hands-on lab

Visualizing Trends from Order History with Google Data Studio

Up to 1h
Get guided in a real environmentPractice with a step-by-step scenario in a real, provisioned environment.
Learn and validateUse validations to check your solutions every step of the way.
See resultsTrack your knowledge and monitor your progress.


Once data is loaded into a database the question next becomes how can you make use of this data? Google Data Studio can solve that problem, by allowing you to visualize, embed, and share data quickly. These valuable insights allow users to look at quick summaries of aggregated information to make better business decisions. This lab is aimed at beginners who want to understand how to import data and make their first insight.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lab you will be able to:

  • Learn and Understand Google Data Studio
  • Learn how to connect to a MySQL Datasource
  • Learn how to Visualize data after importing a dataset

Intended Audience

This lab is intended for:

  • Individuals starting out with data visualization
  • Anyone interested in using Google Data Studio to uncover insights from data


You should possess:

  • A basic understanding of Python
  • Basic Understanding of Google Cloud SQL


August 29th, 2022 - Updated the instructions and screenshots to reflect the latest UI

July 12th, 2021 - Clarified that it is required for the database to reach the ready state before being able to connect to the database.

About the author

Learning paths

Calculated Systems was founded by experts in Hadoop, Google Cloud and AWS. Calculated Systems enables code-free capture, mapping and transformation of data in the cloud based on Apache NiFi, an open source project originally developed within the NSA. Calculated Systems accelerates time to market for new innovations while maintaining data integrity.  With cloud automation tools, deep industry expertise, and experience productionalizing workloads development cycles are cut down to a fraction of their normal time. The ability to quickly develop large scale data ingestion and processing  decreases the risk companies face in long development cycles. Calculated Systems is one of the industry leaders in Big Data transformation and education of these complex technologies.

Covered topics

Lab steps

Signing In to the Google Cloud Console
Opening the Lab's Jupyter Notebook in Google Cloud