Visualize Live Azure Analysis Services Data in Tableau

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Azure Analysis Services Tableau Connector

The fastest and easiest way to connect Tableau to Azure Analysis Services data. Includes comprehensive high-performance data access, real-time integration, extensive metadata discovery, and robust SQL-92 support.



Use the CData Tableau Connector for Azure Analysis Services and Tableau Desktop to visualize live Azure Analysis Services data.

Tableau is a visual analytics platform transforming the way businesses use data to solve problems. When paired with the CData Tableau Connector for Azure Analysis Services, you can easily get access to live Azure Analysis Services data within Tableau. This article shows how to connect to Azure Analysis Services in Tableau and build a simple chart.

The CData Tableau Connectors enable high-speed access to live Azure Analysis Services data in Tableau. Once you install the connector, you simply authenticate with Azure Analysis Services and you can immediately start building responsive, dynamic visualizations and dashboards. By surfacing Azure Analysis Services data using native Tableau data types and handling complex filters, aggregations, & other operations automatically, CData Tableau Connectors grant seamless access to Azure Analysis Services data.

NOTE: The CData Tableau Connectors require Tableau 2020.3 or higher. If you are using an older version of Tableau, you will need to use the CData JDBC Driver for Azure Analysis Services. If you wish to connect to Azure Analysis Services data in Tableau Online, you will need to use CData Connect Cloud.

Connect to Azure Analysis Services in Tableau

Open Tableau and click More under Connect -> To a Server. Select "Azure Analysis Services by CData," then configure the connection and click "Sign In."

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.

Discover Schemas and Query Data

  1. Select CData from the Database pull-down menu.
  2. Select AAS from the Schema pull-down menu.
  3. Drag the tables and views you wish to visualize onto the join area. You can include multiple tables.
  4. Select Update Now or Automatically Update. Update Now lets you preview the first 10,000 rows of the data source (or enter the number of rows you want to see in the Rows text box). Automatically Update automatically reflects the changes in the preview area.
  5. Click the tab for your worksheet. Columns are listed as Dimensions and Measures, depending on the data type. The CData Tableau Connector discovers data types automatically, allowing you to leverage the powerful data processing and visualization features of Tableau.
  6. Drag a field from the Dimensions or Measures area to Rows or Columns. Tableau creates column or row headers.
  7. Select one of the chart types from the Show Me tab. Tableau displays the chart type that you selected.

Using the CData Tableau Connector for Azure Analysis Services with Tableau, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on Azure Analysis Services data. Download a free, 30-day trial and get started today.