Anyone know who is a good person to give Datalab feedback to?
Some of our business users (most of whom are not that tech savvy i.e. analysts/BAs) are moaning about all the setup steps that are now required to run it e.g. install Docker, which leads to proxy issues etc.
When I looked at Datalab in Alpha with them a few months back it was a pure SaaS i.e. hit a URL and everything was spun up for you on GCP. They loved it, especially for the no-ops model. But that seems to have changed now, and it's putting them off using it.
To get it working with BigQuery was a nightmare too. We had to open up a terminal into the docker container and set the env param GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS to point to a google credentials json file. Only then could Datalab connect to BigQuery.https://cloud.google.com/datalab/docs/quickstarts/quickstart-gce#datalab