Create Apps from Excel Online Data in Qlik Sense Cloud

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Use CData Connect Cloud to connect to Excel Online and build apps from live Excel Online 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 Excel Online. 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 Excel Online data.

In this article, we walk through two connections:

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

Configure Excel Online Connectivity for Qlik Cloud

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

(Optional) Add a New Connect Cloud User

As needed, create Users to connect to Excel Online 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 Excel Online 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 "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.

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

Create a Qlik Sense App from Excel Online Data

This section walks through adding Excel Online 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. ExcelOnline1)
    • 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 Excel Online 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 Excel Online data.

More Information & Free Trial

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