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Update 8/12 - Thanks so much for all users who have participated in the Alteryx Beta and Public Preview opportunities for 20.3.  We got a ton of great feedback that will inform roadmap as well as improve the quality of our upcoming Alteryx Designer 20.3 release.

 

With that said, we have closed previously available 20.3 Beta opportunities, but dont despair as we have new content in the form of our new Alteryx Azure Data Lake (ADLS) Connector which is now available for beta feedback!

 

The ADLS Connectors are meant to enable our users to leverage the data they have in their Azure Cloud. We listened to our users’ requests from Community and enhanced the tools, so they can be used with almost any Azure setup: public cloud, government cloud, gen1 and gen2 storages, single- and multi-tenant. Alteryx Beta Program users can access the new Alteryx content and begin testing using the Sign In/Sign Up page. 
 

The new release we are baking right now brings long requested functionalities: 

 

  • Government Cloud - US and China Cloud (and any custom endpoint) 
  • Gen2 storages 
  • Multitenancy support 
  • Brand new user interface with an improved user experience! 

 

Update 7/20 - New content is available for Alteryx Connect. There are now two ways to test: installed or hosted through the new Alteryx Connect Beta Server. Alteryx Beta Program users can access the new Alteryx Connect content and begin testing using the Sign In/Sign Up page. 

 

Here's a list of the new functionality and fixed items now available for testing in the latest Alteryx Connect build: 
 

  • Bulk Edits – This feature extends Connect’s ability to update multiple assets at once.  
  • Workflow Documentation - Users now can see the Alteryx Designer Tools and which workflows contains them. Users can ask questions such as “show me all workflows which are using the Download tool”. 
  • ADLS Gen2 Loader - New metadata loader for ADLS Gen2 is here – you can harvest Azure blog storage using this new loader 
  • Teradata Loader Extracts VIEWS Columns Datatypes - Teradata loader was enhanced to extract datatypes and sizes from VIEWS columns. 
  • Tableau Loader Personal Token Authentication - Tableau Loader now supports Personal Token Authentication. The whole loader was re-designed for better performance and enablement of more advanced filtering on project names. 

Fixed Issues 

 

  • Filter now shows assets with special characters after typing the full name. 
  • XID is now included when exporting all fields into Excel. 
  • LDAP Group with wrong membership properties no longer breaks the synchronization. 
  • All loaders are not reuploaded when clicking Harvest. 
  • Tableau Project Owner no longer gets overwritten in subsequent loads. 

As mentioned, in addition to the new content, the Alteryx Connect Beta Server is now available for testing the new features in a hosted environment. Instructions can be found here upon signing into the Alteryx Beta Program. 

 

Update 7/6 - New content was added for PostgreSQL Bulk Loader.  Here's the new functionality and fixed items now available in the latest PostgreSQL bulk Loader:

  • DSN Bulk Connection fields are now required – Context: When you select your DSN connection from the drop-down, users are now required to enter a value for User Name, Password, Database Name, Host, Port, and SSL Mode.  Details in the beta test script step 6 (link).
  • Fixed Issue - The loader now returns an error message when attempting to utilize a database with a space in the name.  Previously Designer would creates a table but not write data without an error message.

 

New Content 6/11 - AlteryDesigner Beta is now available to Alteryx Beta Program Participants!  Existing Alteryx Beta Program users Sign In/New users Sign Up.  Following is a summary of how and what you can test and provide feedback on! 

 

Replace Designer users love our ‘Find’ functionality, help us test the new Replace functionality to help users find and now Replace found values across their workflows! 

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fig 1 – early mockup of Replace dialog 

 

PostgreSQL & Snowflake Bulk Loader - Alteryx bulk loaders are meant to improve the performance of data loads.  Currently it takes a reaaally long time to insert via ODBC or would require you to write a custom solution to get this to work.  With the new PostgreSQL & Snowflake Bulk loaders, Alteryx Designer users can write the results of their work into PostgreSQL and Snowflake databases as fast as possible. 

 

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Fig 2 – PostgreSQL Bulk Loader Connection. 

 

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Fig 3 - Snowflake Bulk With Local Staging. 

 

Python Virtual Environment Manager - Virtual environment management is critical for enabling workflows utilizing the Jupyter tool to function in Alteryx server environments.  The Python Virtual Environment Manger enables users of the Jupyter tool to manage their own virtual environments and will also make the code-friendly experience in Designer even more powerful. 

 

Call to Action  

In addition to helping orient you to the major features that we’re delivering with the next version of Designer, we want you to also do your own exploratory testing so that you can weigh in on the quality of Designer by providing suggestions or identifying bugs by signing in and adding your feedback so that our Product and Development teams can weigh them against other top priorities.  Here’s how to get started! 

 

  1. Log in to the Alteryx Designer Beta program - Existing users Sign In/New users Sign Up
  2. Select test area by clicking one of the ‘What to Test’ topics on the right hand side of the page.

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  1. Choose your installer.  Don’t know which installer to use? check out this blog post.

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  1. Apply beta license key.  They’re on the left hand side:

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  1. Follow test script instructions

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  1. Provide feedback!

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  1. Questions?  just email betas@alteryx.com