Analyze Azure Analysis Services Data in Infragistics Reveal

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

Reveal is a data visualization solution provided by Infragistics and can be paired with CData Connect Cloud to build dynamic dashboards from live Azure Analysis Services data. CData Connect Cloud creates a live connection to Azure Analysis Services and can be used to generate an OData API (natively supported in Reveal) for Azure Analysis Services. In this article, we walk through connecting to Azure Analysis Services in Connect Cloud and connecting to Connect Cloud from Infragistics Reveal to create a simple dashboard.

Configuring Connect Cloud

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

(Optional) Add a New Connect Cloud User

As needed, create Users to connect to Azure Analysis Services 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 Azure Analysis Services 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 "Azure Analysis Services" from the Add Connection panel
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Azure Analysis Services.

    To connect to Azure Analysis Services, set the Url property to a valid server, for instance, asazure://southcentralus.asazure.windows.net/server, in addition to authenticating. Optionally, set Database to distinguish which Azure database on the server to connect to.

    Azure Analysis Services uses the OAuth authentication standard. OAuth requires the authenticating user to interact with Azure Analysis Services using the browser. You can connect without setting any connection properties for your user credentials. See the Help documentation for more information.

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

Add Azure Analysis Services OData Endpoints in Connect Cloud

After connecting to Azure Analysis Services, 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 Azure Analysis Services connection (e.g. AAS1) 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 Azure Analysis Services data from Infragistics Reveal.

Create a Dashboard in Reveal

With Connect Cloud configured, we can visualize Azure Analysis Services 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. user@mydomain.com)
    • 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 Azure Analysis Services data. For more information on creating OData feeds from Azure Analysis Services (and more than 100 other sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working live Azure Analysis Services data in tools that consume OData APIs.