Build Azure Analysis Services Visualizations in Tableau Online

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Use CData Connect Cloud to create a virtual MySQL Database for Azure Analysis Services 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 Azure Analysis Services data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Azure Analysis Services and build visualizations from Azure Analysis Services data in Tableau Online.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Azure Analysis Services, allowing you to easily build visualizations from live Azure Analysis Services 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 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. Login to 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.

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

Visualize Live Azure Analysis Services Data in Tableau Online

The steps below outline creating a new data source in Tableau Online based on the virtual Azure Analysis Services 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 Azure Analysis Services Data from Cloud Applications

At this point, you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live Azure Analysis Services 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.