Updates in Connectors | Yext Hitchhikers Platform

What You’ll Learn

In this section, you will learn:

  • An overview of the new Connectors features from the Spring ‘23 Release

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New Release Features
For a full list of features, visit the Spring ‘23 Release Notes .

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FTP/SFTP File Pickup Connector

This release we’ve added FTP/SFTP File Pickup as a new source in Connectors. Now, users can build Connectors that pull files from their server into the Knowledge Graph at a regular cadence — as frequent as hourly — to ensure that their data in Yext is always the most up-to-date. Using Yext’s advanced transform library, these Connectors can be configured to automatically clean and format data from files picked up from FTP/SFTP servers as they are ingested into the Knowledge Graph.

How This Impacts You

These enhancements will contribute to a more efficient and user-friendly data management experience, as users can accomplish even more, all in Connectors.

With this update you no longer need to continuously upload updated files. Instead, you can expect that any updated data files in the connected server will be pulled in Connector on the cadenceof the Connector schedule.

Feature Availability

To turn this feature on in your account, navigate to Account Settings > Account Features and select Spring ‘23: FTP/SFTP File Pickup Connector Source (early access).

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Function on a Row Transform

With our new Function on a Row Transform, you can transform an entire row of cells all at once in a given function invocation. The ability to send multiple columns as inputs, and return multiple columns as outputs (e.g., API response data) will enable you to build more flexible and complex transformations.

For example, imagine you want to store a complete product URL that merges the base URL and slug returned from the source data — but, some of the products don’t provide direct slugs, in which case other available data should be used to generate the URL (e.g., product SKU). With this new transform, you could write a function to generate these full URLs variably, using either slugs or other available data.

How This Impacts You

Function Transforms allow you to write and invoke Serverless Functions to manipulate Connector data. Function transforms therefore provide the utmost flexibility for manipulating your data, as you can write your own code.

Feature Availability

To turn this feature on in your account, navigate to Account Settings > Account Features and select Spring ‘23: Advanced Function Transform in Connectors (early access).

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Sharepoint and OneDrive as Native Sources

We now offer Sharepoint and OneDrive as a new Connectors Native Source.

These new Native Sources allow you to easily ingest Sharepoint Pages and OneDrive Items, such as files. Files pulled in from your Sharepoint or OneDrive can then be stored using the new File Field Type, which can be used to serve files in Pages, Search, or other custom headless experiences. In a future release, the contents of these files will be searchable by our algorithms for Search and Chat experiences.

How This Impacts You

These native source enable easy data ingestion for anyone that stores data in Sharepoint or OneDrive. These field can then be stored in Yext, and leverage on any digital experiences, like Pages or Search.

Feature Availability

To turn this feature on in your account, navigate to Account Settings > Account Features and select Spring ‘23: Sharepoint Native Source (early access) and Spring ‘23: OneDrive Native Source (early access).

Additional Resources

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