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It would be useful to be able to select a single container (containing a data input) or multiple containers using Shift, and run those and only those.
When building a new element to a larger workflow, I often enter a new Input in a new container, the ability to run just that container without having to turn off all my other containers would be really useful in speeding up the start of joining things together.
The beauty of workflow constants is that a user can change a value in one place and it will be effective everywhere in the workflow where the constant is used. I want to be able to update the workflow constant value itself using an App interface. If I use interface tools to update the constant value wherever it appears, the constant loses its value and beauty. This becomes a maintenance nightmare and an interface tool clutter. Can I have a new tool or a current tool in the interface palette which allows me to change workflow constants in the interface? Thank you.
When I use the Comment Tool its difficult to select the tools inside it, but when I use the Container Tool the Container Text doesn't support Font Sizes, and doesn't support multiple lines of text so I end up moving the Comment into the Container, but still have problems selecting a group of tools.
So a combined Comment and Container Tools would be wonderful!
Bonus: If the Comment Tool could support Multiple Font Sizes.
I would love to be able to have an interface tool that allows a user to search through drop down values (when there are more than 100 or so) similar to autocomplete. It would be helpful as a multiselect or single select drop down. I have inserted a very poorly mocked up picture below. It would essentially be a modified version of the drop down as all the values would be in the tool, but the user could type to find what they are looking for.
The option to open Hyper files in 2019.4 is great! For some of our use cases it would be even better, if we would be able to directly open Hyper files that have been published to Tableau Server.
It should be possible to achieve this by combining the Tableau REST API method Download Data Source, which returns a Tableau Packaged Data Source (.tdsx), which then would need to be converted to a Zip file to be able to navigate to the contained Hyper file.
I've seen this question before and have run into it myself. I'd like to see a new tool that would allow a developer (of a workflow) to choose a path of logic based upon criteria known only during the execution of a module.
If LEFT INPUT Count of records < 10,000 THEN Path1 (e.g. use a calgary join)
There's often a need to do a cascade of filters which would normally be handled in a programming language by a Case or a Switch statement.
- if it's a cat then go left, otherwise go right
- if it's a dog then go left otherwise carry on right
if it's a fish then go left otherwise carry on right
otherwise do xxxx
This could be handled more elegantly by a conditional split tool that allowed you to specify multiple conditions like a case statement, and which then generated multiple output nodes; with the last one for any leftovers.
I constantly find my using pre and post SQL Commands in the Output tool to run SQL when I don't actually have any data to output.
One example is when I load data into S3 and want to load it into Redshift. I have SQL code to run but no data to Output - I end up running a dummy row into a temp table.
So can we have an SQL tool that simply acts the same as a Pre-SQL command without the associated data output. Once the command is run we should be able to continue the workflow, so the tool should have an option input and output, like the Run Command tool.
Alteryx does not currently have to email tool that is configurable to use SMTP Authentication for Microsoft Office 365 or any server requiring authentication. Our office printer can authenticate over SMTP and with TLS enabled why not my Alteryx mail tool - 'mic drop!'.
Further explained, Alteryx is a tool that needs to live within abide by the policies and security standards in the organization not vice versa. Therefore, it shouldn't be a big surprise, or a big ask for that matter, that a mail client should have the ability to authenticate prior to sending email of SMTP. I'm very surprised this tool is so arcane. Please implement quickly. Thank you
The introduction fo a rank tool would be hugely beneficial. Whilst there are currently means to rank using a combination of other tools formula/running total/multirow etc... a specific "Rank Tool" would be provide a seemless and smoother way to rank your data either for further analysis or purely to output this field.
This tool should include a sort by and group by functionaility as well as options for ranking (such as dense ranking or unique ranking) and in addition multi levels of ranking (ie. Rank by "Field A" Then By "Field B" etc...).
I suggest that it would be beneficial to add in a column filter that can automatically remove columns based on a condition, such as removing columns where all values are NULL or if they contain something in the values.
Should have a True and False output, like the normal Filter tool, so you can check what is being removed.
e.g. Would help with when you get poorly formatted excel sheets that add in hundreds of redundant columns, or if your workflow has generated NULL columns that should be removed, without having to Transpose, Filter, Cross tab etc to clear them out.
I see a huge potential for an IFTTT or Microsoft Flow Connector or Trigger.
Trigger: I have been part of a company that runs a great amount of Microsoft Flows to automate business processes. It would have been a nice addition, if we could start a Alteryx process when a certain event happens.
Output: On the other side, it would also be good to start a flow automatically when an Alteryx workflow is finished. E.g. it would be possible to create an analysis and automatically push it to several media / internal channels. It's also possible to bring twitter/facebook/etc output connectors to Alteryx, but it's definitely easier to build an IFTTT connector, that enable a huge amount of other tools.
Assuming some source control or versioning is in place, a formal compare tool would be a nice addition. This would be useful for determining what is different between two versions of a workflow, and that knowledge is very useful when modifying a production process: when formally moving a new (modified) process into production, part of the checks and balances would be to run a formal comparison against the workflow being replaces, and ensure that all differences are accounted for.
This sort of audit is notoriously difficult when the differences are buried deep in the configuration settings of various tools within Alteryx. I do see that the .yxmd files are XML based, so perhaps we could create our own compare tool based thereon, but it would be better (more trustworthy) to have one formally provided by Alteryx. Thanks!
Essentially, I want to update a DB table with either an update or with the deletion of rows. I can't delete all of the data. My work around will be to create/insert into a table the keys that i want to delete and try to use a input/output tool with SQL that performs the delete. Any other suggestions are welcome, but a tool is best.
Comparison of means between two groups; if independent groups, then independent samplest-test. If not independent, then paired samplest-test. If comparing one group against a fixed value, then a one-samplet-test.
While In-db tools are very helpful and cut down the time needed to write complex SQL , there are some steps that are faster by directly writing SQL like window functions- OVER (PARTITION BY .....). In Alteryx, we need to create multiple joins and summaries to perform a window function. It would be immensely helpful if there was a SQL editor tool for in-db workflows where we can edit the SQL code at any point in the workflow, or even better, if they can add an "edit" function to every in-db tool where we can customize the SQL code generated and then send to the next tool.
This will cut down the time immensely and streamline the workflow to make Alteryx a true contender for the ETL solution space.
Adam ( @AdamR ), Mark ( @MarqueeCrew) and many others have done a great job in putting together super helpful add-in macros in the CREW pack - and James ( @jdunkerley79 ) has really done an incredible job of filling in some gaps in a very useful way in the formula tools.
Would be possible to include a subset of these in the core product as part of the next release?
I'm thinking of (but others will chime in here to vote for their favourite):
- Unique only tool (CReW)
- Field Sort (CReW)
- Wildcard XLSX input (CReW) - this would eliminate a whole category of user queries on the discussion boards
- Runner (CReW - although this may have issues with licensing since many people don't have command line permission - Alteryx does really need the ability to do chained dependancy flows in a more smooth way.
- Date Utils (JDunkerly) - all of James's Date utils - again, these would immediately solve many of the support questions asked on the discussion forum
I think that these would really add richness & functionality to the core product, and at the same time get ahead of many of the more common queries raised by users. I guess the only question is whether the authors would have any objection?
It seems that there is good value in a "SuperCleanup" tool that could take commonly used ways of writing information and cleaning this up automatically. This would work well if the tool reviewed the data in the column, and made a recommendation about the cleanup to apply. The tool could cleanup the data; and then pop any non-conforming values into a separate column for you to explictly clean up.
- 01 Jan 2015: this can be automatically cleaned up into a date
- 11:15 pm: this can be cleaned up into a time
- 40.7128° N, 74.0060° W; or 40° 43' 50.1960'' N and 73° 56' 6.8712'' W: Both could be auto-converted to a centroid
- $ 55.20 or £2,000,000.00 can be automatically converted to currency
- India; United States; Mongolia - can be automatically cleaned up as a country (there are only about 200 or so in the world, so it's a very finite list)
- NY; AZ; MI; can be cleaned up as US states
NOTE: if we make this extensible -then companies can auto cleanup SKUs; or location codes; etc
There are dozens of simple cleanups like this that we could add - which would each relieve BI people from the drudgery of having to clean these up each time themselves.