MySQL Analytics Tools: A Quick Guide

Lahu Bhawar • Last Modified: December 29th, 2022


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Introduction to MySQL 

MySQL is the RDBMS(Relational Database Management System) based database system, which is made up of rows and columns. MySQL is an open-source database freely available for everyone to use. MySQL can be used for OLTP and OLAP use cases. SQL(Structured Query Language) is used to deal with the MySQL database.

MySQL Analytics Tools

Data analytics is more important than the available raw data for a business or management person to make decisions or define future business strategies. 

In data visualization, we can depict data in figures, charts, bars, and graphs. 

So here MySQL analytics tools come into action, there are a bunch of analytics and visualization tools available for free and paid license basis.

Here is a list mentioning a few of the MySQL analytics tools:

  1. Power BI
  2. Tableau
  3. Ubiq

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1. Power BI

Power BI is Microsoft’s Data Visualization tool used to convert data from various sources to interactive dashboards. Power BI has a bunch of connectors to connect with data sources for visualization.

To create a dashboard will need below two products of Power BI:

  1. Power BI Desktop – to create dashboards
  2. Power BI Service- to analyze and view the reports

Steps to connect and create dashboard in Power BI

Step-1: Connect to BigQuery.

File menu -> Get Data -> Database -> MySQL database

MySQL Analytics Tools: Get Data from MySQL database

Step-2: Select the MySQL table or view.

Get data -> MySQL -> Select Database -> Schema -> Table or View -> Load

Step-3: Select the required visualizations and fields from the source table for analytics purposes.

MySQL Analytics Tools: Power BI Visualization

Pros of Power BI

  • Can work for an extensive amount of data preparation
  • Report preview is available for mobile devices

Cons Of Power BI

  • The premium model is required to share the report
  • Does not support Mac and Linux for report creation

2. Tableau

Tableau is the world’s most popular analytical and visualization platform, tableau helps to visualize and explore the data. Tableau is available in both free and paid versions.

Tableau is the world’s most popular analytical and visualization platform, tableau helps to visualize and explore the data. Tableau is available in both free and paid versions.

Steps to create an analytical dashboard using MySQL

Step-1: Connect to the MySQL database.

Click on Connect data -> MySQL -> Enter Database details ->Sign IN

MySQL Analytics Tools: Connect to MySQL on Tableau

Step-2: From the database select Cdata. 

MySQL Analytics Tools: Drag tables to relate

Step-3: Select the required figures, graphs, charts, and arrange them accordingly.

MySQL Analytics Tools: Tableau Visualization

Advantages of Tableau

  • High Performance 
  • Dashboards are mobile-friendly
  • Upgradation is very easy
  • Easy to use

Disadvantages of Tableau

  • Versioning is poor
  • Auto Refresh to report is not available.
  • SQL knowledge is a must
  • Manual efforts required

3. Ubiq

Ubiq is a web-based analytics tool used to create dashboards and visualization reports. We can easily create reports such as any system performance monitoring, sales data, drill-down or drill-through reports.

Steps  to create a report using Ubiq

Step-1:  Download the connection client and install, select for the remote or local database.

Step-2: Now add a database to select data.

MySQL Analytics Tools: Add a database

Step-3: Once you add the database will redirect to the project page, create the project and start building the reports.


There many more MySQL analytics tools are available and each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. So based on the use case we can choose the best fit tool for analysis purposes.

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