How to use your existing ODI on premise to seamlessly integrate PBCS (Part 1: Solution)

Hey guys, how are you? Today we’ll going to talk about how to integrate PBCS seamlessly using you existing ODI environment.

I said PBCS but this approach can be user for any cloud application available out there (with just changing the way of connect/upload data/API that needs to be used to integrate). Other than that, everything else is valid.

Let’s think a little bit about PBCS. PBCS is a close box that can only be accessed by HTML, SFTP, REST API or EPM Automate. Then for integration we basically have 2 options, REST API and EPM Automate since everything else is way too manual to be called integration.

Both will work in almost the same way, then to keep it simple we’ll be using EPM Automate here. In our case we have a ODI on premise designed like this:

  • We have a lot of different sources that are loaded in our stage area.
  • In the stage area we do whatever transformation we need in the data before we load it to the DW schema
  • During the load into our DW we validate all the data POV against the metadata in Planning or Essbase.

From everything described here the only two changes we need to do is the source of the metadata for validation and the target of the data load.

For the metadata, instead of reading the Planning repository or extract the metadata from Essbase, we’ll export from PBCS the metadata and load it to a table, and this is what we’ll use for validating the data before load.

This step is very important because we don’t want to get errors during data load and slow down the process we are creating. Also, it gives the business a fallout report that they can work to fix the invalid members in PBCS.

For the data load, instead of loading this data directly to Planning we’ll be exporting the data in the right format to a txt file, zip them, and use EPMAutomate to load it to PBCS.

Remember, you chose the REST API to do so, the only thing you need to do differently is a little bit of programing, but the logic will be the same.

Then in the end we’ll have a design like this:

As I said, we can see by this schema that any cloud app can be integrated in kind of the same way. We can have everything we have until today and we just need to figure out the bridge we’ll have between our on-premises DB and our target app.

If the target app is VPN enable, everything get’s way easier since for ODI, this will be just another source, in fact, we could even have DB Links between our environments.

Then keep your mind open for the approach here more than the content we are talking about (PBCS).

I hope your guys enjoy this quick start of our series and see you soon.


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