Create Interactive Metabase Dashboards that Work with Office 365 Data

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Use CData Connect to create a virtual MySQL database for Office 365 data and create an interactive dashboard in Metabase from Office 365 data.

Metabase is an open source data visualization tool that allows users to create interactive dashboards. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, users can easily create visualizations and dashboards linked to live Office 365 data. This article describes how to create a virtual database for Office 365 and build a simple visualization using Office 365 data.

CData Connect provides a pure SQL interface for Office 365, allowing you to easily integrate with live Office 365 data in Metabase — without replicating the data. Connect looks exactly like a MySQL database to Metabase and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Office 365, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Office 365 data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Office 365 Data

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

  1. Log into Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "Office 365" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Office 365.

    Office 365 uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate requests, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and OAuthCallbackURL by registering an app with Office 365. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connect to CData Connect from Metabase

After creating the virtual database, navigate to your Metabase instance. Use the MySQL interface to connect to CData Connect.

  1. Navigate to the administration screen (Settings -> Admin) and click "Add Database" from the "Databases" tab
  2. Configure the connection to CData Connect and click "Save"
    • Database type: Select "MySQL"
    • Name: Name the connection (e.g. "Office 365 (CData Connect)")
    • Host: The URL of your Connect instance (e.g. https://myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Port: The port of the MySQL endpoint for your Connect instance (e.g. 3306)
    • Database name: The name of the virtual database you just created (e.g. Office 3651)
    • Username: A CData Connect username
    • Password: The password for the above CData Connect user
    • Click to Use a secure connection (SSL)

Query Office 365 Data with Metabase

Once you configure the connection to CData Connect, you can query Office 365 and build visualizations.

  1. Use the "Write SQL" tool to retrieve the Office 365 data
  2. Write a SQL query based on the virtual database, e.g.

    SELECT Name, Size FROM Files ORDER BY Size
  3. Navigate to the "Visualization" screen, choose a visualization, and configure the visualization

More Information & Free Trial

At this point, you have built a simple visualization from Office 365 data in Metabase. You can continue to work with live Office 365 data in Metabase just like you would any MySQL database. For more information on creating a virtual MySQL database for Office 365 (and more than 200 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live Office 365 data in Metabase today.