· Feb 3, 2022 2m read

How to connect Adaptive Analytics to Tableau Dashboard

Maybe someday you will need to use Adaptive Analytics but there is little information about this, so I decided to write an article on how to start developing a dashboard on Tableau using the Atscale cube.

PC preparation

You need a driver to connect. I use Cloudera Hive. You can download the driver from the official site:
Registration is required, and you can do it right there for free. You also need to know your OS and bit depth in order to choose the right version for download.
Installation is simple, no explanation required.

Preparing AtScale

Project Publication

To connect a cube, you need to publish a project with the necessary cubes.

To publish, select PROJECTS > "Project name" > DRAFT "Project name" > PUBLISH

In the window that appears, you can select another datasource or leave the current one by clicking Next.
In this way, I once republished the project to different data sources when it was necessary to generate reports for 5 regions with an identical data structure, until the cubes and reports were cloned for each region.

Downloading the tds file

After that, we will have a published project. We need a Tableau connection file. In the Published Project, select the Cube. In our case, this is Members. Then go to the CONNECT tab. On it, select Connect a BI Tool > TABLEAU

In the window that appears, select DOWNLOAD TDS.

Connecting source to Tableau

New file

When starting Tableau, from the menu on the left, select Connect > To a File > More… from the list and open your .tds file that you downloaded earlier.


To an existing report

If you want to add a data source to an existing report, you need to select the Data Source tab on the tab bar below and click on the Tableau icon in the top left, then follow the steps described above.

Authorization at the data source

Tableau will ask you to enter your username and password from Atscale.

After successful authorization, your cube will appear in the data sources and you can start working.

Basically, the TDS file is an XML file, so it won't be too hard to fix this XML without downloading, if you republish the project under a different name, or make changes to the hostname of the Atscale server.

I found out about it by accident, just out of curiosity, I opened the TDS in the text editor.

I  work a lot on Dashboards on Tableau and PowerBI in conjunction with Adaptive Analytics (based on AtScale). So you can write me questions and themes for future articles.

Hope you found the article useful, looking for your feedback!

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