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Visualize Live OData Services in Power BI (via CData Connect Cloud)

Use the CData Power BI Connector and CData Connect Cloud to integrate live OData services into custom reports in Power BI.

Power BI transforms your company's data into rich visuals for you to collect and organize so you can focus on what matters to you. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get access to OData services for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to use CData Connect to create a live connection to OData, connect to OData services from Power BI and then create reports on OData services in Power BI.

Configure OData Connectivity for Power BI

Connectivity to OData from Power BI is made possible through CData Connect Cloud. To work with OData services from Power BI, we start by creating and configuring a OData connection.

  1. Log into Connect Cloud, click Connections and click Add Connection
  2. Select "OData" from the Add Connection panel
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to OData.

    The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid OData user credentials. In addition, you will need to specify a URL to a valid OData server organization root or OData services file.

  4. Click Create & Test
  5. Navigate to the Permissions tab in the Add OData Connection page and update the User-based permissions.

With the connection configured, you are ready to connect to OData services from Power BI.

Query OData Tables

Follow the steps below to build a query to pull OData services into the report:

  1. Open Power BI Desktop and click Get Data -> Online Services -> CData Connect Cloud and click "Connect"
  2. Click "Sign in" and authenticate with your CData Connect Cloud account
  3. After signing in, click "Connect"
  4. Select tables in the Navigator dialog
  5. Click Load to establish the connection to your OData services from Power BI

Create OData Services Visualizations

After connecting to the data into Power BI, you can create data visualizations in the Report view by dragging fields from the Fields pane onto the canvas. Select the dimensions and measures you wish to visualize along with the chart type.

Click Refresh to synchronize your report with any changes to the data.

Live Access to OData Services from Data Applications

With CData Connect Cloud you have a direct connection to OData services from Power BI. You can import more data, create new visualizations, build reports, and more — all without replicating OData services.

To get SQL data access to 100+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources (including OData) directly from your on-premise BI, reporting, ETL and other data applications, visit the CData Connect page and start a free trial.