NetSuite is a cloud-based data management tool, while SQL Server is a high-powered relational database management system. If you are trying to optimize your data management procedures by integrating data from NetSuite to SQL Server, you are in the right place. This article will discuss the techniques for integrating NetSuite data into SQL Server, helping you obtain insightful information and enhance your decision-making processes.

What Is NetSuite?

NetSuite is an Enterprise Resource Planning application developed by Oracle for use in a cloud environment. It helps businesses unify and streamline multiple aspects of their workflow. 

Here are two main features provided by NetSuite that can help you manage resources better:

  • NetSuite provides you with a cloud-based central location for resource planning so that you can seamlessly handle all the operations in specific business domains.
  • NetSuite provides financial planning tools, which you can leverage to plan your budget according to the business’s current financial status.

In a recent Gartner study about NetSuite, NetSuite was ranked the best ERP and fastest-growing financial management vendor globally.

What is SQL Server?

SQL Server, as the name suggests, is a part of the Microsoft ecosystem. It is one of the most widely used Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS). You can install SQL Server on any Windows or Linux system or deploy it on an Azure Virtual Machine or any other virtual machine platform. 

Although SQL Server is a standalone product, you can integrate it with other Azure applications. This data management system allows you to perform data query, data manipulation, and access control. It offers many excellent features that make the database creation process quick and flexible.

Different Ways to Connect and Load Data from NetSuite to SQL Server

Here are three different methods to connect NetSuite to SQL Server and the steps involved.

Method 1: Using Hevo to Connect and Load Data from NetSuite to SQL Server

Hevo is a real-time ELT no-code data pipeline platform that is cost-effective and provides automated data pipelines that are fully flexible to your needs. Hevo offers 150+ integrations, of which 40+ are free to different data sources. You can even transform your data in Hevo before loading it to the destinations. 

Here are some of the benefits of using Hevo to create data pipelines:

  • Data Transformation: Hevo allows you to use simple drag-and-drop data transformation techniques to standardize your data without prior technical knowledge.
  • Automated Schema Mapping: Hevo detects the incoming data and automatically replicates the destination schema in a way that the destination is compatible with the data. Additionally, it allows you to choose between Full and Incremental Mapping.
  • Incremental Data Load: Hevo ensures well-organized bandwidth utilization at the source and destination sites by allowing real-time data transfer after data modification.
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Let’s examine the steps in setting up a Hevo data pipeline to import NetSuite to SQL Server.

1. Obtaining API Credentials from the NetSuite API Account

You have to make sure the given prerequisites are satisfied before configuring NetSuite as the source.

Prerequisites
  • You will need an active NetSuite account from which data will be loaded.
  • You should be logged in as an Administrator to obtain the API credentials and assign roles. 
  • Hevo must have permission to access your NetSuite ERP data.
  • You should be assigned the Team Administrator, Team Collaborator, or Pipeline Administrator role. 
Step 1: Enable Web Services and Token-Based Authentication
  • Log in to NetSuite as an Administrator user. 
  • Navigate to the NetSuite global search bar.
  • Enter page: enable, and click on the Page: Enable Features result. 
NetSuite to SQL Server: Enable features
NetSuite to SQL Server: Enable features
  • On the Enable Features page, click on SuiteCloud. You will now be in the SuiteTalk (Web Services) section, where you need to check the SOAP WEB SERVICES and REST WEB SERVICE tabs. 
NetSuite to SQL Server: Enable Web Services Features
NetSuite to SQL Server: Enable Web Services Features
  • In the Manage Authentication section, select the TOKEN-BASED AUTHENTICATION checkbox and click on Save.
NetSuite to SQL Server: Enabling Token-Based Authentication
NetSuite to SQL Server: Enabling Token-Based Authentication
Step 2: Creating an Integration Record for Hevo
  • Search page: integrations in your NetSuite global search bar. Click on Page: Manage Integrations
NetSuite to SQL Server: Searching page: integrations
NetSuite to SQL Server: Searching page: integrations
  • On the Integrations page, select New and configure the settings. Provide a proper, unique name for the integration, and then click on the check box to allow data access to Hevo.
NetSuite to SQL Server: Configuring New Integration
NetSuite to SQL Server: Configuring New Integration
  • Click on Save. A confirmation page will open. Copy the Consumer Key/secret and keep it secure. You will need this while configuring the Hevo pipeline.
Step 3: Create a role for Hevo and Configure the Permissions
  •  In the NetSuite global search, search for page: new role and click on Page: New Role.
NetSuite to SQL Server: Creating New Role
NetSuite to SQL Server: Creating New Role
  • On the Role page, enter the role name in the Name field. 
  • In the Authentication section, select WEB SERVICES ONLY ROLE.
NetSuite to SQL server: Adding and Configuring Hevo Role Permissions
NetSuite to SQL server: Adding and Configuring Hevo Role Permissions
  • Enable all the tabs under the Permissions section on the Role page and click Add. You can read more about the Hevo Role Permissions here.
NetSuite to SQL Server: Saving the Role permissions
NetSuite to SQL Server: Saving the Role permissions
  • After adding all the permissions, Click on Save.
Step 4: Create a New Hevo User
  • To create a new Hevo user, search for a new employee in the NetSuite search bar and select Page: New Employees.
NetSuite to SQL Server: Creating New Employee
NetSuite to SQL Server: Creating New Employee
  • Enter NAME, EMAIL, and SUBSIDIARY details and any other mandatory fields on the Employee page.
  • Find the Access tab and select the GIVE ACCESS check box. Change the password by clicking on the MANUALLY ASSIGN  OR CHANGE PASSWORD check box.
  • Under the Roles section, select the Hevo role created in the previous step from the ROLE drop-down and click on Add and Save
NetSuite to SQL Server: Adding New Employees
NetSuite to SQL Server: Adding New Employees
Step 5: Create an Access Token for Hevo
  • In the NetSuite global search bar, search for page: tokens and select Page: Access Tokens.
NetSuite to SQL Server: Access Tokens
NetSuite to SQL Server: Access Tokens
  • On the Access Tokens page, click New Access Token.
NetSuite to SQL Server: New Access Token
NetSuite to SQL Server: New Access Token
  • Specify the following details in the Access Tokens page:
  • Add the APPLICATION NAME that you created in step 2.
  • Add the new USER that you just created in step 4.
  • Add the Hevo ROLE that you created in step 3.
  • Finally, add the TOKEN NAME that NetSuite might have already created. You can choose a custom name according to your preference.
NetSuite to SQL server: Access Token Details
  • Click Save, and a confirmation page will pop up. On that page, copy the Token ID and Secret. Store these credentials in a secure loacation as they will help you establish NetSuite as your source.
Step 6: Find your Netsuite Subdomain and Account ID

Hevo requires your NetSuite account ID and subdomain for unique identification and data access from NetSuite.

  • In the NetSuite search bar, search for web services and select the Page: Web Services Preferences.
  • From the SOAP Web Services Preferences page, look for the ACCOUNT ID under the Primary Information section. Copy and save this Account ID securely.
NetSuite to SQL Server: Extracting Account ID
NetSuite to SQL Server: Extracting Account ID
  • From the dashboard URL, copy your NetSuite ERP subdomain. For instance, if your dashboard URL is https://acr.app.netsuite.com/, the subdomain is acr.

2. Setting up NetSuite ERP Source

Now, we will configure NetSuite ERP as the source for your pipeline so that Hevo can fetch data from here and deliver it to the destination, i.e., your SQL server.

  • Click on PIPELINES in the Navigation Bar, then click + CREATE in the Pipeline List View.
  • In the Select Source Type page, select NetSuite ERP.
  • You will see a window to Configure your NetSuite ERP Source page, where you can enter the details given below.
  • Pipeline Name: Put in a unique name for the pipeline you want for your pipeline that must be under 255 characters.
  • Account ID: Enter the unique ID you got from your NetSuite account. 
  • Subdomain: Enter the subdomain name from the NetSuite account URL.
  • Consumer Key: Put in the key you obtained when creating the integration record for Hevo.
  • Consumer Secret: Enter the consumer secret you would have received when creating the integration record for Hevo.
  • Token ID: Here, you have to enter the ID of the access token you created in your NetSuite account, allowing Hevo to access your data.
  • Token Secret: You would have received a secret to the token you created while setting up your NetSuite account.
  • Historical Sync Duration: This gives the duration for which you want to ingest data. Also, if you select All Data, Hevo will ingest all the data available in your NetSuite ERP starting January 1, 1970.
NetSuite to SQL Server: Configuring NetSuite ERP as Source
  • Click on TEST & CONTINUE and proceed to set up the destination.

For more information on how you can configure NetSuite ERP as your source, you can follow the official Hevo Documentation.

3. Configuring SQL Server as the Destination

Before setting up SQL Server as the destination, there are some prerequisites that you must take care of.

Prerequisites
  • The SQL server should be running. 
  • SQL Server’s host IP or DNS and port should be available. 
  • Necessary permissions should be provided to the database by the database administrator.
  • You should be assigned the Team Collaborator role or any other administrator role, except the Billing Administrator role in Hevo. 
Step 1: Create a Login for the SQL Server
NetSuite to SQL Server: Giving SQL Server authentication
NetSuite to SQL Server: Giving SQL Server authentication
  • Open the Object Explorer section. Right-click on the name of your SQL server and then open its Properties.
NetSuite to SQL Server: Change properties of SQL Server
NetSuite to SQL Server: Change properties of SQL Server
  • Open the Server Properties dialog box. Click on Security in the left pane. You will find Server Authentication; select SQL Server and Authentication mode as the configuration. 
NetSuite to SQL Server: Changing configurations of SQL Server and Authentication
NetSuite to SQL Server: Changing configurations of SQL Server and Authentication
  • Acknowledge the warning message to restart the server and click on OK. In the Object Explorer window, click on the server name and RESTART. The SQL server and SQL server Agent will restart.
NetSuite to SQL Server: Restarting SQL Server
NetSuite to SQL Server: Restarting SQL Server
  • Now, again, click Object Explorer and select the New Query option after clicking on the server name. Enter the given commands in the Query Editor pane, and everywhere you see <master_user>, replace it with the name of your user. 

CREATE LOGIN [<master_user>] WITH PASSWORD=N'<strong password>’, DEFAULT_DATABASE=[master], DEFAULT_LANGUAGE=[us_english], CHECK_EXPIRATION=OFF, CHECK_POLICY=ON

GO

ALTER LOGIN [<master_user>] ENABLE

GO

ALTER SERVER ROLE [sysadmin] ADD MEMBER [<master_user>]

GO

  • Execute and Run the commands from the Quick Access Panel.
NetSuite to SQL Server: Executing Commands
NetSuite to SQL Server: Executing Commands
Step 2: Produce a Database User and Grant Privileges
  • Login to the SQL server as a master user using sqlcmd or any other SQL client tool. Execute the given command to access the database where you want to add a user:

USE <database_name>

GO

  • Then, you create a database user for the Login User. Put your values in the placeholder < > values.

CREATE USER [<username>] FOR LOGIN [<login_name>]

GO

  • Now, you need to grant the required permissions to the database user to manipulate the data. 

Login to your SQL server instance as a Login user using sqlcmd or any other SQL client tool and type in the following commands to provide privileges to the database user after replacing the placeholders with your values:

GRANT ALTER, SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE ON SCHEMA::<schema_name> TO <username>

GO

GRANT CREATE TABLE, INSERT, SELECT, UPDATE ON DATABASE::<database_name> to <username>

GO

Step 3: Configure SQL Server and Set It as Destination
  • Click on DESTINATIONS in the Navigation Bar
  • Click on +CREATE in the Destinations List View
  • In the Add Destinations Page, choose the option that says SQL Server. You will be taken to a page where you must configure your SQL server settings. Input the following details there:
NetSuite to SQL Server: Configuring SQL Server as Destination
NetSuite to SQL Server: Configuring SQL Server as Destination
  • Destination Name: Provide a Destination Name that should be unique. 
  • Database Host: Enter the IP address or DNS of your SQL Server Instance. To learn more about configuring a local database, read about Connecting to a Local Database.
  • Database Port: Here, you must enter the port on which the SQL server listens for connections. 
  • Database User: Enter details for a user in the SQL Server database with a Non-Administrative Role. 
  • Database Password: Enter the password for the login user.
  • Database Name: Provide the name of the Destination Database to which data is to be loaded. The login user must be permitted to access the database. 
  • Schema Name: Enter the details of the Database Destination Schema. 

Additionally, you can connect using SSH if you do not want to connect directly to Hevo. This will provide an additional extra layer of security by not publicly exposing your SQL Server setup. 

Click on TEST CONNECTION. Then, click on SAVE & CONTINUE

Your pipeline is completed and ready to import data from NetSuite to SQL Server. For more information on how you can configure SQL Server as your destination, you can follow the official Hevo Documentation.

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Method 2: Using ODBC to Load Data from NetSuite to SQL Server

Another method to connect & load data from NetSuite to SQL server is by using ODBC. This involves setting up an ODBC connection between your SQL server and NetSuite. Nevertheless, a web service is needed to sync the data back.

You must use the SQL Server Management Studio to set up a linked server. The steps are as follows:

  • If Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio still needs to be preloaded, MSDASQL must be downloaded and installed before proceeding with the instructions below.
  • First, set up the Remote TDS Service. The TDS remoting service is a daemon process that watches for client TDS requests. 
  • Create a Linked Server. Once the daemon has started running, you can call stored procedures or use the UI in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).
  • Open the SSMS and establish a connection to the SQL Server instance. Then, extend the SQL server database node in the object explorer. 
  • Right-click on the Linked Servers in the Server Object Node, then select New Linked Server. A window will pop up for a New Linked Server. 
  • Click on the Other Data Source option and enter the details. 
  • For Provider, enter the details and select the SQL Server Native Client Provider that is compatible with the SQL server you are using. 
  • Enter the host and port details for the TDS service. Note that the value localhost in this input refers to the machine where SQL Server runs.

Import Netsuite ODBC to SQL Server

  • Double-click the MSDASQL provider from the list of Linked Servers. 
  • The Allow in-process checkbox should be enabled when the Provider Options window appears. Establish a fresh Linked Server. 
  • For ODBC drivers, be careful when choosing Microsoft OLE DB Provider. You must enter the name of the linked server, which will be NetSuite. 
  • In the Product Name and Data Source sections, you must enter the previously generated System DSN. Then, your NetSuite tables will be retrieved. 
  • Click New Query in the toolbar to send a query to the connected server. 

For more information on the ODBC connector, you can check out MySQL ODBC Connector.

Limitations of Using ODBC to Import Data from NetSuite to SQL Server

  • ODBC is very slow compared to other methods, which would create a massive setback when handling large amounts of data. 
  • ODBC may not support every feature and function of SQL Server or NetSuite, which can reduce the flexibility of data loading and transformation. Setting up and maintaining several ODBC connections while working with various environments and setups can be challenging.
  • ODBC cannot accurately handle data type conversions between NetSuite and SQL Server, leading to potential data loss or errors.

Alternative Methods to Connect NetSuite to SQL Server

Here are some alternative methods for extracting data from your NetSuite account to a SQL Server.

Extracting Data from NetSuite

There are three different methods for accessing your NetSuite account data. Read on to learn more about them.

Method 1: NetSuite Data Extraction with SuiteScript Model
  • This method is useful when working with Workflow Tools or Scripts.
  • You can use RESTlets to update your SuiteScript API. Restlets enable you to deploy server-side scripts that interact with your NetSuite account data.
  • Restlets also support more features than NetSuite’s SOAP-based web services.
Method 2: Using the Web Service Model
  • You can use this method for connecting your external applications to NetSuite.
  • In this method, you must have NetSuite’s Web Services API.
  • You will have to manage XML and SOAP responses at the same time.

Data Transformation

After getting access to your NetSuite data through any of the given methods, you need to authenticate and query the data based on your specific requirements. Before transferring the data to any database, you need to make sure that the data schemas for both source and destination match.

You must thoroughly understand the analysis to be performed on the given data and transform it according to the requirements. For instance, some of the analysis methods require the data to be normally distributed. If your data is not uniformly distributed, you must transform it.

Loading the NetSuite Data to a Database

If you are considering moving data to Microsoft SQL, you can use SQL Server Import and Export Wizard. This tool can help you load your data to the server in bulk. Through its easy user interface, you can seamlessly manage large volumes of data.

Another method that can make the data importing process easier is the Bulk Copy Program (BCP) utility method. This command line tool can help you load and extract data in bulk from SQL servers.

When dealing with multiple database vendors, there’s another method that you can consider. You can manage huge amounts of data by following simple BULK INSERT statements. You can also add data row by row using the INSERT statement in SQL servers.

Renewing and Updating Data in SQL Server

With the amount of data growing in your NetSuite account, you will need to update and renew the linked SQL server data to maintain synchronization. To achieve this, you need to use the UPDATE statement to reflect any changes in your NetSuite account.

Regular monitoring is required in the above custom methods to achieve data integrity and accuracy between NetSuite and SQL Server datasets. You must avoid duplicate data that may enter your database due to configuration errors in your data pipeline. 

Microsoft SQL offers solutions to maintain good data quality. One such solution is Transactions in SQL Server, which can help you maintain data consistency and reliability. While this method can help you solve some of your data quality problems, you must use it efficiently and with proper data cleaning and validation processes.

Limitations of Using Alternative Methods in Moving Data from NetSuite to SQL Server

Here are some of the limitations of using the alternative methods:

  • Using alternative methods to extract data from NetSuite to SQL Server requires you to move your data manually. The lack of automation can increase the amount of time you spend transferring your data.
  • To swiftly carry out the migration, you must have prior technical knowledge of databases and data transformation.
  • You need to continuously monitor the data to avoid data inconsistencies.

Use Cases to Transfer Your NetSuite Data to SQL Server

  • SQL Server is an excellent option for growing companies with NetSuite data since it can manage enormous volumes of data without compromising performance. It also has strong data security measures, allowing you to manage compliance while benefiting from improved data governance and security.
  • SQL Server’s robust data processing features help you analyze and run complicated queries on your NetSuite data to gain deeper insights.
  • NetSuite’s historical data is limited. Synchronizing NetSuite to SQL Server enables long-term data storage and longitudinal trend analysis.

Conclusion

In this article, you learned about different data loading methods from NetSuite to SQL Server. The ODBC and other custom methods require you to configure several different things to integrate your data from NetSuite to SQL Server. However, the Hevo method is much more efficient and simpler, making it a great alternative to any manual approach. 

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If you want to load your data from NetSuite to some other database storage system, check out the steps in these articles:

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What are the ways to connect NetSuite to SQL Server?

There are multiple ways to connect NetSuite to SQL Server. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Connect NetSuite to SQL Server with the help of SaaS-based data pipelining service providers like Hevo.
  • Extract data from NetSuite to SQL Server using ODBC.
  • Using RESTlets to update your SuiteScript model. 
  • Using Web Service Model to connect external services to NetSuite.

Q. How can I connect data from NetSuite to SQL Server in real time?

Adding a SuiteCloud Plus license can help you with more real-time integrations. This process will maximize the number of concurrent connections for the NetSuite integration. Another way is to use Hevo, which can enable you to conduct better data transfer in real time.

Suraj Kumar Joshi
Freelance Technical Content Writer, Hevo Data

Suraj is a technical content writer specializing in AI and ML technologies, who enjoys creating machine learning models and writing about them.

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