Connecting to SharePoint Excel Services

The SisenseSharePoint Excel Services connector is a certified connector that allows you to import data from the Excel Services API into Sisense via the Sisense generic JDBC connector. The Excel Services connector offers the most natural way to integrate with live Excel Spreadsheet content hosted on the SharePoint server, and provides additional powerful features.

The support for the connector is provided by Sisense and will be assisted by the certification partner's support, if needed. For any support issues or additional functionality requests, please contact your Sisense representative or open a request through the Sisense Help Center. For advanced inquiries specific to driver functionality, you can also contact the certification partner’s support directly via [email protected].

After you have downloaded the driver, you can connect through a connection string in Sisense. The connection string is used to authenticate users who want to connect to Excel Services. Once you have connected to Excel Services, you can import a variety of tables from the Excel Services API.

This page describes how to download the Excel Services driver and deploy it, how to connect to Excel Services with a connection string, provides information about the Excel Services data model, and more.

Downloading the Excel Services JDBC Driver

You can download the Excel Services JDBC driver here.

For a short video of downloading the driver, see below (the video uses the Box driver as an example).

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Deploying the Excel Services JDBC Driver

Prerequisite: The install file (setup.jar) is a Java Application that requires Java 6 (J2SE) or above to run.

To install the driver, double-click the setup.jar file and proceed with the instructions in the installation wizard.

Depending on the machine on which you are accessing the Sisense application, install the driver in one of the following locations:

Note: The default location of the JAR file: C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for <Driver Name> 2019\lib

For a short video of the process, see below (the video uses the Box driver as an example).

JAVA Troubleshooting

If you do not have Java 6 installed, you may download it from here.

If your system is not set up to run Java applications, execute the following command: java -jar setup.jar.

Connecting to Excel Services

After you have installed the Excel Services connector, you can import your data from Excel Services by connecting with a connection string. The connection string contains your Excel Services users credentials. Excel Services uses the connection string to authenticate your account and allow you to extract the relevant data for your account.

To create the connection string:

  1. Open the lib directory for the connector. This is the default path: C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for <Driver Name> 2019\lib.
  2. Double-click the jar file in the lib directory.

    Alternatively, to open the jar file from the command line, enter the following command in the command prompt (change the driver name to your driver): cd C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for <Driver Name> 2019\lib. Press Enter and then enter the following command (change the driver name to your driver): “C:\Program Files\Sisense\infra\jre\bin\java.exe" -jar cdata.jdbc.<Driver Name>.jar. Press Enter again.
    For example:

    The Connection String Builder opens.
  3. Enter the values for the following connection properties (click in the Value column to enter a value or to modify an existing value):
    • URL: The base URL for a site or site collection.
    • User: The username of the SharePoint Online account used to authenticate to the server.
    • Password: The password of the SharePoint Online account used to authenticate to the SharePoint Online server.
    • File: The name of Excel workbook to which to connect (including the extension). The file must exist. This path is relative to the following properties:
      • Library: The Shared Documents library is used by default. You can use this property to specify another document library in your organization; for example, if you want to connect to OneDrive for Business, set this property to "Documents".
      • Folder: You can use this property to specify a path to a subfolder in a library. The path is relative to the library name specified in Library.
  4. If the Connection String Builder has a InitiateOAuth property, set it to OFF to avoid entering the OAuth Authorization process. Note: This property may not appear for some connectors.
  5. Press Enter to add all the connection properties to the connection string.
    An example of the connection string:
    jdbc:excelservices:Url=https://myorg.sharepoint.com;[email protected];Password=password;File=Book1.xlsx;
  6. Click Test Connection. A new browser tab opens where you need to log in to your application in order to grant access. (Each application will display a different window and messages.)
    Close the Authorization Successful! message that opens.
  7. Go back to the Connection String Builder dialog, and click OK in the Test Connection Successful message to close it.
  8. Click Copy to Clipboard to obtain the connection string.

For a short video of the process, see below (the video uses the XML driver as an example):

You need to follow the above instructions only on first connect, and then when your credentials to the application change.

To help you create a connection string and test the connection, see Connection String Builder for Certified Connectors.

If you have any issues connecting to your data source, see Troubleshooting JDBC Data Connectors.

Adding Excel Services Tables to your ElastiCube

  1. Open Sisense.
    For a non-local installation, open Sisense on the hosted cloud environment.
  2. In the Data page, open an ElastiCubeor create a new ElastiCube.
  3. In the Model Editor, click . The Add Data dialog box is displayed.
  4. Click Generic JDBC to open the JDBC settings.

  5. In Connection String, paste the string you obtained above.
  6. In JDBC JARs Folder, enter the name of the directory where the Excel Services JAR file is located (see Deploying the Excel Services JDBC Driver).
  7. In Driver's Class Name, enter the following class name: cdata.jdbc.excelservices.ExcelServicesDriver.
  8. If you wish to secure the connection, enter your Excel Services credentials in User Name and Password and remove the relevant properties from the connection string. Otherwise, leave these fields blank.
  9. Click Next. A list of tables in the database are displayed. All tables and views associated with the database will appear in a new window.
  10. From the Tables list, select the relevant table or view you want to work with. You can click next to the relevant table or click Preview to see a preview of the data inside it. 
  11. (Optional) Click + to customize the data you want to import with SQL. See Importing Data with Custom Queries for more information.
  12. After you have selected all the relevant tables, click Done. The tables are added to your data model.

For a short video of the process, see below (the video uses the XML driver as an example):

Excel Services Connector: Additional Resources

For the full documentation set for the Excel Services connector, click here.

For connection string options, click here.

For information on the Excel Services data model, click here.