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Analyze Zendesk Data in Infragistics Reveal



Use CData Connect Cloud to create on OData API on top of Zendesk data and visualize live Zendesk data in Infragistics Reveal.

Reveal, an offering from Infragistics, serves as a data visualization tool that seamlessly integrates with CData Connect Cloud. Together, they empower users to deliver dynamic dashboards using real-time data from a diverse range of data sources, including Zendesk data. In this article, we will guide you through the process of connecting to Zendesk via Connect Cloud and subsequently linking Connect Cloud with Infragistics Reveal to construct a straightforward dashboard.

Connect to Zendesk from Infragistics Reveal

To work with live Zendesk data in Infragistics Reveal, we need to connect to Zendesk from Connect Cloud, provide user access to the connection, and create OData endpoints for the Zendesk data.

(Optional) Add a New Connect Cloud User

As needed, create Users to connect to Zendesk through Connect Cloud.

  1. Navigate to the Users page and click Invite Users
  2. Enter the new user's email address and click Send to invite the user
  3. You can review and edit users from the Users page

Add a Personal Access Token

If you are connecting from a service, application, platform, or framework that does not support OAuth authentication, you can create a Personal Access Token (PAT) to use for authentication. Best practices would dictate that you create a separate PAT for each service, to maintain granularity of access.

  1. Click on your username at the top right of the Connect Cloud app and click User Profile.
  2. Oa the User Profile page, scroll down to the Personal Access Tokens section and click Create PAT.
  3. Give your PAT a name and click Create.
  4. The personal access token is only visible at creation, so be sure to copy it and store it securely for future use.

Connect to Zendesk from Connect Cloud

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

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

    Connecting to Zendesk

    To connect, set the URL and provide authentication. The URL is your Zendesk Support URL: https://{subdomain}.zendesk.com.

    Authenticating to Zendesk

    You can authenticate using the Basic or OAuth methods.

    Using Basic Authentication

    To use Basic authentication, specify your email address and password or your email address and an API token. Set User to your email address and follow the steps below to provide the Password or ApiToken.

    • Enable password access in the Zendesk Support admin interface at Admin > Channels > API.
    • Manage API tokens in the Zendesk Support Admin interface at Admin > Channels > API. More than one token can be active at the same time. Deleting a token deactivates it permanently.

    Using OAuth Authentication

    See the Getting Started guide in the CData driver documentation for an authentication guide.

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

Add Zendesk OData Endpoints in Connect Cloud

After connecting to Zendesk, create OData Endpoints for the desired table(s).

  1. Navigate to the OData page and click Add to create new OData endpoints
  2. Select the Zendesk connection (e.g. Zendesk1) and click Next
  3. Select the table(s) you wish to work with and click Confirm

With the connection and OData endpoints configured, you are ready to connect to Zendesk data from Infragistics Reveal.

Create a Dashboard in Reveal

With Connect Cloud configured, we can visualize Zendesk data in Reveal.

  1. Log into Reveal and click Dashboards -> New
  2. Click Data Sources -> OData Feed
  3. Specify the Connect Cloud OData API endpoint URL (found on the OData page): https://cloud.cdata.com/api/odata/service
  4. Select Generic Credentials and
    • Set Username to a Connect Cloud username (e.g. [email protected])
    • Set Password to the PAT for the user
  5. Select the entity you wish to visualize
  6. Select fields and choose a chart type

More Information & Free Trial

At this point, you have created a simple dashboard from live Zendesk data. For more information on creating OData feeds from Zendesk (and more than 100 other sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working live Zendesk data in tools that consume OData APIs.