Integrate Live Azure Data Catalog Data into Custom Business Apps Built in Power Apps

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Use CData Connect Cloud to create a virtual SQL Server Database for Azure Data Catalog data and integrate live Azure Data Catalog data into apps built in Microsoft Power Apps.

Power Apps is a service for building and using custom business apps that connect to your data and work across the web and mobile — without the time and expense of custom software development. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Azure Data Catalog data from the apps you build using Power Apps. This article shows how to connect to Connect Cloud from Power Apps and build an app based on live Azure Data Catalog data.

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

Create a Virtual SQL Database for Azure Data Catalog 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 Data Catalog" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Azure Data Catalog.

    You can optionally set the following to read the different catalog data returned from Azure Data Catalog.

      CatalogName: Set this to the CatalogName associated with your Azure Data Catalog. To get your Catalog name, navigate to your Azure Portal home page > Data Catalog > Catalog Name

    Connect Using OAuth Authentication

    You must use OAuth to authenticate with Azure Data Catalog. OAuth requires the authenticating user to interact with Azure Data Catalog using the browser. For more information, refer to the OAuth section in the help documentation.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connecting to CData Connect Cloud

To use Connect Cloud to integrate Azure Data Catalog data into your Power Apps, you need a new SQL Server connection:

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Data -> Connections -> New connection
  3. Select SQL Server
  4. In the connection wizard:

    • Choose to connect directly
    • Set SQL server name to the address of your Connect Cloud instance (myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Set SQL database name to the name of the virtual Azure Data Catalog database you created earlier (like azuredatacatalogdb)
    • Set the Username and Password and click Create

Building a Data-Centric App for Azure Data Catalog Data

With the connection to Connect Cloud configured, you are ready to integrate live Azure Data Catalog data into the apps you build in Power Apps.

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Create, hover over "Start from data" and click Make this app
  3. Select the SQL Server connection you created
  4. Search for or choose a table to work with
  5. Click Connect
  6. Customize the newly created app just like you would any other, including changing the layout and setting the fields exposed in BrowseScreen, DetailScreen, and EditScreen

At this point, you have an app with read access to live Azure Data Catalog data that you can save and publish for use within your organization.

SQL Access to Azure Data Catalog Data from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live Azure Data Catalog data from Microsoft Power Apps. You can create more connections and apps to drive business — all without replicating Azure Data Catalog data.

To get SQL data access to 200+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Connect Cloud.