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Hello Alteryx Team,

 

Would you consider creating a metadata loader for SharePoint? A lot of companies that we are working with have a lot of data stored in SharePoint and they would like to catalog their metadata.

 

I am aware that it is possible to use the Files Loader when the SharePoint drive is mapped as a mapped drive in Windows Explorer, but the mapping and subsequent scheduling is very problematic, also because of security policies in large enterprises.

 

Having a SharePoint dedicated loader would be a great benefit.

 

Thank you very much for considering this idea.

 

Regards,

Jan Laznicka

Hello Alteryx Team,

 

We would like to be scheduling the loaders from the administration console, Connections tab. However, when scheduling from there, the loaders are being sent to the Alteryx Gallery under low priority and therefore can easily end up in a queue. As we are scheduling a number of loaders that run for a significant amount of time, it is essential to have the schedules set on precise times and have a certainty that they will not end up in a queue. However, the low priority in the Gallery prevents us from doing that.

 

It would be great if there was a priority switch directly in the Connect's Connections section, where it would be possible to select how prioritized should the loaders be in the Alteryx Gallery. Also a possibility to select a specific worker would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you very much for considering this idea.

 

Regards,

Jan Laznicka

Version upgrade of metaloaders gets difficult when customers change or add tools to already complex metaloader workflows.

 

Please better support customer customization by placing macros in the metaloaders at critical points

  • just after data input
  • just before data output

These macros would do nothing except pass data in and out

with the intent that customers build these out as they need to improve the resulting data catalog.

Most customer modifications could fit within limits of what these macros could do.

 

It would be easier to upgrade version when most often it only required replacing entire macros that had been modified.

The improvement would be worth the nominal impact on performance.

Where performance is a problem, un-customized macros could be removed.

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Hi Alteryx team,

 

Currently, there is a possibility to 'bulk certify' assets from the front-end using the Bulk operations functionality. Would it be possible to add also the 'bulk ownership' assignment feature?

 

We are aware that it is possible to assign owners using the Excel bulk upload, however, for a lot of users it is much more convenient and straightforward to do it directly from the front-end application.

 

This would really simplify the governance of assets in a large source systems like SAP HANAs, where certain users own large amount assets. It would enable data stewards to filter the respective assets using the built-in search functionality and assign the owners for the filtered subsets.

 

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Thank you very much for considering this idea.

 

Regards,

Jan Laznicka

Hello Alteryx team,

 

would it be possible to include a switch between All Projects and Top-Level Projects views when looking on a Tableau site in Alteryx Connect?

 

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For many users, the navigation in Tableau is through the 'Explore' tab and then Top-Level Projects view rather than All Projects. This reveals the real tree structure of the specific Tableau site. In Alteryx Connect, currently, there are always all projects listed when looking at a specific site, so also sub-projects.

 

The hierarchical structure is already brought in, when opening a workbook, the route includes both projects and sub-projects. The idea is that there would be a switch between the 2 views when looking at a site.

 

Thank you very much for considering this idea.

 

Regards,

Jan Laznicka

 

 

Hi Alteryx team,

 

would it be possible to include a project filter in the Tableau loader? Currently, the loader brings in all the projects from the selected sites. However, we have come across a situation when each department in a company has a couple of projects that they do not want to load.

 

The idea is that it would be possible to list the names of the projects that won't be loaded. It could be done in a way that all the projects containing the listed words won't be loaded. This would give us the possibility to, for example, not load the projects containing 'Ad hoc' in their names.

 

We are aware that we might keep these projects 'invisible' using permissions, however, for operational purposes we believe that the project filtering capability would be much better.

 

Thank you very much.

 

Regards,

Jan Laznicka

Hi Alteryx,

 

currently, when running loaders from the Administration Console - Connections pane, there is no information about the status of the load. Would it be possible to include information such as success/fail message, run length, completion time or next scheduled run time?

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This would much simplify monitoring of the scheduled loads and managing the schedule.

 

Thank you very much.

Regards,

 

Jan

Hi Alteryx team,

 

In Connect, users are able to open workflows, open reports (like Tableau) or use data source in a workflow using the blue button on an asset page. With the new functionality of cataloguing APIs, would it be possible to implement this button for API endpoints as well, meaning users would be able to trigger the API directly from Connect?

 

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Thank you very much.

Michal

Hi Alteryx team,

 

It would be great if it was possible to load SAP HANA systems using ODBC DSN instead of the normal host name.

 

From our experience, there is often more than 1 node present for SAP HANA systems and when entering the master node into the loader interface, we can't easily switch to a failover node when an unexpected event happens. Sometimes, it is not only the matter of nodes but for example a migration of an instance to cloud might result in a different host name. As a consequence, the loadcode is different and it is not possible to migrate the previous enrichment to the asset pages created under the new loadcode.

 

A solution for this would be the possibility of loading SAP HANA systems using the ODBC DSNs (this is already possible for example for Hive and it would be great if it was available for all applicable systems).

 

Thank you very much for considering this idea.


Regards,

Jan Laznicka

Hi Alteryx team,

 

Would it be possible to implement custom URL in the HDFS loader when using Knox Gateway? This could be implemented in the same way as in the normal Input Data tool.

 

When connecting to HDFS using the Input Data tool, the URL is automatically generated, however, it is possible to change it. Sometimes this is necessary as the 'sandbox' part of the URL is for some companies not applicable, they have for example their company names instead of it:

 

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However, in the Alteryx Connect HDFS loader, this is not possible as there is no such field in the interface:

 

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The 'sandbox' part of the URL is then automatically brought through 2 formula tools:

 

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This makes it impossible to load the HDFS metadata into Connect using the out-of-the-box Alteryx loader. Implementing a field into the interface like in the standard input data tool would solve this problem.

 

Thank you very much for considering this idea.

 

Regards,

Jan Laznicka

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Alteryx,

 

we have noticed that when drilling up/down in the "all mode" in Nexus, it is not possible to see all subsequent relations for assets related to the object, where Nexus was opened.

 

For example, when opening the Nexus view on a business term:

 

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We are unable to drill into the outgoing relationships for the highlighted Tableau dashboard, the only relation we see is its parent.

 

Would it be possible to show all relations when drilling up/down in the Nexus view?

 

Thank you very much.

 

Jan

Our users should primary look for certified objects. How ever the advanced search does not have the possibility to search for certified objects.

Certified objects should appear in the top of any search.

 

Today it has no effect on the search if a object is certified. Certified objects should be boosted in the search.

 

In the administration console, Connect configuration, search boost it should be possible to ad weight to certified objects

Hi Alteryx team,

 

apart from the current known issue of format of email notifications (which in some cases shows a code instead of a proper notification), can you work further to improve the visual of the email notifications?

 

Currently, the notifications do not contain any indication (information) that it is coming from Alteryx Connect so very frequently, it is even captured by the spam filters or users have no idea what they are receiving.

 

The expectation would be to include perhaps the Alteryx Connect logo, perhaps name of the instance or some other details, possibly even customizable by the administrator (to some extent only, obviously).

 

Thank you

Michal

Hi Alteryx team,

 

Would it be possible to include the "Status" column in all applicable asset lists? Currently, when looking at Tables in SAP HANA, there is a "Status" column containing the certification states. But for example for Views, though certifiable, there is no "Status" column in the list. Applying the same column structure could simplify navigation in the system and also help with operations such as bulk certification, where a user needs to select only assets in the same certification state.

 

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Thank you.

 

Jan

 

Hi Alteryx team,

 

Would it be possible to implement an overview table with a complete history of metadata loads? I can imagine there could be a table in the administration console (in Jobs) where you could see the history and number of runs for each source system so that it can be referred to at any time when you need to know the frequency and past runs?

 

Thank you

Michal

Hi Alteryx,


We have noticed that the sequence of objects in the Nexus diagram is not unified for different modes. For example, for user defined references the sequence in the „Joins“ mode is different from the lineage displayed in „All“ mode. The same stands for lineage, the arrows are often pointing in the opposite direction than in the “All” mode.


Would it be possible to unify the sequences of objects in the Nexus view?


I understand that the “All” mode just lists all relations without the actual sequence, but this is quite confusing for the users and it may be more intuitive if the arrows always pointed the same way.


Alternatively, would it make sense to have the arrows on both sides for user defined references?


Thank you.
Jan

Hi Alteryx,

 

Would it be possible to allow some basic customization of the login page? In our use case, we have the access into Connect restricted for the users and when they navigate to the login page and find out they don’t have access, we want to inform them they need to contact some internal Connect support to grant them access. So generally, it may only be like a one line with a custom text.


Thank you.


Jan

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 team,

 

Would it be possible to implement a legend in the nexus diagram with what each asset icon means? It could be in the bottom right corner of the page as a section so that it is easy to navigate and understand for business users what objects they're looking at. This is especially useful for more complex relationships diagrams with multiple types of data assets.

 

Thank you

Michal