You are going about your day setting up your organization’s data infrastructure and preparing it for further analysis. Suddenly, you get a request from one of your team members to replicate data from Toggl to Databricks. 

We are here to help you out with this replication. You can replicate Toggl to Databricks using CSV or pick an automated tool to do the heavy lifting for you. This article provides a step-by-step guide for both of them.

How to Connect Toggl to Databricks?

To replicate data from Toggl to Databricks, you can either use CSV or a no-code automated solution. We’ll cover replication using CSV files first.

Export Toggl to Databricks using CSV Files

Extract Data from Toggl as CSV Files

The “Export Tasks” button and data export options are located under the three-dot menu in the upper right corner of the Team and Plan views, respectively. Three tiers are available for data export:

  • Export the entire workspace’s data, including all Projects, Teams, archived Projects, and Task box tasks.
  • Choose the Project, the dates, and whether or not you want to add tasks without dates when you export a specific project.
  • Export a certain Team: Select the Team, the dates, and whether or not you wish to include tasks without due dates.
Toggl to Databricks: extract csv files from Toggl
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The .csv files can be opened, for instance, in Excel or Google Sheets. To ensure that the data is shown appropriately in the applications, use the Import function.

Import CSV Files to Databricks using the UI

  • Step 1: Select the Admin Console option by clicking on the Settings icon in the Workspace UI’s lower left corner.
  • Step 2: The Workspace Settings tab should now be selected.
  • Step 3: To use Databricks Read CSV, open the Advanced section, activate the Upload Data using the UI toggle, and then click Confirm.

Using CSV is a great way to replicate data from Toggl to Databricks. It is ideal in the following situations:

  • One-Time Data Replication: When your business teams require these Toggl files quarterly, annually, or for a single occasion, manual effort and time are justified.
  • No Transformation of Data Required: This strategy offers limited data transformation options. Therefore, it is ideal if the data in your spreadsheets is accurate, standardized, and presented in a suitable format for analysis.
  • Lesser Number of Files: Downloading and composing SQL queries to upload multiple CSV is time-consuming. It can be particularly time-consuming if you need to generate a 360-degree view of the business and merge spreadsheets containing data from multiple departments across the organization.

You face a challenge when your business teams require fresh data from multiple reports every few hours. For them to make sense of this data in various formats, it must be cleaned and standardized. This eventually causes you to devote substantial engineering bandwidth to creating new data connectors. To ensure a replication with zero data loss, you must monitor any changes to these connectors and fix data pipelines on an ad hoc basis. These additional tasks consume forty to fifty percent of the time you could have spent on your primary engineering objectives.

How about you focus on more productive tasks than repeatedly writing custom ETL scripts, downloading, cleaning, and uploading CSV? This sounds good, right?

In that case, you can…

Automate the Data Replication process using a No-Code Tool

Going all the way to use CSV for every new data connector request is not the most efficient and economical solution. Frequent breakages, pipeline errors, and lack of data flow monitoring make scaling such a system a nightmare.

You can streamline the Toggl to Databricks integration process by opting for an automated tool. To name a few benefits, you can check out the following:

  • It allows you to focus on core engineering objectives. At the same time, your business teams can jump on to reporting without any delays or data dependency on you.
  • Your marketers can effortlessly enrich, filter, aggregate, and segment raw Toggl data with just a few clicks.
  • The beginner-friendly UI saves the engineering team hours of productive time lost due to tedious data preparation tasks.
  • Without coding knowledge, your analysts can seamlessly aggregate campaign data from multiple sources for faster analysis.
  • Your business teams get to work with near real-time data with no compromise on the accuracy & consistency of the analysis.

As a hands-on example, you can check out how Hevo Data, a cloud-based No-code ETL/ELT Tool, makes the Toggl to Databricks data replication effortless in just 2 simple steps:

Step 1: Configure Toggl as a Source

Toggl to Databricks: configure Toggl as source
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Step 2: Configure Databricks as a Destination

Toggl to Databricks: Configure Databricks as destination
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That’s it, literally! You have connected Toggl to Databricks in just 2 steps. These were just the inputs required from your end. Now, everything will be taken care of by Hevo Data. It will automatically replicate new and updated data from Toggl to Databricks every 1 hour (by default). However, you can also increase the pipeline frequency as per your requirements.

You can also visit the official documentation of Hevo Data for Toggl as a source and Databricks as a destination to have in-depth knowledge about the process.

In a matter of minutes, you can complete this no-code & automated approach of connecting Toggl to Databricks using Hevo Data and start analyzing your data.

Hevo Data’s fault-tolerant architecture ensures that the data is handled securely and consistently with zero data loss. It also enriches the data and transforms it into an analysis-ready form without writing a single line of code.

Hevo Data’s reliable data pipeline platform enables you to set up zero-code and zero-maintenance data pipelines that just work. By employing Hevo Data to simplify your data integration needs, you can leverage its salient features:

  • Fully Managed: You don’t need to dedicate any time to building your pipelines. With Hevo Data’s dashboard, you can monitor all the processes in your pipeline, thus giving you complete control over it.
  • Data Transformation: Hevo Data provides a simple interface to cleanse, modify, and transform your data through drag-and-drop features and Python scripts. It can accommodate multiple use cases with its pre-load and post-load transformation capabilities.
  • Faster Insight Generation: Hevo Data offers near real-time data replication, giving you access to real-time insight generation and faster decision-making. 
  • Schema Management: With Hevo Data’s auto schema mapping feature, all your mappings will be automatically detected and managed to the destination schema.
  • Scalable Infrastructure: With the increased number of sources and volume of data, Hevo Data can automatically scale horizontally, handling millions of records per minute with minimal latency.
  • Transparent pricing: You can select your pricing plan based on your requirements. Different plans are put together on its website and all the features it supports. You can adjust your credit limits and spend notifications for increased data flow.
  • Live Support: The support team is available round the clock to extend exceptional customer support through chat, email, and support calls.
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What can you hope to achieve by replicating data from Toggl to Databricks?

By migrating your data from Toggl to Databricks, you will be able to help your business stakeholders find the answers to these questions:

  • Clients from which geography do you serve the most?
  • Which project members work heavily in the US region?
  • What is the daily average variation of all the users?
  • Who are the significant contributors to a project?

Key Takeaways

These data requests from your marketing and product teams can be effectively fulfilled by replicating data from Toggl to Databricks. If data replication must occur every few hours, you will have to switch to a custom data pipeline. This is crucial for marketers, as they require continuous updates on the ROI of their marketing campaigns and channels. Instead of spending months developing and maintaining such data integrations, you can enjoy a smooth ride with Hevo Data’s 150+ plug-and-play integrations (including 40+ free sources such as Toggl).

Databrick’s “serverless” architecture prioritizes scalability and query speed and enables you to scale and conduct ad hoc analyses much more quickly than with cloud-based server structures. The cherry on top — Hevo Data will make it further simpler by making the data replication process very fast!

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Saving countless hours of manual data cleaning & standardizing, Hevo Data’s pre-load data transformations get it done in minutes via a simple drag n drop interface or your custom python scripts. No need to go to your data warehouse for post-load transformations. You can simply run complex SQL transformations from the comfort of Hevo Data’s interface and get your data in the final analysis-ready form. 

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Former Content Writer, Hevo Data

Sharon is a data science enthusiast with a passion for data, software architecture, and writing technical content. She has experience writing articles on diverse topics related to data integration and infrastructure.

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