Create Reports from SAP Data in Looker Studio

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CData Connect Server


Use CData Connect Server to create a virtual MySQL Database for SAP data and create custom reports in Looker Studio.

Looker Studio (formerly Google Data Studio) allows you to create branded reports with data visualizations to share with your clients. When paired with CData Connect Server, you get instant access to SAP data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for SAP and build reports from SAP data in Looker Studio.

CData Connect Server provides a pure MySQL interface for SAP, allowing you to easily build reports from live SAP data in Looker Studio — without replicating the data. As you build visualizations, Looker Studio generates queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Server pushes all supported query operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to SAP, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return SAP data.

This article requires a CData Connect Server instance and the CData Connect Server Connector for Looker Studio. Get more information on the CData Connect Server and sign up for a free trial at https://www.cdata.com/connect.


Connect to SAP from Connect Server

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

  1. Log into Connect Server and click Connections.
  2. Select "SAP" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to SAP.

    You can connect to SAP systems using either librfc32.dll, librfc32u.dll, NetWeaver, or Web Services (SOAP). Set the ConnectionType connection property to CLASSIC (librfc32.dll), CLASSIC_UNICODE (librfc32u.dll), NETWEAVER, or SOAP.

    If you are using the SOAP interface, set the Client, RFCUrl, SystemNumber, User, and Password properties, under the Authentication section.

    Otherwise, set Host, User, Password, Client, and SystemNumber.

    Note: We do not distribute the librfc32.dll or other SAP assemblies. You must find them from your SAP installation and install them on your machine.

    For more information, see this guide on obtaining the connection properties needed to connect to any SAP system.

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

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to SAP data from Looker Studio.

Visualize Live SAP Data in Looker Studio

The steps below outline connecting to CData Connect Server from Looker Studio to create a new SAP data source and build a simple visualization from the data.

  1. Log into Looker Studio, click data sources, create a new data source, and choose CData Connect Server Connector.
  2. Authorize the Connector to connect to an external service (your Connect Server instance).
  3. Use your instance name (myinstance in CONNECT_SERVER_URL), username, and password to connect to your Connect Server instance.
    • Username: myinstance/username
    • Password: your Connect Server password
  4. Select a Database (e.g. SAPERP1) and click Next.
  5. Select a Table (e.g. MARA) and click Next.
  6. Click Connect.
  7. If needed, modify columns, click Create Report, and add the data source to the report.
  8. Select a visualization style and add it to the report.
  9. Select Dimensions and Measures to customize your visualization.

Optional: Connect with the MySQL Connector

If you need to work with data from a custom SQL query, you can use the MySQL Connector. Connect using the server information for your Connect Server instance (server address, port, username, and password).

SQL Access to SAP Data from Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live SAP data from your Looker Studio workbook. You can create more data sources and new visualizations, build reports, and more — all without replicating SAP data.

Try CData Connect Server and get SQL data access to 200+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your applications.