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Build IBM Informix Visualizations in Tableau Cloud



Use CData Connect Cloud to connect to live IBM Informix data and build visualizations in Tableau Cloud.

Tableau Cloud is an analytics platform fully hosted in the cloud. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to IBM Informix data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to connect to IBM Informix and build visualizations from IBM Informix data in Tableau Cloud.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure SQL Server, cloud-to-cloud interface for IBM Informix, allowing you to easily build visualizations from live IBM Informix data in Tableau Cloud without installing connectors or publishing worksheets and data sources from Tableau Desktop. As you build visualizations, Tableau Cloud 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 IBM Informix, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return IBM Informix data.

Configure IBM Informix Connectivity for Tableau Online

Connectivity to IBM Informix from Tableau Online is made possible through CData Connect Cloud. To work with IBM Informix data from Tableau Online, we start by creating and configuring a IBM Informix connection.

  1. Log into Connect Cloud, click Connections and click Add Connection
  2. Select "IBM Informix" from the Add Connection panel
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to IBM Informix.

    Set the following properties to connect to IBM Informix

    • Server: Set this to the name of the server running IBM Informix.
    • Port: Set this to the port the IBM Informix server is listening on.
    • Database: Set this to the name of the IBM Informix database.
    • User: Set this to the username of a user allowed to access the database.
    • Password: Set this to the password of a user allowed to access the database.
  4. Click Create & Test
  5. Navigate to the Permissions tab in the Add IBM Informix Connection page and update the User-based permissions.

Add a Personal Access Token

If you are connecting from a service, application, platform, or framework that does not support OAuth authentication, you can create a Personal Access Token (PAT) to use for authentication. Best practices would dictate that you create a separate PAT for each service, to maintain granularity of access.

  1. Click on your username at the top right of the Connect Cloud app and click User Profile.
  2. On the User Profile page, scroll down to the Personal Access Tokens section and click Create PAT.
  3. Give your PAT a name and click Create.
  4. The personal access token is only visible at creation, so be sure to copy it and store it securely for future use.

With the connection configured, you are ready to connect to IBM Informix data from Tableau Cloud.

Visualize Live IBM Informix Data in Tableau Cloud

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

  1. Log into Tableau Cloud, select a account, and create a new workbook.
  2. In the new workbook, choose the Microsoft SQL Server Connector from the data wizard and fill in the values for your Connect Cloud instance.
    • Set Server to tds.cdata.com,14333
    • Set Database to the IBM Informix connection you created (e.g. Informix1)
    • Set Username to your Connect Cloud username (e.g. [email protected])
    • Set Password to a PAT for the above user
    • Check the Require SSL checkbox
  3. Select your newly created database and the table(s) you wish to visualize (defining relationships for JOINad tables as needed).
  4. Select Dimensions and Measures and configure your visualization.

Real-Time Access to IBM Informix Data from Cloud Applications

At this point, you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live IBM Informix data from your Tableau Cloud 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 live access to data from more than 100 SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources from cloud applications like Tableau Cloud, refer to our Connect Cloud page.