Google Contacts Reporting and Star Schemas in OBIEE

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Google Contacts ODBC Driver

The Google Contacts ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from Google Contacts, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Google Contacts data like you would a database, including Contacts, Groups, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Create a star schema that shows perspectives on Google Contacts facts in real time.

The CData ODBC Driver for Google Contacts is a standard database driver that can integrate real-time access to Google Contacts data into your data warehouse or directly into your reporting tool. This article shows how to bypass the data warehouse and import operational Google Contacts data into Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE).

See the knowledge base for ODBC integrations with ETL tools like Informatica PowerCenter. For an ETL solution into Oracle Warehouse Builder, use the driver with the Oracle ODBC Gateway to Access Google Contacts Data as a Remote Oracle Database.

Connect to Google Contacts as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

You can connect to Google APIs on behalf of individual users or on behalf of a domain. Google uses the OAuth authentication standard. See the "Getting Started" section of the help documentation for a guide.

When you configure the DSN, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

Import Google Contacts Metadata

Follow the steps below to use the OBIEE Client Tools to import Google Contacts metadata into an OBIEE repository. You can then integrate Google Contacts data into your business models.

  1. Open the Administration Tool and click File -> New Repository.

  2. In the Connection Type menu, select ODBC 3.5 and select the CData DSN.
  3. Select the metadata types you want to import under the Relational Sources option and then select Google Contacts tables.
You can now create star schemas based on Google Contacts tables: