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Create an Google Analytics Data Source for Denodo Platform

Use the CData JDBC Driver for Google Analytics to create a virtual data source for Google Analytics data in the Denodo Virtual DataPort Administrator.

Denodo Platform is a data virtualization product providing a single point of contact for enterprise database data. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver for Google Analytics, Denodo users can work with live Google Analytics data alongside other enterprise data sources. This article walks through creating a virtual data source for Google Analytics in the Denodo Virtual DataPort Administrator.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Google Analytics data. When you issue complex SQL queries to Google Analytics, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Google Analytics and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations). Its built-in dynamic metadata querying allows you to work with and analyze Google Analytics data using native data types.

Create an Google Analytics Virtual Port

To connect to live Google Analytics data from Denodo, you need to copy the JDBC Driver JAR file to the external library directory for Denodo and create a new JDBC Data Source from the Virtual DataPort Administrator tool.

  1. Download the CData JDBC Driver for Google Analytics installer, unzip the package, and run the JAR file to install the driver.
  2. Copy the JAR File (and license file if it exists) from the installation location (typically C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Google Analytics\lib\) to the Denodo external library directory (C:\Denodo\Denodo Platform\lib-external\jdbc-drivers\cdata-googleanalytics-19).
  3. Open the Denodo Virtual DataPort Administrator tool and navigate to the Server Explorer tab.
  4. Right-click "admin" and select New -> Data source -> JDBC.
  5. Configure the JDBC Connection:
    • Name: your choice, e.g.: googleanalytics
    • Database adapter: Generic
    • Driver class path: C:\Denodo\Denodo Platform\lib-external\jdbc-drivers\cdata-googleanalytics-19
    • Driver class: cdata.jdbc.googleanalytics.GoogleAnalyticsDriver
    • Database URI: Set this to a JDBC URL using the necessary connection properties. For example,

      jdbc:googleanalytics:Profile=MyProfile;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH

      Information on creating the Database URI follows:

      Built-In Connection String Designer

      For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Google Analytics JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.googleanalytics.jar

      Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

      Google uses the OAuth authentication standard. To access Google APIs on behalf on individual users, you can use the embedded credentials or you can register your own OAuth app.

      OAuth also enables you to use a service account to connect on behalf of users in a Google Apps domain. To authenticate with a service account, you will need to register an application to obtain the OAuth JWT values.

      In addition to the OAuth values, set Profile to the profile you want to connect to. This can be set to either the Id or website URL for the Profile. If not specified, the first Profile returned will be used.

  6. Click the "Test connection" button to confirm the configuration and click Save.

View Google Analytics Data in the VirtualPort Administrator Tool

After creating the data source, you can create a base view of Google Analytics data for use in the Denodo Platform.

  1. Click the "Create base view" button in the newly created VirtualPort (admin.GoogleAnalytics).
  2. Expand the object tree and select the objects (tables) you wish to import.
  3. Click the "Create selected" button to create views of the Google Analytics data.
    Optional: Click "Create associations from foreign keys" to define relationships between the objects.
  4. With the view(s) created, navigate to a table (cdata_googleanalytics_traffic) in the Server Explorer and double-click the selected table.
  5. In the new tab, click "Execution panel" to open a query panel.
  6. Customize the query in the "Execute" tab or use the default:
    SELECT * FROM cdata_googleanalytics_traffic CONTEXT ('i18n'='us_est', 'cache_wait_for_load'='true')
    
  7. Click Execute to view the data.

With the base view created, you can now work with live Google Analytics data like you would any other data source in Denodo Platform, for example, querying Google Analytics in the Denodo Data Catalog.

Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for Google Analytics and start working with your live Google Analytics data in Denodo Platform. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.