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Link Visio Shapes to Amazon DynamoDB Data

Automatically update Amazon DynamoDB data with the changes you make to Visio master shapes.

Automate the process of entering data into Visio diagrams and keeping your diagrams up to date with the CData ODBC Driver for Amazon DynamoDB. The driver surfaces Amazon DynamoDB data as an ODBC data source that can be accessed by applications with built-in ODBC support like Microsoft Office. This article shows how to create a simple diagram to start brainstorming about Visio projects linked to Amazon DynamoDB data.

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.

Connect Amazon DynamoDB Data to Diagrams

Follow the steps below to use the Data Selector Wizard to import data into your diagram.

  1. Open Visio and click File -> New. Open the Brainstorming template.
  2. On the Data tab, click Link Data to Shapes.
  3. Select the ODBC option and select ODBC DSN.
  4. Select the DSN for Amazon DynamoDB, select the table you want to import, and finish the wizard. This article uses Lead as an example.

Link Amazon DynamoDB Entities to Shapes

Follow the steps below to create a simple diagram that shows how to create shapes from your data, one of the ways to link Amazon DynamoDB entities to shapes:

  1. Click Brainstorming Shapes and drag a main topic onto the drawing page. Enter Lead as the text of the main topic.
  2. Click Topic.
  3. Select a row in the External Data window and drag it onto the drawing page.
  4. Right-click the Topic shape and click Data -> Edit Data Graphic.
  5. Click New Item.
  6. In the Data Field menu, select a column. In the Displayed As menu, select how to display them.
  7. Drag a few other Amazon DynamoDB entities onto the drawing page and add association lines back to the main topic, Lead. New topics have the same configuration: Numeric columns displayed in data bars stand out in contrast to other Lead entities.

You can refresh your diagram from the Data tab, synchronizing your shapes with the external Amazon DynamoDB data.