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Create Apps from Amazon DynamoDB Data in Qlik Sense Cloud



Use CData Connect Cloud to connect to Amazon DynamoDB and build apps from live Amazon DynamoDB data in Qlik Sense Cloud.

Qlik Sense Cloud allows you to create and share data visualizations and interact with information in new ways. CData Connect Cloud creates a live connection to Amazon DynamoDB. By pairing Qlik Sense Cloud with CData Connect Cloud, you get true cloud-to-cloud connectivity to all of your SaaS and cloud-based Big Data and NoSQL sources — no need to migrate your data or write your integrations. Simply connect to Connect Cloud from Qlik Sense Cloud and get instant, live access to your Amazon DynamoDB data.

In this article, we walk through two connections:

  1. Connecting to Amazon DynamoDB in Connect Cloud
  2. Connecting to Connect Cloud from Qlik Sense Cloud to create a model and build a simple dashboard

Configure Amazon DynamoDB Connectivity for Qlik Cloud

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

(Optional) Add a New Connect Cloud User

As needed, create Users to connect to Amazon DynamoDB through Connect Cloud.

  1. Navigate to the Users page and click Invite Users
  2. Enter the new user's email address and click Send to invite the user
  3. You can review and edit users from the Users page

Add a Personal Access Token

If you are connecting from a service, application, platform, or framework that does not support OAuth authentication, you can create a Personal Access Token (PAT) to use for authentication to the CData Connect Cloud OData service. Best practices would dictate that you create a separate PAT for each service, to maintain granularity of access.

  1. Click on your username at the top right of the Connect Cloud app and click User Profile.
  2. On the User Profile page, scroll down to the Personal Access Tokens section and click Create PAT.
  3. Give your PAT a name and click Create.
  4. The personal access token is only visible at creation, so be sure to copy it and store it securely for future use.

Connect to Amazon DynamoDB from Connect Cloud

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

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

    The connection to Amazon DynamoDB is made using your AccessKey, SecretKey, and optionally your Domain and Region. Your AccessKey and SecretKey can be obtained on the security credentials page for your Amazon Web Services account. Your Region will be displayed in the upper left-hand corner when you are logged into DynamoDB.

  4. Click Create & Test
  5. Navigate to the Permissions tab in the Add Amazon DynamoDB Connection page and update the User-based permissions.

With the connection to Amazon DynamoDB configured, you are ready to connect to Amazon DynamoDB data from Qlik Sense Cloud.

Create a Qlik Sense App from Amazon DynamoDB Data

This section walks through adding Amazon DynamoDB data to a Qlik Sense app for visualizations, analytics, reporting, and more.

Create a New App and Upload Data

  1. Log into your Qlik Sense instance and click the button to create a new app
  2. Name and configure the new app and click "Create"
  3. In the workspace, click to open the new app
  4. Click to add data from files and other sources
  5. Select the Microsoft SQL Server connector and set the configuration properties.
    • Set Server to tds.cdata.com
    • Set Port to 14333
    • Set Database to the connection you created (e.g. AmazonDynamoDB1)
    • Set User name to the Connect Cloud user (e.g. user@mydomain.com)
    • Set Password to the PAT for the above user
  6. Select an owner for the connection
  7. Select a Amazon DynamoDB entity (Table) to view
  8. Click Next, configure the model, and load the data into Qlik Sense.

Generate Insights or Customize Your App

With the data loaded into Qlik Sense, you are ready to begin discovering insights. You can build custom visualizations, reports, and dashboards engineered to gain actionable insights into your Amazon DynamoDB data.

More Information & Free Trial

Now, you have created a simple but powerful dashboard from live Amazon DynamoDB data. For more information on creating OData feeds from Amazon DynamoDB (and more than 100 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live Amazon DynamoDB data in Qlik Sense Cloud.