DB2

Importing from DB2 using Zoho Databridge

If you have data in a local/hosted DB2 database, then you can easily import your data into Zoho Analytics using the Zoho Databridge. Zoho Analytics also allows you to connect data live from the DB2 database.

The Zoho Databridge bridges your local DB2 database and Zoho Analytics server to fetch data from your local/hosted DB2 database. With this, you can also automate the import process to synchronize the data from your local/hosted DB2 database into Zoho Analytics at a periodic interval.

You can either import the data into Zoho Analytics or connect directly with the DB2 database server.

  • Data Import: Data in the DB2 database will be imported and stored in Zoho Analytics. You can setup periodic schedules to fetch the latest data automatically from your DB2 database. Report loading time will be faster as the data is stored in Zoho Analytics.
  • Live Connect: In this mode, data will not be fetched from DB2 database and stored in Zoho Analytics. Instead for the reports that you create, Zoho Analytics will generate appropriate queries that will connect the required data live from DB2 database to Zoho Analytics and show you the report. In this case the loading time will directly depend on the performance of the DB2 database.
Note:
  • You can also import data from your DB2 database using the Upload Tool. Refer here to know more on this. However, we recommend using Databridge as you can import data right from the Zoho Analytics user interface.
  • The Live Connect option is exclusively available for Standard, Premium, and Enterprise plans only. Refer to the Live Connect section to learn. 

Data Import

  1. How do I install Zoho Databridge?
  2. How do I import data from the DB2 database using Zoho Databridge?
  3. How long does it take for the data to be imported into Zoho Analytics?
  4. How can I edit the Import setup?
  5. How can I schedule import from DB2 database?
  6. Will I be notified on import failures?
  7. Import from DB2 database that is hosted in the cloud has failed. How to solve this?
  8. Can I import data from DB2 database into an existing Zoho Analytics workspace?
  9. Can I import data from DB2 database into an existing table in Zoho Analytics?
  10. I have synced data from DB2 database into a table. Can I change the data source of this table?
  11. Can I import data from DB2 databases that are hosted in various networks/private clouds?
  12. Will foreign keys defined between my tables in DB2 database be linked in Zoho Analytics as well?
  13. Can I change the data type of the columns imported in Zoho Analytics?
  14. Can I import tables from the same database into multiple workspaces in Zoho Analytics?
  15. How do I remove the import setup?
  16. I am unable to establish the connection between the local DB2 database and Zoho Analytics server. How do I solve this?

Live Connect [Beta]

  1. How do I install Zoho Databridge?
  2. How do I connect live with the DB2 database?
  3. How can I edit the live connect setup?
  4. How is Live Connect different from Data Import?
  5. How long does it take for me to visualize my data in Zoho Analytics?
  6. Will the reports/dashboards query hit my database server every time I open it or can it be cached in Zoho Analytics?
    (or) Can I store a cache of my data points in Zoho Analytics to get quick access to my views?
  7. Can I connect Views created in DB2 database (apart from Tables) to Zoho Analytics?
  8. Will foreign keys defined between my tables in DB2 database be linked in Zoho Analytics as well?
  9. I got an alert message "This view cannot be accessed due to some changes made in the table" while accessing my tables/reports in Zoho Analytics. What should I do?
  10. What is a Mismatch?
  11. When do Mismatches occur and how to resolve them?
  12. Can I connect the new columns added in my DB2 database to Zoho Analytics?
  13. Can I change the data type of the columns in Zoho Analytics?
  14. Can I import data from other data sources into the same workspace that I have used to connect with DB2 database?
  15. Can I create Query Tables over the DB2 database?
  16. What happens when I delete or rename the database in DB2 database?
  17. How do I remove the Setup?
  18. What are the limitations of DB2 database Live Connect?

Data Import

1. How do I install Zoho Databridge?

2. How do I import data from the DB2 database using Zoho Databridge?

To import data from local DB2 database, it is mandatory to install Zoho Databridge. Refer to the previous question to know how to Install.

3. How long does it take for the data to be imported into Zoho Analytics?

Import will take from a few minutes to hours depending on the volume of the data. Please note that, if you access the Workspace before the initial fetch, it will not display any data.

4. How can I edit the Import setup?

You can edit the import setup anytime needed by following the steps below.

  1. Open the workspace.
  2. Click the Data Sources tab from the left bar. 
  3. All data sources for this workspace will be listed. Click the DB2 data source that you want to edit. 
  4. The Data Sources page will open. Click the Edit Connection link.
  5. Modify the settings as needed and click Save. The connection details will be saved.

5. How can I schedule Import from DB2 database?

Zoho Analytics allows you to schedule the import anytime. You can schedule the import for an existing table by following the steps below. 

  1. Open the workspace.
  2. Click the Data Sources tab from the left bar. 
  3. All data sources for this workspace will be listed. Click the DB2 data source for which you want to schedule the import.
  4. The Data Sources page will open. Click the Sync Settings link. 
  5. The Local Database - Synchronization Settings dialog will open.


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  6. Select the schedule interval you need in the Repeat drop-down. Supported intervals are:
    • Not Scheduled
    • Every 'N' Hours
    • Every Day
    • Weekly Once
    • Monthly Once
  7. Select when the data needs to be imported in Perform every option. 
  8. In the Notify me after every Sync Failure(s) option, set the number of consecutive import failure after which you need to be notified.
  9. Click Save. The data for your DB2 database will be imported into Zoho Analytics in the set interval. 

You can also schedule the import while initial import using the Schedule Setting option in the Step 4 of Import Wizard.

6. Will I be notified on import failures?

Yes, you can be notified after consecutive import failures, in case it occurs. To get notified of import failures, you need to set the number of consecutive import failures after which you need to be notified in the Notify me after every Sync Failure(s) option of the  schedule import.

7. Import from DB2 database that is hosted in the cloud fails. How to solve this? 

Import from the database may fail when the Databridge does not have the privilege to access the data. In case your database security system only allows access from restricted IP Addresses, then it will blacklist the server/machine where Databridge is installed. Ensure that you have whitelisted the IP Address of the machine/ server where the Databridge is installed.

8. Can I import data from DB2 database into an existing Zoho Analytics Workspace?

Yes, you can import your data from DB2 into an existing Workspace.

Follow the below steps to import data into an existing workspace:

  1. Open the Workspace into which you wish to import the data.
  2. Click Create > New Table / Import Data
  3. The Import Your Data section will open. Click the Local Databases tab.
  4. The Import Wizard will open. Configuring the import will be similar to the steps followed in this presentation.

9. Can I import data from DB2 database into an existing table in Zoho Analytics?

Yes, you can import data into an existing table if you are importing from the same source database as the imported table. To do this:

  1. From the required table, click Import Data > Import into this Table.
  2. The Select Data to Import tab of Import wizard will open. 
  3. You can choose to import from a different table using the Select Table option or import using the Custom Query.
     

10. I have synced data from database into a table. Can I change the data source of this table?

Yes, you can change the data source of a table, into which the DB2 database has been synced. To do this:

  1. Open the workspace.
  2. Click the Data Sources tab from the left bar. 
  3. All data sources for this workspace will be listed. Click the data source you want to edit.
  4. The Data Sources page will open. Click the Edit Connection link.
  5. In the Local Database - Edit Connection dialog that open, modify the data source. You can also change the Databridge that fetches the data.
  6. Click Save to implement the changes made.

11. Can I import data from the DB2 which are hosted in various networks/private cloud?

Yes, you can import from various databases that are hosted in different networks by installing multiple Databridges. You need to install various Databridges for each network. To link all the Databridge installations to your account, use the same installation key available in the Download dialog. 

Note:

  • Single Databridge installation can import data from various data sources available in the same network.
  • You can install only one Databridge per machine. 

12. Will foreign keys defined between my tables in DB2 database be linked in Zoho Analytics as well?

Yes. In case you have linked two or more tables in your database using foreign keys, they will be linked automatically using a Look-up column in Zoho Analytics as well. You can also create lookup columns manually using the Lookup feature available in Zoho Analytics. Learn more.

13. Can I change the data type of the columns imported in Zoho Analytics?

Yes, you can change the data type of the columns imported into Zoho Analytics. However, it is necessary that the data type of your column is compatible with the data type of the column in your DB2 database for successful data synchronizations. It is always recommended that you change the data type in both your DB2 database as well as your Zoho Analytics Workspace.

14. Can I import tables from the same database into multiple workspaces in Zoho Analytics?

Yes, you can import tables from the same database source to multiple workspaces in Zoho Analytics. Read more about import.​

15. How do I remove the import setup?

You can remove the import setup by following the steps below. 

  1. Open the workspace.
  2. Click the Data Sources tab from the left bar.
  3. All data sources for this workspace will be listed. Click the data source you want to remove.
  4. In the Data Sources tab that opens, click the Settings icon.​
  5. Click the Remove Data Source option from the drop-down menu.

Please note that this only removes the connection. You can still continue accessing the workspace in Zoho Analytics.

16. I am unable to establish the connection between the local DB2 database and Zoho Analytics server. How do I solve this?

This may happen due to various factors such as connectivity issues or privileges to access the protected data source. Refer to our Zoho Databridge Troubleshooting tip section to solve the specific issue you are facing.

Live Connect [Beta]

1. How do I install Zoho Databridge?

You can easily install Zoho Databridge from the Zoho Analytics interface. Refer here to learn how.

2. How do I connect live with the DB2 database?

3. How can I edit the live connect setup?

 

4. How is Live Connect different from Data Import?

Tabulated below are the differences between the Data Import feature and Live Connect feature.

Data ImportLive Connect
Data in DB2 database will be imported and stored in Zoho Analytics.Data from the DB2 database will be fetched live using appropriate reporting queries whenever you create or access a report in Zoho Analytics.
Filtered data set can be imported from DB2 database using customized queries.Custom Query feature is not available in DB2 database Live Connect. However, you can create Views in the source database and connect the same with Zoho Analytics.
Multiple data sources (apart from DB2 database) can be imported into the same workspace and they can be combined for reporting & analysis purposes.Cannot import data from any other data source into the same workspace in which Live Connect from DB2 database is setup.
Changes made to the columns such as addition/deletion will be synchronized automatically.Any changes such as column addition/deletion/renaming will not be reflected. You will have to manually map the data using the Sync Design option.
When importing multiple tables, the foreign keys defined between the tables in the DB2 database will not be linked in Zoho Analytics. However, you can manually link the tables in Zoho Analytics using the Look-up column feature.Look-up relationship will be automatically created for tables that are linked via foreign keys in the DB2 database. You can also manually link the tables in Zoho Analytics using Look-up column feature.
Users can create query tables.Users cannot create query tables.
Report loading time will be fast as the data is stored in Zoho Analytics.Report loading time directly depends on the DB2 database response time and the amount of data in DB2 database.

5. How long does it take for me to visualize my data in Zoho Analytics?

As there is no data import process involved, the loading time depends upon the amount of data stored in your DB2 database and also the response time of your DB2 database.

6. Will the reports/dashboards query hit my database server every time I open it or can it be cached in Zoho Analytics?
(or) Can I store a cache of my data points in Zoho Analytics to get quick access to my views?

Zoho Analytics allows you to create a cache for the reports in your live connect database to reduce the query fetching time.

To enable cache for your live connect workspace, please follow the below steps:

  1. From your Workspace Explorer, click Settings from the side menubar.
  2. In the General - Workspace Settings page that opens, choose Yes for Enable Cachefor this Workspace.
  3. Provide Cache Refresh Interval in Minutes.
  4. Click Save & Close.

A cache for the reports will be created for the Workspace.

Note:
  • Enabling cache will help create a cache for your reports in the workspace. This data will get updated periodically based on the time provided in the Cache Refresh Interval in Minutes
  • You can create a cache only for the reports, and not for tables in the workspace.
  • This option is available only for Live Connect.

7. Can I connect Views created in the DB2 database (apart from Tables) to Zoho Analytics?

Yes, you can connect with both Views and Tables created in the DB2 database to Zoho Analytics.

8. Will foreign keys defined between my tables in the DB2 database be linked in Zoho Analytics as well?

Yes. In case you have linked two or more tables in your DB2 database using foreign keys, they will be linked automatically using a Look-up column in Zoho Analytics as well.

Note: The lookups created/modified in the added (linked with Zoho Analytics) tables will not be reflected in Zoho Analytics (even with Sync Design option). You need to manually create the lookup in Zoho Analytics. However, the lookup information will be created in Zoho Analytics when new tables are linked.

9. I got an alert message "This view cannot be accessed due to some changes made in the table" while accessing my tables/reports in Zoho Analytics. What should I do?

This alert message will be displayed when Zoho Analytics is not able to access the information from the DB2 database. This could be because the tables/columns that you are trying to access in Zoho Analytics is deleted or renamed in DB2 database.

In this case, it is recommended that you remap the table/column. Refer to this presentation to know how to remap a table.

10. What is a Mismatch?

When you have created reports in Zoho Analytics over the tables or columns which no longer have a direct mapping in the DB2 database, it will be listed as a mismatch. 

So, ensure that the tables/columns in Zoho Analytics workspace and DB2 database match. The tables/columns that do not match will be listed in the Mismatch tab of the Local Database Connection Settings page. Refer the next question to know more about mismatch.

11. When do Mismatches occur and how to resolve them?

12. Can I connect new columns added in my DB2 database to Zoho Analytics?

Yes, you can connect the new columns that are added in your DB2 database to Zoho Analytics from the Local Database Connection Settings page. Refer to this presentation to know more.

Note:

If there exists a mismatch between the already available data in your Zoho Analytics workspace and your DB2 database, Zoho Analytics will NOT be able to fetch the new column information. In this case, you need to first resolve the mismatches to connect to the new columns.

13. Can I change the data type of the columns in Zoho Analytics?

No, you cannot change the data type of the columns in Zoho Analytics.

14. Can I import data from other data sources into the same workspace that I have used to connect with the DB2 database?

No, you cannot import data from other data sources into the same workspace that you have used to connect with the DB2 database.

15. Can I create Query Tables over the DB2 data?

No, you will not be able to create Query Tables if you have setup the workspace using the DB2 Live Connect option. This is because this option does not fetch and store the data locally in Zoho Analytics. If you wish to create Query Tables, you can create the required query as a view in the data source and connect the same with Zoho Analytics.

16. What happens when I delete or rename the database in the DB2 database?

When you delete or rename a database in the DB2 database, Zoho Analytics loses its connectivity with DB2 database. Thereafter, a warning message, as shown below, would be displayed. This error message will also be displayed if there are any connectivity issues or if your DB2 database credentials have expired.

For more information regarding the same, refer to the Edit Connection presentation.

17. How do I remove the Setup?

You have to delete the workspace in Zoho Analytics to remove the connection setup. 

To delete the workspace,

  1. Log in to Zoho Analytics.
  2. Click the More Actions icon that appears on mouse hover adjacent to the workspace name that you want to delete.
  3. Click the Delete Workspace option.

18. What are the limitations of using the DB2 database Live Connect?

Given below are a few shortcomings that one might face while using the DB2 database​ Live Connect option.

  • Data from your DB2 database will NOT be locally stored in Zoho Analytics. Zoho Analytics will generate appropriate queries to fetch the required data live from DB2 database and show you the report. Hence, the loading time will directly depend on the performance of the DB2 database server.
  • Any changes such as column addition/deletion/renaming will not be mapped automatically. The user must manually map the updates made.
  • Users cannot combine data from other data sources into the same workspace in which you have connected the DB2 database. 
  • Users cannot create query tables.
  • Users cannot change the data type of the columns in Zoho Analytics.

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