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Build Act-On Visualizations in Tableau Online

Use CData Connect Cloud to create a virtual MySQL Database for Act-On data and build visualizations in Tableau Online.

Tableau Online is an analytics platform fully hosted in the cloud. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Act-On data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Act-On and build visualizations from Act-On data in Tableau Online.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Act-On, allowing you to easily build visualizations from live Act-On data in Tableau Online without installing connectors or publishing worksheets and data sources from Tableau Desktop. As you build visualizations, Tableau Online generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Act-On, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Act-On data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Act-On Data

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

  1. Login to Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "Act-On" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Act-On.

    ActOn uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to create an app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties.

    See the Getting Started guide in the CData driver documentation for more information.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to build visualizations in Tableau Online.

Visualize Live Act-On Data in Tableau Online

The steps below outline creating a new data source in Tableau Online based on the virtual Act-On database in Connect Cloud and building a simple visualization from the data.

  1. Log into Tableau Online, select a project, and create a new workbook.
  2. In the new workbook, choose the MySQL Connector from the data wizard and fill in the values for your Connect Cloud instance.
  3. Select your newly created database and the table(s) you wish to visualize (defining relationships for JOINed tables as needed).
  4. Select Dimensions and Measures and configure your visualization.

SQL Access to Act-On Data from Cloud Applications

At this point, you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live Act-On data from your Tableau Online workbook. You can create new visualizations, build dashboards, and more, with no need to publish data sources and workbooks from Tableau Desktop. For more information on gaining SQL access to data from more than 100 SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources from cloud applications like Tableau Online, refer to our Connect Cloud page.