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Use the CData ODBC Driver for WooCommerce in MicroStrategy Desktop

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

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

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

Connect to WooCommerce as an ODBC Data Source

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

WooCommerce supports the following authentication methods: one-legged OAuth1.0 Authentication and standard OAuth2.0 Authentication.

Connecting using one-legged OAuth 1.0 Authentication

Specify the following properties (NOTE: the below credentials are generated from WooCommerce settings page and should not be confused with the credentials generated by using WordPress OAuth2.0 plugin):

  • ConsumerKey
  • ConsumerSecret

Connecting using WordPress OAuth 2.0 Authentication

After having configured the plugin, you may connect to WooCommerce by providing the following connection properties:

  • OAuthClientId
  • OAuthClientSecret
  • CallbackURL
  • InitiateOAuth - Set this to either GETANDREFRESH or REFRESH

In either case, you will need to set the Url property to the URL of the WooCommerce instance.

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 WooCommerce 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 WooCommerce Sys] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for WooCommerce Description = My Description Url = https://example.com/ ConsumerKey = ck_ec52c76185c088ecaa3145287c8acba55a6f59ad ConsumerSecret = cs_9fde14bf57126156701a7563fc87575713c355e5

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

Connect to and Visualize WooCommerce Data using MicroStrategy Desktop

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