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PowerShell Scripting to Replicate Workday Data to MySQL

Write a simple PowerShell script to replicate Workday data to a MySQL database.

The CData Cmdlets for Workday offer live access to Workday data from within PowerShell. Using PowerShell scripts, you can easily automate regular tasks like data replication. This article will walk through using the CData Cmdlets for Workday and the CData Cmdlets for MySQL in PowerShell to replicate Workday data to a MySQL database.

After obtaining the needed connection properties, accessing Workday data in PowerShell and preparing for replication consists of four basic steps.

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

Collecting Workday Data

  1. Install the module:

    Install-Module WorkdayCmdlets
  2. Connect to Workday:

    $workday = Connect-Workday -User $User -Password $Password -Tenant $Tenant -Host $Host
  3. Retrieve the data from a specific resource:

    $data = Select-Workday -Connection $workday -Table "Workers"

    You can also use the Invoke-Workday cmdlet to execute pure SQL-92 statements:

    $data = Invoke-Workday -Connection $workday -Query 'SELECT * FROM Workers WHERE Legal_Name_Last_Name = @Legal_Name_Last_Name' -Params @{'@Legal_Name_Last_Name'='Morgan'}
  4. Save a list of the column names from the returned data.

    $columns = ($data | Get-Member -MemberType NoteProperty | Select-Object -Property Name).Name

Inserting Workday Data into the MySQL Database

With the data and column names collected, you are ready to replicate the data into a MySQL database.

  1. Install the module:

    Install-Module MySQLCmdlets
  2. Connect to MySQL, using the server address and port of the MySQL server, valid user credentials, and a specific database with the table in which the data will be replicated:

    $mysql = Connect-MySQL -User $User -Password $Password -Database $Database -Server $Server -Port $Port
  3. Loop through the Workday data, store the values, and use the Add-MySQL cmdlet to insert the data into the MySQL database, one row at a time. In this example, the table will need to have the same name as the Workday resource (Workers) and to exist in the database.

    $data | % { $row = $_ $values = @() $columns | % { $col = $_ $values += $row.$($col) } Add-MySQL -Connection $mysql -Table "Workers" -Columns $columns -Values $values }

You have now replicated your Workday data to a MySQL database. This gives you freedom to work with Workday data in the same way that you work with other MySQL tables, whether that is performing analytics, building reports, or other business functions.

Notes

  • Once you have connected to Workday and MySQL in PowerShell, you can pipe command results to perform the replication in a single line:

    Select-Workday -Connection $workday -Table "Workers" | % { $row = $_ $values = @() $columns | % { $col = $_ $values += $row.$($col) } Add-MySQL -Connection $mysql -Table "Workers" -Columns $columns -Values $values }
  • If you wish to replicate the Workday data to another database using another PowerShell module, you will want to exclude the Columns, Connection, and Table columns from the data returned by the Select-Workday cmdlet since those columns are used to help pipe data from one CData cmdlet to another:

    $columns = ($data | Get-Member -MemberType NoteProperty | Select-Object -Property Name).Name | ? {$_ -NotIn @('Columns','Connection','Table')}