Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics

The Microsoft Azure Synapse data source provides a significant speed increase when processing big data within Reveal. This allows you to use massive datasets for your visualizations with no slow down.

Configuring an Azure Synapse Analytics Data Source

To configure a Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics data source, you will need to enter the following information:

Configuring azure synapse data source dialog
  1. Data Source Name: this field will be displayed in the Data Sources list.

  2. Server: the computer name or IP address assigned to the computer on which the server is running.

  3. Port: if applicable, the server port details. If no information is entered, Reveal will connect to the port in the hint text (1433) by default.

  4. Credentials: after selecting Credentials, you will be able to enter the credentials for your Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics or select existing one if applicable.

    Once ready, select Create Account. You can verify whether the account is reaching the data source or not by selecting Test Connection.

  5. Database: Once you connect to your account you will get your databases to choose from.

Select Continue.

How to find your Server Information

You can find your server by following the steps below. Please note that the commands should be executed on the server.


1. Open the File Explorer.

1. Open a Terminal.

1. Open System Preferences.

2. Right Click on My Computer > Properties.

2. Type in $hostname

2. Navigate to the Sharing Section.

Your Hostname will appear as "Computer Name" under the Computer name, domain and workgroups settings section.

Your Hostname will appear along with your DNS domain name. Make sure you only include Hostname in Reveal.

Your Hostname will be listed under the "Computer Name" field on top.

You can find your IP address by following the steps below. Please note that the commands should be executed on the server.


1. Open a Command Prompt.

1. Open a Terminal.

1. Launch your Network app.

2. Type in ipconfig

2. Type in $ /bin/ifconfig

2. Select your connection.

IPv4 Address is your IP address.

Inet addr is your IP address.

The IP Address field will have the necessary information.

Working with Views

Once you connect to a database in MS Azure Synapse Analytics, you can choose to retrieve data from an entire table or a particular view.

Working with views when using Azure Synapse Analytics closely resembles working with views when using MS SQL Server. For more information, please refer to this section of the MS SQL Server data source topic.

Limitations in the Visualization Editor

When working with big data in Reveal, there are a couple of limitations in the Visualization Editor due to the specific approach used to handle data sources storing millions of records.

Limitations in Functions Available for Calculated Fields

Currently, only a limited number of functions are available for Calculated Fields using data from Azure Synapse Analytics:

  • false

  • true

  • not

  • abs

  • log10

  • sign

  • sqrt

  • log

  • trim

  • upper

  • lower

  • len

  • find

  • mid

Limitations in Data Blending

Currently, Data Blending (combining data sources in one visualization) is not available when using data from the Azure Synapse Analytics data source.