Visualize Cosmos DB Data in Sisense

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Cosmos DB JDBC Driver

Rapidly create and deploy powerful Java applications that integrate with Cosmos DB document databases.



Create an ElastiCube in Sisense app with access to Cosmos DB data.

Sisense lets you join, analyze, and picture data to make more intelligent business decisions and craft effective strategies. The CData JDBC Driver for Cosmos DB makes it easy to integrate with Cosmos DB data in Sisense. This article shows how to create an ElastiCube that connects to Cosmos DB data and use the ElastiCube to visualize Cosmos DB data in Sisense.

Configure the Connection to Cosmos DB

Before creating the ElastiCube, note the installation location for the JAR file for the JDBC Driver (typically C:\Program Files\CDatat\CData JDBC Driver for Cosmos DB\lib) or copy the jar file (cdata.jdbc.cosmosdb.CosmosDB.jar) to a new folder in the Sisense JDBC driver directory (typically C:\ProgramData\Sisense\DataConnectors\jdbcdrivers).

  1. In the Data page of the Sisense application, create a new ElastiCube (or open an existing one).
  2. In the Model Editor, click "+ Data" to open the Add Data dialog box.
  3. Click Generic JDBC to open the JDBC settings.
  4. Set the connection string property to the JDBC URL for Cosmos DB, adding required properties.

    To obtain the connection string needed to connect to a Cosmos DB account using the SQL API, log in to the Azure Portal, select Azure Cosmos DB, and select your account. In the Settings section, click Connection String and set the following values:

    • AccountEndpoint: The Cosmos DB account URL from the Keys blade of the Cosmos DB account
    • AccountKey: In the Azure portal, navigate to the Cosmos DB service and select your Azure Cosmos DB account. From the resource menu, go to the Keys page. Find the PRIMARY KEY value and set AccountKey to this value.

    Built-in Connection String Designer

    For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Cosmos DB JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

    java -jar cdata.jdbc.cosmosdb.jar

    Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

    When you configure the JDBC URL, 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.

    A typical example follows:

    jdbc:cosmosdb:AccountEndpoint=myAccountEndpoint;AccountKey=myAccountKey;
  5. Set the JDBC JARs folder property to the location of the CData JDBC Driver JAR file (see above).
  6. Set the driver's class name to the class name for the JDBC Driver: cdata.jdbc.cosmosdb.CosmosDBDriver
  7. Leave the username and password properties blank.
  8. Click Next.

Add Cosmos DB Data to an ElastiCube

Once you are connected to Cosmos DB, you can add tables and views to your ElastiCubes.

  1. From the Tables list, select the tables and/or views you wish to work with.
  2. (Optional) Click "+" to customize the data you want to import with SQL.
  3. Click Done.
  4. Click Build to build the ElastiCube for analytics.

Visualize Cosmos DB Data

With Cosmos DB tables added to your ElastiCube, you can perform analytics on your Cosmos DB data.

  1. Navigate to the Analytics page of the Sisense application
  2. Select a Dashboard (or create a new one)
  3. Select your Data Source and click Create
  4. Click "+ Select Data" and choose fields to add to your visualization.

With the CData JDBC Driver for Cosmos DB, you can access Cosmos DB data right in Sisense for powerful visualization and analytics. Download a free, 30-day trial and start working with Cosmos DB data in Sisense today!