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Model Data Sources

The Data Model wizard provides users the ability to quickly and easily build quality data models using raw data from 25+ local and external sources.

Connectors

Explanations are provided below.

Source Configuration Model Packages Custom Scripting
Excel local file upload or pointer to a shared file on a network drive    
Access local file upload or pointer to a shared file on a network drive    
PowerPivot (Excel) local file upload only    
Text local file upload or pointer to a shared file on a network drive    
MS SQL Server configured. needs administrator setup  
IBM DB2 configured. needs administrator setup  
Oracle configured. needs administrator setup  
Greenplum configured. needs administrator setup  
Hadoop Hive configured. needs administrator setup  
MySQL configured. needs administrator setup  
Netezza configured. needs administrator setup  
PostgreSQL configured. needs administrator setup  
Teradata configured. needs administrator setup  
MongoDb configured. needs administrator setup  
BI Office (internal queries) User driven, based on content access  
Google Analytics configured. needs administrator setup  
MS Azure SQL configured. needs administrator setup  
SalesForce configured. needs administrator setup  
SAP configured. needs administrator setup    
SharePoint Lists configured. needs administrator setup    
Twitter configured. needs administrator setup  
Zendesk configured. needs administrator setup  
Amazon Redshift configured. needs administrator setup  
MS Azure Hive configured. needs administrator setup  
ODBC configured. needs administrator setup  
OLEDB configured. needs administrator setup  
OData configured. needs administrator setup    

Connector Options

File Data Sources

Local file connectors (like Excel) require the user to upload the file to the server for processing. In some cases, the user can provide a "URI" link to the file sitting on a SHARED network drive. This will allow the server to access the file without uploading it. This mechanism also provides a convenient methodology for automatic refresh of the model's data - where the server will automatically upload a new copy of the data source from the shared directory during its scheduled refresh.

Click here for more on local file-based connectors.

Configured Data Sources: Administrator Setup

Where indicated, these data sources need to be setup and configured by administrators in the admin console first before they can be accessed and used in BI Office. You admin can also download relevant drivers for each connector from the Pyramid Analytics Customer Portal site.

Click here for more on configured connectors.

BI Office Content for Modeling

BI Office content can be used as a data source. In this scenario the results of the selected item's query is used to populate the target tables in the new data model. Users should note that the underlying queries are morphed into a structure appropriate for modeling. In general, the is no change to the result set produced. However, if the source query has filters applied they may be removed. To keep the filters, users should build their queries with ONLY measures on the columns and ALL other dimensional selections on the rows.

Click here for more on BI Office content as a data source.

Model Packages

The packaging option, allows users to download and use publicly available model templates for the given data source. The template includes the instructions on how to use the data sources' tables, columns, measures and relationships to build a useful analytic data model. The package will also usually contain matching reports that work with the given model template.

Importantly, users can download the package and then customize it through the Data Model wizard as well as add other data sources from other connectors to it.

Click here for more on packaged sources.

Custom Scripting

This indicates which data sources can accept custom query scripts for generating data sets or tables as inputs into the data modeler. Click here fore more on custom scripting.

 

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