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Visualize Live SuiteCRM Data in Tableau

Use the CData Tableau Connector for SuiteCRM and Tableau Desktop to visualize live SuiteCRM data.

Tableau is a visual analytics platform transforming the way businesses use data to solve problems. When paired with the CData Tableau Connector for SuiteCRM, you can easily get access to live SuiteCRM data within Tableau. This article shows how to connect to SuiteCRM in Tableau and build a simple chart.

The CData Tableau Connectors enable high-speed access to live SuiteCRM data in Tableau. Once you install the connector, you simply authenticate with SuiteCRM and you can immediately start building responsive, dynamic visualizations and dashboards. By surfacing SuiteCRM data using native Tableau data types and handling complex filters, aggregations, & other operations automatically, CData Tableau Connectors grant seamless access to SuiteCRM data.

NOTE: The CData Tableau Connectors require Tableau 2020.3 or higher. If you are using an older version of Tableau, you will need to use the CData JDBC Driver for SuiteCRM. If you wish to connect to SuiteCRM data in Tableau Online, you will need to use CData CloudHub.

Connect to SuiteCRM in Tableau

Open Tableau and click More under Connect -> To a Server. Select "SuiteCRM by CData," then configure the connection and click "Sign In."

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.

Discover Schemas and Query Data

  1. Select CData from the Database pull-down menu.
  2. Select SuiteCRM from the Schema pull-down menu.
  3. Drag the tables and views you wish to visualize onto the join area. You can include multiple tables.
  4. Select Update Now or Automatically Update. Update Now lets you preview the first 10,000 rows of the data source (or enter the number of rows you want to see in the Rows text box). Automatically Update automatically reflects the changes in the preview area.
  5. Click the tab for your worksheet. Columns are listed as Dimensions and Measures, depending on the data type. The CData Tableau Connector discovers data types automatically, allowing you to leverage the powerful data processing and visualization features of Tableau.
  6. Drag a field from the Dimensions or Measures area to Rows or Columns. Tableau creates column or row headers.
  7. Select one of the chart types from the Show Me tab. Tableau displays the chart type that you selected.

Using the CData Tableau Connector for SuiteCRM with Tableau, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on SuiteCRM data. Download a free, 30-day trial and get started today.