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Hi Alteryx,

 

Currently, there is no way users get notified that more metadata/reports have been loaded in Connect. Would it be possible to enable notifications for these newly loaded assets? The idea would be that if e.g. somebody is an owner of a project (or any folder), he/she would be notified when a new dashboard (or any other object) within that project/folder is loaded.

 

Thank you.

Jan

Hi Alteryx,

 

Currently, it is only possible to map first name, last name and email via SAML. Would it be possible to enable mapping of aliases? The idea is, that we cannot map first name and last name with the Full Name field because they are not unique. At the moment, we are pushing email into both Full Name and Email fields, because emails are unique for us. In addition to this, it would be convenient if the Alias(es) field could be mapped via SAML as well. In this way, not only emails but also real names would be automatically present in Connect.

 

Thank you.

Jan

 

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Hi,

 

Would it be possible to implement an option to enable a banner with custom notification for users? This would be meant to inform users about scheduled maintenance windows, that they can experience slow performance (e.g. during metadata loading) or to inform them about any important information. 

 

Thanks

Michal

 

 

We're working through an implementation of Connect - and it appears that every time Connect scans the Alteryx or Tableau environment, it does a full reload of all canvasses / workbooks.

 

However - we have several thousand tableau dashboards & alteryx canvasses - so this creates a significant delay on running the loaders, and we'd want to run these loaders every few hours so that Connect has up-to-date information (or at most 24 hours out of date).    Running a full export and scan is causing this load to take a very long time to run.

 

Can we change the default behaviour for all the loaders to use a delta-load rather than doing a full scan - i.e. only pull out assets that have changed since the last load?

 

 cc: @nganesha @Kosi

 

 

Connect has the ability to visually see 1 level of dependancy (in the Nexus view).

 

For an asset owner - it is very important to be able to see ALL upstream / downstream dependancies to be able to understand impact.   Key here is answering the question "who will be impacted if I change XX"

 

This should include asset; owner; and depth - preferrably in a tree format.

 

CC: @DavidM @Arianna_Fuller

For assets identified in Connect - we are currently not able to identify an asset as being a UAT version of a Prod asset.   Instead, these are listed as 2 completely different assets with no relationship between them.

 

This will be confusing for consuming users since they won't know which to use; and wasteful for the people capturing data about this asset since they will need to capture the info several times.

 

Request: Please create the ability to tag a given Alteryx / Tableau / Database server as "UAT / Dev / Prod", which will automatically tag the asset with this type.   Then allow asset owners to relate the prod and Dev version together as the same thing, but in different states.

 

Thus, when you search you will find 1 asset with several different states rather than 3 assets.

 

CC: @DavidM @Arianna_Fuller

Hello All,

 

We are new to Alteryx and we could see that the Supported Data Sources from IBM are of below :

  • IBM DB2
  • IBM Netezza/Pure Data Systems
  • IBM SPSS

How about adding IBM Sterling to this?

We want Alteryx to support connection with IBM Sterling OMS which will help the Business requirements

Can anyone post some suggestions on this? How we can connect to Sterling?

 

Thanks,

Praveen C

 

Currently, the Files Loader in Connect loads all files in a directory regardless of whether they are used in an asset (e.g Alteryx workflow, Tableau dashboard, etc). This becomes a problem when you have folders containing hundreds or even thousands of files that may not actually be linked in anyway to Alteryx or Tableau as those are all populated into Connect.

 

It would be beneficial if the Files loader was more selective about what files to load into the Connect UI by picking up file relationships discovered using the Alteryx and Tableau loaders for example.

 

 

In order to ensure that assets are managed through the process from discovery through correct tagging - a configurable workflow is required to ensure that this process can be managed.

 

  •  Asset Owners
    • When an asset is discovered – first step is to associate an owner.
      • If the database already has an owner, and this is a new table – default to the DB owner.   For Tableau or Alteryx assets you can see the owner from the canvas.    If no owner is obvious - this then goes to an Admin to assign an owner
      • Owner can re-assign
      • Needs to be two owners for every asset
    • Once the owner is confirmed – meta-data needs to be captured
    • Then this needs to be checked against standard taxonomy
    • Then this description is pushed out
    • Admin team need to be able to spot and manage items which are not yet correctly captured or described

CC: @DavidM @Arianna_Fuller

I published a workflow today that scans a directory for files and then pushes them to a Dynamic Input. I noticed that on Connect there is no relationship there anywhere referencing that we are scraping a directory. 

 

Connect has the db inputs and outputs and the "File Input" that references what the Dynamic input is originally set to go find, but there is nothing referencing the directory other than any notes that I have added to the description. 

 

The reason that I think this may be important. We connect to a folder where FTP files are dumped by a powershell script and we want to go through that folder with Alteryx and pull and upload as needed. However the file that existed in the original input (when we created this workflow) no longer exists. So the visual relationship is broken in Connect as soon as that file is dropped. If perhaps we don't have a tool that references this sort of connection to a directory, having the ability to designate a dynamic connection to the original file might be good instead. We just want to be able for those in the future to reference a location, rather than a file that hasn't existed in a while.

 

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Our department has a site that manages request access to database, application...etc. The user will have better experience with the tool when they can click on the request access button and it directs them to the form that we use. 

The asset sniffers are currently rudimentary - they are Alteryx Analytical Apps which need to be created by the admin team and then scheduling these.

 

This could be better controlled by a simple UI in the Connect Admin portal rather than requiring users to create their own jobs in Alteryx to do the sniffing. 

 

CC: @DavidM @Arianna_Fuller

Connect offers functionality for users to chat about data & analytical assets.

However - in order to meet regulatory obligations in a regulated Financial Services company - this communication needs to be surveiled by compliance.

 

Please could  you provide an API for this data to be monitored by compliance teams in near-real-time?

 

cc: @dataMack

 @DavidM @Arianna_Fuller

Wouldn't it be great if Alteryx Connect can show badges earned in a user profile like how you have it in the Alteryx community? It would give people more incentive to contribute their knowledge and engage in the tool. This also give visibility to the leaders. 

 

It would be great if there is a way to highlight all the certifications ( ex. Alteryx, Tableau...etc.) that our users earned in their profile. This will help promote data literacy in our community and help users connect to the experts. 

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When Alteryx connect is first installed to a company with a small alteryx designer base, you do not benefit from lineage.

There are not much workflows at hand. So in order to realize Alteryx connect's immediate benefits I'd like to suggest;

 

a company-wide Data Quality Score.

 

  1. Let's score each data element in distributed data stores
  2. And automatically give a simple scale between one and five
    • 1 equals to, “we don’t know”
    • 2 data is entered or updated prior to 1 year, has conflicting data
    • 3 would be the norm and means customer provided this data, as accurate and as up-to-date as they have entered it and ‘agreed’ to share with you.
    • 4 means we cross checked the data with 3rd party sources or the addresses work in Google Maps”.
    • 5 equals to “we had the customer or the representative validated the address in last 3 months”.
  3. The scale will be based on;
    • Missingness
    • Information value (variance is high or not, if there is no variance no info useful thru the column)
    • How many times that column is addressed in other tables
    • Format (structured like a telephone number ###-##-## or semi structured like an address)
    • Is it an ID column
    • Is it a Datetime column, any discrepancies in date time columns etc.
    • Time since last update of data
  4. Once we have some lineage information than we'll weight th data based on how frequently it's needed, how many formulas are requiring the field etc.

 

And as soon as we install connect we'll have a grand vision of our data and even we'll be able to track the status of our whole distributed data assets with a trend line if we are going better or worse... Here is an example;

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Dean has inspired me to want Voice Activated Alteryx Connect so while I'm having my coffee in the morning I can have Alterexa explain the new data sources that were curated yesterday! Please make this happen!

Would Alteryx please consider putting a "notes" page for gallery apps.  This would help the developer of the apps give notes and "how-to's" to the users.  

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Each workflow state has a very useful option: «Persistent» flag.

I understand how it works, but I would like to setup the system somehow to allow users to see public state by default.

My approach is simple. A lot of users visit Alteryx Connect for searching and reading. And I want to show them ‘public’ (official, approved) state of objects by default, not draft versions.

If the user would like to edit an asset, he/she can exit from public mode explicitly.

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When adding a link to another Alteryx object ("Link to page") or a custom field with a picker, only 7 results are returned and there is no way to get beyond this. For example, if the thing I want to link to doesn't have a unique enough name, or there are multiple items with a similar name, then I cannot "choose" the correct item to link to and I am stuck.

 

Via the normal Search you can go to Advanced Search to find the item you are linking to, but there is no further option for custom field picker or Link to page....

 

The only hack workaround I have found is to temporarily rename the item I want to link to to something unique that won't be found elsewhere in Alteryx, and then rename it back after creating the link. Not something I want to recommend to our end users of Connect! This seems to be a big limitation.

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Big organizations have strong security policies and one of our potential customers would like to distinguish superadmin actions (login, change the config, change permissions) from other action. For example, they ask to change logging level (from INFO to WARN) when superadmin is logging in.