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Access Live SAP HANA Data in Excel (Desktop)

Use CData Connect Cloud to gain access to live SAP HANA data from your Excel spreadsheets.

Microsoft Excel is a widely used spreadsheet software application, primarily used for tasks related to data management, analysis, and visualization. When combined with CData Connect Cloud, you gain immediate access to SAP HANA data directly within Excel, facilitating data analysis, collaboration, calculations, and more.This article shows how to connect to SAP HANA in your Connect Cloud instance and access and update live SAP HANA data in Excel spreadsheets.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure cloud-to-cloud interface for SAP HANA, allowing you to easily access live SAP HANA data in Excel for the web. Simply use the Connect Cloud Add-In to query live data (or write your own). Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported query operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to SAP HANA, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return SAP HANA data.

This setup requires a CData Connect Cloud instance and the CData Connect Cloud Add-In for Excel. To get started, sign up a free trial of Connect Cloud and install the free Connect Cloud Excel Add-In.

Configure SAP HANA Connectivity for Excel

Connectivity to SAP HANA from Excel is made possible through CData Connect Cloud. To work with SAP HANA data from Excel, we start by creating and configuring a SAP HANA connection.

  1. Log into Connect Cloud, click Connections and click Add Connection
  2. Select "SAP HANA" from the Add Connection panel
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to SAP HANA.

    Set the Server, Database and Port properties to specify the address of your SAP Hana database to interact with. Set the User and the Password properties to authenticate to the server.

  4. Click Create & Test
  5. Navigate to the Permissions tab in the Add SAP HANA Connection page and update the User-based permissions.

With the connection configured, you are ready to connect to SAP HANA data from Excel.

Access Live SAP HANA Data in Excel

The steps below outline connecting to CData Connect Cloud from Excel to access live SAP HANA data.

  1. Open Excel, create a new sheet (or open an existing one).
  2. Click Insert and click Get Add-ins. (if you have already installed the Add-In, jump to step 4).
  3. Search for CData Connect Cloud Add-In and install the Add-in.
  4. Click Data and open the CData Connect Cloud Add-In.
  5. In the Add-In panel, click Authorize to authenticate with your CData Connect Cloud instance
  6. In the CData Connect Cloud panel in Excel, click Import
  7. Choose a Connection (e.g. SAPHANA1), Table (e.g. Buckets), and Columns to import
  8. Optionally add Filters, Sorting, and a Limit
  9. Click Execute to import the data

Update SAP HANA Data from Excel

In addition to viewing SAP HANA data in Excel, CData Connect Cloud also lets you update and delete SAP HANA data. Begin by importing data (as described above).

  1. Update any cell or cells with changes you want to push to SAP HANA (your changes will be in red)
  2. In the CData Connect Cloud Add-In panel, select Update
  3. Optionally highlight the cell(s) you wish to update and select an update option ("Update All" or "Update Selected")
  4. Click Execute to push the updates to SAP HANA

A notification will appear when the update is complete

Live Access to SAP HANA Data from Cloud Applications

New, you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live SAP HANA data from your Excel workbook. You can add more data to your workbook for calculations, aggregations, collaboration, and more.

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