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Unboxing Trifacta’s Latest Release – An Adrenaline Shot to Your Data Pipelines

April 22, 2020

Trifacta 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 Trifacta 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. Trifacta 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 development work at Trifacta 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. Join us for our upcoming Spring 2020 release webinar (US webinar & EMEA webinar) to get a deep dive of each of these features, and keep reading this blog for a sneak peak! 

Pipeline Orchestration with Plans
Available in Wrangler Pro and Wrangler Enterprise

In the Spring 2020 release, Trifacta has a new core feature in our product – 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. 

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 in Wrangler Enterprise

Additionally, we have a new beta feature available only on our Enterprise Edition (for now) – Enhanced Flow View. Enhanced flow view improves the user experience when working within flow view. 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. For users of Enterprise, you will be able to toggle between the new flow view and the old flow view based on preference.


This feature will be available in all editions of Trifacta in the next release. 

Flow Parameters
Available in Wrangler Pro and Wrangler Enterprise

Also new in the Spring 2020 release is Flow Parameters. Flow parameters expand the possibility of templatized recipes and flows in Trifacta. 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, etc.

Once 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”.

Parameters can be passed in manually or by using 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 Trifacta Experts Live
Available in Wrangler

If you have been using Wrangler recently, you may have noticed a new chat widget in the bottom left of the UI. We have added intercom into Wrangler and Wrangler pro to enable in product chat with Trifacta experts. 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 on Intercom to get help immediately!


Tableau Server Publishing Enhancements – Support for Hyper
Available in Wrangler Pro and Wrangler Enterprise

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

New Transformation Functions
Available in Wrangler, Wrangler Pro, and Wrangler Enterprise

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.

Date calculation functions:

Work day functions:

Time zone conversion functions:

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!

Interested in seeing more from the Spring 2020 release? Please join our upcoming Spring 2020 release webinar (US webinar & EMEA webinar)!

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