdata.jdbc.workday.WorkdayDriver url: jdbc:workday:User=myuser;Password=mypassword;Tenant=mycompany_gm1;Host=https://wd3-impl-services1.workday.com table: "Workers" out: type: mysql host: localhost database: DatabaseName user: UserId password: UserPassword table: "Workers" mode: insert

After creating the file, run the Embulk job.

embulk run workday-mysql.yml

After running the the Embulk job, find the Salesforce data in the MySQL table.

Load Filtered Workday Data

In addition to loading data directly from a table, you can use a custom SQL query to have more granular control of the data loaded. You can also perform increment loads by setting a last updated column in a SQL WHERE clause in the query field.

in: type: jdbc driver_path: C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Workday 20xx\lib\cdata.jdbc.workday.jar driver_class: cdata.jdbc.workday.WorkdayDriver url: jdbc:workday:User=myuser;Password=mypassword;Tenant=mycompany_gm1;Host=https://wd3-impl-services1.workday.com query: "SELECT Worker_Reference_WID, Legal_Name_Last_Name FROM Workers WHERE [RecordId] = 1" out: type: mysql host: localhost database: DatabaseName user: UserId password: UserPassword table: "Workers" mode: insert

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