Operational Reporting on Excel Data from Spotfire Server

Ready to get started?

Download for a free trial:

Download Now

Learn more:

Microsoft Excel JDBC Driver

Easily connect Java/J2EE applications with real-time data from Excel spreadsheets. Use Excel to manage the data that powers your applications.



Create and share Spotfire data visualizations with real-time connectivity to remote Excel data.

You can gain real-time access to Excel data from your enterprise reporting solution with the CData JDBC Driver for Excel's drop-in install into your Java reporting server. Use the data source template in this article to expand your Spotfire library to include remote Excel data. You can then create and share real-time data visualizations that reflect any changes to Excel data.

Connect to Excel as a JDBC Data Source

To install the CData JDBC Driver for Excel on Spotfire Server, drop the driver JAR into the classpath and use the data source template in this section.

  1. To add the driver to Spotfire Server's classpath, copy the driver JAR from the lib subfolder in the driver installation folder to the lib subfolder for your Spotfire Server installation: For example, MySpotfireServerHomeDirectory/tomcat/lib.

    Note that the .lic file must be located in the same folder as the JAR.

  2. In the TIBCO Spotfire Server Configuration Tool, click the Configuration tab and select data source templates in the Configuration Start node.
  3. Create a new data source template with the following:

    
    <jdbc-type-settings>
      <type-name>excel</type-name>
      <driver>cdata.jdbc.excel.ExcelDriver</driver>
      <connection-url-pattern>jdbc:excel:</connection-url-pattern>
      <ping-command>SELECT * FROM Projects LIMIT 1</ping-command>
      <connection-properties>
        <connection-property>
          <key>Excel File</key>
          <value>'C:/MyExcelWorkbooks/SampleWorkbook.xlsx'</value>
        </connection-property>
      </connection-properties>
      <fetch-size>10000</fetch-size>
      <batch-size>100</batch-size>
      <max-column-name-length>32</max-column-name-length>
      <table-types>TABLE, VIEW</table-types>
      <supports-catalogs>true</supports-catalogs>
      <supports-schemas>true</supports-schemas>
      <supports-procedures>false</supports-procedures>
      <supports-distinct>true</supports-distinct>
      <supports-order-by>true</supports-order-by>
      <column-name-pattern>"$$name$$"</column-name-pattern>
      <table-name-pattern>"$$name$$"</table-name-pattern>
      <schema-name-pattern>"$$name$$"</schema-name-pattern>
      <catalog-name-pattern>"$$name$$"</catalog-name-pattern>
      <procedure-name-pattern>"$$name$$"</procedure-name-pattern>
      <column-alias-pattern>"$$name$$"</column-alias-pattern>
      <string-literal-quote>'</string-literal-quote>
      <max-in-clause-size>1000</max-in-clause-size>
      <condition-list-threshold>10000</condition-list-threshold>
      <expand-in-clause>false</expand-in-clause>
      <table-expression-pattern>[$$catalog$$.][$$schema$$.]$$table$$</table-expression-pattern>
      <procedure-expression-pattern>[$$catalog$$.][$$schema$$.]$$procedure$$</procedure-expression-pattern>
      <procedure-table-jdbc-type>0</procedure-table-jdbc-type>
      <procedure-table-type-name></procedure-table-type-name>
      <date-format-expression>$$value$$</date-format-expression>
      <date-literal-format-expression>'$$value$$'</date-literal-format-expression>
      <time-format-expression>$$value$$</time-format-expression> 
      <time-literal-format-expression>'$$value$$'</time-literal-format-expression>
      <date-time-format-expression>$$value$$</date-time-format-expression>
      <date-time-literal-format-expression>'$$value$$'</date-time-literal-format-expression>
      <java-to-sql-type-conversions>VARCHAR($$value$$) VARCHAR(255) INTEGER BIGINT REAL DOUBLE PRECISION DATE TIME TIMESTAMP</java-to-sql-type-conversions>
      <temp-table-name-pattern>$$name$$#TEMP</temp-table-name-pattern>
      <create-temp-table-command>CREATE TABLE $$name$$#TEMP $$column_list$$</create-temp-table-command>
      <drop-temp-table-command>DROP TABLE $$name$$#TEMP</drop-temp-table-command>
      <data-source-authentication>false</data-source-authentication>
      <lob-threshold>-1</lob-threshold>
      <use-ansii-style-outer-join>false</use-ansii-style-outer-join>
      <credentials-timeout>86400</credentials-timeout>
    </jdbc-type-settings>
    
  4. Restart the Spotfire Server service.

The driver's support for standard SQL integrates real-time connectivity to Excel data into the familiar interfaces of the Spotfire Platform. To access Excel data from Spotfire Professional and other applications, including Jaspersoft Studio, create information links in the Information Designer.

As you select columns and filters, Spotfire Server builds the information link's underlying SQL query. Click Open Data to load the data into Spotfire.

Report authors can then build Excel visualizations based on Spotfire data tables without writing SQL queries by hand. Report viewers can rely on accurate and current Excel data.