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Create Reports from Dynamics 365 Business Central Data in Google Data Studio

Use the CData Cloud Hub to create a virtual MySQL Database for Dynamics 365 Business Central 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 Dynamics 365 Business Central data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Dynamics 365 Business Central and build reports from Dynamics 365 Business Central data in Google Data Studio.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure cloud-to-cloud interface for Dynamics 365 Business Central, allowing you to easily build reports from live Dynamics 365 Business Central data in Google Data Studio — without replicating the data. As you build visualizations, Google Data Studio generates queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported query operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Dynamics 365 Business Central, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Dynamics 365 Business Central data.

This article requires a CData Cloud Hub instance and the CData Cloud Hub Connector for Google Data Studio. Get more information on the CData Cloud Hub and sign up for a free trial at https://www.cdata.com/cloudhub.


Connect to Dynamics 365 Business Central from the Cloud Hub

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

  1. Log into Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "Dynamics 365 Business Central" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Dynamics 365 Business Central.

    To authenticate to Dynamics 365 Business Central, you must provide the User and AccessKey properties.

    To obtain the User and AccessKey values, navigate to the Users page in Dynamics 365 Business Central and then click on Edit. The User Name and Web Service Access Key values are what you will enter as the User and AccessKey connection string properties. Note that the User Name is not your email address. It is a shortened user name.

    To connect to data, specify OrganizationUrl. If you have multiple companies in your organization, you must also specify the Company to indicate which company you would like to connect to. Company does not need to be specified if you have only one company.

  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 Dynamics 365 Business Central data from Google Data Studio.

Visualize Live Dynamics 365 Business Central Data in Google Data Studio

The steps below outline connecting to the CData Cloud Hub from Google Data Studio to create a new Dynamics 365 Business Central 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 CData Cloud Hub Connector.
  2. Authorize the Connector to connect to an external service (your Cloud Hub instance).
  3. Use your instance name (myinstance in myinstance.cdatacloud.net), username, and password to connect to your Cloud Hub instance.
    • Username: myinstance/username
    • Password: your Cloud Hub password
  4. Select a Database (e.g. D365BusinessCentral1) and click Next.
  5. Select a Table (e.g. Accounts) and click Next.
  6. Click Connect.
  7. If needed, modify columns, click Create Report, and add the data source to the report.
  8. Select a visualization style and add it to the report.
  9. Select Dimensions and Measures to customize your visualization.

Optional: Connect with the MySQL Connector

If you need to work with data from a custom SQL query, you can use the MySQL Connector. Connect using the server information for your Cloud Hub instance (server address, port, username, and password).

SQL Access to Dynamics 365 Business Central Data from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live Dynamics 365 Business Central data from your Google Data Studio workbook. You can create more data sources and new visualizations, build reports, and more — all without replicating Dynamics 365 Business Central data.

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