Visualize Wave Financial Data in Tableau

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Wave Financial ODBC Driver

The Wave Financial ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from Wave Financial, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Wave Financial data like you would a database - read, write, and update Wave Financial Accounts, Customers, Products, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



The CData ODBC driver for Wave Financial enables you integrate Wave Financial data into Tableau dashboards.

The CData ODBC Driver for Wave Financial enables you to access live Wave Financial data in business intelligence tools like Tableau. In this article, you will integrate Wave Financial data into a dashboard that reflects changes to Wave Financial data in real time.

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

Connect to Wave Financial as an ODBC Data Source

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.

Connect using the API Token

You can connect to Wave Financial by specifying the APIToken You can obtain an API Token using the following steps:

  1. Log in to your Wave account and navigate to "Manage Applications" in the left pane.
  2. Select the application that you would like to create a token for. You may need to create an application first.
  3. Click the "Create token" button to generate an APIToken.

Connect using OAuth

If you wish, you can connect using the embedded OAuth credentials. See the Help documentation for more information.

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.

Add Wave Financial Data to a Dashboard

  1. Click Connect to Data -> More Servers -> Other Databases (ODBC).
    Select the CData Data Source Name (for example: CData WaveFinancial Source).
  2. In the Database menu, select CData.
  3. In the Table box, enter a table name or click New Custom SQL to enter an SQL query. This article retrieves the Invoices table.
  4. Drag the table onto the join area. At this point, you can include multiple tables, leveraging the built-in SQL engine to process complex data requests.
  5. In the Connection menu, select the Live option, so that you skip loading a copy of the data into Tableau and instead work on real-time data. The optimized data processing native to CData ODBC drivers enables unmatched performance in live connectivity.
  6. Click the tab for your worksheet. Columns are listed as Dimensions and Measures, depending on the data type. The CData driver discovers data types automatically, allowing you to leverage the powerful data processing and visualization features of Tableau.
  7. Drop the Id column in the Dimensions pane onto the dashboard. When you select dimensions, Tableau builds a query to the driver. The results are grouped based on that dimension. In Tableau, the raw query is automatically modified as you select dimensions and measures.
  8. Drag the DueDate column in the Measures field onto the Detail and Color buttons. Tableau executes the following query:

    SELECT Id, SUM(DueDate) FROM Invoices GROUP BY Id

    When you select a measure, Tableau executes a command to the driver to calculate a summary function, such as SUM, AVG, etc., on the grouped values. The SQL engine (embedded within the driver) is leveraged to process the aggregation of the data, where needed, providing a seamless experience in Tableau, regardless of the data source.

    To change the summary function, open the DueDate menu and select the summary you want in the Measure command.

  9. You can create other charts using dimensions and measures to build SQL queries visually:

With the CData ODBC Driver for Wave Financial, you get live connectivity to your Wave Financial data, allowing you to build real-time charts, graphs, and more.