Data sources are the Openprise objects that connect to your actual data for the purpose of pulling data into Openprise from your source systems. Your data can be in cloud systems such as Marketo, Salesforce or Eloqua. Or your data can be stored in cloud drives such as Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, or even FTP servers. We even support cloud databases such as Amazon Redshift or Amazon RDS MySQL databases.
To Create a Data Source
- Go to Data -> Data Sources
- Click on "Add Data Source"
- Data Source Name – required. This name will be used when naming the import data source for jobs.
- Data Source Administrators – required, only users with Administrator rights can use the Data Source.
- Source Technology and Data Format – Select the source system (can be a sandbox or production environment).
- Add Account Information – Add a valid user for your system.
- Directory or Entity – Folder where the file resides for Cloud drives or Entity for Cloud Systems or Cloud Databases.
- Click NEXT
Depending on the source technology and data format selected, the following options may be presented:
- Automatically run assessment report – select this option to have Openprise run a data assessment report, and select the frequency (Weekly, Monthly) from the drop-down list.
- Email report summary to data source administrators – select this option to email the summary automatically.
Data sources created from a file will provide some additional configuration options:
- Import one file at a time. This option is helpful if you plan to process multiple files through a data source, such as in a list import process.
- Move processed files after importing denotes that Openprise will automatically create a sub-folder in your directory for processed files. This option will automatically be checked if import one file at a time is selected.
- Text delimiter
- Import fields by name. This option imports field by column name instead of the default column position. Column Name (ex. Company) must be exact in every file imported to this data source.
- Skip import if the file is missing fields
- Import additional fields. This option allows the system to import additional fields if your goal is to solely keep the information of those additional fields rather than perform any transformations on them within the platform. For example: You set up your Data Source with 10 fields and then you import a new file with 15 fields where 5 of those fields are new. This checkbox gives you the option to import and carry those 5 extra fields throughout the jobs so you can export them with the rest of the fields. You will not be able to see the extra 5 fields in the jobs/data source.
- Truncate values that exceed a certain number of characters.
Once a data source has been created, data can be imported.
To Import a Data Source
To import a data source, click on the card of your data source and select Import Now.
The Data Source menu options are described below:
- Configuration – select to change the configuration of the data. This is useful if you want to change the attributes you are pulling in from your Salesforce, Marketo, etc. system. When changing the data source configuration, make sure you select the Parse option (or tab) before proceeding to the Map option. During loading of the Parse page, Openprise goes to your source system to get the latest data configuration (commonly called a schema), so if you skip the Parse step, you will not be able to view the most up-to-date data configuration.
- View Data – use this option to view data belonging to the data source.
- Import Now – Select this option to load any new data into the Data Source. It is important to note that creating a Data Source doesn't load the data automatically. You must import the data either by selecting this option, or creating a bot with a step that imports data into the data source. With each Data Source import, Openprise gets any changed or new records from the source system. If there is no method for Openprise to determine if a record is new or has been changed since the last import, all data in the source system will be imported. Note: There is a limit for how many direct connections can be made at the same time to the same target system. Due to this limitation, it may take some time to import data as each import and export must be queued to accommodate the system's limitations.
- Download – select this option to download your data. After naming the data download file, the data is available under the Data > Downloads tab. Large data sources will take some time to be ready for download.
- Purge – Purge all data – Use this option to delete all data in your data source. This option, along with a subsequent data import, is useful for systems that delete records directly (as opposed to "marking them deleted"). For these systems (Marketo, Salesforce, etc.), Openprise cannot tell when a record has been deleted in the target system directly, so a periodic purge and re-import is recommended to synch the data between Openprise and the target system.
- Purge – Filter then purge – This option works in the same manner as "Purge all data", except you can first filter the records before purging to delete a portion of the data in your Openprise Data Source.
- Delete – use this option to delete the data source AND the data in the data source. If the data source belongs to a bot, an error message will be displayed and the data source will not be deleted. However, if the data source is used by a job and is deleted, the job will be marked with errors (as seen in red text on the job screen).
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