Tag Archives: SQL Data Analysis

Connecting to SQL Server via ODBC using SQL authentication

We recently had a user who had his SQL Server hosted in a data center, and needed to extract files from his database.  He could connect to the instance remotely, but it took too long to extract the files this way.  He tried connecting to the database via another computer in the data center, but received the ‘TCP Provider: An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host.‘ error.

This suggests a network configuration setting issue.  Instead of getting the data center to change the server settings, we instead set up an ODBC connection and used that connection in SQL Blob Export.

Using Windows authentication to connect to the instance via ODBC was easy enough.  However, if using SQL Server authentication, the password is not stored in the ODBC settings, and the connection would still fail.

In order to connect to the SQL Server instance via ODBC using SQL Server authentication, choose the Connection string option instead.

Click on the Browse button

and select the ODBC connection to your SQL Server database.

The SQL Server ODBC connection manager will then prompt you to enter the password.

Enter the password in the provided area and click OK.  The ODBC connection string is then filled out, together with your password.

Click on the Connect button.  SQL Blob Export should now successfully connect to your SQL Server database using SQL Server authentication.

The same steps apply to our other database products that support SQL Server and ODBC connections.

If you require further assistance, you can post your questions in our support forum.

Working with copies of the same data sets in Easy Excel Analysis and SQL Data Analysis

In Easy Excel Analysis and SQL Data Analysis, you can create multiple analysis tables and/or pivot tables by clicking on the Add analysis table and Add pivot table buttons on the toolbar.

You do not need to re-import the Excel/CSV file (in Easy Excel Analysis) or re-run the query (in SQL Data Analysis).  Each analysis table and pivot table is independent, and you can customize the layout of each analysis and pivot tables to your needs.

Because each analysis/pivot table consumes memory resources, the number of tables you can create from each data set is determined by your settings.  In Easy Excel Analysis, this limit is set in the Data loading settings in the Import file wizard.

In SQL Data Analysis, the limit is set in the Data options settings.

You can increase this limit if you need to be able to create more analysis/pivot tables per data set, and your machine has the available memory capacity.

SQL Data Analysis guide

The SQL Data Analysis Getting Started Guide

getting started
Explains how to connect to a database, run a query, and use the data set in an analysis table.

connecting to database servers
Explains how to connect to your database server in greater detail.

using data files
Explains data files, and how they can be used to share data with other users without having to grant them access to your databases.

running internal queries
Explains how SQL Data Analysis allows you to run SQL queries on data sets retrieved from different database servers.

using analysis tables
Explains how to create groups, summaries, and use charts with your data sets.

working with copies of the same data sets
Explains how you can create multiple analysis and pivot tables from the same data set without having to repeatedly run the same query.

working with analysis table columns
Explains how to hide and freeze columns, and create multi-row headers in your analysis tables.

working with charts
Explains how charts can be used to get a big picture analysis of your data set, and used as a navigation tool to support the analysis table.


Using data files in Easy Excel Analysis and SQL Data Analysis

In Easy Excel Analysis and SQL Data Analysis, you can save data sets to an external file, which you can then use later without having to import the Excel/CSV file again (for Easy Excel Analysis) or connect to your database and running the SQL query again (for SQL Data Analysis).

Another use for data files is to be able to share data with your users, who can use Easy Excel Analysis or SQL Data Analysis to open the file.  In the case of SQL Data Analysis, you can provide them the required data to analyse without having to grant them access to the underlying database.

To save a data set to a data file, you must already be using the data set, either in an analysis table or pivot table.

Click on the Save analysis data button, and enter a file name to save the data in.

Opening a data file

To open a data file, click on the Open data file button,

or click on the Open data file item on the main page.


Getting started with SQL Data Analysis

To create an analysis table from a data set using SQL Data Analysis, here are the basic steps to follow:

Connect to your database

Click on the Run SQL query item from the SQL Data Analysis main screen.

Click on the Connect to a database item in the Database Connections panel.

Enter the connection details in the Connect to Database window and click Connect.

Run your SQL query

Enter the query you want to run in the SQL editor window for your connection.

Click on the Execute query button to run your query.

Once the data set has been retrieved, click on the Add data sets button to create an analysis table using that data set.

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Connecting to your database in SQL Data Analysis

SQL Data Analysis supports the following databases:

  • PostgreSQL 8.0 onwards
  • MySQL and MariaDB 4.0 onwards
  • Oracle 8.0 onwards
  • SQL Server 7 onwards
  • SQL Server Compact 3.1 onwards
  • SQL Azure
  • SQLite 3.0 onwards
  • Microsoft Access 2000 onwards
  • Firebird 1.x onwards
  • ODBC supported databases

To connect to a database, click on the Run SQL query item:

Details of previous connections are also listed, and you can double-click on the connection item to re-open that connection.

In the Run SQL Query window, a list of existing connections will be displayed on the left.

To establish a new connection, click on the Connect to a database item.  Enter the connection details, and click Connect.

On a successful connection, a new query window will be created.  The active connection will be highlighted in the Database Connections panel.

Enter your SQL queries in the editor window, and click on the Execute query button (or press F5) to run your query.

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Querying the used data sets in SQL Data Analysis

In SQL Data Analysis, you can run queries on the data sets that you are using.  For example, you may have retrieved a data set from a SQL Server database, and another data set from a PostgreSQL database.  You can run a query to retrieve data from these 2 data sets as if they were tables in a database.

To run an internal query, first click on the Run SQL query item in the main window.  In our example, we have already ran and use data sets from SQL Server and PostgreSQL databases.

Select the Query data sets item on the Database Connections panel on the left.  There are 3 ‘tables’ we can query from – ds1, ds2, and ds3.  You can write a query to retrieve rows across these 3 tables e.g.

The new data set can then be used in your analysis tables and pivot tables.

The SQLite SQL syntax is used for the internal query.  Thus, you have access to almost all the standard SQL92 syntax, except for RIGHT OUTER JOIN and FULL OUTER JOIN.


Working with analysis table columns

Once you have imported a data set into Easy Excel Analysis or SQL Data Analysis, an analysis table is created.  Here, we will described how to work with the analysis table columns.  We will be using the global superstore 2016.xlsx file for reference.

Creating summaries

To create summaries, please refer to this post on how to create group and footer summaries.

Hiding columns

To hide or display columns, open the Columns tab of the Customize panel.  Select a column to make it visible, or deselect it to hide the column.

Freezing columns

In Easy Excel Analysis or SQL Data Analysis, you can freeze columns on the left and right of the analysis table e.g. in the table below, the Order Date column is frozen on the left, and the Country column is frozen on the right.

When you scroll the table horizontally, these 2 columns will remain fixed in their position.

To freeze columns, first ensure that the LEFT BAND and/or RIGHT BAND items are selected in the Customize panel.

Then drag and drop columns onto either of those 2 items to freeze the columns in those bands.

Stacking columns

You can stack columns by dragging them to a new column row, to create layouts like this:

Notice that the Category, Sub-Category, Segment, Product ID, and Product Name columns are displayed on the second row.

To stack columns, click on a column header and drag it to below the row where you want to create a new row.  You will create a new row if you see the green horizontal indicator arrows.  In the example below, we are dragging the Category column to create a new row.



Using analysis tables

Once you have imported a data set into Easy Excel Analysis or SQL Data Analysis, an analysis table is created.

In this example, we’ve imported the global superstore 2016.xlsx file.  What you can do now is to group the rows by one or more columns.  To add a column to the group, click on the column header and drag it to the column headers area.

Here, we have grouped our rows by Market, Category, and Sub-Category.

At this point, you can easily analyze the sales data for each level of the grouped columns.  You can add as many columns to the groups as you require, and you can also change the order of the grouped columns by arranging it in the appropriate order.

We will now create summary values for each grouping level.  To create a summary, right click on a column header in the table, and select the required summary.  In our example, we will create a group summary based on the sum of the Sales column.

Once created, the summary value is displayed on all of the grouping levels.

You can add multiple group summaries by repeating the process above.  Here, we have added another summary to display the total sales orders.

To sort the groups by the summary values, you will need to select the summary item to sort by from the Customize menu.  Here, we have chosen to sort by the Sales (sum) summary.

All grouping levels will then be sorted by that summary value in ascending order.

You can now quickly see which groups have the highest sales.  You can sort the summary values in descending order by clicking on the grouped column.  This symbol (highlighted in red below) indicates that the summary values are sorted in ascending order:

and this symbol indicates the summary values are sorted in descending order.

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