Integrate Live Reckon Accounts Hosted Data into Custom Business Apps Built in Power Apps

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CData Connect Server


Use CData Connect Server to create a virtual SQL Server Database for Reckon Accounts Hosted data and integrate live Reckon Accounts Hosted data into apps built in Microsoft Power Apps.

Power Apps is a service for building and using custom business apps that connect to your data and work across the web and mobile — without the time and expense of custom software development. When paired with CData Connect Server, you get instant access to Reckon Accounts Hosted data from the apps you build using Power Apps. This article shows how to connect to Connect Server from Power Apps and build an app based on live Reckon Accounts Hosted data.

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

Create a Virtual SQL Database for Reckon Accounts Hosted Data

CData Connect Server uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Login to Connect Server and click Databases.
  2. Select "Reckon Accounts Hosted" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Reckon Accounts Hosted uses OAuth to authenticate. Click Test Database to authenticate with Reckon Accounts Hosted.
  4. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connecting to CData Connect Server

To use Connect Server to integrate Reckon Accounts Hosted data into your Power Apps, you need a new SQL Server connection:

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Data -> Connections -> New connection
  3. Select SQL Server
  4. In the connection wizard:

    • Choose to connect directly
    • Set SQL server name to the address of your Connect Server instance (CONNECT_SERVER_URL)
    • Set SQL database name to the name of the virtual Reckon Accounts Hosted database you created earlier (like reckonaccountshosteddb)
    • Set the Username and Password and click Create

Building a Data-Centric App for Reckon Accounts Hosted Data

With the connection to Connect Server configured, you are ready to integrate live Reckon Accounts Hosted data into the apps you build in Power Apps.

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Create, hover over "Start from data" and click Make this app
  3. Select the SQL Server connection you created
  4. Search for or choose a table to work with
  5. Click Connect
  6. Customize the newly created app just like you would any other, including changing the layout and setting the fields exposed in BrowseScreen, DetailScreen, and EditScreen

At this point, you have an app with read and write access to live Reckon Accounts Hosted data that you can save and publish for use within your organization.

SQL Access to Reckon Accounts Hosted Data from Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live Reckon Accounts Hosted data from Microsoft Power Apps. You can create more connections and apps to drive business — all without replicating Reckon Accounts Hosted data.

To get SQL data access to 200+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your applications, see the CData Connect Server.