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CData Connect Server

Build BCart Visualizations in Tableau Cloud

Use CData Connect Server to create a virtual SQL Server Database for BCart data and build visualizations in Tableau Cloud.

Tableau Cloud is an analytics platform fully hosted in the cloud. When paired with CData Connect Server, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to BCart data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for BCart and build visualizations from BCart data in Tableau Cloud.

CData Connect Server provides a pure SQL Server interface for BCart, allowing you to easily build visualizations from live BCart data in Tableau Cloud without installing connectors or publishing worksheets and data sources from Tableau Desktop. As you build visualizations, Tableau Cloud generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Server pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to BCart, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return BCart data.

Create a Virtual SQL Server Database for BCart Data

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

  1. Login to Connect Server and click Connections.
  2. Select "BCart" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to BCart.

    In order to authenticate, specify the following:

    • Personal Access Token: Set to your Personal Access Token from Bcart.
  4. Click Save Changes
  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 build visualizations in Tableau Cloud.

Visualize Live BCart Data in Tableau Cloud

The steps below outline creating a new data source in Tableau Cloud based on the virtual BCart database in Connect Server and building a simple visualization from the data.

  1. Log into Tableau Cloud, select a project, and create a new workbook.
  2. In the new workbook, choose the Microsoft SQL Server Connector from the data wizard and fill in the values for your Connect Server instance.
    NOTE: Be sure to check the "Require SSL" checkbox.
  3. Select your newly created database and the table(s) you wish to visualize (defining relationships for JOINed tables as needed).
  4. Select Dimensions and Measures and configure your visualization.

SQL Access to BCart Data from Applications

At this point, you have a direct connection to live BCart data from your Tableau Cloud workbook. You can create new visualizations, build dashboards, and more, with no need to publish data sources and workbooks from Tableau Desktop. For more information on gaining SQL access to data from more than 100 SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources from cloud applications like Tableau Cloud, refer to our Connect Server page.