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Airbyte Column Selection: Control over the exact data to sync

Malik Diarra
June 6, 2023
4 min read
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Why use column selection?

Column selection has been one of the most requested features by the community and for good reason! Column selection is crucial in ELT processes for several reasons:

  • Data Minimization: Not all data is useful for every analysis or report. Including unnecessary columns increases storage costs and slows down processing times. Selecting only necessary columns optimizes storage and improves efficiency.
  • Data Privacy and Security: Certain columns may contain sensitive information such as personally identifiable information (PII) or proprietary data. By excluding such columns from the ELT process, organizations can protect this data and comply with data privacy regulations.
  • Data Relevance: Some columns may be irrelevant for certain business analyses. Column selection enables you to tailor the data to the specific requirements of the analysis, leading to faster and more meaningful results.

What’s next?

Column selection will give Airbyte users more control over the columns they replicate over to their data warehouse. But the source schema can also change, and we plan to offer you more ways to control replication behavior when that happens. Stay tuned!

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