Create Interactive Metabase Dashboards that Work with Azure Analysis Services Data

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Use CData Connect to create a virtual MySQL database for Azure Analysis Services data and create an interactive dashboard in Metabase from Azure Analysis Services data.

Metabase is an open source data visualization tool that allows users to create interactive dashboards. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, users can easily create visualizations and dashboards linked to live Azure Analysis Services data. This article describes how to create a virtual database for Azure Analysis Services and build a simple visualization using Azure Analysis Services data.

CData Connect provides a pure SQL interface for Azure Analysis Services, allowing you to easily integrate with live Azure Analysis Services data in Metabase — without replicating the data. Connect looks exactly like a MySQL database to Metabase and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Azure Analysis Services, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Azure Analysis Services data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Azure Analysis Services Data

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

  1. Log into Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "Azure Analysis Services" from Available Data Sources.
  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 Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connect to CData Connect from Metabase

After creating the virtual database, navigate to your Metabase instance. Use the MySQL interface to connect to CData Connect.

  1. Navigate to the administration screen (Settings -> Admin) and click "Add Database" from the "Databases" tab
  2. Configure the connection to CData Connect and click "Save"
    • Database type: Select "MySQL"
    • Name: Name the connection (e.g. "Azure Analysis Services (CData Connect)")
    • Host: The URL of your Connect instance (e.g. https://myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Port: The port of the MySQL endpoint for your Connect instance (e.g. 3306)
    • Database name: The name of the virtual database you just created (e.g. Azure Analysis Services1)
    • Username: A CData Connect username
    • Password: The password for the above CData Connect user
    • Click to Use a secure connection (SSL)

Query Azure Analysis Services Data with Metabase

Once you configure the connection to CData Connect, you can query Azure Analysis Services and build visualizations.

  1. Use the "Write SQL" tool to retrieve the Azure Analysis Services data
  2. Write a SQL query based on the virtual database, e.g.

    SELECT Country, Education FROM Customer WHERE Country = 'Australia'
  3. Navigate to the "Visualization" screen, choose a visualization, and configure the visualization

More Information & Free Trial

At this point, you have built a simple visualization from Azure Analysis Services data in Metabase. You can continue to work with live Azure Analysis Services data in Metabase just like you would any MySQL database. For more information on creating a virtual MySQL database for Azure Analysis Services (and more than 200 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live Azure Analysis Services data in Metabase today.