How do I connect Tableau to SnelStart?

Execute the following steps to connect Tableau to SnelStart. You only need knowledge of Tableau, your own business and the SnelStart administration.

SnelStart is online accounting software. SnelStart is typically used by both entrepreneurs as well as accounting firms in the Netherlands. SnelStart is used by over 125.000 Dutch companies.

No technical knowledge is needed nor knowledge on the SnelStart APIs to connect SnelStart to Tableau. This step-by-step plan will tell you exactly which steps you need to go through on Invantive Cloud to create your own Azure data warehouse with data from SnelStart.

The steps to connect Tableau to SnelStart are:

  1. Register an Invantive Cloud account.
  2. Create a SnelStart database.
  3. Make the SnelStart database available through the Tableau OData connector.
  4. Connect Tableau to SnelStart through the connector.
  5. Load data from SnelStart into Tableau.

Invantive Cloud offers a SnelStart connector to download data from SnelStart into Tableau, but there are over 75 other connectors available also for SQL, Power BI, Power Query, TableauとAzure Data Factoryです。.

With the SnelStart connector for Tableau you will by default fetch the data from all connected SnelStart companies in your dashboard. You can limit the number of SnelStart companies that are retrieved in Tableau through the Database settings. For example, you can also limit the connector for Tableau to the data from exactly one SnelStart company. Of course, you can also filter the data by a specific SnelStart company using a filter step in Tableau. The SnelStart connector for Tableau has advanced optimizations for great real-time performance with both a single SnelStart company as well as with hundreds of SnelStart companies.

When you are having questions, please check the forums for SnelStart. Every organisation is entitled to 1 hour of free training to help you get started. This free hour also applies to free plans.

Register Account on Invantive Cloud

Skip this step when you already have an account on Invantive Cloud. Otherwise execute the following steps one time to register an account on Invantive Cloud:

  1. Go to Invantive Cloud start page.

  2. Select the Log on-button.

  3. Select the Sign Up-button. Sign Up to Invantive Cloud.

  4. Enter your business email address. Enter business email address.

  5. Select the Next-button.

  6. Enter your personal data. Enter personal data.

  7. Select the Next-button.

  8. Enter your password and repeat the provided password.

  9. Select the Next-button. Enter two identical passwords.

  10. You will receive a six-digit verification code by email within 2 minutes.

  11. Enter the six-digit verification code. Six-digit verification code to validate email address.

  12. Select the Sign Up-button.

  13. Log on now. Sign Up.

  14. Make sure you have an authentication app installed on your phone. Select the Next-button. Prepare TOTP-configuration.

  15. Add the displayed QR code to the authentication app, enter the current verification code, and choose "Finish". Scan QR-code into TOTP-app and enter current code.

  16. Skip registration of the organization. Skip company registration.

  17. Complete your personal data and choose 'Save'. Complete personal data.

  18. Go to the dashboard. Navigate to dashboard.

  19. The Invantive Cloud dashboard will be shown.

You now have a login code on Invantive Cloud with which you can set up the connection with SnelStart and numerous other platforms. You will use the same Invantive login code and workflow for all other platforms.

Create SnelStart database

In this step, we set up a database with data from SnelStart. The database is "virtual" because it is not a traditional database, but is fed real-time from SnelStart. Invantive Cloud provides Tableau with a real-time link to SnelStart. The database will be used for all your SnelStart reporting with Tableau. So you only need to perform these steps once.

  1. Click the Add Database button. Add database.

  2. Select SnelStart from the list. Select SnelStart connector.

  3. Please fill out the form with login information for SnelStart.

  4. Select the OK-button.

Congratulations! You can now process data from SnelStart within the Invantive Cloud website. You can do this for example with the interactive SQL editor.

Grant connection from Tableau access to SnelStart

To retrieve the data from Tableau we create a link via Invantive Bridge Online. This creates a "bridge" between the cloud of Invantive and the standard OData connector that is available in every version of Tableau. You do not need to install anything locally: no connector, no ado.NET provider and no Tableau add-on neither.

Execute the following steps to safely use the data from SnelStart outside of Invantive Cloud:

  1. Next to the database you will find an orange text requesting you to allow access from your current location (IP address). Select the nearby orange button.

  2. You can completely disable IP address checking by entering an asterisk ("*").

You are now ready to import the SnelStart data into Tableau.

Configure Tableau connector for SnelStart

You will now pull in Tableau data from SnelStart through the established link.

Please note again that Invantive Cloud under the hood handles all complexity such as setting up credentials such as a refresh token, acquiring an access token, optimizing and parallelizing access, accessing an API within the rate limits, scopes and security restrictions. There is absolutely no need for knowledge on complex technical topics such as OAuth access tokens or API.

Execute the following steps:

  1. Start Tableau and choose "More..." from the "To a Server" menu on the left menu "Connect". Prepare import of SnelStart data into Tableau.

  2. Search and select the OData connector.' Select the Tableau OData connector to import data from SnelStart.

  3. Enter in the window the Bridge Online URL of the Tableau database. This URL containing the data can be found in the Database-form of Invantive Cloud. Choose authentication type "Username and Password". Enter the Invantive Cloud user name and password. OData URL for SnelStart with log on credentials

  4. The list of available SnelStart tables appears. Select the desired tables and construct your Tableau dashboard. Select SnelStart tables and process them in Tableau.