Use the CData JDBC Driver for Google Sheets in MicroStrategy Desktop

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Connect to Google Sheets data in MicroStrategy Desktop using the CData JDBC Driver for Google Sheets.

MicroStrategy is an analytics and mobility platform that enables data-driven innovation. When you pair MicroStrategy with the CData JDBC Driver for Google Sheets, you gain database-like access to live Google Sheets data from MicroStrategy, expanding your reporting and analytics capabilities. In this article, we walk through adding Google Sheets as a data source in MicroStrategy Desktop and creating a simple visualization of Google Sheets data.

The CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Google Sheets data in MicroStrategy due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from MicroStrategy to Google Sheets, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Google Sheets and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. With built-in dynamic metadata querying, you can use native MicroStrategy data types to visualize and analyze Google Sheets data.

Connect to and Visualize Google Sheets Data using MicroStrategy Desktop

In addition to connecting to Google Sheets in MicroStrategy enterprise products, you can connect to Google Sheets in MicroStrategy Desktop. Follow the steps below to add Google Sheets data as a dataset using JDBC and create visualizations and reports of Google Sheets data.

  1. Open MicroStrategy Desktop and create a new dossier.
  2. In the datasets panel, click New Data, select Databases, and choose Select a Table as the Import Option.
  3. Add a new data source and choose the DSN-less data sources option.
  4. Choose Generic in the Database menu and Generic DBMS in the Version menu.
  5. Click the link to show the connection string and opt to edit the connection string. In the Driver menu, select MicroStrategy Cassandra ODBC Driver. (MicroStrategy requires a certified driver to interface through JDBC; the actual driver will not be used.)
  6. Set the connection string as follows and click OK:
    • Add the JDBC keyword to the connection string.
    • Set MSTR_JDBC_JAR_FOLDER to the path of the JAR file for the JDBC driver. (C:\Program Files\CData JDBC Driver for Google Sheets\lib\ on Windows.)
    • Set DRIVER to cdata.jdbc.googlesheets.GoogleSheetsDriver, the driver class.
    • Set URL to the JDBC URL for the Google Sheets driver, setting the necessary connection properties.

      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.

      Built-in Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.googlesheets.jar

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

      When you configure the JDBC URL, 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.

    A typical connection string follows:

    JDBC;MSTR_JDBC_JAR_FOLDER=PATH\TO\JAR\;DRIVER=cdata.jdbc.googlesheets.GoogleSheetsDriver;URL={jdbc:googlesheets:Spreadsheet=MySheet;};
  7. Right-click on the new data source, and choose Edit catalog options.
  8. Edit the SQL Statement to SELECT * FROM SYS_SCHEMAS to read the metadata from the JDBC Driver.
  9. Select the new data source to view the available tables. You may need to manually click the search icon in the Available Tables section to see the tables.
  10. Drag tables into the pane to import them. Note: Since we create a live connection, we can import whole tables and utilize the filtering and aggregation features native to the MicroStrategy products.
  11. Click Finish and choose the option to connect Live. Live connections are possible and effective, thanks to the high-performance data processing native to CData JDBC Drivers.
  12. Choose a visualization, choose fields to display, and apply any filters to create a new visualization of Google Sheets data. Data types are discovered automatically through dynamic metadata discovery. Where possible, the complex queries generated by the filters and aggregations will be pushed down to Google Sheets, while any unsupported operations (which can include SQL functions and JOIN operations) will be managed client-side by the CData SQL engine embedded in the driver.
  13. Once you are finished configuring the dossier, click File -> Save.

Using the CData JDBC Driver for Google Sheets in MicroStrategy Desktop, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on Google Sheets data. Read our other articles for connecting to Google Sheets data in MicroStrategy Developer and connecting to Google Sheets data in MicroStrategy Web for more examples.