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The Top 10 of 2019 – Highlights from a Prolific Year of New Features at Trifacta

January 15, 2020

As we start the new year, it’s a good time for reflection on a productive year at Trifacta full of new and exciting features. We’ve improved many different parts of the product, from adding new transformations and functions, to improving various UI/UX elements, let’s take a look at the top 10 of 2019

New Functionality

1. Macros: Macros provide customizable, reusable groups of steps that can be used to build a library of the most common recipe steps your organization needs to streamline your wrangling and let you focus instead on exciting data analytics challenges and finding new insights.

2. Transform by Example: Transform by Example is a new paradigm in data interaction: rather than directly creating data transformation steps, Transform by Example allows you to provide examples of how you’d like the end state of your data to look, and Trifacta will figure out the steps needed to get there.

3. Smart Cleaning: Trifacta Smart Cleaning brings scale and flexibility to the traditionally rigid processes of standardization.

4. Alerts and Notifications: Webhooks allow you to connect to third party applications to send notifications upon job completion. Email Alerts will send emails upon job completion.

5. Native Snowflake/Redshift Read and Write: Native Connectivity to Snowflake and Redshift provides read and write to the most popular data warehouses at scale.

6. Active Profiling: By blending visual guidance, user interaction, and machine intelligence into an intuitive user interface, Trifacta’s Active Profiling enhances the ability to profile, discover, and validate data quality issues.

7. Feature Engineering Transformations: Three new Transformations for One Hot Encoding, Binning, and Scaling.

Honorable Mention:
  • PDF Import
  • AWS glue integration
  • sFTP for Windows and Linux file systems
  • ADLS Gen 2 Support
  • Databricks and Delta Tables
  • Firefox compatibility
  • Input and Output file path parameterization
  • Broad array of New Functions
    • $sourcerow and $filepath give information on the source datasets name and index, Array Math functions allow you to perform mathematical calculations on arrays, Ranking Functions allow for single and multicolumn ranking, and new Statistical Functions allow you to calculate correlation and covariance between columns and quartiles and percentiles within columns. 

UX Enhancements

1. Rapid Target Improvements: Rapid Target improvements include fuzzy matching to allow for auto column mapping even when the column name and data do not perfectly match.

2. Join Enhancements: New Join improvements provide more visibility on the data throughout the join process and keep you in the transformer window for a more seamless join experience. 

3. Data Type Improvements: Improvements to our data type menus make searching and navigating much easier. Alongside this, we have improved locale settings to ensure that those in different regions of the world have date format standards for that region enabled by default. 

Honorable Mention:
You can now perform recipe operations on multiple steps. Operations like multi-step disabling, moving, copying, and duplicating streamline the interactions within recipes and simplify recipe organization especially as recipes get larger and more complicated. 
Tip: You can also copy and paste multiple steps from one recipe to another, which enables reuse of recipe parts.

We have lots of exciting improvements coming in 2020. Interested in trying Trifacta for yourself? Start free today!

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