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Release Notes

A change log of all new enhancements and changes on the product.

All latest releases can be found on - https://new.atlan.com/โ€‹

May 2021

We've done a bunch of big and small releases to add more context to your data! These make understanding your data and the processes involved one step easier.

๐Ÿš€ Highlights:

  1. Report about lineage issues

  2. Set up a custom schedule for crawlers

  3. View partition information for Glue tables

  4. Add Enums to enrich business metadata

๐Ÿšฉ Report back lineage

If you spot an error in a lineage process, what do you do? Now you can report it directly to the Atlan support team from the product itself. Just type in the issue, and it will reach our team.

Report lineage process error

โฑ๏ธ Set up a custom schedule in crawler configuration

Earlier, you could select a daily, weekly, or monthly frequency for your crawler. Now you can configure custom schedules within those options. For example, do you want to run the crawler just on weekdays or weekends? Or maybe you want to run it on alternate days?

Custom schedules make it easy to keep your integration in sync with data updates at the source.

Crawler schedule configuration

๐Ÿ‘€ View partition info for Glue tables

Partioning helps in using resources efficiently. However, for a table viewer, it is important to know the columns and values used for partioning.

With this release, Atlan has made this information visible. Now you can see the partition date range for Glue tables on Atlan's Discover page sidebar and on each asset page.

๐Ÿ‘€ Note: Currently the partition date range is the date of creation and last partion.

Partition date range

โž• Add Enums to enrich business metadata

Enums let you add enumeration options to each business metadata field. This helps you add more context to your custom metadata created for business users.

For example, inside the Team Owners business metadata, you can create options to add the team type. Then Team Owners will become like a business metadata folder, under which you can add attributes about the team with Enums.

Enums

๐Ÿ‘€ Note: Not sure what business metadata is? Read this article for more information..

April 2021

Want to save your precious time?! These new features will help. Keep reading ahead.๐Ÿ‘‡

๐Ÿš€ Highlights:

  1. Generate DQ profile in bulk

  2. Run Atlan Bots for the entire instance in one click

  3. View lineage for your SQL scripts

  4. Add comments to assets status tags

๐Ÿ—„๏ธ Bulk DQ Profile

Instead of configuring data quality runs for each table individually, the Bulk Profile feature lets you generate the profile for all assets in a database/schema together.

The configuration steps are the same for bulk and individual tables. Select the database, determine the sample % or complete data, choose metrics to calculate, and set a frequency(daily, weekly, monthly).

As soon as you click "Run Config", it will generate DQ profiles for all the tables in the database. Several clicks saved right there! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Bulk Profile Configuration

๐Ÿค– Bulk Atlan Bots run

Instead of running Atlan Bots individually for each data table, you can now run it across all your instance's assets.

๐Ÿ‘‰ For example, if you run the Glossary terms bot, it will automatically generate glossary term recommendations for all tables cataloged in your Atlan instance.

You can also trigger the Column Descriptions and Classifications bot to run for all your assets simultaneously. Imagine the time it will save!

</> Lineage for your SQL script

Often while writing an SQL statement, we feel like visually seeing the changes made by the code. Especially the table used and the table created.

You can now preview lineage using SQL scripts inside Atlan's integration section. You can either write, copy-paste, or upload an SQL script containing DDL statements, click on preview, and it will generate a visual graph based on your query.

Try it out, and feel free to reach out to us if you have any queries at the support desk.

SQL Script Lineage

๐Ÿ’ฌ Add comments to asset's status tags

You can now add a description to your asset status to add more context. โœจ

Like, who verified it, or if it's WIP, what's the ETA for it to be verified and ready to use. Read the help doc here to know how to add different status tags to your Atlan assets.

Add Comments to Status Tags

March 2021

More power to our team as they shipped features to make your data work easier and faster!

๐Ÿš€ Highlights:

  1. Atlan + Slack integration

  2. Bulk approve requests

  3. Delete lineage feature

  4. Native Databricks integration

๐Ÿ”” Slack integration

How cool would it be to send a message and tagged asset to your favorite chat platform, all without leaving Atlan?! ๐Ÿคฉ It's no fantasy, it's real! Yes, you can now integrate Atlan + Slack in 3 simple steps.

Key benefits:

  1. ๐Ÿ’ฌ Get notifications when someone is tagged in an Atlan asset chat.

  2. ๐Ÿ”” Send a Slack message from Atlan using *!* inside the asset chat.

  3. ๐Ÿก Share Atlan assets directly to Slack with a custom message.

For example, if you want someone to respond to your data query urgently, just type in your question inside the Atlan chat and tag that person using *!*. They will get your message on their Slack along with the asset details. Super efficient!

Watch this video to learn more.

โœ”๏ธ Bulk approve requests

Good news and a sigh of relief for all the admins and stewards!

You can now accept or reject requests in bulk. It saves time and effort as you don't have to click on each request individually. The new clean UI also makes navigation and filtering requests easier.

Go clear your pending requests in just a few clicks! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Bulk approve request

โœ๏ธ Delete Lineage from UI

All our users really liked the DIY Data Lineage feature, but creating it manually is prone to errors.

We don't want you to be scared of making mistakes, so we've created the new "Delete process" feature. You can now delete a Lineage for a data asset and create it again.

Delete Lineage Feature

๐Ÿค Native Databricks integration

You can now seamlessly integrate tables from Databricks with your Atlan workspace. โœจ

Read this article to learn more about it. If you have any queries, feel free to ping us at our Support Desk.

Native Databricks Integration

February 2021

This month, our support got better as we launched ๐ŸŽ‰ help.atlan.com.

Here's a brief of all the major feature releases for the month. Keep reading to learn them all ๐Ÿ˜€

๐Ÿš€ Highlights:

  1. Atlan's help desk is now accessible from the platform itself.

  2. Lineage is now DIY.

  3. Search queries faster via global search and more.

๐Ÿ˜‡ Atlan help desk

Raise a support request, ask a query, or suggest an enhancement directly from your Atlan instance.

Just click on the blue message icon at the bottom right, and type away your message. Make sure you choose the correct category and priority of your request.

You can also attach relevant files like screenshots or GIFs to explain your request better.

Feel free to CC the request to relevant stakeholders. You can check all the tickets opened and their status at help.atlan.com.

Submit tickets via Atlan

๐Ÿ”„ Create lineage yourself

You and your analysts can now create lineage from Atlan itself.

It is super easy and quick to use. Just select the origin asset, define the transformation process, and link it to the output asset. And tada, your lineage diagram is ready!

Go to the "Settings" tab of any asset without a lineage, and try creating one yourself.

DIY Lineage

๐Ÿ”Ž Search queries faster

You can now search your saved SQL queries via global search. And hold your excitement... because you can also search it via glossary terms! When saving a query, you can now attach a glossary term to it. Pretty cool, right?!

โœจ Pro Tip: Don't forget to attach an appropriate status tag to your saved queries. This will help others know if the query is ready to use, is WIP, or has some issues.

January 2021

Happy 2021! To meet your ๐Ÿ˜Ž great expectations, at least from the data in hand, Atlan is now faster and simpler.

๐Ÿš€ Highlights:

  1. Get your data quality metrics in a few seconds.

  2. Quickly add useful context to data assets with business metadata.

  3. Test integration credentials before running the crawler.

  4. Check the health status of all services running inside Atlan.

๐ŸŒŸ Super fast data quality (DQ) metrics

We often hesitate to generate the data profile or calculate column-wise metrics, especially for big data tables. Why? Because it takes considerable time and resources.

Not anymore! With Great Expectations, Atlan can generate the data metrics and profile report 50-60% faster. And don't worry, this speed doesn't come at the cost of your compute resources. With the existing power of your warehouse, we can compute metrics for millions of rows in seconds.

That is fast and efficient! Time and resources shouldn't restrict our capability to assess the data quality, especially for big data.

Super fast DQ metrics

๐Ÿ”– Business metadata

This makes adding context to your data accurate and straightforward. A data admin or steward can now create buckets of business metadata and add custom metadata fields (attributes) to them, which will then be filled for each data table they is attached to.

Here's why business metadata is a powerful feature for both admins and data users:

  1. As an admin, you can organize metadata fields in groups and also set restrictions on attribute values โ€” for example, the max string length or value type (date, boolean, etc). This helps you maintain the hygiene of the metadata values entered by the users.

  2. As a user, you know precisely what metadata values you can add to a data asset โ€” no confusion leads to faster enrichment!

๐Ÿ”— Share via Slack

Your data asset link will now unfurl itself as soon as you share it with your team on Slack. It will show all important information about the asset, like its short preview, source, and other details.

Enhance your data sharing experience by configuring this preview on your organization's Slack. Reach out to us to learn how to set this up ๐Ÿ˜€

Slack link unfurl

๐Ÿงช Test integration credentials first

Often we are not 100% sure of the integration credentials, and that is okay. What is not okay is to find that out after running the crawler and seeing a failed run.

The Test Credential feature will help you verify your credential details at the very first step - when you are adding a new one. This will help you save time and avoid creating incorrect credentials.

โœจ Pro Tip: Even if you initiate a crawler run by mistake, nothing to fret! You can now stop it using the "Stop Run" option right next to your current run.

โœ… Health check

The new Health Status option inside the "Access" section will help you quickly check an instance's health. It gives one quick view to see whether all the functionalities like search, query, user invite emails, etc. are running.

If any of the services in the Atlan cloud infrastructure are facing issues, it will affect the associated function inside Atlan as well.

The Health Status page will help you quickly check and troubleshoot asap! And you can always reach out to us at [email protected]. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

December 2020

To gear up for the new year, our team worked on performance and security enhancements.

This was the best time to make things faster and better. You'll see the results soon next year, in the form of super-fast data quality metrics and a smoother process of integrating various data sources with Atlan. ๐Ÿ˜‰

November 2020

This month, our Atlan Bot ๐Ÿค– became smarter! It now also suggests column descriptions, apart from just glossary terms.

Here's a brief of all the major feature releases for the month. Keep reading to learn them all ๐Ÿ˜€

๐Ÿš€ Highlights:

  1. Automatically describe columns with Atlan Bot

  2. Publicly share saved SQL queries

  3. Integrate Atlan with Looker and SAP Hana

๐Ÿค– Auto-column descriptions by Atlan Bot

How often do we find ourselves looking in despair at an empty column description field in our metadata? The pain is real!

Imagine the pain of the person who has to manually fill this out for multiple tables, each with 50-60 columns or even more.

The Atlan Bot now gives suggestions for column descriptions, based on columns with similar column names in other tables. As soon as the suggested description is approved (by an Admin or Steward), the column description gets auto-filled.

We know you are itching to try this out right away!

Auto-column description with Atlan Bot

๐Ÿ“ Share your queries seamlessly

Another cool, new feature that will improve collaboration is the option to make your saved SQL queries public.

Often a team has a list of frequently used SQL queries, shared with colleagues over Slack, email, etc. Public SQL queries let you share queries that can come in handy for other team members. This lets you build on top of your colleague's work instead of starting from scratch.

Share saved queries

โž• Looker integration is live

Atlan now supports Looker as an integration. You can crawl all your Looker dashboards and widgets right into Atlan's catalog as BI assets.

Cataloging your BI assets, and other data assets, inside Atlan will improve your dashboards and might even drive people to adopt them.

Atlan with Looker

โž• SAP Hana integration

Our team is on fire with another integration going out in record time ๐Ÿ’ช

SAP Hana is a high-performance, in-memory relational database used by many organizations. All your tables, columns, and schema inside a Hana database can now be crawled into your Atlan catalog in minutes.

Atlan with SAP Hana

October 2020

This was a heavy weight-lifting month, with a bunch of performance enhancements rolled out to improve your experience. The most exciting ones were improvements in the search algorithm and a new simpler view of the Data Lineage.

๐Ÿš€ Highlights:

  1. Simple, clear Lineage view

  2. Enhancements in the search algorithm

  3. Revamped Home page

โ†”๏ธ A new view for Lineageโ€‹

Lineage inside Atlan is much more than a fancy graph. Its real value lies in how quickly a user is able to locate the information they need.

The new Tree view makes it even simpler to navigate through the Lineage of tables. The tabular format gives a clearer view of both the source and impacted assets, along with the process (i.e. the code) used to create the tables. To view the details, just click on the table or the code, and its information will be visible in the right-side view.

Oh no! I missed the "o" in "customer" in my search... Relax! You will still get the tables you are looking for.

Atlan's search algorithm is now indifferent to spelling errors in your search keyword. It will show the most relevant search results instead of throwing a "No results found" message.

Enhanced search inside Atlan

๐Ÿ“‹ Data Profile is now more flexible

The Data Profile is like a data set's own LinkedIn or Facebook profile. It helps you assess the quality and characteristics of your data in the form of a report.

Atlan gives you the freedom to customize your data quality reports. You can generate the profile for a selected percentage of the data sample or its subset, and you can even choose the kind of metrics to check for each column in the table. Now you can also save and reuse the data quality configuration at different cuts (e.g. using different aggregations and filters, such as monthly, at a state level, or only for a selected category).

For example, say there is a table with data from different brands, and you want to generate the quality report for a specific brand. What will you do? You can simply filter the data using configuration options, save it, and generate your report for the required brand.

๐Ÿก The new home page is all about your faves

Home is all about comfort, right!? The new Atlan "Home" page is all about putting your favorites in one place.

Curious to take the data pulse of your organization? Just click on the "Trending" tab. It will give you a list of the most-visited data assets across all users.

The user guide and the product onboarding tour links are also pinned on the right for quick access.

Launch of the Atlan User Guide

We are super excited to announce the launch of our official user guide, now live at docs.atlan.com. It can be your go-to resource for all queries and information on all the different Atlan-related features and functionalities.