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The fastest and easiest way to connect Tableau to Dynamics NAV data. Includes comprehensive high-performance data access, real-time integration, extensive metadata discovery, and robust SQL-92 support.

Visualize Live Dynamics NAV Data in Tableau

Use CData Tableau Connectors and Tableau Desktop to visualize live Dynamics NAV data.

Tableau is a visual analytics platform transforming the way businesses use data to solve problems. When paired with the CData Tableau Connector for Dynamics NAV, you can easily get access to live Dynamics NAV data within Tableau. This article shows how to connect to Dynamics NAV in Tableau and build a simple chart.

The CData Tableau Connectors enable high-speed access to live Dynamics NAV data in Tableau. Once you install the connector, you simply authenticate with Dynamics NAV and you can immediately start building responsive, dynamic visualizations and dashboards. By surfacing Dynamics NAV data using native Tableau data types and handling complex filters, aggregations, & other operations automatically, CData Tableau Connectors grant seamless access to Dynamics NAV data.

NOTE: The CData Tableau Connectors require Tableau 2020.3 or higher. If you are using an older version of Tableau, you will need to use the CData Tableau Connector for Dynamics NAV. If you wish to connect to Dynamics NAV data in Tableau Cloud, you will need to use CData Connect.

Connect to Dynamics NAV in Tableau

Open Tableau and click More under Connect -> To a Server. Select "Dynamics NAV by CData," then configure the connection and click "Sign In."

Before you can connect, OData Services will need to be enabled on the server. Once OData Services are enabled, you will be able to query any Services that are published on the server.

The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid Dynamics NAV user credentials. In addition, you will need to specify a URL to a valid Dynamics NAV server organization root and a ServerInstance. If there is not a Service Default Company for the server, you will need to set the Company as well.

Discover Schemas and Query Data

  1. Select CData from the Database pull-down menu.
  2. Select DynamicsNAV from the Schema pull-down menu.
  3. Drag the tables and views you wish to visualize onto the join area. You can include multiple tables.
  4. Select Update Now or Automatically Update. Update Now lets you preview the first 10,000 rows of the data source (or enter the number of rows you want to see in the Rows text box). Automatically Update automatically reflects the changes in the preview area.
  5. Click the tab for your worksheet. Columns are listed as Dimensions and Measures, depending on the data type. The CData Tableau Connector discovers data types automatically, allowing you to leverage the powerful data processing and visualization features of Tableau.
  6. Drag a field from the Dimensions or Measures area to Rows or Columns. Tableau creates column or row headers.
  7. Select one of the chart types from the Show Me tab. Tableau displays the chart type that you selected.

Using the CData Tableau Connector for Dynamics NAV with Tableau, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on Dynamics NAV data. Download a free, 30-day trial and get started today.