Create Apps from Trello Data in Qlik Sense Cloud

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Use the CData Connect Cloud to create an OData API for Trello data and build apps from live Trello 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 Trello and can be used to generate an OData API (natively consumable in Qlik Sense Cloud) for Trello. 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 Trello data.

In this article, we walk through two connections:

  1. Connecting to Trello 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 Trello

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

Add a Connect Cloud User

Create a Cloud Hub User to connect to Trello 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 Trello 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 "Trello" from Available Data Sources
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Trello.

    Trello uses token-based authentication to grant third-party applications access to their API. When a user has granted an application access to their data, the application is given a token that can be used to make requests to Trello's API.

    Trello's API can be accessed in 2 different ways. The first is using Trello's own Authorization Route, and the second is using OAuth1.0.

    • Authorization Route: At the moment of registration, Trello assigns an API key and Token to the account. See the Help documentation for information on how to connect via the Authorization route.
    • OAuth Route: Similar to using Authorization, OAuth creates an Application Id and Secret when you create your account. See the Help documentation for information on how to to connect.

  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 Trello OData Endpoints in Connect Cloud

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

  1. Click OData -> Tables -> Add Tables
  2. Select the Trello 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 Trello Data

With the connection to Trello and OData endpoints created, we are ready to add Trello 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 Trello table, using the @CSV URL parameter to ensure a CSV response (i.e. https://www.cdatacloud.net/api.rsc/MYINSTANCE/Trello_Boards?@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 Trello 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 Trello data.

More Information & Free Trial

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