Release 7.1

May 4, 2020

started out as a company focused on creating a new and easy-to-use experience for structuring, cleaning, blending, and aggregating data. Over the years, we saw more and more of our customers using not only to clean data, but to deploy data preparation recipes into data pipelines that feed analytics processes, AI workloads and more. The feedback we got is that legacy tools for data pipelining were rigid and hard to use. was not only useful for self-service data preparation, but the intelligent, visual interface made it easier for users to discover and clean data quality issues, uncover and extract new insights in data, and build and deploy data pipelines faster. A big focus of our development work over the last year has been to expand our capabilities in automation and data pipelining, and this release has several features that enhance the ability to create robust and agile data pipelines.  

Pipeline Orchestration with Plans

In the Spring 2020 release, has a new core feature – Plans. Plans provide a command center within the UI to orchestrate data pipelines. Plans allow for the sequencing of flows and jobs, bulk scheduling and running of jobs and organization of job runs, webhooks, and other tasks. 

Plan View


We are really excited to see where we can go with this feature and will be continuing to improve it over time to make it more flexible and incorporate more areas of the product in Plans. 

Enhanced Flow View

Available as a Beta release on only, enhanced flow view improves the user experience when working within a flow. Users can now drag and drop datasets, recipes, and outputs, can zoom in and zoom out, and leave comments and notes within the flow. You can also utilize multi-select with command/ctrl + drag. Additionally, users can now initiate joins and unions within the flow view. To check it out, you can toggle between the new flow view and the old flow view from the Flow View context menu.

Enhanced flow view

Enhanced flow view will be available across all product editions in the next release. 

Flow Parameters

Also new in the Spring 2020 release, flow parameters expand the possibility of templatized recipes and flows in . Users can create dynamic filters, if/then statements, patterns, flags, etc. that allow them to control the output of a flow from one job to the next, without having to modify steps in the recipe each time. Parameters can be added to steps like filters, new formulas, extracts, and replaces.


Insert flow parameters into your recipe steps

After a parameter is added, users then have control at time of job execution to choose the value for their output. For example, in the screenshot we can toggle between “click” and “view”, which will either keep rows where event_type equals “click” or “view”:

Apply flow parameter overrides at job run time



Parameters can be passed in manually or by API calls. Flow parameters improve reuse within the product, because recipes can now take in different values depending on the underlying data the recipe is being used for, adding to the vision of wrangle once, use everywhere. Flow parameters should reduce the need for copies of flows and recipes, and they also allow users to pass in data from third party systems via the API, adding additional flexibility to the product.

Talk to Experts Live

If you have been using recently, you may have noticed a new chat widget in the bottom left of the UI. Having difficulty figuring out what step you want to use? Running into a problem or just in need of additional support? Start a conversation with us to get help immediately!

NOTE: For more information on enabling this feature in your deployment, please contact .


 

Chat with a product expert

Tableau Server Publishing Enhancements – Support for Hyper

The Spring 2020 release brings improvements to direct publishing to Tableau Server. now supports publishing in Hyper format to Tableau Server, which should provide faster performance, easier configuration, and improved automation through scheduling.

NOTE: Support for publishing to TDE had already been deprecated by Tableau. It is likely to be deprecated in in a future release. Please switch to using Hyper format.

 

New Transformation Functions

The Spring 2020 release brings a new set of Date functions, covering date aggregation functions, timezone conversion functions, workday functions with regionality, and more. The functions are all listed in the table below:

New Wrangle functions


Date calculation functions:

Function NameDescription
MINDATE Function

MAXDATE Function

MODEDATE Function

Work day functions:

Function NameDescription
NETWORKDAYS Function

NETWORKDAYSINTL Function

WORKDAY Function

WORKDAYINTL Function

Time zone conversion functions:

Function NameDescription
CONVERTFROMUTC Function

CONVERTTOUTC Function

CONVERTTIMEZONE Function

These functions make it much easier to work with dates in a single step, rather than relying on complex transformations to do timezone conversion or even user defined functions. These all now come out of the box!

For the full Release 7.1 release notes, see Release Notes 7.1.

For more information on previous releases, see Past Releases.