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Visualize Live Azure Data Catalog Data in Tableau

Use the CData Tableau Connector for Azure Data Catalog and Tableau Desktop to visualize live Azure Data Catalog 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 Data Catalog, you can easily get access to live Azure Data Catalog data within Tableau. This article shows how to connect to Azure Data Catalog in Tableau and build a simple chart.

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

Connect to Azure Data Catalog in Tableau

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

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.

Discover Schemas and Query Data

  1. Select CData from the Database pull-down menu.
  2. Select AzureDataCatalog 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 Data Catalog with Tableau, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on Azure Data Catalog data. Download a free, 30-day trial and get started today.