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Build Google Ad Manager Visualizations in Tableau Online

Use the CData Cloud Hub to create a virtual MySQL Database for Google Ad Manager data and build visualizations in Tableau Online.

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

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

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Google Ad Manager Data

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

  1. Login to Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "Google Ad Manager" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Google Ad Manager.

    Google Ads Manager uses the OAuth authentication standard. You can authorize the data provider to access Google Ads Manager as an individual user or with a service account that you create in the Google APIs Console. See the Getting Started section in the data provider help documentation for an authentication guide.

  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 build visualizations in Tableau Online.

Visualize Live Google Ad Manager Data in Tableau Online

The steps below outline creating a new data source in Tableau Online based on the virtual Google Ad Manager database in Cloud Hub and building a simple visualization from the data.

  1. Log into Tableau Online, select a project, and create a new workbook.
  2. In the new workbook, choose the MySQL Connector from the data wizard and fill in the values for your Cloud Hub instance.
  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 Google Ad Manager Data from Cloud Applications

At this point, you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live Google Ad Manager data from your Tableau Online 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 Online, refer to our Cloud Hub page.