๐Ÿ“Œ Quick Start

A walkthrough of all Atlan features ๐ŸŽ

This page summarises all the features that you need to know to understand and start using Atlan.

Here you can find some quick hacks and best practices to understand data, build trust around it, collaborate on it, give access to it, and more ๐Ÿš€

๐Ÿ”Ž Understanding data

Atlan is a living catalog of all your data assets and knowledge. It lets you quickly discover and access data along with its human tribal knowledge and business context. How?

The search bar on top of the Discover tab lets you instantly search through a large number of data assets, just by typing keywords.

You can narrow down your search by applying various filters like the asset's status tag, glossary terms, etc.

๐ŸŒŸ Pro Tip: Use the Ctrl/Cmd + K shortcut to open the search bar from any page on Atlan.

#2 Auto-generated data profileโ€‹

Atlan generates a complete ๐Ÿ“‹ profile of each data asset, which helps users to understand the data. Users can also add more contextual information to the profile via a โœ๏ธ README, Data Dictionary, etc.

โœจ Spotlight: You can also select the metrics (Mean, Median, etc) that you want to see in the data profile. Accordingly, Atlan will ๐ŸŒŸ auto-generate the profile.

#3 Attach appropriate glossary terms to each data asset

Glossary terms ๐Ÿท๏ธ come in handy for organizing data assets and quickly grasping their background. Read more about them below ๐Ÿ‘‡

The best part is the auto-glossary suggestion feature. The ๐Ÿค– Atlan Bot automatically links glossary terms to data assets and keeps learning on its own over time.

Auto-Glossary

โœจ Spotlight: Atlan supports ๐Ÿ“ค bulk glossary upload. If you already have your business glossary in place, fear not, we will not ask you to redo the work.

โœ… Trusting data

With the inherent diversity of data teams, it's all too easy to misunderstand other team members' roles. Atlan lets you create systems of trust. How?

#1 Assign status tags and add ๐Ÿค“ owners or experts for each data asset

This helps people easily identify whether the data is verified, work in progress, or has issues. Tagging owners' and experts' names lets users quickly reach out to them in case of any queries.

#2 ๐Ÿ”– Auto-PII detection via the Atlan Bot

The ๐Ÿค– Atlan Bot supports users by intelligently identifying data assets with Personal Identifiable Information (PII), and then attaching the PII classification and the access policies.

Auto-PII

#3 A complete, transparent view of each data asset's Lineage and Impact Analysisโ€‹

Atlan offers a fully automated, end-to-end Data Lineage ๐Ÿš€ for each data asset across multiple sources. It automatically parses through your SQL query logs in your data warehouses and BI tools to create a visual view of data lineage.

Curious to learn more about it? Read the page below ๐Ÿ‘‡

๐ŸŒŸ Pro Tip: You can look at both the data assets and the code that is transforming the data.

View the code in the Data Lineage

๐Ÿค Collaborating on data

Data science is a team sport. Effective collaboration can go a long way toward making your data initiatives successful and adding value to your business.

Atlan helps data teams work better together! Let's see how.

#1 Organized conversations to manage data chaos

The ๐Ÿ’ฌ Chat feature is available right next to each data asset. This is super helpful for resolving queries about the data instantly, without losing any context.

Atlan Chat

#2 Save SQL queries to avoid repeated work

The option to ๐Ÿ’พ save queries helps colleagues learn from each other's work and build on top of the existing SQL scripts. It is like your own personal list of the most frequently used queries. You can access them easily to save time โฑ๏ธ and effort.

#3 Multiply the SQL power with Atlan's rich SQL Editor & Visual Query Builderโ€‹

Saved queries are powered by Atlan's ๐ŸŒŸ rich SQL editor. Its intuitive design, easy shortcuts, auto-complete SQL functions, and many other features make query writing easy breezy ๐Ÿƒ

Want to know all the superpowers that the editor offers? Check the article below. You won't regret it! ๐Ÿ‘‡

Oh... I forgot to tell you the best part. The Visual Query Builder gives you an option to build your query without writing SQL. Surprised, right? ๐Ÿคฉ

Visual Query Builder

This feature will surely help you ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ build your SQL writing skills. How? Read all about it in the article below.

#4 Connect Atlan to Tableau and power your visualizations directly

Easy collaboration should not be just between colleagues, but also between data assets on different platforms... like our BI tools.

Atlan supports downstream integration with Tableau. That means you can easily connect your Atlan tables to Tableau and create visualizations on top of them.

๐Ÿค” Curious to learn how? Follow the steps given in the article below to create visualizations on top of your Atlan data tables.

#5 Recommend glossary terms with Admin review of the requests

Atlan lets you seamlessly collaborate not just on your data, but also on the knowledge associated with it.

It lets users โž• crowdsource metadata information to enrich glossary terms without losing any data hygiene. How? By following an โœ… approval mechanism, where only the Admin and Stewards are allowed to approve or deny the requests created by members.

โœจ Spotlight: This feature lets an organization take advantage of data users' intrinsic ground knowledge without losing the Glossary's hygiene.

A user requesting a new term for a table

๐Ÿ‘€ Note: Only users who have at least a "View" access to the data asset can suggest glossary terms. Check out the Access Policy to learn more, or read the next section.

๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ Access policies

Atlan aims to democratize data, but only under enterprise-grade security. However, governance and access control are a breeze with features like granular access policies, pre-defined user roles, auto-PII classification, and more.

As an Admin, Atlan makes your life very easy! Let's see how.

#1 Invite and manage existing users easily

#2 Ready-made access policies in form of user rolesโ€‹

There are four pre-defined user roles in Atlan. These roles come in handy to quickly define access policies for each new user.

Actions allowed for each role

To learn more, check out this detailed article ๐Ÿ‘‡

#3 Club users into ๐Ÿ‘ฅ groups to attach policies in bulk

โœจ Spotlight: Creating groups also comes in handy when a new person joins the team. That person can just be added to a group instead of individually adding that person to multiple access policies.

Create groups

#4 Granular access policies for tailor-made user access

Access policies can be created for a database, table, column, and everything in between. As an Admin, you can deny or give access to ๐Ÿ‘€ view or โœ๏ธ collaborate on any specific asset.

Want to know how to create granular access policies? Follow the steps given in the article below.

#5 Automatically assign and propagate access policies through ๐Ÿท๏ธ Classifications tag

Classifications can be used to assign different kinds of access policies, such as...

  • GDPR or CCPA compliance

  • Industry information security practices, such as CIA ratings

  • Internal custom tags like "Protected", "Confidential", or "Public" data assets

โœจ Spotlight: The Atlan Bot auto-classifies PII data and helps attach specific policies to it. Check out the article below to learn more.

Auto-PII

๐Ÿงฐ Deployment

Atlan deploys as a managed service in your virtual private cloud. Details on Atlan's security-first approach are given in the article below.

Want to deploy Atlan in AWS? Follow the steps give in the article below to set it up.

If you get stuck somewhere or have any questions, you can always reach out to us at support@atlan.com

๐Ÿ“ฆ Integrations

Atlan can seamlessly integrate with a variety of data sources. Links to all supported integrations and how to set them up are given below.

Data Lake

  1. โ€‹AWS S3 (Glue)โ€‹

  2. โ€‹AWS Delta Lakeโ€‹

  3. โ€‹Azure Delta Lakeโ€‹

Data Warehouse

  1. โ€‹AWS Redshiftโ€‹

  2. โ€‹Snowflakeโ€‹

Relational Database

  1. โ€‹MySQLโ€‹

  2. โ€‹PostgreSQLโ€‹

Query Engine

  1. โ€‹Prestoโ€‹

BI Applications

  1. โ€‹Tableauโ€‹

  2. โ€‹PowerBIโ€‹

Metastore

  1. โ€‹Hiveโ€‹

Atlan is a modern data workspace built for the data teams of the future! To explore further, you can either take a guided tour or sign up for a free trial.