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Automations

Automate repetitive tasks by defining rules that bulk edit your metadata at scale
Users can create rule-based automations at scale and update metadata and documentation in bulk. This Zapier-like feature will save your team an invaluable amount of time!
You can update the following resource metadata using Automations:
  • Tags
  • Owners
  • Descriptions
  • Verification
  • Teams
  • Collections
  • Subscribers
This list will expand over time, to eventually automate all the editable metadata that is included as part of your resource documentation.

Creating an Automation

Step 1: Create a new Automation in Secoda

  1. 1.
    Find and click into Automations in the left side bar under Monitors.
  2. 2.
    Click Add Automation, which will give you the option to start from scratch or choose from our list of templates.
  3. 3.
    Choosing a template will set up the filters and settings for you, while starting from scratch will open a new automation template for you to fill out.
  4. 4.
    Enter a title and description of the task to be accomplished, for example "Update tags".

Step 2: Set up rules as filters

  1. 1.
    For each filter you'd like to add, select Add Filter and add the metadata you'd like to filter for.
  2. 2.
    Next, you must define how you'd like to filter on this metadata. Should it be an exact match, contain a term, etc.
  3. 3.
    If you have more than one filter, click the blue all button to choose either all or any. All will implement AND logic among the filters, while any will logically OR the criteria.

Step 3: Select the actions to be performed based on the rules above

  1. 1.
    Select Add Property and add which properties you'd like to be updated with the automation.
  2. 2.
    To set a matching condition for the filters, click the blue self button to select which resources you'd like to be edited with the automation. These can be the same resources defined in the previous steps (self), their children resources (child) or their parent resources (parent).
  3. 3.
    Choose whether or not you'd like to Override existing metadata with these actions, using the check box
    ☑️
    .

Step 4: Run the Automation

  1. 1.
    Under the Actions drop down, you can click Turn on or Delete.
  2. 2.
    Configure the scheduling so that this Automation runs on a set cadence. Automations can run hourly, daily or weekly.

Example Automation

In the example below, you'll see an Automation that automatically updates the children of resources that are tagged with a "Warning" tag, with that same tag. This will be super time-saving with tables and columns, for example. If I bring in tables that already have a set tag, but the columns within do not yet, this automation will identify those columns and automatically tag them for me.
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