Access Live Cloudant Data in Excel 365 Online (Excel for the web)

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Connect to Cloudant data from Excel 365 Online (Excel for the web) with CData Connect Cloud.

Microsoft Excel for the web represents a cloud-native iteration of Microsoft Excel. When integrated with CData Connect Cloud, you gain immediate access to Cloudant data directly from within Excel. This access facilitates data analysis, collaborative work, calculations, and more. This article provides a step-by-step guide on connecting to Cloudant within your Connect Cloud instance and accessing live Cloudant data in Excel for the web spreadsheets, whether for viewing or updating purposes.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure cloud-to-cloud interface for Cloudant, allowing you to easily access live Cloudant data in Excel for the web. Simply use the Connect Cloud Add-In to query live data (or write your own). Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported query operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Cloudant, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Cloudant data.

This setup requires a CData Connect Cloud instance and the CData Connect Cloud Add-In for Excel. To get started, sign up a free trial of Connect Cloud and install the free Connect Cloud Excel Add-In.


Configure Cloudant Connectivity for Excel

Connectivity to Cloudant from Excel is made possible through CData Connect Cloud. To work with Cloudant data from Excel, we start by creating and configuring a Cloudant connection.

  1. Log into Connect Cloud, click Connections and click Add Connection
  2. Select "Cloudant" from the Add Connection panel
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Cloudant.

    Set the following connection properties to connect to Cloudant:

    • User: Set this to your username.
    • Password: Set this to your password.
  4. Click Create & Test
  5. Navigate to the Permissions tab in the Add Cloudant Connection page and update the User-based permissions.

With the connection configured, you are ready to connect to Cloudant data from Excel for the web.

Access Live Cloudant Data in Excel for the web

The steps below outline connecting to CData Connect Cloud from Excel to access live Cloudant data.

  1. Log into Excel, create a new sheet (or open an existing one).
  2. Click Insert and click Office Add-ins. (if you have already installed the Add-In, jump to step 4).
  3. Search for CData Connect Cloud Add-In and install the Add-in.
  4. Click Data and open the CData Connect Cloud Add-In.
  5. In the Add-In panel, click Authorize to authenticate with your CData Connect Cloud instance
  6. In the CData Connect Cloud panel in Excel, click Import
  7. Choose a Connection (e.g. Cloudant1), Table (e.g. Movies), and Columns to import
  8. Optionally add Filters, Sorting, and a Limit
  9. Click Execute to import the data

Update Cloudant Data from Excel

In addition to viewing Cloudant data in Excel, CData Connect Cloud also lets you update and delete Cloudant data. Begin by importing data (as described above).

  1. Update any cell or cells with changes you want to push to Cloudant (your changes will be in red)
  2. In the CData Connect Cloud Add-In panel, select Update
  3. Optionally highlight the cell(s) you wish to update and select an update option ("Update All" or "Update Selected")
  4. Click Execute to push the updates to Cloudant

A notification will appear when the update is complete

Live Access to Cloudant Data from Cloud Applications

New, you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live Cloudant data from your Excel workbook. You can add more data to your workbook for calculations, aggregations, collaboration, and more.

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