Create Reports from UPS Data in Google Data Studio

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Use CData Connect Cloud to create a virtual MySQL Database for UPS data and create custom reports in Google Data Studio.

Google Data Studio allows you to create branded reports with data visualizations to share with your clients. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to UPS data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for UPS and build reports from UPS data in Google Data Studio.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure cloud-to-cloud interface for UPS, allowing you to easily build reports from live UPS data in Google Data Studio — without replicating the data. As you build visualizations, Google Data Studio generates queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported query operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to UPS, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return UPS data.

This article requires a CData Connect Cloud instance and the CData Connect Cloud Connector for Google Data Studio. Get more information on the CData Connect Cloud and sign up for a free trial at https://www.cdata.com/connect.


Connect to UPS from Connect Cloud

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

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

    The driver uses five pieces of information in order to authenticate its actions with the UPS service.

    • Server: This controls the URL where the requests should be sent. Common testing options for this are: https://wwwcie.ups.com/ups.app/xml and https://wwwcie.ups.com/webservices
    • AccessKey: This is an identifier that is required to connect to a UPS Server. This value will be provided to you by UPS after registration.
    • UserId: This value is used for logging into UPS. This value is the one you chose to login with when registering for service with UPS.
    • Password: This value is used for logging into UPS. This value is the one you chose to login with when registering for service with UPS.
    • AccountNumber: This is a valid 6-digit or 10-digit UPS account number.
    • PrintLabelLocation: This property is required if one intends to use the GenerateLabels or GenerateReturnLabels stored procedures. This should be set to the folder location where generated labels should be stored.
  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 connect to UPS data from Google Data Studio.

Visualize Live UPS Data in Google Data Studio

The steps below outline connecting to CData Connect Cloud from Google Data Studio to create a new UPS data source and build a simple visualization from the data.

  1. Log into Google Data Studio, click data sources, create a new data source, and choose CData Connect Cloud Connector.
  2. Authorize the Connector to connect to an external service (your Connect Cloud instance).
  3. Use your instance name (myinstance in myinstance.cdatacloud.net), username, and password to connect to your Connect Cloud instance.
    • Username: myinstance/username
    • Password: your Connect Cloud password
  4. Select a Database (e.g. UPS1) and click Next.
  5. Select a Table (e.g. Senders) and click Next.
  6. Click Connect.
  7. If needed, modify columns, click Create Report, and add the data source to the report.
  8. Select a visualization style and add it to the report.
  9. Select Dimensions and Measures to customize your visualization.

Optional: Connect with the MySQL Connector

If you need to work with data from a custom SQL query, you can use the MySQL Connector. Connect using the server information for your Connect Cloud instance (server address, port, username, and password).

SQL Access to UPS Data from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live UPS data from your Google Data Studio workbook. You can create more data sources and new visualizations, build reports, and more — all without replicating UPS data.

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