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Use the CData ODBC Driver for Stripe in MicroStrategy Desktop

Connect to Stripe data in MicroStrategy Desktop using the CData ODBC Driver for Stripe.

MicroStrategy is an analytics and mobility platform that enables data-driven innovation. When paired with the CData ODBC Driver for Stripe, you gain database-like access to live Stripe data from MicroStrategy, expanding your reporting and analytics capabilities. In this article, we walk through adding Stripe as a data source in MicroStrategy Desktop and creating a simple visualization of Stripe data.

The CData ODBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Stripe data in MicroStrategy due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from MicroStrategy to Stripe, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Stripe 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 visualize and analyze Stripe data using native MicroStrategy data types.

Connect to Stripe as an ODBC Data Source

Information for connecting to Stripe follows, along with different instructions for configuring a DSN in Windows and Linux environments.

Use the OAuth authentication standard to connect to Stripe. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to register an app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

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 Stripe 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 Stripe Sys] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for Stripe Description = My Description OAuthClientId = MyOAuthClientId OAuthClientSecret = MyOAuthClientSecret CallbackURL = http://localhost:33333

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

Connect to and Visualize Stripe Data using MicroStrategy Desktop

In addition to connecting Stripe in MicroStrategy enterprise products, you can connect to Stripe in MicroStrategy Desktop. Follow the steps below to add Stripe data as a dataset and create visualizations and reports of Stripe data.

  1. Open MicroStrategy Desktop and create a new dossier.
  2. In the datasets panel, click New Data, select Databases, and select Type a Query as the Import Option.
  3. Add a new data source and choose DSN data sources.
  4. Choose the DSN you previously configured (likely CData Stripe Sys) and select Generic DBMS in the Version menu.
  5. Set the User and Password properties for the DSN (or use placeholder values) and name the data source.
  6. Select the new database instance to view the tables. You may need to manually click the search icon in the Available Tables section to see the tables.
  7. Create a SQL query for the Stripe data (see below) and click Execute SQL to test the query. SELECT * FROM Customers NOTE: Since we create a live connection, we can execute a SELECT * query and utilize the filtering and aggregation features native to the MicroStrategy products.
  8. Click Finish and choose to connect live.
  9. Choose a visualization, choose fields to display (data types are discovered automatically through dynamic metadata discovery) and apply any filters to create a new visualization of Stripe data. Where possible, the complex queries generated by the filters and aggregations will be pushed down to Stripe, while any unsupported operations (which can include SQL functions and JOIN operations) will be managed client-side by the CData SQL Engine embedded in the driver.
  10. Once you are finished configuring the dossier, click File -> Save.

Using the CData ODBC Driver for Stripe in MicroStrategy Desktop, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on Stripe data. Read our other articles on connecting to Stripe in MicroStrategy and connecting to Stripe in MicroStrategy Web for more examples.