Create Interactive Metabase Dashboards that Work with SAP HANA Data

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Use CData Connect to create a virtual MySQL database for SAP HANA data and create an interactive dashboard in Metabase from SAP HANA data.

Metabase is an open source data visualization tool that allows users to create interactive dashboards. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, users can easily create visualizations and dashboards linked to live SAP HANA data. This article describes how to create a virtual database for SAP HANA and build a simple visualization using SAP HANA data.

CData Connect provides a pure SQL interface for SAP HANA, allowing you to easily integrate with live SAP HANA data in Metabase — without replicating the data. Connect looks exactly like a MySQL database to Metabase and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to SAP HANA, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return SAP HANA data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for SAP HANA Data

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

  1. Log into Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "SAP HANA" from Available Data Sources.
  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 Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connect to CData Connect from Metabase

After creating the virtual database, navigate to your Metabase instance. Use the MySQL interface to connect to CData Connect.

  1. Navigate to the administration screen (Settings -> Admin) and click "Add Database" from the "Databases" tab
  2. Configure the connection to CData Connect and click "Save"
    • Database type: Select "MySQL"
    • Name: Name the connection (e.g. "SAP HANA (CData Connect)")
    • Host: The URL of your Connect instance (e.g.
    • Port: The port of the MySQL endpoint for your Connect instance (e.g. 3306)
    • Database name: The name of the virtual database you just created (e.g. SAP HANA1)
    • Username: A CData Connect username
    • Password: The password for the above CData Connect user
    • Click to Use a secure connection (SSL)

Query SAP HANA Data with Metabase

Once you configure the connection to CData Connect, you can query SAP HANA and build visualizations.

  1. Use the "Write SQL" tool to retrieve the SAP HANA data
  2. Write a SQL query based on the virtual database, e.g.

    SELECT Name, OwnerId FROM Buckets WHERE Name = 'TestBucket'
  3. Navigate to the "Visualization" screen, choose a visualization, and configure the visualization

More Information & Free Trial

At this point, you have built a simple visualization from SAP HANA data in Metabase. You can continue to work with live SAP HANA data in Metabase just like you would any MySQL database. For more information on creating a virtual MySQL database for SAP HANA (and more than 200 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live SAP HANA data in Metabase today.