Use the CData ODBC Driver for NetSuite in MicroStrategy Desktop



MicroStrategy is an analytics and mobility platform that enables data-driven innovation. When you pair MicroStrategy with the CData ODBC Driver for NetSuite, you gain database-like access to live NetSuite data from MicroStrategy, expanding your reporting and analytics capabilities. In this article, we walk through adding NetSuite as a data source in MicroStrategy Desktop and creating a simple visualization of NetSuite data.

The CData ODBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live NetSuite data in MicroStrategy due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from MicroStrategy to NetSuite, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to NetSuite and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. With built-in dynamic metadata querying, you can visualize and analyze NetSuite data using native MicroStrategy data types.

Connect to NetSuite as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid NetSuite user credentials. In addition, the AccountId must be set to the Id of a company account that can be used by the specified User. The RoleId can be optionally specified to log in the user with limited permissions.

For more information, refer to our Connecting to NetSuite guide in the Getting Started section of the CData driver help.

Connect to and Visualize NetSuite Data using MicroStrategy Desktop

In addition to connecting to NetSuite in MicroStrategy enterprise products, you can connect to NetSuite in MicroStrategy Desktop. Follow the steps below to add NetSuite data as a dataset and create visualizations and reports of NetSuite data.

  1. Open MicroStrategy Desktop and create a new dossier.
  2. In the datasets panel, click New Data, select Databases, and select Type a Query as the Import Option.
  3. Add a new data source and choose DSN data sources.
  4. Choose the DSN you previously configured (likely CData NetSuite Source Sys) and select Generic DBMS in the Version menu.
  5. Set the User and Password properties for the DSN (or use placeholders) and name the data source.
  6. Select the new database instance to view the tables. You may need to manually click the search icon in the Available Tables section to see the tables.
  7. Create a SQL query for the NetSuite data (see below) and click Execute SQL to test the query.
    SELECT * FROM Opportunity
    Note: Since we create a live connection, we can execute a SELECT * query and utilize the filtering and aggregation features native to the MicroStrategy products.
  8. Click Finish and choose to connect live.
  9. Choose a visualization, choose fields to display (data types are discovered automatically through dynamic metadata discovery) and apply any filters to create a new visualization of NetSuite data. Where possible, the complex queries generated by the filters and aggregations will be pushed down to NetSuite, while any unsupported operations (which can include SQL functions and JOIN operations) will be managed client-side by the CData SQL engine embedded in the driver.
  10. Once you are finished configuring the dossier, click File -> Save.

Using the CData ODBC Driver for NetSuite in MicroStrategy Desktop, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on NetSuite data. Read our other articles on connecting to NetSuite in MicroStrategy and connecting to NetSuite in MicroStrategy Web for more examples.

 
 
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