Build Google Sheets Visualizations in Tableau Online

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Use CData Connect Cloud to create a virtual MySQL Database for Google Sheets data and build visualizations in Tableau Online.

Tableau Online is an analytics platform fully hosted in the cloud. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Google Sheets data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Google Sheets and build visualizations from Google Sheets data in Tableau Online.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Google Sheets, allowing you to easily build visualizations from live Google Sheets data in Tableau Online without installing connectors or publishing worksheets and data sources from Tableau Desktop. As you build visualizations, Tableau Online generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Google Sheets, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Google Sheets data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Google Sheets Data

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

  1. Login to Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "Google Sheets" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Google Sheets uses OAuth to authenticate. Click Test Database to authenticate with Google Sheets.
  4. 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 build visualizations in Tableau Online.

Visualize Live Google Sheets Data in Tableau Online

The steps below outline creating a new data source in Tableau Online based on the virtual Google Sheets database in Connect Cloud and building a simple visualization from the data.

  1. Log into Tableau Online, select a project, and create a new workbook.
  2. In the new workbook, choose the MySQL Connector from the data wizard and fill in the values for your Connect Cloud instance.
  3. Select your newly created database and the table(s) you wish to visualize (defining relationships for JOINed tables as needed).
  4. Select Dimensions and Measures and configure your visualization.

SQL Access to Google Sheets Data from Cloud Applications

At this point, you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live Google Sheets data from your Tableau Online workbook. You can create new visualizations, build dashboards, and more, with no need to publish data sources and workbooks from Tableau Desktop. For more information on gaining SQL access to data from more than 100 SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources from cloud applications like Tableau Online, refer to our Connect Cloud page.