Create Apps from SAS xpt Data in Qlik Sense Cloud

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Use the CData Connect Cloud to create an OData API for SAS xpt data and build apps from live SAS xpt data in Qlik Sense Cloud.

Qlik Sense Cloud allows you to create and share data visualizations and interact with information in new ways. The CData Connect Cloud creates a virtual database for SAS xpt and can be used to generate an OData API (natively consumable in Qlik Sense Cloud) for SAS xpt. By pairing Qlik Sense Cloud with the CData Connect Cloud, you get true cloud-to-cloud connectivity to all of your SaaS and cloud-based Big Data and NoSQL sources — no need to migrate your data or write your integrations. Simply connect to Connect Cloud from Qlik Sense Cloud as you would any other REST service and get instant, live access to your SAS xpt data.

In this article, we walk through two connections:

  1. Connecting to SAS xpt in Connect Cloud
  2. Connecting to Connect Cloud from Qlik Sense Cloud to create a model and build a simple dashboard

Configure Connect Cloud to Connect to SAS xpt

To connect to SAS xpt data from Qlik Sense Cloud, you need to configure SAS xpt access from your Connect Cloud instance. This means creating a user, connecting to SAS xpt, adding OData endpoints, and (optionally) configuring CORS.

Add a Connect Cloud User

Create a Cloud Hub User to connect to SAS xpt from Qlik Sense Cloud.

  1. Click Users -> Add
  2. Configure a User
  3. Click Save Changes and make note of the Authtoken for the new user

Connect to SAS xpt from Connect Cloud

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

  1. Open Connect Cloud and click Databases
  2. Select "SAS xpt" from Available Data Sources
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to SAS xpt.

    Connecting to Local SASXpt Files

    You can connect to local SASXpt file by setting the URI to a folder containing SASXpt files.

    Connecting to S3 data source

    You can connect to Amazon S3 source to read SASXpt files. Set the following properties to connect:

    • URI: Set this to the folder within your bucket that you would like to connect to.
    • AWSAccessKey: Set this to your AWS account access key.
    • AWSSecretKey: Set this to your AWS account secret key.
    • TemporaryLocalFolder: Set this to the path, or URI, to the folder that is used to temporarily download SASXpt file(s).

    Connecting to Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2

    You can connect to ADLS Gen2 to read SASXpt files. Set the following properties to connect:

    • URI: Set this to the name of the file system and the name of the folder which contacts your SASXpt files.
    • AzureAccount: Set this to the name of the Azure Data Lake storage account.
    • AzureAccessKey: Set this to our Azure DataLakeStore Gen 2 storage account access key.
    • TemporaryLocalFolder: Set this to the path, or URI, to the folder that is used to temporarily download SASXpt file(s).

  4. Click Test Database
  5. Click Privileges -> Add, and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions (SELECT is all that is required for Reveal)

Add SAS xpt OData Endpoints in Connect Cloud

After connecting to SAS xpt, create OData Endpoint for the desired table(s).

  1. Click OData -> Tables -> Add Tables
  2. Select the SAS xpt database
  3. Select the table(s) you wish to work with and click Next
  4. (Optional) Edit the resource to select specific fields and more
  5. Save the settings

(Optional) Configure Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS)

When accessing and connecting to multiple domains from an application such as Ajax, there is a possibility of violating the limitations of cross-site scripting. In that case, configure the CORS settings in OData -> Settings.

  • Enable cross-origin resource sharing (CORS): ON
  • Allow all domains without '*': ON
  • Access-Control-Allow-Methods: GET, PUT, POST, OPTIONS
  • Access-Control-Allow-Headers: Authorization

Save the changes to the settings.

Create a Qlik Sense App from SAS xpt Data

With the connection to SAS xpt and OData endpoints created, we are ready to add SAS xpt data to a Qlik Sense app for visualizations, analytics, reporting, and more.

Create a New App and Upload Data

  1. Log into your Qlik Sense instance and click the button to create a new app
  2. Name and configure the new app and click "Create"
  3. In the workspace, click to open the new app
  4. Click to add data from files and other sources
  5. Select the REST connector and set the configuration properties. For the most part, you will use the default values, with the following exceptions:
    • URL: Set this to the API endpoint for your SAS xpt table, using the @CSV URL parameter to ensure a CSV response (i.e. https://www.cdatacloud.net/api.rsc/MYINSTANCE/SASXpt_SampleTable_1?@CSV)
    • Authentication Schema: Set this to "Basic"
    • User Name: Set this to the user name you configured above
    • Password: Set this to the Authtoken for the above user
  6. Click "Create" to query Connect Cloud for the SAS xpt data
  7. Check "CSV has header" and under "Tables," select "CSV_source"
  8. Select columns and click "Add data"

Generate Insights or Customize Your App

With the data loaded into Qlik Sense, you are ready to begin discovering insights. Click "Generate insights" to let Qlik analyze your data. Otherwise, you can build custom visualizations, reports, and dashboards based on your SAS xpt data.

More Information & Free Trial

Now, you have created a simple but powerful dashboard from live SAS xpt data. For more information on creating OData feeds from SAS xpt (and more than 200 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live SAS xpt data in Qlik Sense Cloud.