Amazon DynamoDB Reporting and Star Schemas in OBIEE

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Amazon DynamoDB ODBC Driver

The Amazon DynamoDB ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from Amazon DynamoDB NoSQL database, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access DynamoDB data like you would a database - read, write, and update NoSQL tables through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Create a star schema that shows perspectives on Amazon DynamoDB facts in real time.

The CData ODBC Driver for Amazon DynamoDB is a standard database driver that can integrate real-time access to Amazon DynamoDB data into your data warehouse or directly into your reporting tool. This article shows how to bypass the data warehouse and import operational Amazon DynamoDB data into Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE).

See the knowledge base for ODBC integrations with ETL tools like Informatica PowerCenter. For an ETL solution into Oracle Warehouse Builder, use the driver with the Oracle ODBC Gateway to Access Amazon DynamoDB Data as a Remote Oracle Database.

Connect to Amazon DynamoDB as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

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.

When you configure the DSN, 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.

Import Amazon DynamoDB Metadata

Follow the steps below to use the OBIEE Client Tools to import Amazon DynamoDB metadata into an OBIEE repository. You can then integrate Amazon DynamoDB data into your business models.

  1. Open the Administration Tool and click File -> New Repository.

  2. In the Connection Type menu, select ODBC 3.5 and select the CData DSN.
  3. Select the metadata types you want to import under the Relational Sources option and then select Amazon DynamoDB tables.
You can now create star schemas based on Amazon DynamoDB tables: