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Connecting ODBC to NetSuite

In our previous blogs, we emphasized the importance of seamless connectivity between different systems for a successful business. We also explored various custom integration options that enable connectivity between NetSuite and external applications. In this blog, we will delve into the option of connecting ODBC to NetSuite and discuss its benefits.

What is ODBC?

ODBC stands for Open Database Connectivity. It is an API that provides a standardized way for applications to access information in relational databases. ODBC allows any application to connect with any database that follows or supports the ODBC standard. This technology is particularly useful for companies that deal with data from multiple databases supplied by different vendors. It also facilitates data analysis by enabling the combination of data from multiple sources.

How do you connect ODBC to NetSuite:

  • Enable the Feature:
    To connect ODBC to NetSuite, the first step is to enable a feature called “SuiteAnalytics Connect.” Go to “Setup > Company > Enable Features” and navigate to the “Analytics” subtab. Check the “SuiteAnalytics Connect” checkbox and click on the “Save” button.

  • Download and Install the ODBC Driver:
    Next, go to the NetSuite homepage and click on “Settings.” Select “Set Up SuiteAnalytics Connect” and find the latest version of the ODBC Driver. Click on the download button to obtain the “NetSuiteODBCDrivers_Windows64bit” exe file. Double-click the file to open and install the ODBC Driver.

  • Set Up Role Permissions:
    After installing the ODBC Driver, establish a connection by creating a Custom Role with the appropriate permissions or assigning the required permissions to the current role (grant “SuiteAnalytics Connect” permission).
  • Configure the ODBC Data Source:
    To establish a connection, open “ODBC Data Sources” (you may need administrator privileges). Go to the “System DSN” tab and click on the “Add” button to create a new “NetSuite Drivers 64bit” data source. Provide the NS account ID details and Role internal ID during the setup. Once configured, perform a “Test Connect” to ensure successful connectivity.

  • Test the Connection – Fetch NetSuite Data into an Excel Sheet:
    Open Microsoft Excel and navigate to “Data > Get Data > From Other Sources > From ODBC.” Select the Data source name along with the username and password details set up in the previous step. NetSuite data tables should appear. Choose the desired table and load the data accordingly.

Benefits of ODBC Connection to NetSuite:

  1. Real-Time Data Access:
    The ODBC connector provides an additional channel for external applications to access NetSuite data in real-time, enabling them to stay up-to-date with the latest information in NetSuite.
  2. Data Analysis and Reporting:
    While NetSuite itself offers tools for data analysis and reporting, ODBC connectivity opens doors to powerful external data analysis, business intelligence, and reporting tools.

In conclusion, establishing an ODBC connection facilitates seamless data exchange between NetSuite and external applications. Additionally, it enables data analysis and reporting using external tools and allows for custom integration with external applications.

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