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Build Freshdesk-Connected Visualizations in datapine



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

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

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure SQL Server interface for Freshdesk, allowing you to query data from Freshdesk 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 Freshdesk, leveraging server-side processing to return the requested Freshdesk data quickly.

Configure Freshdesk Connectivity for datapine

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

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

    FreshDesk makes use of basic authentication. To connect to data, set the following connection properties:

    • Domain: Set this to the domain associated with your FreshDesk account. For example, in your URL: https://my_domain.freshdesk.com.
    • APIKey: Set this to the API key associated with your FreshDesk account. To retrieve your API key, Log into your support Portal -> Click on profile picture in the top right corner -> profile settings page. The API key will be available below the change password section to the right.
  4. Click Create & Test
  5. Navigate to the Permissions tab in the Add Freshdesk 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 Freshdesk from datapine

Once you configure your connection to Freshdesk in Connect Cloud, you are ready to connect to Freshdesk 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. FreshDesk1)
    • 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 Freshdesk Data in datapine

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

Having connect to Freshdesk from datapine, you are now able to visualize and analyze real-time Freshdesk 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!