Build Interactive Dashboards from X-Cart Data in Amazon QuickSight

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Create a virtual MySQL database for X-Cart data in CData Connect Cloud and import X-Cart data into Amazon QuickSight SPICE to build interactive dashboards.

Amazon QuickSight allows users to build interactive dashboards in the cloud. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get cloud-to-cloud access to X-Cart data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for X-Cart in Connect Cloud and build dashboards in Amazon QuickSight with access to X-Cart data.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for X-Cart, allowing you to easily build visualizations from X-Cart data in Amazon QuickSight. By importing your X-Cart data into the Amazon QuickSight "Super-fast, Parallel, In-memory Calculation Engine" (SPICE), you can leverage the powerful data processing features of the Amazon ecosystem to build responsive dashboards. And with the ability to schedule refreshes of the data stored in SPICE, you control how up-to-date your dashboards are.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for X-Cart Data

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

  1. Login to Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "X-Cart" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to X-Cart.

    An API Key must be created for your XCart Installation. In order to obtain the API Key, you need to install and configure the REST API Module for your X-Cart installation.

    • Login to your X-Cart Installation. Click on My addons on the bottom of the left side-bar navigation panel.
    • Search for REST API Module. Install the Module.
    • After the module has been installed, you need to set it up.
      • Go to the Settings section for the REST API Module.
      • On the settings page specify the API Key (only read)
    • Set the ApiKey and Url to the connection property to connect to data.
  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 build visualizations in Amazon QuickSight.

Import X-Cart Data into SPICE and Create Interactive Dashboards

The steps below outline creating a new data set based on the virtual X-Cart database in Connect Cloud, importing the dataset into SPICE, and building a simple visualization from the data.

  1. Log into Amazon QuickSight and click "Manage data."
  2. Click "New data set," select MySQL as the data source, configure the connection to your Connect Cloud instance, and click "Create data source."
  3. Select a table to visualize (or submit a custom SQL query for your data).
  4. Click "Edit/Preview data" to customize the data set.
  5. Select "Import to SPICE for quicker analytics" and click "Visualize."
  6. Select fields to visualize and a visual type.

Schedule Refreshes for SPICE Data Sets

QuickSight users can schedule refreshes for data sets that are imported into SPICE, ensuring that data being analyzed is only as old as the most recent refresh.

  1. Navigate to the QuickSight home page.
  2. Click "Manage data."
  3. Select the data set you wish to refresh.
  4. Click "Schedule refresh."
  5. Click Create, configure the refresh settings (time zone, repeat frequency, and starting datetime), and click Create.

SQL Access to X-Cart Data from Cloud Applications

At this point, you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to X-Cart data from your Amazon QuickSight dashboard. You can create new visualizations, build interactive dashboards, and more. For more information on gaining SQL access to data from more than 100 SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources from cloud applications like Amazon QuickSight, refer to our Connect Cloud page.