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Build QuickBooks POS Visualizations in Tableau Online

Use the CData Cloud Hub to create a virtual MySQL Database for QuickBooks POS data and build visualizations in Tableau Online.

Tableau Online is an analytics platform fully hosted in the cloud. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to QuickBooks POS data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to use a MySQL client to create a virtual database for QuickBooks POS and build visualizations from QuickBooks POS data in Tableau Online.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for QuickBooks POS, allowing you to easily build visualizations from live QuickBooks POS data in Tableau Online without installing connectors or publishing worksheets and data sources from Tableau Desktop. As you build visualizations, Tableau Online generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to QuickBooks POS, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return QuickBooks POS data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for QuickBooks POS Data

You can use any MySQL client to connect to the CData Cloud Hub and create virtual databases.

  1. Connect to the CData Cloud Hub:
    mysql --host myinstance.cdatacloud.net --user admin --password
    
  2. Once authenticated, create the virtual database for QuickBooks POS:
    mysql> CREATE DATABASE qbpos_db
        -> DRIVER = "QuickBooksPOS",
        -> DBURL = "";
    

With the virtual database created, you are ready to build visualizations in Tableau Online.

Visualize Live QuickBooks POS Data in Tableau Online

The steps below outline creating a new data source in Tableau Online based on the virtual QuickBooks POS database in Cloud Hub and building a simple visualization from the data.

  1. Log into Tableau Online, select a project, and create a new workbook.
  2. In the new workbook, choose the MySQL Connector from the data wizard and fill in the values for your Cloud Hub instance.
  3. Select your newly created database and the table(s) you wish to visualize (defining relationships for JOINed tables as needed).
  4. Select Dimensions and Measures and configure your visualization.

SQL Access to QuickBooks POS Data from Cloud Applications

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