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Visualize Live SAP Data in Tableau

Use the CData Tableau Connector for SAP and Tableau Desktop to visualize live SAP data.

Tableau is a visual analytics platform transforming the way businesses use data to solve problems. When paired with the CData Tableau Connector for SAP, you can easily get access to live SAP data within Tableau. This article shows how to connect to SAP in Tableau and build a simple chart.

The CData Tableau Connectors enable high-speed access to live SAP data in Tableau. Once you install the connector, you simply authenticate with SAP and you can immediately start building responsive, dynamic visualizations and dashboards. By surfacing SAP data using native Tableau data types and handling complex filters, aggregations, & other operations automatically, CData Tableau Connectors grant seamless access to SAP data.

NOTE: The CData Tableau Connectors require Tableau 2020.3 or higher. If you are using an older version of Tableau, you will need to use the CData JDBC Driver for SAP. If you wish to connect to SAP data in Tableau Online, you will need to use CData CloudHub.

Connect to SAP in Tableau

Open Tableau and click More under Connect -> To a Server. Select "SAP by CData," then configure the connection and click "Sign In."

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.

Discover Schemas and Query Data

  1. Select CData from the Database pull-down menu.
  2. Select SAPERP from the Schema pull-down menu.
  3. Drag the tables and views you wish to visualize onto the join area. You can include multiple tables.
  4. Select Update Now or Automatically Update. Update Now lets you preview the first 10,000 rows of the data source (or enter the number of rows you want to see in the Rows text box). Automatically Update automatically reflects the changes in the preview area.
  5. Click the tab for your worksheet. Columns are listed as Dimensions and Measures, depending on the data type. The CData Tableau Connector discovers data types automatically, allowing you to leverage the powerful data processing and visualization features of Tableau.
  6. Drag a field from the Dimensions or Measures area to Rows or Columns. Tableau creates column or row headers.
  7. Select one of the chart types from the Show Me tab. Tableau displays the chart type that you selected.

Using the CData Tableau Connector for SAP with Tableau, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on SAP data. Download a free, 30-day trial and get started today.