Excel Spreadsheet Automation with the QUERY Formula

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Excel Add-In for IBM DB2

The IBM DB2 Excel Add-In is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live IBM DB2 data, directly from Microsoft Excel.

Use Excel to read, write, and update IBM DB2 Database data. Perfect for mass imports / exports / updates, data cleansing & de-duplication, Excel based data analysis, and more!



Pull data, automate spreadsheets, and more with the QUERY formula.

The CData Excel Add-In for DB2 provides formulas that can edit, save, and delete DB2 data. The following three steps show how you can automate the following task: Search DB2 data for a user-specified value and then organize the results into an Excel spreadsheet.

The syntax of the CDATAQUERY formula is the following: =CDATAQUERY(Query, [Connection], [Parameters], [ResultLocation]);

This formula requires three inputs:

  • Query: The declaration of the DB2 data records you want to retrieve or the modifications to be made, written in standard SQL.
  • Connection: Either the connection name, such as DB2Connection1, or a connection string. The connection string consists of the required properties for connecting to DB2 data, separated by semicolons.

  • ResultLocation: The cell that the output of results should start from.

Pass Spreadsheet Cells as Inputs to the Query

The procedure below results in a spreadsheet that organizes all the formula inputs in the first column.

  1. Define cells for the formula inputs. In addition to the connection inputs, add another input to define a criterion for a filter to be used to search DB2 data, such as ShipCity.
  2. In another cell, write the formula, referencing the cell values from the user input cells defined above. Single quotes are used to enclose values such as addresses that may contain spaces.
  3. =CDATAQUERY("SELECT * FROM Orders WHERE ShipCity = '"&B6&"'","Server="&B1&";Port="&B2&";User="&B3&";Password="&B4&";Database="&B5&";Provider=DB2",B7)
  4. Change the filter to change the data.