Analyze NetSuite Data in SAP Analytics Cloud

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CData Connect Server


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

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NetSuite is supported in CData Connect Cloud! Our Data Connectivity as a Service provides a richer, cloud-to-cloud integration with your NetSuite data.

Check out the updated integration guide here: Analyze NetSuite Data in SAP Analytics Cloud


SAP Analytics Cloud is a cloud-based business intelligence platform. The CData Connect Server creates a virtual database for NetSuite and can be used to generate an OData API (natively consumable in Analytics Cloud) for NetSuite. By pairing SAP Analytics Cloud with the CData Connect Server, you get live 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 Server 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 NetSuite in Connect Server and connecting to Connect Server from Analytics Cloud to create a model and build a simple dashboard.

Configure Connect Server to Connect to NetSuite

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

Add a Connect Server User

Create a User to connect to NetSuite from Analytics Cloud through Connect Server.

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

Connect to NetSuite from Connect Server

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

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

    The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid NetSuite user credentials. In addition, the AccountId must be set to the ID of a company account that can be used by the specified User. The RoleId can be optionally specified to log in the user with limited permissions.

    See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for more information on connecting to NetSuite.

  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 NetSuite OData Endpoints in Connect Server

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

  1. Click OData -> Tables -> Add Tables
  2. Select the NetSuite 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 NetSuite Data in SAP Analytics Cloud

With the connection to NetSuite configured and the OData endpoint(s) created, we can create a Model for NetSuite 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 Server OData or Create a new one:
    • Set "Connection Name"
    • Set "Data Service URL" to the Base URL for your OData API (typically: CONNECT_SERVER_URL/api.rsc)
    • Set "Authentication Type" to Basic Authentication
    • Set "User Name" to the Connect Server 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 netsuitedb_SalesOrder) 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 NetSuite 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 NetSuite data. For more information on creating OData feeds from NetSuite (and more than 200 other data sources), visit the Connect Server page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live NetSuite data in SAP Analytics Cloud.