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Analyze Live Zuora Data in SAS Viya



Use CData Connect Cloud to connect to Zuora data from SAS Viya and deploy self-service analytics using live Zuora data.

SAS Viya is an analytics platform that enhances data management, machine learning, and analytics, fostering efficient decision-making and insights. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Zuora data for building predictive models, crafting stunning insights to make data-driven decisions, and more. This article shows how to connect to Connect Cloud from the SAS Viya cloud platform and integrate live Zuora data into your self-service AI and analytics deployments.

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

Configure Zuora Connectivity for SAS Viya

Connectivity to Zuora from SAS Viya is made possible through CData Connect Cloud. To work with Zuora data from SAS Viya, we start by creating and configuring a Zuora connection.

  1. Log into Connect Cloud, click Connections and click Add Connection.
  2. Select "Zuora" from the Add Connection panel
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Zuora.

    Zuora uses the OAuth standard to authenticate users. See the online Help documentation for a full OAuth authentication guide.

    Configuring Tenant property

    In order to create a valid connection with the provider you need to choose one of the Tenant values (USProduction by default) which matches your account configuration. The following is a list with the available options:

    • USProduction: Requests sent to https://rest.zuora.com.
    • USAPISandbox: Requests sent to https://rest.apisandbox.zuora.com"
    • USPerformanceTest: Requests sent to https://rest.pt1.zuora.com"
    • EUProduction: Requests sent to https://rest.eu.zuora.com"
    • EUSandbox: Requests sent to https://rest.sandbox.eu.zuora.com"

    Selecting a Zuora Service

    Two Zuora services are available: Data Query and AQuA API. By default ZuoraService is set to AQuADataExport.

    DataQuery

    The Data Query feature enables you to export data from your Zuora tenant by performing asynchronous, read-only SQL queries. We recommend to use this service for quick lightweight SQL queries.

    Limitations
    • The maximum number of input records per table after filters have been applied: 1,000,000
    • The maximum number of output records: 100,000
    • The maximum number of simultaneous queries submitted for execution per tenant: 5
    • The maximum number of queued queries submitted for execution after reaching the limitation of simultaneous queries per tenant: 10
    • The maximum processing time for each query in hours: 1
    • The maximum size of memory allocated to each query in GB: 2
    • The maximum number of indices when using Index Join, in other words, the maximum number of records being returned by the left table based on the unique value used in the WHERE clause when using Index Join: 20,000

    AQuADataExport

    AQuA API export is designed to export all the records for all the objects ( tables ). AQuA query jobs have the following limitations:

    Limitations
    • If a query in an AQuA job is executed longer than 8 hours, this job will be killed automatically.
    • The killed AQuA job can be retried three times before returned as failed.
  4. Click Create & Test
  5. Navigate to the Permissions tab in the Add Zuora Connection page and update the User-based permissions.

Add a Personal Access Token

If you are connecting from a service, application, platform, or framework that does not support OAuth authentication, you can create a Personal Access Token (PAT) to use for authentication. Best practices would dictate that you create a separate PAT for each service, to maintain granularity of access.

  1. Click on your username at the top right of the Connect Cloud app and click User Profile.
  2. On the User Profile page, scroll down to the Personal Access Tokens section and click Create PAT.
  3. Give your PAT a name and click Create.
  4. The personal access token is only visible at creation, so be sure to copy it and store it securely for future use.

With the connection configured, you are ready to connect to Zuora data from SAS Viya.

Connecting to CData Connect Cloud from SAS Viya

The following steps detail the process of loading data from Zuora into SAS Viya using the established connection in CData Connect Cloud.

  1. Download and install the CData Connect Cloud JDBC driver from the Client Tools section.
  2. Now, log in to SAS Viya and navigate to the Applications Menu at the top-left corner.
  3. Select Develop Code and Flows from the Analytics Life Cycle topic.
  4. Navigate to the Explorer tab and click on SAS Server on the left panel.
  5. Follow the steps to upload the JAR file of the CData Connect JDBC driver:
    • Right-click on the "Home" directory.
    • Click on Upload files.
    • Place the JAR file in the specified location and note its file path.
  6. Once done, navigate to the Libraries tab and click on Create a new library connection (on the top left corner as shown below) for the CData Connect JDBC.
  7. Enter the library connection settings:
    • Connection name: enter a name for your connection
    • Library name (libref): enter a reference for your library
    • Library type: choose "SAS/ACCESS to JDBC"
  8. Click on the Properties tab and set Library attributes to READONLY.
  9. Click the Connection Options tab and enter the following details:
    • Hive JDBC driver's class name: cdata.jdbc.connect.ConnectDriver
    • Java CLASSPATH: enter the file path to the JAR driver file (Refer to Step 5)
  10. Click on Test connection. If it succeeds, click on Save and connect.
  11. Click on to add a new tab and select SAS program.
  12. Fill in the code block below with your setup parameters:
    • Libref: enter the library reference you defined in Step 9.
    • ClassPath: enter the file path to the JAR driver file.
    • Username: enter your CData Connect username. This is displayed in the top-right corner of the CData Connect interface. For example, [email protected].
    • DefaultCatalog: enter the connection configured in CData Connect Cloud that you want to query.
    • Password: enter the PAT you generated in the "Add a Personal Access Token" section.
    libname [Libref] JDBC classpath=[ClassPath] class="cdata.jdbc.connect.ConnectDriver" URL="jdbc:Connect:AuthScheme=Basic;User=[Username];DefaultCatalog=[DefaultCatalog];DefaultSchema=dbo;Password=[Password]"; proc sql; SELECT * FROM [Libref].MyTable; quit;
  13. Click on Run. You can see the data load from CData Connect Cloud into SAS Viya.

Live Access to Zuora Data from Cloud Applications

At this point, you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to Zuora data from SAS Viya. You can build predictive models, craft insights to make data-driven decisions, and more — all without replicating Zuora data.

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