Analyze Google Sheets Data in SAP Analytics Cloud

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Use the CData Connect Cloud to create an OData API on top of Google Sheets data and visualize live Google Sheets data in SAP Analytics Cloud.

SAP Analytics Cloud is a cloud-based business intelligence platform. The CData Connect Cloud creates a virtual database for Google Sheets and can be used to generate an OData API (natively consumable in Analytics Cloud) for Google Sheets. By pairing SAP Analytics Cloud with the 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 as you would any other OData service and get instant, live access to all of your data.

In this article, we walk through connecting to Google Sheets in Connect Cloud and connecting to Connect Cloud from Analytics Cloud to create a model and build a simple dashboard.

Configure Connect Cloud to Connect to Google Sheets

To connect to Google Sheets data from SAP Analytics Cloud, you need to configure Google Sheets access from your Connect Cloud instance. This means creating a user, connecting to Google Sheets, adding OData endpoints, and (optionally) configuring CORS.

Add a Connect Cloud User

Create a User to connect to Google Sheets from Analytics Cloud through Connect Cloud.

  1. Click Users -> Add
  2. Configure a User
  3. Click Save Changes and make note of the Authtoken for the new user

Connect to Google Sheets from Connect Cloud

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

  1. Open Connect Cloud and click Databases
  2. Select "Google Sheets" from Available Data Sources
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Google Sheets.

    You can connect to a spreadsheet by providing authentication to Google and then setting the Spreadsheet connection property to the name or feed link of the spreadsheet. If you want to view a list of information about the spreadsheets in your Google Drive, execute a query to the Spreadsheets view after you authenticate.

    ClientLogin (username/password authentication) has been officially deprecated since April 20, 2012 and is now no longer available. Instead, use the OAuth 2.0 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.

    See the Getting Started chapter in the help documentation to connect to Google Sheets from different types of accounts: Google accounts, Google Apps accounts, and accounts using two-step verification.

  4. Click Test Database
  5. Click Privileges -> Add, and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions (SELECT is all that is required for Reveal)

Add Google Sheets OData Endpoints in Connect Cloud

After connecting to Google Sheets, create OData Endpoint for the desired table(s).

  1. Click OData -> Tables -> Add Tables
  2. Select the Google Sheets database
  3. Select the table(s) you wish to work with and click Next
  4. (Optional) Edit the resource to select specific fields and more
  5. Save the settings

(Optional) Configure Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS)

When accessing and connecting to multiple different domains from an application such as Ajax, there is a possibility of violating the limitations of cross-site scripting. In that case, configure the CORS settings in OData -> Settings.

  • Enable cross-origin resource sharing (CORS): ON
  • Allow all domains without '*': ON
  • Access-Control-Allow-Methods: GET, PUT, POST, OPTIONS
  • Access-Control-Allow-Headers: Authorization

Save the changes to the settings.

Create a Model of Google Sheets Data in SAP Analytics Cloud

With the connection to Google Sheets configured and the OData endpoint(s) created, we can create a Model for Google Sheets data in SAP Analytics Cloud.

  1. Log into your Analytics Cloud instance and click Create -> Model from the menu.
  2. Choose "Get data from a datasource" and select "OData Services"
  3. Choose an existing connection to your Connect Cloud OData or Create a new one:
    • Set "Connection Name"
    • Set "Data Service URL" to the Base URL for your OData API (typically: https://www.cdatacloud.net/MYINSTANCE/api.rsc)
    • Set "Authentication Type" to Basic Authentication
    • Set "User Name" to the Connect Cloud user you configured earlier
    • Set "Password" to the Authtoken for the above user
  4. Choose "Create a new query" and click Next
  5. Name the Query, select an OData endpoint (like googlesheetsdb_Orders) and click Next
  6. Drag the columns you wish to work with into the Selected Data workspace and click Create
  7. At this point, a Draft Data source is created; click the draft to finalize the model
  8. Perform any transformations, including creating calculated dimensions, location dimensions, and combining data sources, then click Create Model
  9. Name your model and click OK

Build a Dashboard in SAP Analytics Cloud

With the model created, you are ready to create a dashboard in SAP Analytics Cloud based on Google Sheets data.

  1. From the menu, click Create -> Story
  2. Click an SAP Analytics Template (this article uses the "Dashboard" template)
  3. Choose a layout and click Apply
  4. From the More menu, select a visualization to insert (Chart)
  5. Select a model to visualize
  6. Select a structure and the required Measures and Dimensions
  7. Save the story

More Information & Free Trial

Now, you have created a simple but powerful dashboard from live Google Sheets data. For more information on creating OData feeds from Google Sheets (and more than 200 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live Google Sheets data in SAP Analytics Cloud.