Use the CData ODBC Driver for Sage Cloud Accounting in MicroStrategy Desktop

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Sage Cloud Accounting ODBC Driver

The Sage Cloud Accounting ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from Sage Cloud Accounting, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Sage Cloud Accounting data like you would a database - read, write, and update Sage Cloud Accounting BankAccounts, Contacts, Journals, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Connect to Sage Cloud Accounting data in MicroStrategy Desktop using the CData ODBC Driver for Sage Cloud Accounting.

MicroStrategy is an analytics and mobility platform that enables data-driven innovation. When paired with the CData ODBC Driver for Sage Cloud Accounting, you gain database-like access to live Sage Cloud Accounting data from MicroStrategy, expanding your reporting and analytics capabilities. In this article, we walk through adding Sage Cloud Accounting as a data source in MicroStrategy Desktop and creating a simple visualization of Sage Cloud Accounting data.

The CData ODBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Sage Cloud Accounting data in MicroStrategy due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from MicroStrategy to Sage Cloud Accounting, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Sage Cloud Accounting and utilizes the embedded SQL Engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. With built-in dynamic metadata querying, you can visualize and analyze Sage Cloud Accounting data using native MicroStrategy data types.

Connect to Sage Cloud Accounting as an ODBC Data Source

Information for connecting to Sage Cloud Accounting follows, along with different instructions for configuring a DSN in Windows and Linux environments.

You can connect to Sage Business Cloud Accounting using the embedded OAuth connectivity. When you connect, the OAuth endpoint opens in your browser. Log in and grant permissions to complete the OAuth process. See the OAuth section in the online Help documentation for more information on other OAuth authentication flows.

When you configure the DSN, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

Windows

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

Linux

If you are installing the CData ODBC Driver for Sage Cloud Accounting in a Linux environment, the driver installation predefines a system DSN. You can modify the DSN by editing the system data sources file (/etc/odbc.ini) and defining the required connection properties.

/etc/odbc.ini

[CData SageBCAccounting Sys] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for Sage Cloud Accounting Description = My Description

For specific information on using these configuration files, please refer to the help documentation (installed and found online).

Connect to and Visualize Sage Cloud Accounting Data using MicroStrategy Desktop

In addition to connecting Sage Cloud Accounting in MicroStrategy enterprise products, you can connect to Sage Cloud Accounting in MicroStrategy Desktop. Follow the steps below to add Sage Cloud Accounting data as a dataset and create visualizations and reports of Sage Cloud Accounting data.

  1. Open MicroStrategy Desktop and create a new dossier.
  2. In the datasets panel, click New Data, select Databases, and select Type a Query as the Import Option.
  3. Add a new data source and choose DSN data sources.
  4. Choose the DSN you previously configured (likely CData SageBCAccounting Sys) and select Generic DBMS in the Version menu.
  5. Set the User and Password properties for the DSN (or use placeholder values) and name the data source.
  6. Select the new database instance to view the tables. You may need to manually click the search icon in the Available Tables section to see the tables.
  7. Create a SQL query for the Sage Cloud Accounting data (see below) and click Execute SQL to test the query. SELECT * FROM SalesInvoices NOTE: Since we create a live connection, we can execute a SELECT * query and utilize the filtering and aggregation features native to the MicroStrategy products.
  8. Click Finish and choose to connect live.
  9. Choose a visualization, choose fields to display (data types are discovered automatically through dynamic metadata discovery) and apply any filters to create a new visualization of Sage Cloud Accounting data. Where possible, the complex queries generated by the filters and aggregations will be pushed down to Sage Cloud Accounting, while any unsupported operations (which can include SQL functions and JOIN operations) will be managed client-side by the CData SQL Engine embedded in the driver.
  10. Once you are finished configuring the dossier, click File -> Save.

Using the CData ODBC Driver for Sage Cloud Accounting in MicroStrategy Desktop, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on Sage Cloud Accounting data. Read our other articles on connecting to Sage Cloud Accounting in MicroStrategy and connecting to Sage Cloud Accounting in MicroStrategy Web for more examples.