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Integrate Azure Table Data in the Pentaho Report Designer

Publish reports based on Azure Table data in the Pentaho BI tool.

The CData JDBC Driver for Azure Table data enables access to live data from dashboards and reports. This article shows how to connect to Azure Table data as a JDBC data source and publish reports based on Azure Table data in Pentaho.

Connect and Create a Report

  1. Copy the JAR file of the driver, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory, to the \Report-Designer\lib\jdbc\ folder in the Pentaho directory.
  2. Run the report-designer.bat file in the \Report-Designer\ folder to open the Report-Designer UI.
  3. Create a new data source with the driver by clicking Data -> Add Data Source -> Advanced -> JDBC (Custom) and then creating a new Azure Table connection. In the resulting dialog, configure the connection properties as shown below.

    • Custom Connection URL property: Enter the JDBC URL. This starts with jdbc:azuretables: and is followed by a semicolon-separated list of connection properties.

      Specify your AccessKey and your Account to connect. Set the Account property to the Storage Account Name and set AccessKey to one of the Access Keys. Either the Primary or Secondary Access Keys can be used. To obtain these values, navigate to the Storage Accounts blade in the Azure portal. You can obtain the access key by selecting your account and clicking Access Keys in the Settings section.

      Built-in Connection String Designer

      For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Azure Table JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.azuretables.jar

      Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

      When you configure the JDBC URL, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

      Below is a typical JDBC URL:

      jdbc:azuretables:AccessKey=myAccessKey;Account=myAccountName;
    • Custom Driver Class Name: Enter cdata.jdbc.azuretables.AzureTablesDriver.
    • User Name: The username to authenticate with.
    • Password: The password to authenticate with.

Add Azure Table Data to a Report

You are now ready to create a report with Azure Table data.

  1. Add the Azure Table source to your report: Click Data -> Add Data Source -> JDBC and select the data source.

  2. Configure the query. This article uses the one below:

    SELECT Name, Price FROM NorthwindProducts
  3. Drag a chart onto your report and double-click it to edit the chart. Run the report to display the chart. You can use the results of this query to create a simple chart for the NorthwindProducts table.
  4. Finally, run the report to see the chart.