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  1. Power BI Integration

    Allow tight integration between Power BI and ADC.

    1. Publish Power BI models to ADC.
    2. Grab data models or data from ADC from Desktop/Service.
    3, View metadata from ADC from w/in Power BI Desktop/Service.

    will add more in a moment.

    168 votes
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      under review  ·  7 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Relationship & Lineage

      1. See where data comes from
      2. Find related data assets
      3. Find dependencies (upstream/downstream)
      4. Auto-recognize relationships/lineage
      5. Add/manage/annotate relationships

      134 votes
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      • Scheduled Update of Data Source Metadata

        data sources can be updated frequently - currently, a manual update is required to keep fields/tables in sync.

        require the ability to schedule updates

        64 votes
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          planned  ·  1 comment  ·  Data Sources  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 46 votes
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          • SSAS Tabular Integration

            1. Grab data models or data from ADC from Visual Studio.
            2. View metadata from ADC from w/in Visual Studio.
            3. Share queries/models directly from Visual Studio
            4. Data source connection assistance
            5. Metadata entry from data source in ADC --> SSAS data model
            6. Metadata entry in Visual Studio --> ADC
            7. Lineage and usage viewable during authoring/selection

            41 votes
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            • Allow multiple catalogs per Organisation

              I work for an organisation that has multiple, distinct areas. My area would like to set up a catalog separate to the rest of the organisation, but still able to integrate with our Azure tenancy. Right now we can't due to the limit of one catalog per organisation.

              35 votes
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              • Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to tag columns and objects when doing data profiling.

                Applying Artificial Intelligence to tag columns and objects when doing data profiling. For example, when profiling and the field is FName, you look at the data and provide a confidence that this is First Name.

                28 votes
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                • CSV Data Source

                  the current file data source doesn't provide much value. it would be great if there was a more robust data source targeted at CSV files that would at least capture column names and perform data profiling

                  25 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Data Sources  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Open In Power BI Desktop using Live Connection for SSAS models

                    The Open In ... Power BI Desktop option should establish a Live Connection for SSAS Tabular Models rather than attempt to Import Data. Currently Power BI Desktop opens with an empty model and users must add individual items (measures, tables). The ideal user experiences would be a connection to the existing SSAS model using live connection and users can immediately start dragging and dropping items to build a report.

                    24 votes
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                    • Azure Data Catalog Backup Feature

                      It would be fantastic if ADC offered a backup feature so we could roll back to a configurable selection of restore points in case users performed an operation that resulted in overwriting of valid data.

                      23 votes
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                      • Capture metadata of ETL processes designed in Data Factory

                        Big data platform are mainly powered by two major components in their architecture; Source-to-target mapping and ETL processes. So the analyst performing analytics on a specific dataset needs to understand where the data came from, which business rules applied on the data while in transient,...etc. So, an analyst could create a lineage diagram to help them understand the data movement in details. In the same time, data engineers could generate an impact analysis on ETL procesees and target datasets in case any data source was changed.

                        The short version is Data Catalog to harvest metadata from Data Factory that describes…

                        21 votes
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                        • Allow Catalog User Security to apply to Power BI pro licensed users

                          Currently those with Power BI pro licenses are not impacted by the security restrictions in the Azure Data Catalog standard edition. This limitation is making it difficult to maintain a consistent and reliable data catalog when you cannot restrict editing and deleting privileges on a large user base.

                          21 votes
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                          • Allow for a default filtering statement used for Open in.....

                            A majority of the data sources we have loaded into the catalog are a 100 million+ records, quite a few being in the billions. It would be extremely useful to have the option to add a filtering statement that would narrow down the dataset being pulled by a user when they try to open a report in any of the available options especially Power BI

                            20 votes
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                            • Excel Data Source

                              it seems like Excel would be a logical choice for a data source while you could use the file data source it doesn't provide much in the way of metadata

                              20 votes
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                              • A better way to organize the catalog for users

                                It would be nice to be able to organize the objects in the catalog to make it easier for users to find what they're looking for. Folders, libraries, preferably a method they've seen elsewhere.

                                19 votes
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                                • allow branding of the Azure Data Catalog UI

                                  Allow customers to add branding (logo, CSS) to Azure Data Catalog; this will aid internal customers in trusting this service as a tool where data classifications are important.

                                  19 votes
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                                  • Enable search of the Documentation property contents

                                    Presently, the contents of the Data Asset Documentation property is not searchable. This request is to include the contents of the documentation in the data catalog search capability.

                                    18 votes
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                                    • Custom Attributes

                                      Please allow the ability to create custom attributes (by data source type). For example - I would like a review date field for reports so I can allow report owners to periodically indicate they have reviewed existing reports and they are still valid and tested. To do this i need to add something other than the modified date. I may also want to have a marked for deletion indicator (perhaps a date) to show that something will be removed on a date, ex I need to keep a table that contains data for a period of years I can track…

                                      16 votes
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                                      • Export search results to CSV

                                        After searching through the catalog for a list of specific items, it would be great if we could export that list as a csv. For example a manager may request a list of all the data-sources owned by their team, or auditors may want a list of data sources that contain specific fields.

                                        16 votes
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                                        • Allow external experts to be added to datasources

                                          Due to the one catalog per organisation limitation we have had to set up a new organisation for our Data Catalog. Because of this we can't list any experts on our data sources as they are not part of the 'catalog' organisation.

                                          The ability to add external email addresses as experts would let us overcome this issue.

                                          This would also be valuable as we rely on a number of data sources from external agencies, and would like to be able to list their contact email as an expert also.

                                          16 votes
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