When your software lives in the cloud, you get used to the world of terminal emulators. We run over 50 cloud servers on 5 different cloud platforms, and the right terminal emulator is a real boost to productivity.
When I was using OSX as my development platform, I used iterm2 as my terminal. Far better than the standard Mac terminal program, it offers features like paned windows, search, autocomplete, hotkeys, and more.
On switching back to Windows I was stumped. Putty was the most often recommended terminal, but it just felt ancient after iterm2, and I started looking for alternatives. After much searching, I found the wonder that is ZOC Terminal.
Tabbed windows! 3270! 5250! Windows and OSX! This product isn’t just a Putty replacement, but Attachmate as well.
The file transfer feature means that I never have to scratch my head trying to remember SCP syntax. There’s a full scripting language built-in, that we’re using to automate some of our automated deployment processes. Think of something you want to do in a terminal session, and it is probably built into the extensive feature list.
ZOC Terminal is a paid, commercial product. Its productivity and usability gains are worth every cent.
Strongly recommended, if you’re deploying Ajilius on a cloud / Linux environment.
Something we hear from many new users of Ajilius is “I’m lost!” When screens follow common patterns, a new user can get confused about which screen is in front of them.
We’ve fixed that problem by adding a current module highlight, which subtly tracks the user’s position in the navigation bar.
Regardless of what action you are taking within the Load module, for example, the Load menu will retain a highlight. This makes it fast and easy to check your workflow.
Ajilius. Continuing to act on user feedback.
Something often overlooked by new users is the ability to adjust the size of tables and editors to match their screen size and browser zoom level.
Not everyone likes small, squinty fonts … especially those of us on the wrong side of 50 … and Ajilius makes it easy to adjust.
Click on your user name (top right of navigation bar) and select the User Preferences option:
Then, use the Table Rows and Documentation Lines options to adjust the display. Table Rows adjusts the number of rows displayed in tables, and Documentation Lines adjusts the number of lines displayed in the User and Tech Notes fields.
Ajilius. Readable data warehouse automation.
This week we’re adding custom driver settings to Ajilius.
While our driver settings are chosen for optimal performance, there have been times when customers have asked for the ability to tailor connections to specific requirements.
We’re now supporting that request through two settings:
- Connection Parameters. These are extensions to the connection string used by JDBC drivers. Specify connection string parameters in a single line, including delimiters after every parameter.
- Driver Properties. These are JDBC properties which modify the behaviour of drivers through an API call instead of the connection string. Specify properties as a combination of property-value pairs, with one property per row.
The above example shows a modification to the connection string for the Salesforce driver, which adjusts the Salesforce API to version 36, and reduces the timeout setting to 30 seconds.
Please use custom driver settings with extreme care, as invalid settings could cause your ELT jobs to fail. We recommend you check with us before making changes regarding the specific format requirements of each driver.
Ajilius. Customisable automation.
This week we’ve got a mix of incremental enhancements and error corrections.
Here’s what you’ll find in Ajilius 2.4.10:
- Salesforce Sandbox. Ajilius now supports sandbox accounts for Salesforce.
- Tableau Connections. Tableau connections have now been validated against SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Snowflake, Redshift, Azure SQL DW, Exasol and MariaDB ColumnStore.
- Dedup Calculations. We now support the use of Transforms and Calculations in Dedup transformations.
- Redshift Sort Keys. If you’re a Redshift user, you now have interleaved sortkey support to improve performance of queries against facts and dimensions.
- Column Sorting. The Warehouse List and Extract List forms now support column sorting, but clicking the column name. We’ll roll out more sortable lists in future releases.
- BI Lineage. We now show the lineage of a column on the tooltips in Tableau and Yellowfin.
- Table Page Numbering. Table page numbers now show at the bottom of lists, to show your position in the list.
- Error Corrections
- Better Locale Support. We’ve made some adjustments that give better support for locale-specific number and date formatting.
- Coalesce Empty. The Coalesce Empty transform, which replaces null values with an empty string, was not working correctly on Snowflake.
Registered users should already have received notification of the download location, please let us know if you’ve not received your email.
Ajilius generates metadata-based models for Yellowfin, Tableau, Qlik and PowerBI. We use the descriptions and notes that you maintain in Ajilius to generate business-friendly models and documentation.
The quality of the model depends on the capabilities of the BI product. Yellowfin and Tableau have a richer metadata capability than Qlik and PowerBI.
We’ve taken advantage of that metadata capability to add a great new feature to the models for Yellowfin and Tableau – data lineage. Note the last two lines of the highlighted tooltips in the following screenshots:
Not only do we present the documentation you provided for the column, but did you see the last two lines? We track right back through the data warehouse lineage to give you the data sources, tables and columns from which each dimension or measure was sourced.
Now there can be no arguments about the source of data in reports, it is right in the model so that users know exactly where each number and value in their report originated.
Ajilius. Better BI Governance.
Ajilius 2.4.8 brings full Dynamics 365 integration to your data warehouse.
Connect to Dynamics:
Browse metadata to select your tables and columns:
Profile your data for a better understanding:
Load and blend your data:
Ajilius. Integrating CRM for faster, better reporting and analytics.
Ajilius 2.4.7 brings full Salesforce integration to your data warehouse.
Connect to Salesforce:
Load and blend your data:
Ajilius. The easiest way to deliver Salesforce in your data warehouse.
This week’s release 2.4.7 brings the following new features:
- Salesforce Adapter. Connect to Salesforce, browse and profile your data, then quickly load it to your choice of data warehouse for transformation to facts and dimensions.
- Double-Bar delimiter. Delimited files now accept a double bar (||) as a column delimiter.
The following errors have been corrected:
- Historic Persistent Staging. CTAS versions were not correctly updating the current row flag for this variant of persistent staging.
- Blank lines in log. Occasional blank lines were being appended to the console, and have now been suppressed.
Registered users will receive an email over the next 1-2 days with download instructions.
Go build some data warehouses 🙂
We’re pleased to announce that the Ajilius evaluation version now includes all cloud data warehouse platforms.
Previously, we restricted evaluations to on-premise databases. This was to simplify the evaluation environment.
Now, we’re finding that more and more customers are moving their entire workload to the cloud, and there is no on-premise database. And as those workloads move, the knowledge sets of evaluators move with them.
In recognition of this shift, we now include all databases – both cloud and on-premise – in our evaluation version. You can now trial Snowflake, Redshift and Azure SQL Data Warehouse alongside favourites like SQL Server, PostgreSQL, MariaDB and Exasol.
Ajilius. Tomorrow’s data warehouse, today.