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Use the CData ODBC Driver for Trello in MicroStrategy Desktop

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

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

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

Connect to Trello as an ODBC Data Source

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

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.

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 Trello 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 Trello Sys] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for Trello Description = My Description APIKey = myApiKey Token = myGeneratedToken

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

Connect to and Visualize Trello Data using MicroStrategy Desktop

In addition to connecting Trello in MicroStrategy enterprise products, you can connect to Trello in MicroStrategy Desktop. Follow the steps below to add Trello data as a dataset and create visualizations and reports of Trello 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 Trello 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 Trello data (see below) and click Execute SQL to test the query. SELECT * FROM Boards 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 Trello data. Where possible, the complex queries generated by the filters and aggregations will be pushed down to Trello, 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 Trello in MicroStrategy Desktop, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on Trello data. Read our other articles on connecting to Trello in MicroStrategy and connecting to Trello in MicroStrategy Web for more examples.