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How to load data from Smartsheets to MariaDB ColumnStore

Learn how to use Airbyte to synchronize your Smartsheets data into MariaDB ColumnStore within minutes.

TL;DR

This can be done by building a data pipeline manually, usually a Python script (you can leverage a tool as Apache Airflow for this). This process can take more than a full week of development. Or it can be done in minutes on Airbyte in three easy steps:

  1. set up Smartsheets as a source connector (using Auth, or usually an API key)
  2. set up MariaDB ColumnStore as a destination connector
  3. define which data you want to transfer and how frequently

You can choose to self-host the pipeline using Airbyte Open Source or have it managed for you with Airbyte Cloud.

This tutorial’s purpose is to show you how.

What is Smartsheets

A cloud-based management platform, Smartsheet empowers businesses to accomplish all things business. Smartsheet drives collaboration, supports better decision making, and accelerates innovation, enabling businesses to advance from ideation to impact in record time. Chosen by more than 70,000 brands in 190 different countries, Smartsheet simply makes business smarter—and simpler, since it integrates seamlessly with applications businesses already use from Google, Atlassian, Salesforce, Microsoft, and more.

What is MariaDB ColumnStore

MariaDB Columnstore is a powerful tool designed for big data analytics and business intelligence. It is a columnar storage engine that allows users to store and analyze large amounts of data in real-time. The tool is built on top of the MariaDB database management system and is designed to handle complex queries and data processing tasks. MariaDB Columnstore is designed to provide high performance and scalability, making it ideal for organizations that need to process large amounts of data quickly. It is also highly flexible, allowing users to customize the tool to meet their specific needs. One of the key features of MariaDB Columnstore is its ability to handle both structured and unstructured data. This means that users can analyze data from a wide range of sources, including social media, web logs, and other unstructured data sources. Overall, MariaDB Columnstore is a powerful tool that can help organizations make better decisions by providing them with the insights they need to succeed. Whether you are looking to analyze customer data, track sales trends, or monitor website traffic, MariaDB Columnstore can help you get the job done quickly and efficiently.

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Prerequisites

  1. A Smartsheets account to transfer your customer data automatically from.
  2. A MariaDB ColumnStore account.
  3. An active Airbyte Cloud account, or you can also choose to use Airbyte Open Source locally. You can follow the instructions to set up Airbyte on your system using docker-compose.

Airbyte is an open-source data integration platform that consolidates and streamlines the process of extracting and loading data from multiple data sources to data warehouses. It offers pre-built connectors, including Smartsheets and MariaDB ColumnStore, for seamless data migration.

When using Airbyte to move data from Smartsheets to MariaDB ColumnStore, it extracts data from Smartsheets using the source connector, converts it into a format MariaDB ColumnStore can ingest using the provided schema, and then loads it into MariaDB ColumnStore via the destination connector. This allows businesses to leverage their Smartsheets data for advanced analytics and insights within MariaDB ColumnStore, simplifying the ETL process and saving significant time and resources.

Step 1: Set up Smartsheets as a source connector

1. Open the Smartsheets source connector page on Airbyte.com.
2. Click on the "Add Source" button.
3. Enter a name for your Smartsheets source connector.
4. Enter your Smartsheets API access token in the "API Access Token" field.
5. Enter your Smartsheets account ID in the "Account ID" field.
6. Click on the "Test" button to ensure that the credentials are correct.
7. If the test is successful, click on the "Save & Continue" button.
8. Select the tables that you want to replicate from Smartsheets.
9. Choose the replication frequency and the destination where you want to store the data.
10. Click on the "Create Connection" button to start the replication process.  

Once you have completed these steps, Airbyte will start replicating the data from your Smartsheets account to the destination that you have chosen. You can monitor the replication process and view the data in the destination by logging into your Airbyte account.

Step 2: Set up MariaDB ColumnStore as a destination connector

1. First, navigate to the Airbyte website and log in to your account.
2. Once you are logged in, click on the "Destinations" tab on the left-hand side of the screen.
3. Scroll down until you find the "MariaDB Columnstore" destination connector and click on it.
4. You will be prompted to enter your MariaDB Columnstore database credentials, including the host, port, username, and password.
5. Once you have entered your credentials, click on the "Test Connection" button to ensure that Airbyte can successfully connect to your database.
6. If the connection is successful, click on the "Save" button to save your settings.
7. You can now create a new pipeline in Airbyte and select the "MariaDB Columnstore" destination connector as your destination.
8. Follow the prompts to configure your pipeline and map your source data to your MariaDB Columnstore database.
9. Once you have configured your pipeline, click on the "Run" button to start the data transfer process.
10. You can monitor the progress of your pipeline in the Airbyte dashboard and troubleshoot any issues that may arise.

Step 3: Set up a connection to sync your Smartsheets data to MariaDB ColumnStore

Once you've successfully connected Smartsheets as a data source and MariaDB ColumnStore as a destination in Airbyte, you can set up a data pipeline between them with the following steps:

  1. Create a new connection: On the Airbyte dashboard, navigate to the 'Connections' tab and click the '+ New Connection' button.
  2. Choose your source: Select Smartsheets from the dropdown list of your configured sources.
  3. Select your destination: Choose MariaDB ColumnStore from the dropdown list of your configured destinations.
  4. Configure your sync: Define the frequency of your data syncs based on your business needs. Airbyte allows both manual and automatic scheduling for your data refreshes.
  5. Select the data to sync: Choose the specific Smartsheets objects you want to import data from towards MariaDB ColumnStore. You can sync all data or select specific tables and fields.
  6. Select the sync mode for your streams: Choose between full refreshes or incremental syncs (with deduplication if you want), and this for all streams or at the stream level. Incremental is only available for streams that have a primary cursor.
  7. Test your connection: Click the 'Test Connection' button to make sure that your setup works. If the connection test is successful, save your configuration.
  8. Start the sync: If the test passes, click 'Set Up Connection'. Airbyte will start moving data from Smartsheets to MariaDB ColumnStore according to your settings.

Remember, Airbyte keeps your data in sync at the frequency you determine, ensuring your MariaDB ColumnStore data warehouse is always up-to-date with your Smartsheets data.

Use Cases to transfer your Smartsheets data to MariaDB ColumnStore

Integrating data from Smartsheets to MariaDB ColumnStore provides several benefits. Here are a few use cases:

  1. Advanced Analytics: MariaDB ColumnStore’s powerful data processing capabilities enable you to perform complex queries and data analysis on your Smartsheets data, extracting insights that wouldn't be possible within Smartsheets alone.
  2. Data Consolidation: If you're using multiple other sources along with Smartsheets, syncing to MariaDB ColumnStore allows you to centralize your data for a holistic view of your operations, and to set up a change data capture process so you never have any discrepancies in your data again.
  3. Historical Data Analysis: Smartsheets has limits on historical data. Syncing data to MariaDB ColumnStore allows for long-term data retention and analysis of historical trends over time.
  4. Data Security and Compliance: MariaDB ColumnStore provides robust data security features. Syncing Smartsheets data to MariaDB ColumnStore ensures your data is secured and allows for advanced data governance and compliance management.
  5. Scalability: MariaDB ColumnStore can handle large volumes of data without affecting performance, providing an ideal solution for growing businesses with expanding Smartsheets data.
  6. Data Science and Machine Learning: By having Smartsheets data in MariaDB ColumnStore, you can apply machine learning models to your data for predictive analytics, customer segmentation, and more.
  7. Reporting and Visualization: While Smartsheets provides reporting tools, data visualization tools like Tableau, PowerBI, Looker (Google Data Studio) can connect to MariaDB ColumnStore, providing more advanced business intelligence options. If you have a Smartsheets table that needs to be converted to a MariaDB ColumnStore table, Airbyte can do that automatically.

Wrapping Up

To summarize, this tutorial has shown you how to:

  1. Configure a Smartsheets account as an Airbyte data source connector.
  2. Configure MariaDB ColumnStore as a data destination connector.
  3. Create an Airbyte data pipeline that will automatically be moving data directly from Smartsheets to MariaDB ColumnStore after you set a schedule

With Airbyte, creating data pipelines take minutes, and the data integration possibilities are endless. Airbyte supports the largest catalog of API tools, databases, and files, among other sources. Airbyte's connectors are open-source, so you can add any custom objects to the connector, or even build a new connector from scratch without any local dev environment or any data engineer within 10 minutes with the no-code connector builder.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What data can you extract from Smartsheets?

Smartsheet's API provides access to a wide range of data types, including:

1. Sheets: Access to all sheets within a Smartsheet account, including their metadata and contents.
2. Rows: Access to individual rows within a sheet, including their metadata and contents.
3. Columns: Access to individual columns within a sheet, including their metadata and contents.
4. Cells: Access to individual cells within a sheet, including their metadata and contents.
5. Attachments: Access to all attachments associated with a sheet, row, or cell.
6. Comments: Access to all comments associated with a sheet, row, or cell.
7. Users: Access to information about users within a Smartsheet account, including their metadata and permissions.
8. Groups: Access to information about groups within a Smartsheet account, including their metadata and membership.
9. Reports: Access to all reports within a Smartsheet account, including their metadata and contents.
10. Templates: Access to all templates within a Smartsheet account, including their metadata and contents.  

Overall, Smartsheet's API provides a comprehensive set of tools for accessing and manipulating data within a Smartsheet account, making it a powerful tool for developers and businesses looking to integrate Smartsheet into their workflows.

What data can you transfer to MariaDB ColumnStore?

You can transfer a wide variety of data to MariaDB ColumnStore. This usually includes structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data like transaction records, log files, JSON data, CSV files, and more, allowing robust, scalable data integration and analysis.

What are top ETL tools to transfer data from Smartsheets to MariaDB ColumnStore?

The most prominent ETL tools to transfer data from Smartsheets to MariaDB ColumnStore include:

  • Airbyte
  • Fivetran
  • Stitch
  • Matillion
  • Talend Data Integration

These tools help in extracting data from Smartsheets and various sources (APIs, databases, and more), transforming it efficiently, and loading it into MariaDB ColumnStore and other databases, data warehouses and data lakes, enhancing data management capabilities.