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SEPTEMBER 2022

TIMEXTENDER NEXT GENERATION

This release includes a ton of powerful new features focused on helping you build your data estate in a way that's more future-proof and user friendly. 

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Instances

New cloud-powered instances make building your data estate a breeze

DATA SOURCES

Now add data sources directly from the portal and enjoy the improved UI

USER MANAGEMENT

No more sharing credentials and license keys, Admins now have seamless user management

POWERFUL FEATURES

Enjoy many new powerful features unlocking nearly unlimited possibilities

THE PORTAL

With this release all administration is now handled directly from the web-based portal.

  • Configure your
    • Instances
    • Data Sources
    • & User Access
    • from any device, anywhere.
  • Administrators don't need to access the desktop software to make necessary changes.
  • An easier to navigate, more user-friendly experience.

Improvements to the portal don't require any legwork from you.i.e. software upgrade.

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INSTANCES

This release introduces the cloud-powered ODX, Data Warehouse, and Semantic Model instances.

Instances are self-contained objects that can be managed or migrated individually, while still maintaining full object dependencies and data lineage across one another.

Because the instances are fully-managed in the portal, customers no longer need to host their own repository and will benefit from a more trouble-free experience.

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CREATE AN INSTANCE

In the Portal:

  1. Click on Data Estate > Instances
  2. Click Add Instance >
  3. Configure your Instance details
  4. Confirm your selections
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CLOUD DATA SOURCES

Admins can now configure any of TimeXtender’s vast library of over 250 data sources directly from the web portal.

Add data source credential can be added and access shared, securely. No more searching frantically for that that notepad, where you saved your credentials. Then precariously sharing passwords over email or chat.

In the Portal:

  1. Click on Data Estate > Data Sources
  2. Click Add Data Source
  3. Select from over 250 provider types
  4. Configure your data source
  5. Confirm your selection
  6. Map your data source to an ODX Instance
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SWAP DATA CONNECTIONS

By abstracting the connection details away from the configuration settings, users can easily switch providers as needs change, delivering a more scalable, future-proof, solution.

Since data source connections are defined in the portal. You can now create a data source, complete with table selections and incremental load configurations. Then switch the data source connection later.

In the ODX tab:

  1. Right-click a data source > Edit data source
  2. Under "connection" click Change...
  3. Select the new data source connection.
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TABLE SELECTION

Selecting individual tables and fields from a data source is now easier than ever. This new interface allows you to quickly choose exactly what data you want to bring into your ODX Storage.

In the ODX tab:

  1. 1. Right-click a data source > Select Tables...
  2. CTRL+Click to multi-select tables.
  3. Click Add to include tables in selection.
  4. With a selected table highlighted, click Select Columns...
  5. Add or Remove selected columns with a preview of the data.

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USER MANAGEMENT

DESKTOP SIGN-IN

TimeXtender Desktop now authenticates and configures directly from the portal. Simply login and have immediate access to all instances which have been pre-configured in the portal.

Death to pesky license keys and client secrets!

In the Desktop:

  1. Open TimeXtender Desktop
  2. Enter your user credentials previously created in the portal
  3. Click Sign In
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POWERFUL FEATURES

INCREMENTAL SUBTRACTION

Some source systems round up the data modification value. Others even allow a “grace period” that allows it to change transaction data without indicating it has been modified.

Incremental Subtraction allows you to configure TimeXtender, to subtract a desired amount from the previous max incremental value, allowing your scheduled loads to automatically take into account the data that may have changed since your previous execution.

In the ODX tab:

  1. Right-click a data source > Setup Incremental Load
  2. Create or Edit a rule
  3. Configure your subtract from value in
    1. Amount - if the value is not date/time
    2. Time - if the value is a date/time
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ODX DOCUMENTATION

TimeXtender now let’s you instantly document the details of all data sources and tables that have been extracted and stored in the ODX in an easy to navigate PDF file.

In the ODX tab:

  1. Right-click the ODX node > Documentation
  2. Configure your documentation appearance.
  3. Click OK to save and open your documentation in a PDF file format
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MAPPING SETS

When building a data estates, it is common to integrate multiple data source with different data but identical structures. Mapping Sets allow you to define a search criteria, then TimeXtender will automatically map any source table that fits the criteria into that destination.

Acquiring a new company which uses the same data source? No problem. Once the data source is added, you simply synchronize the mapping set and all matching tables are added automatically.

In the MDW tab:

  1. Right-click on a table's Mappings folder > Add Mapping Set
  2. Add your filter criteria
  3. Click Refresh to see your matching tables
  4. Confirm your changes
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DATA PROFILE

With data profile you can easily get a quick overview of the in a table. Quickly see row counts, number of uniques, min and max values etc. This makes if faster than ever to analyze data to begin modelling.

In the MDW tab:

  1. Right-click on a table > Data Profile
  2. Click each field to see the profile of the values in this field.
  3. Click Pattern Search to search for patterns in your data.
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EXECUTE POWERSHELL

With the ability to execute and schedule PowerShell scripts from within TimeXtender you have nearly endless automation possibilities in Azure as well as most windows machine or SQL Server tasks as well.

The following are just a few examples of activities you can now schedule directly from TimeXtender:

  • Scale resource up and down
  • Pause or resume cloud resources
  • Execute machine learning pipelines
  • Run external stored procedures, etc.

In the Execution tab:

  1. Right-click external executables > Add PowerShell Script
  2. Configure your Script
  3. Add your script to an execution package
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POWER BI PREMIUM ENDPOINT

This edition introduces the ability to execute semantic models directly to the Power BI Premium endpoint.

Now, if you have a Power BI Premium subscription or Power BI Embedded resource, you can execute any of your existing models directly to the service. No need to recreate or rebuild your models!

In the Portal:

  1. Create or Open an existing SSL instance.
  2. Add an Endpoint > Select the Power BI Premium Endpoint type
  3. Input your endpoint details & save

In the Desktop:

  1. Open or refresh your instance
  2. Deploy & Execute
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And tons more features!

Read the release documentation for more info

Release Documentation

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