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Use CData Connect Server to create a virtual MySQL Database for SuiteCRM data and build visualizations and dashbaords from SuiteCRM data in Redash.

Redash lets you connect and query your data sources, build dashboards to visualize data and share them with your company. When paired with CData Connect Server, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to SuiteCRM data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for SuiteCRM and build visualizations from SuiteCRM data in Redash.

CData Connect Server provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for SuiteCRM, allowing you to easily build visualizations from SuiteCRM data in Redash. As you build visualizations, Redash generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Server pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to SuiteCRM, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return SuiteCRM data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for SuiteCRM Data

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

  1. Log into Connect Server and click Databases.
  2. Select "SuiteCRM" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to SuiteCRM.

    The User and Password properties must be set to valid SuiteCRM user credentials. Additionally, specify the URL to the SuiteCRM application, for example http://suite.crm.com.

    Note that retrieving SuiteCRM metadata can be expensive. It is advised that you store the metadata locally as described in the Caching Metadata section of the data provider help documentation.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to build visualizations in Tableau Online.

Visualize SuiteCRM Data in Tableau Online

The steps below outline creating a new data source in Redash based on the virtual SuiteCRM database in Connect Server and building a simple visualization from the data.

Create a New Data Source

  1. Log into Redash, click on your profile and click "Data Sources"
  2. Click the " New Data Source" button
  3. Select "MySQL (Amazon RDS)" as the Data Source Type (CData Connect uses SSL, which the standard MySQL connection in Redash does not support)
  4. On the configuration tab, set the following properties:
    • Name: Name the data source (e.g. SuiteCRM (CData Connect))
    • Host: The full URL to your CData Connect instance (e.g. https://myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Port: The port of the CData Connect MySQL endpoint (e.g. 3306)
    • User: A CData Connect user
    • Password: The password for the above user
    • Database name: The name of the virtual database for SuiteCRM (e.g. SuiteCRM1)
    • Click the checkbox to Use SSQL
  5. Click Create
  6. Click the "Test Connection" button to ensure you have configured the connection properly

With the new Data Source created, we are ready to visualize our SuiteCRM data.

Create a SuiteCRM Data Visualization

  1. Click Create -> New Query
  2. Select the newly created Data Source (you can explore the data structure in the New Query wizard)
  3. Write a SQL statement to retrieve the data, for example:
    SELECT Name, Industry FROM Accounts
  4. Click the "Execute" button to load SuiteCRM data into Redash via CData Connect
  5. Use the Visualization Editor to create and analyze graphs from SuiteCRM data
  6. You can schedule the query to refresh and update the visualization periodically

SQL Access to SuiteCRM Data from Cloud Applications

At this point, you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to SuiteCRM data from Redash. You can create new visualizations, build dashboards, and more. For more information on gaining SQL access to data from more than 100 SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources from cloud applications like Redash, refer to our Connect Server page.