Create Interactive Metabase Dashboards that Work with Oracle Sales Data

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Use CData Connect to create a virtual MySQL database for Oracle Sales data and create an interactive dashboard in Metabase from Oracle Sales 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 Oracle Sales data. This article describes how to create a virtual database for Oracle Sales and build a simple visualization using Oracle Sales data.

CData Connect provides a pure SQL interface for Oracle Sales, allowing you to easily integrate with live Oracle Sales 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 Oracle Sales, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Oracle Sales data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Oracle Sales 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 "Oracle Sales" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Oracle Sales.

    Oracle Sales uses Basic authentication over SSL; after setting the following connection properties, you are ready to connect:

    • Username: Set this to the user name that you use to log into your Oracle Cloud service.
    • Password: Set this to your password.
    • HostURL: Set this to the Web address (URL) of your Oracle Cloud service.

  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. "Oracle Sales (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. Oracle Sales1)
    • Username: A CData Connect username
    • Password: The password for the above CData Connect user
    • Click to Use a secure connection (SSL)

Query Oracle Sales Data with Metabase

Once you configure the connection to CData Connect, you can query Oracle Sales and build visualizations.

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

    SELECT OptyId, Name FROM Opportunities
  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 Oracle Sales data in Metabase. You can continue to work with live Oracle Sales data in Metabase just like you would any MySQL database. For more information on creating a virtual MySQL database for Oracle Sales (and more than 200 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live Oracle Sales data in Metabase today.