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Create Reports from Basecamp Data in Google Data Studio

Use the CData Cloud Hub to create a virtual MySQL Database for Basecamp data and create custom reports in Google Data Studio.

Google Data Studio allows you to create branded reports with data visualizations to share with your clients. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Basecamp data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Basecamp and build reports from Basecamp data in Google Data Studio.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Basecamp, allowing you to easily build reports from live Basecamp data in Google Data Studio — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. As you build visualizations, Google Data Studio generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Basecamp, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Basecamp data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Basecamp Data

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

  1. Login to Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "Basecamp" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Basecamp.

    Basecamp uses basic or OAuth 2.0 authentication. To use basic authentication you will need the user and password that you use for logging in to Basecamp. To authenticate to Basecamp via OAuth 2.0, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties by registering an app with Basecamp.

    See the Getting Started section in the help documentation for a connection guide.

    Additionally, you will need to specify the AccountId connection property. This can be copied from the URL after you log in.

  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 connect to Basecamp data from any MySQL client.

Visualize Live Basecamp Data in Google Data Studio

The steps below outline connecting to the CData Cloud Hub from Google Data Studio to create a new Basecamp data source and build a simple visualization from the data.

  1. Log into Google Data Studio, click data sources, create a new data source and choose MySQL.
  2. Choose the basic configuration and set the connection properties:
    • Host name or IP: myinstance.cdatacloud.net
    • Port: 3306
    • Database: basecampdb
    • Username: your Cloud Hub username
    • Password: your Cloud Hub password
    • Click Enable SSL, then upload the certificates
  3. Click Authenticate
  4. Select the table to visualize or enter a custom query and click Connect.
    NOTE: JOINs are not supported in the user interface, but they are supported as custom queries.
  5. If needed, modify columns, click Create Report and add the data source to the report.
  6. Select a visualization style and add it to the report.
  7. Select Dimensions and Measures to customize your visualization.

SQL Access to Basecamp Data from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live Basecamp data from your Google Data Studio workbook. You can create more data sources and new visualizations, build reports, and more — all without replicating Basecamp data.

To get SQL data access to 100+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Cloud Hub.