Access Live Excel Services Data in Google Sheets

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Use CData Connect Cloud to create a virtual MySQL Database for Excel Services data and gain access to live Excel Services data from your Google Sheets.

Google Sheets is a free, web-based spreadsheet program. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you can instantly access Excel Services data from within Google Sheets for data analysis, collaborations, calculations, and more. This article shows how to connect to Excel Services in your Connect Cloud instance and access live Excel Services data in Google Sheets.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure cloud-to-cloud interface for Excel Services, allowing you to easily access live Excel Services data in Google Sheets. Simply use the partner Connect Cloud Connector to generate a query (or write your own). Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported query operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Excel Services, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Excel Services data.

This setup requires a CData Connect Cloud instance and the CData Connect Cloud Connector for Google Sheets. To get started, get a free trial of Connect Cloud and download the free Connect Cloud Google Sheets Connector.


Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Excel Services Data

CData Connect Cloud uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Log into Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "Excel Services" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Excel Services.

    The URL, User, and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid credentials for SharePoint Online, SharePoint 2010, or SharePoint 2013. Additionally, the Library property must be set to a valid SharePoint Document Library and the File property must be set to a valid .xlsx file in the indicated Library.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to Excel Services data from Google Sheets.

Access Live Excel Services Data in Google Sheets

The steps below outline connecting to CData Connect Cloud from Google Sheets to access live Excel Services data.

  1. Log into Google Sheets, create a new sheet (or open an existing one).
  2. Click Add-ons and click Get Add-ons (if you have already installed the Add-on, jump to step 5).
  3. Search for CData Connect Cloud Connector and select the Add-on.
  4. Authorize the Connector.
  5. Back in Google Sheets, click Add-ons and open the CData Connect Cloud Connector.
  6. Use your instance name (myinstance in myinstance.cdatacloud.net), username, and password to connect to your Connect Cloud instance.
  7. Click CREATE to access Excel Services data through your Connect Cloud instance.
  8. Select a Database (e.g. ExcelServices1) and click Next.
  9. Select a Table (e.g. Account) and Fields (columns), add any sorting, filtering, and limits and click Execute.

SQL Access to Excel Services Data from Cloud Applications

Now, you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live Excel Services data from your Google Sheets workbook. You can add more data to your workbook for calculations, aggregations, collaboration, and more.

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