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Build Excel Online-Connected Visualizations in datapine



Use CData Connect Cloud and datapine to build visualizations and dashboards with access to live Excel Online data.

datapine is a browser-based business intelligence platform. When paired with the CData Connect Cloud, you get access to your Excel Online data directly from your datapine visualizations and dashboards. This article describes connecting to Excel Online in CData Connect Cloud and building a simple Excel Online-connected visualization in datapine.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure SQL Server interface for Excel Online, allowing you to query data from Excel Online without replicating the data to a natively supported database. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc.) directly to Excel Online, leveraging server-side processing to return the requested Excel Online data quickly.

Configure Excel Online Connectivity for datapine

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

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

    You can connect to a workbook by providing authentication to Excel Online and then setting the following properties:

    • Workbook: Set this to the name or Id of the workbook.

      If you want to view a list of information about the available workbooks, execute a query to the Workbooks view after you authenticate.

    • UseSandbox: Set this to true if you are connecting to a workbook in a sandbox account. Otherwise, leave this blank to connect to a production account.

    You use the OAuth authentication standard to authenticate to Excel Online. See the Getting Started section in the help documentation for a guide. Getting Started also guides you through executing SQL to worksheets and ranges.

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

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. 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.

Connecting to Excel Online from datapine

Once you configure your connection to Excel Online in Connect Cloud, you are ready to connect to Excel Online from datapine.

  1. Log into datapine
  2. Click Connect to navigate to the "Connect" page
  3. Select MS SQL Server as the data source
  4. In the Integration step, fill in the connection properties and click "Save and Proceed"
    • Set the Internal Name
    • Set Database Name to the name of the connection we just configured (e.g. ExcelOnline1)
    • Set Host / IP to "tds.cdata.com"
    • Set Username to your Connect Cloud username (e.g. [email protected])
    • Set Password to the corresponding PAT
    • Set Database Port to "14333"
  5. In the Data Schema step, select the tables and fields to visualize and click "Save and Proceed"
  6. In the References step, define any relationships between your selected tables and click "Save and Proceed"
  7. In the Data Transfer step, click "Go to Analyzer"

Visualize Excel Online Data in datapine

After connecting to CData Connect Cloud, you are ready to visualize your Excel Online data in datapine. Simply select the dimensions and measures you wish to visualize!

Having connect to Excel Online from datapine, you are now able to visualize and analyze real-time Excel Online data no matter where you are. To get live data access to 100+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from datapine, try CData Connect Cloud today!