Trello is a Kanban-style, web-based, list-making application that allows organizations to effectively handle project management processes. It provides users with a board and card system to track tasks of a project. Trello not only helps engineering or IT teams but also helps HR, Marketing, and Sales teams in their operations.

In other words, Trello is a platform for diverse teams to plan, manage and celebrate their work in an organized way. To further extend the use of Trello, users can integrate it with online data storage services like Amazon S3 and Amazon Redshift to consolidate data in a single location and then use it for analytics.

In this blog, you’ll learn more about setting up the Trello Redshift Connection using both a manual and automated method along with its key features respectively.


  • Fundamental knowledge of Integration.

What is Trello?

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Trello is a Kanban-style collaboration tool developed by Trello Enterprise in 2011 to organize project management processes into boards. It allows you to manage tasks among team members, collaborate for discussion, and keep an eye on the progress of the projects. Trello consists of boards, lists, and cards that help users manage tasks in projects.

1) Boards

Boards in Trello are like processes in project management or any other business operations. Every board consists of lists, which can be a list of to-do tasks. Every list consists of cards – you can add members, comments, labels, checklists, attachments, due dates, and more to your cards. 

2) Workspace

You can start working in Trello initially by creating a workspace. Trello has a huge library of templates for a wide range of categories like Education, Human operations, Engineering-IT, Marketing, Sales, and more. You can either share your workspace with your team members by inviting them or keeping it private.

3) Templates

There are free templates available for each type of workspace. Users can also start with an empty board and design it according to their requirements. 

Key Features of Trello

Some of the Key Features of Trello are given below:

  • Labels: Labels are customizable elements used to add color and structure to users’ boards. For example, you can have labels like high priority, low priority, discussions, meetings, and more so that the board members know which tasks need to be completed first.
  • Different Views of Cards: You can visualize cards in different ways like Maps, Calendars, Dashboard, and Timeline. In the Dashboard view, you can visualize your cards through charts and graphs, whereas in the Calendar, you can see the due dates of cards in a monthly or weekly format. The Map enables you to visualize the card locations on the Map.
  • Butler Automation: You can create a command or a set of rules, and Butler will automatically react to the changes on the board. For example, when a card is moved to the done list, you can program Butler to mark the due date as complete and remove all the members from the card.
  • Kanban System: The Kanban system improves task scheduling by reducing tasks into smaller components. For example, your project management process consists of requirement gathering, planning, designing, implementation, and deployment processes. You can create a board for each process. And every board can have lists like to do, doing, finished, and more. You can then add cards as tasks to every list. These cards can be moved to the other lists as the work progresses. Users can also add members, comments, labels, checklists, attachments, due dates, and more to their cards.

What is Amazon Redshift?

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Amazon Redshift is a fully managed, petascale, and cloud-based data warehousing service owned by AWS. It allows users to store and analyze their data with various business intelligence tools and acquire insights into business operations and customers.

Amazon clusters consist of one lead node and one or more compute nodes. The size of your data will decide the exact number of nodes in your clusters. You can create a data warehouse in Redshift by launching a set of nodes called Amazon Redshift clusters. Then, Redshift will perform the queries and analyze the query performance of the data.

There are several ways to manage clusters in Redshift, like the Amazon Redshift console or the AWS Command Line Interface. You can also use Amazon Redshift Query API or the AWS Software Development Kit (SDK) if you are an application developer to manage clusters programmatically.

Key Features of Amazon Redshift

Some of the Key Features of Amazon Redshift are given below:

  • Result Caching: Result Caching is used in Amazon Redshift to deliver sub-second repose time for repeat queries. The business intelligence tools, dashboards, and visualizations that execute repeat queries, always increase performance. When a query is executed in Redshift, it will search the cache to see any cached results from the previous queries. If the cached result is found and the data is not changed, then the cached result is returned instead of re-running the query.
  • Massively Parallel Processing (MPP): Amazon Redshift is built as a Massively Parallel Processing database. It provides excellent performance due to the implementation of columnar storage algorithms and data partitioning techniques.
  • Fault Tolerance: Fault Tolerance means the ability of the system to keep functioning even when any component of the system fails. When any drivers, nodes, or clusters fail, Redshift replicates the data and automatically shifts it to healthy nodes.
  • Concurrency Limit: The Concurrency Limit determines the maximum number of nodes or clusters needed in Redshift. This limit also ensures that users are provided with enough computable resources.
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Method 1: Trello Redshift Integration with CData Sync

CData allows you to integrate Trello data into the Amazon Redshift instance, thereby allowing you to consolidate all your data into a single location. It is an easy-to-use data pipeline that allows data consolidation from any data source to the data warehouse. With CData Sync, you can replicate Trello data with Amazon Redshift.

Follow the below steps to get started with Trello Redshift Connection.

  1. You can download CData Sync.
  2. Click on the Connections tab.
  3. Select Amazon Redshift as a destination, as shown in the below image.
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  1. Enter the below connection properties for the Trello Redshift connection,
  • Server: Used to set the hostname or the IP address of the cluster hosting the database you want to connect with.
  • Port: Used to set the post of the cluster.
  • Database: Used to set the name of the database. You can leave this blank if you are using the default database of the authenticated user.
  • User: Used to set the username you want to use for authenticating with the server.
  • Password: Used to set the password you want to use for authenticating with the server.
  1. Sign up and open the Amazon Redshift console.
  2. Click on the name of the cluster on the Clusters page.
  3. You can obtain the properties from the Cluster Database Properties section on the Configuration tab.
  4. To ensure that the Trello Redshift connection is configured correctly, click on the Test Connection tab as shown below.
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  1. Click on the save changes tab. Your Trello Redshift Connection is ready!

1) Configuration of the Trello Redshift Connection

You can configure the Trello Redshift connection from the connections tab. Navigate to the Connections tab for adding the connection to the Trello account using the below steps.

  • Click on the Add Connection tab.
  • Select a source, i.e., Trello.
  • Configure the connection properties.

In this Trello Redshift Connection, Trello uses token-based authentication to allow third-party applications to access their API. When users enable applications to access their data, applications are given a token that can be used to request Trello’s API. Trello’s API can be accessed in two ways, i.e., Authentication Route and OAuth Route.

Authentication Route: Trello assigns an API key and token to the account at registration.

OAuth Route: Trello creates an application Id and Secret Id when you make a Trello account using OAuth authentication.

  • Click on Test Connection to ensure that the connection is configured correctly, as shown below.
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  • Click on the Save Changes tab.

2) Configure Trello Redshift Replication Queries

CData Sync allows you to control replication with SQL queries. You can navigate to the Jobs tab and click on Add Jobs for each replication you want to configure.

You can then select the Source and Destination for your replication, as shown in the below image.

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3) Trello Redshift Replicate Tables

Click on Add Tables in the Table sections, choose the tables you want to replicate, and click on Add Selected Tables below.

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4) Customize your Trello Redshift Replication

You can use the Transform feature to customize your replication. With Transform, you can specify which column to replicate and rename the columns at the destination. It also allows you to perform operations on the source data before replicating.

You can customize your replication using the Transform button in the Tables section, as shown below.

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5) Scheduling your Trello Redshift Replication

You can schedule any job in the Schedule section to run automatically. You need to configure the job to run after a specified time interval, as shown in the below image.

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Click on save changes when you have configured the replication job. To manage the replication of your Trello data to Amazon Redshift, you can configure any number of jobs.

Trello Redshift Connection works best when you have a flexible project timeframe and a pool of skilled engineering people to develop and manage the pipeline. However, the above-mentioned method requires a significant amount of time and maintenance.

Method 2: Setting Up Trello Redshift Integration using Hevo Data

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Hevo Data is fully managed and completely automates the process of loading multiple data sources to Amazon Redshift. It also loads data from your desired source, enriches the data, and transforms it into an analysis-ready form without having to write a single line of code. Its fault-tolerant architecture ensures that the data is handled in a secure, consistent manner with zero data loss.

It provides a consistent & reliable solution to manage your data in real-time and always has analysis-ready data in your desired destination. It allows you to focus on key business needs and perform insightful analysis using various BI tools such as Power BI, Tableau, etc. Although Trello Redshift is a new connection coming into the mix, it can be set up using Hevo in a seamless manner.

The following are the steps for loading data from Trello to Amazon Redshift using Hevo Data:

  • Link your Trello account to the Hevo platform.
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  • Hevo Data has an Amazon Redshift Integration built-in that connects to your account in minutes.
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  • Choose Amazon Redshift as your destination and begin migrating your data. To know more click here.
  • You have now successfully configured Trello Redshift Integration with Hevo Data.

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Limitations of Manual Trello Redshift Integration

An eye to keep on these limitations of manual Trello Redshift Integration!

  • Cost: The cost of engaging an ETL Developer to build a Trello Redshift ETL pipeline may be prohibitively expensive. Method 1 is not a low-cost alternative.
  • Maintenance: Maintenance is critical for the data processing system; thus, your ETL programs must be updated on a regular basis as development tools improve their dependencies and industry standards change. Furthermore, maintenance wastes valuable engineering bandwidth that may be used elsewhere.
  • Scalability: Indeed, scalability is critical! ETL systems can fail over time if processing conditions fail. For example, what if the volume of incoming data doubles? Can your processes handle such a significant rise in load? When using the manual ETL Code technique, a question like this necessitates careful consideration.

What Can You Achieve by Replicating Data from Trello to Redshift?

Here’s a little something for the data analyst on your team. We’ve mentioned a few core insights you could get by replicating data from Trello to Redshift. Does your use case make the list?

  • Which opportunities can you unlock to increase your team’s efficiency?
  • On what metrics can you measure the performance of your team?
  • Who are the stakeholders involved in a project?
  • What is the lifecycle of your project?


In this tutorial, you have learned about connecting Trello with Amazon Redshift. You used the CData Sync data pipeline to integrate Trello with Amazon Redshift. You can also use the other storage services of Amazon, like Amazon S3 and Amazon DynamoDB, with Trello.

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Manjiri Gaikwad
Freelance Technical Content Writer, Hevo Data

Manjiri loves data science and produces insightful content on AI, ML, and data science. She applies her flair for writing for simplifying the complexities of data integration and analysis for solving problems faced by data professionals businesses in the data industry.

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