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Publish Real-Time WooCommerce Data to PowerBI.com

Connect to the CData Power BI Connectors from PowerBI.com to provide real-time datasets across the organization.

The CData Power BI Connector for WooCommerce seamlessly integrates with the tools and wizards in Power BI, including the real-time data workflows on PowerBI.com. Follow the steps below to publish reports to PowerBI.com and use the Power BI Gateway to configure automatic refresh.

Create a DSN

Installing the Power BI Connector creates a DSN (data source name) called CData Power BI WooCommerce. This the name of the DSN that Power BI uses to request a connection to the data source. Configure the DSN by filling in the required connection properties.

You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create a new DSN or configure (and rename) an existing DSN: From the Start menu, enter "ODBC Data Sources." Ensure that you run the version of the ODBC Administrator that corresponds to the bitness of your Power BI Desktop installation (32-bit or 64-bit).

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 &service; 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.

Get WooCommerce Data

With the data source configured, follow the steps below to load data from WooCommerce tables into a dataset.

Select Tables and Views to Load

  1. Open Power BI Desktop and click Get Data -> CData WooCommerce.
  2. Select CData Power BI WooCommerce in the Data Source Name menu and select the Import data connectivity mode.
  3. Expand the CData Power BI WooCommerce folder, expand an associated schema folder, and select tables.

Shaping Data

Use the Query Editor if you need more control over the query and query results before you load the data. Power BI detects the column behavior from the WooCommerce metadata retrieved by the CData connector. In the Query Editor, you can perform actions like filtering, summarizing, and sorting on columns.

To open the Query Editor, click Edit in the Navigator window. Right-click a row to filter the rows. Right-click a column header to perform actions like the following:

  • Change column data types
  • Remove a column
  • Group by columns

Power BI records your query modifications in the Applied Steps section, adjusting the underlying data retrieval query that is executed to the remote WooCommerce data.

Load Data

When you click Load, the connector executes the underlying query to WooCommerce.

Create Data Visualizations

After loading WooCommerce data into Power BI, you can create data visualizations in the Report view by dragging fields from the Fields pane onto the canvas. Follow the steps below to create a pie chart:

  1. Select the pie chart icon in the Visualizations pane.
  2. Select a dimension in the Fields pane: for example, ParentId.
  3. Select a measure in the Fields pane: for example, Total.

You can change sort options by clicking the ellipsis (...) button for the chart. Options to select the sort column and change the sort order are displayed.

You can use both highlighting and filtering to focus on data. Filtering removes unfocused data from visualizations; highlighting dims unfocused data. You can highlight fields by clicking them:

You can apply filters at the page level, at the report level, or to a single visualization by dragging fields onto the Filters pane. To filter on the field value, select one of the values that are displayed in the Filters pane.

Click Refresh to synchronize your report with any changes to the data.

Configure Data Refresh on PowerBI.com

Follow the steps below to configure automatic data refresh through the Power BI Gateway. The gateway enables the Power BI cloud service to connect to the DSN on your machine.

Selecting a Gateway Mode

You need to select a gateway mode when you install the gateway:

  • Gateway (personal mode): Use the gateway in personal mode if you only need to publish to PowerBI.com and refresh reports. The gateway runs under your Windows user account.
  • Gateway (formerly Enterprise): Use the default gateway if you are using other Azure services that require a gateway. You also need the default gateway if multiple users need to access the gateway.
    You need a system DSN to connect through the default gateway. (System DSNs can be accessed system-wide, while user DSNs can only be used by a specific user account.) You can use the CData Power BI WooCommerce system DSN configured as the last step of the connector installation.

Configuring the Gateway (Personal Mode)

Publishing through the gateway in personal mode simply requires an installed gateway with access to custom connectors.

  1. Run the CData Power BI Connector installer. If you have not already done so, download the Power BI Gateway.
  2. Select the on-premises data gateway (personal mode) option.
  3. Sign into the gateway.
  4. Name the gateway and specify a recovery key.
  5. In the Connectors section of the gateway settings, enable the custom data connectors option. You can also specify an alternate path to the custom data connector .mez files here.
    Note: The CData Power BI Connectors install the .mez files to the default folder, Your User Home\Documents\Power BI Desktop\Custom Connectors.

Configuring the Gateway

Publishing through the gateway requires an installed gateway with access to customer connectors and a configured connection to the DSN for WooCommerce from PowerBI.com

1. Set Up the Gateway

Follow the steps below to configure the gateway on your machine:

  1. Run the CData Power BI Connector installer. If you have not already done so, download the Power BI Gateway.
  2. Select the on-premises data gateway (recommended) option.
  3. Sign into the gateway.
  4. Name the gateway and specify a recovery key.
  5. In the Connectors step, choose a folder where the gateway will look for the CData Power BI Connector. This article uses C:\Users\PBIEgwService\Documents\Power BI Desktop\Custom Connectors\. Copy the .mez files for the CData Connector (found in C:\Users\USERNAME\Documents\Power BI Desktop\Custom Connectors\) to the folder you configured.

    NOTE: The account configured for the service (NT SERVICE\PBIEgwService) needs to be able to access the folder chosen for the gateway. If needed, you can change the service account in the Service Settings section of the gateway installer.

  6. Confirm that the entry CData.PowerBI.WooCommerce is displayed in the list in the Connectors section.

2. Connect to WooCommerce Data from PowerBI.com

  1. Add a data source to the gateway: Log into PowerBI.com and from the Settings menu, select Manage Gateways and select your gateway.
  2. Select the option to "Allow user's custom data connectors to refresh through this gateway cluster."
  3. Click Apply to save your changes.
  4. Click the option to add a data source to the gateway.
  5. In the Data Source Settings section, enter a name for the data source and in the Data Source Type menu select CData Power BI Connector for WooCommerce.
  6. In the Data Source Name box that is displayed, enter the system DSN: CData Power BI WooCommerce.

Publish to PowerBI.com

You can now publish refreshable reports and their underlying datasets. Follow the steps below to publish and complete the data refresh configuration for a dataset.

  1. In Power BI Desktop, click Publish on the Home ribbon to publish the report.
  2. On PowerBI.com, select the workspace where you uploaded the report.
  3. In the Datasets section, click the options menu for the WooCommerce dataset you created, then click Settings.
  4. In the Gateway Connection section, enable the option to use a gateway and select your gateway.
  5. If you are using the gateway in personal mode, expand the Data Source Credentials node and click Edit Credentials -> Sign In. (This step is not necessary if you are using the default gateway.)

Refresh a Dataset

Refresh the dataset to provide the current data to your reports.

  • To refresh manually, open the dataset options menu from your workspace -> Datasets and click Refresh Now.
  • To schedule refreshes, open the dataset options menu from your workspace -> Datasets and click Schedule Refresh. Enable the option to keep your data up to date. Specify the refresh frequency in the menus.
  • In Report view, click Refresh to sync the report with the dataset as you work.