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Use the CData ODBC Driver for Basecamp in SAS for Real-Time Reporting and Analytics

Connect to real-time Basecamp data in SAS for reporting, analytics, and visualizations using the CData ODBC Driver for Basecamp.

SAS is a software suite developed for advanced analytics, multivariate analysis, business intelligence, data management, and predictive analytics. When you pair SAS with the CData ODBC Driver for Basecamp, you gain database-like access to live Basecamp data from SAS, expanding your reporting and analytics capabilities. This articles walks through creating a library for Basecamp in SAS and creating a simple report based on real-time Basecamp data.

The CData ODBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Basecamp data in SAS due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from SAS to Basecamp, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Basecamp and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. With built-in dynamic metadata querying, you can easily visualize and analyze Basecamp data in SAS.

Connect to Basecamp as an ODBC Data Source

Information for connecting to Basecamp follows, along with different instructions for configuring a DSN in Windows and Linux environments (the ODBC Driver for Basecamp must be installed on the machine hosting the SAS System).

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.

When you configure the DSN, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

Windows

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

Linux

If you are installing the CData ODBC Driver for Basecamp in a Linux environment, the driver installation predefines a system DSN. You can modify the DSN by editing the system data sources file (/etc/odbc.ini) and defining the required connection properties.

/etc/odbc.ini

[CData Basecamp Sys] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for Basecamp Description = My Description User = test@northwind.db Password = test123

For specific information on using these configuration files, please refer to the help documentation (installed and found online).

Create a Basecamp Library in SAS

Connect to Basecamp in SAS by adding a library based on the CData ODBC Driver for Basecamp.

  1. Open SAS and expand Libraries in the Explorer pane.
  2. In the Active Libraries window, right-click and select New.
  3. Name your library (odbclib), select ODBC as the Engine, and click to Enable at startup (if you want the library to persist between sessions).
  4. Set Data Source to the DSN you previously configured and click OK.

Create a View from a Basecamp Query

SAS natively supports querying data either using a low-code, point-and-click Query tool or programmatically with PROC SQL and a custom SQL query. When you create a View in SAS, the defining query is executed each time the view is queried. This means that you always query live Basecamp data for reports, charts, and analytics.

Using the Query Tool

  1. In SAS, click Tools -> Query
  2. Select the table sources and the table(s) you wish to pull data from. Then, click OK.
  3. Select columns and right-click to add filtering, ordering, grouping, etc.
  4. Create a local view to contain the query results by right-clicking the SQL Query Tool window, selecting Show Query, and clicking Create View. Name the View and click OK.

Using PROC SQL

  1. In SAS, navigate to the Editor window.
  2. Use PROC SQL to query the data and create a local view.
    NOTE: This procedure creates a view in the Work library. You can optionally specify a library in the create view statement.
    proc sql;
      create view projects_view as
      select 
        name, 
        documentscount 
      from 
        odbclib.projects 
      where 
        Drafts = 'True';
    quit;
    
  3. Click Run -> Submit to execute the query and create a local view.

Report On or Visualize Basecamp Data in SAS

With a local view created, you can report, visualize, or otherwise analyze Basecamp data using the powerful SAS features. Print a simple report using PROC PRINT and create a basic graph based on the data using PROC GCHART.

Print an HTML Report

  1. In SAS, navigate to the Editor window.
  2. Use PROC PRINT to print an HTML report for the Basecamp Projects data.
    proc print data=projects;
      title "Basecamp Projects Data";
    run;
    

Print a Chart

  1. In SAS, navigate to the Editor window.
  2. Use PROC GCHART to create a chart for the Projects data.
    proc gchart data=projects;
      pie name / sumvar=documentscount
          value=arrow
          percent=arrow
          noheading
          percent=inside plabel=(height=12pt)
          slice=inside value=none
          name='ProjectsChart';
    run;