Use the CData ODBC Driver for ShipStation in SAS for Real-Time Reporting and Analytics

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ShipStation ODBC Driver

The ShipStation ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from ShipStation, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access ShipStation data like you would a database - read, write, and update ShipStation Marketplaces, Orders, Products, Items, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Connect to real-time ShipStation data in SAS for reporting, analytics, and visualizations using the CData ODBC Driver for ShipStation.

SAS is a software suite developed for advanced analytics, multivariate analysis, business intelligence, data management, and predictive analytics. When you pair SAS with the CData ODBC Driver for ShipStation, you gain database-like access to live ShipStation data from SAS, expanding your reporting and analytics capabilities. This articles walks through creating a library for ShipStation in SAS and creating a simple report based on real-time ShipStation data.

The CData ODBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live ShipStation data in SAS due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from SAS to ShipStation, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to ShipStation and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. With built-in dynamic metadata querying, you can easily visualize and analyze ShipStation data in SAS.

Connect to ShipStation as an ODBC Data Source

Information for connecting to ShipStation follows, along with different instructions for configuring a DSN in Windows and Linux environments (the ODBC Driver for ShipStation must be installed on the machine hosting the SAS System).

Use the BASIC Authentication standard to connect.

  1. Login to your ShipStation account
  2. Click on the settings icon in the upper right corner. A column menu will show up on the left
  3. Click Account -> API Settings
  4. On the API Settings page, note the API Key and API Secret.

Authenticating to ShipStation

  • APIKey: Set this to the API key from the API settings page.
  • APISecret: Set this to the Secret key from the API settings page.

When you configure the DSN, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.

Windows

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

Linux

If you are installing the CData ODBC Driver for ShipStation in a Linux environment, the driver installation predefines a system DSN. You can modify the DSN by editing the system data sources file (/etc/odbc.ini) and defining the required connection properties.

/etc/odbc.ini

[CData ShipStation Sys] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for ShipStation Description = My Description APIKey = 'YourAPIKey' APISecret = 'YourAPISecret'

For specific information on using these configuration files, please refer to the help documentation (installed and found online).

Create a ShipStation Library in SAS

Connect to ShipStation in SAS by adding a library based on the CData ODBC Driver for ShipStation.

  1. Open SAS and expand Libraries in the Explorer pane.
  2. In the Active Libraries window, right-click and select New.
  3. Name your library (odbclib), select ODBC as the Engine, and click to Enable at startup (if you want the library to persist between sessions).
  4. Set Data Source to the DSN you previously configured and click OK.

Create a View from a ShipStation Query

SAS natively supports querying data either using a low-code, point-and-click Query tool or programmatically with PROC SQL and a custom SQL query. When you create a View in SAS, the defining query is executed each time the view is queried. This means that you always query live ShipStation data for reports, charts, and analytics.

Using the Query Tool

  1. In SAS, click Tools -> Query
  2. Select the table sources and the table(s) you wish to pull data from. Then, click OK.
  3. Select columns and right-click to add filtering, ordering, grouping, etc.
  4. Create a local view to contain the query results by right-clicking the SQL Query Tool window, selecting Show Query, and clicking Create View. Name the View and click OK.

Using PROC SQL

  1. In SAS, navigate to the Editor window.
  2. Use PROC SQL to query the data and create a local view.
    NOTE: This procedure creates a view in the Work library. You can optionally specify a library in the create view statement.
    proc sql;
      create view tags_view as
      select 
        id, 
        color 
      from 
        odbclib.tags 
      where 
        CustomerId = '1368175';
    quit;
    
  3. Click Run -> Submit to execute the query and create a local view.

Report On or Visualize ShipStation Data in SAS

With a local view created, you can report, visualize, or otherwise analyze ShipStation data using the powerful SAS features. Print a simple report using PROC PRINT and create a basic graph based on the data using PROC GCHART.

Print an HTML Report

  1. In SAS, navigate to the Editor window.
  2. Use PROC PRINT to print an HTML report for the ShipStation Tags data.
    proc print data=tags;
      title "ShipStation Tags Data";
    run;
    

Print a Chart

  1. In SAS, navigate to the Editor window.
  2. Use PROC GCHART to create a chart for the Tags data.
    proc gchart data=tags;
      pie id / sumvar=color
          value=arrow
          percent=arrow
          noheading
          percent=inside plabel=(height=12pt)
          slice=inside value=none
          name='TagsChart';
    run;