11-23-2010 01:00 PM
I am new here, and not sure where this best goes. In any case, we use ACT! for manging in office information and would like to be able allow this information to be presented on our website. We would like to be able to connect ACT at various times and retrieve information for posting on our site.
Can I connect to the MS Sql database directly and queue it or is there a better way to retrieve information?
Few More Details:
We do have ACT network sync service, is this something useful?
The ACT pad files, are they openable and parse-able or are they proprietary and using a separate language. I am a little lost and havent been able to find any docs on how to retrieve information from ACT in an automated fashion.
11-27-2010 02:16 AM
11-24-2010 11:34 PM
Connecting directly to SQL tables isn't the recommended nor very useful way to connect. ACT! has an SDK (software development kit) that allows developers to build plugins for ACT! Most useful if you are familar with .Net and XML. Of course you need to have ACT! installed to load the plugin.
We have built a Web 2.0 API for ACT! that would work for your situation and you don't need to know your way around the ACT! SDK. That would be ideal to pull information from ACT! for your website without having to have ACT! installed.
11-27-2010 02:16 AM
11-29-2010 06:21 AM
I read about using the ODBC connector for allowing access. It seems like the best route to go right now. How does ACT use the sql database? Does it work in the convential way most databases work, or is the setup different?
For example, can I select the database and query the database using usual MSQL statements?
11-29-2010 11:24 AM
Mike has suggested connecting via ODBC or OLEDB which is valid. However, presuming your ACT! database and the website are in different locations you will need to setup a VPN.
What we find is that customers once having implemented an OLEDB solution often want to write to ACT!, ODBC and OLEDB don't do that. You may not want to write to the ACT! database in this the case, but if so then an API is the logical and most efficient way to create a very flexible solution. These technologies are sound in their own right but aging and inflexible in comparison with web technologies which ACT! needs to adopt to stay with it's competitors.
You will see technologies like ODBC and OLEDB recede as the Cloud imposes more dominance by share popularity and convenience. The move to web based solutions has picked up remarkably in the last 18 months.
Web 2.0 and HTML5 will become increasingly important if not mandatory to stay competitive. A Web 2.0 API removes the need to have months if not years of experience with an applications SDK to become efficient with it, like that for ACT!. An API makes manipulating ACT! more open to developers who understand HTML, HTTP request/response and XML. Equally you will see Sage's own Sdata concept make it easier for developers to write applications to connect to ACT!
11-29-2010 12:56 PM - edited 11-30-2010 07:08 AM
The ODBC connection (only available for Premium versions of ACT!) does allow you to query the database (read-only).
12-19-2011 05:37 PM
I found your reply to this post and wanted to pose my situation to you:
I have a small business that provides customer service i.e. reminders, product specific use suggestions, etc.
I want to create a website for customers to enter their own data and then have that data [imported] into ACT.
A good bit of the data will be standard throughout the customer base allowing for check-boxes. Of course, customer name, phone, e-mail etc would be unique per customer and would require entering that information.
I would then like ACT to recognize it as new and unique and create Tasks based on their information i.e. a) schedule a phone call, b) upon completion of the phone call set up a series of merge e-mails specific to that client's data, etc.
I do not now have a website and use ACT 2011. Statging from scratch, how would you suggest I proceed?
08-27-2013 11:14 PM
I do have a similar kind of problem. I have been given a zip file saying that it would contain Act database. However, when I extracted, I got a file with .PAD extension and upon opening it on a notepad, I had found nothing but the following lines :
<?xml version="1.0" standalone="no"?>
<!--This file represents a Pointer to an Act Database or [PAD]-->
<ACTDatabase name="DATABASE NAME" host="SERVER" location="C:\Actdatabase" type="Sql" />
Can you please let me know from where and how I can get the entire database existing on ACT! Either in SQL or csv formats (or any formats that would contain a visible data records).
08-28-2013 12:22 AM