How to set up playbooks

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πŸ€“ Who can do this? You will need to be an admin user in Atlan to create playbooks.

A common question that data teams often face is how to automate metadata at scale.

Having started out as a data team ourselves, we know that automating repetitive tasks can help data teams maximize the value they provide to their organization. One way of doing so is through Atlan's playbooks!

Playbooks help power metadata automation for your data assets in Atlan. Users can create rule-based automations at scale and update metadata in bulk, helping streamline their workflows.

You can update the following asset metadata using playbooks:

For example, imagine your organization needs to transfer ownership of several data assets. Instead of your data team manually updating the ownership of each and every asset, you could create a playbook to automate this process and update the metadata of your assets at scale.

To create a playbook, complete the following steps.

Create a playbook

To create a playbook in Atlan:

  1. In the left menu in Atlan, click Governance.
  2. Under the Governance heading of the Governance center, click Playbooks.
  3. Click Create new to get started.
  4. In the Create new playbook dialog box, enter the following details:
    1. For Name, enter a name for the task to be accomplished β€” such as Update ownership.
    2. (Optional) For Description, enter a description.
    3. (Optional) Select an icon for your playbook.
  5. Click Create to save your playbook.

Set up rules as filters

To set up rules as filters for your playbook:

  1. In the Build Rules page of your playbook, click Filters.
  2. For name, add a name to your filter.
  3. To set a matching condition for the filters, select Match all or Match any. Match all will logically AND the criteria, while Match any will logically OR the criteria.
  4. For Attributes, select the relevant option. For this example, we'll select Connector.
  5. For Operator, select Is one of for values to include or Is not for values to exclude.
  6. For Values, select the relevant value. The values will vary depending on the selected attributes.
  7. (Optional) To add more filters, click Add filter and select Filter to add individual filters or Filter Group to nest more filters in a group.
  8. (Optional) To view all the assets that match your rules, in the Filters card, click View all for a preview.

Select the actions

To select the actions to be performed based on your rules:

  1. In the Build Rules page of your playbook, click Actions.
  2. For Select Action, select the relevant metadata option to update. For this example, we'll select Owners to update the ownership of the assets.
  3. For Select operator, select the relevant option. The operators will vary depending on the selected action.
  4. For Values, select the relevant option(s). The values will vary depending on the selected actions.
  5. (Optional) To add more actions, click Add Action.

Run the playbook

If you'd like to continue working on your playbook, you can save it as a draft. If your playbook is ready, you can proceed to running it.

To run the playbook:

  1. You can either:
    • To run the playbook once immediately, click Run once.
    • To schedule the playbook to run hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly, click Schedule and choose the preferred frequency, timezone, and time.
  2. Click Complete to run the playbook.
  3. In the resulting screen, click Done to confirm.

Once your playbook has completed its run, you will see the metadata updated for your assets! πŸŽ‰

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