Create Interactive Metabase Dashboards that Work with UPS Data

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Use CData Connect to create a virtual MySQL database for UPS data and create an interactive dashboard in Metabase from UPS data.

Metabase is an open source data visualization tool that allows users to create interactive dashboards. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, users can easily create visualizations and dashboards linked to live UPS data. This article describes how to create a virtual database for UPS and build a simple visualization using UPS data.

CData Connect provides a pure SQL interface for UPS, allowing you to easily integrate with live UPS data in Metabase — without replicating the data. Connect looks exactly like a MySQL database to Metabase and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to UPS, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return UPS data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for UPS Data

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.

Connect to CData Connect from Metabase

After creating the virtual database, navigate to your Metabase instance. Use the MySQL interface to connect to CData Connect.

  1. Navigate to the administration screen (Settings -> Admin) and click "Add Database" from the "Databases" tab
  2. Configure the connection to CData Connect and click "Save"
    • Database type: Select "MySQL"
    • Name: Name the connection (e.g. "UPS (CData Connect)")
    • Host: The URL of your Connect instance (e.g. https://myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Port: The port of the MySQL endpoint for your Connect instance (e.g. 3306)
    • Database name: The name of the virtual database you just created (e.g. UPS1)
    • Username: A CData Connect username
    • Password: The password for the above CData Connect user
    • Click to Use a secure connection (SSL)

Query UPS Data with Metabase

Once you configure the connection to CData Connect, you can query UPS and build visualizations.

  1. Use the "Write SQL" tool to retrieve the UPS data
  2. Write a SQL query based on the virtual database, e.g.

    SELECT FirstName, Phone FROM Senders WHERE SenderID = '25'
  3. Navigate to the "Visualization" screen, choose a visualization, and configure the visualization

More Information & Free Trial

At this point, you have built a simple visualization from UPS data in Metabase. You can continue to work with live UPS data in Metabase just like you would any MySQL database. For more information on creating a virtual MySQL database for UPS (and more than 200 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live UPS data in Metabase today.