In the following sections, you can review short summaries of specific features and explore more detailed information on them.
Single Flow Operations
These features can be applied to individual flows to simplify job execution.
Parameterization enables you to specify parameters that capture variability in your data source paths or names. For example, you can parameterize the names of folders in your filepaths to capture files within multiple folders. Or, you can parameterize your inputs to capture datasets named within a specific time range. Nested folders of data can be parameterized, too.
NOTE: Some of the following may not be available in your product edition.
Use regular expressions or Alteryx patterns in your paths or queries to sources to capture a broader set of inputs.
|Wildcard||Replace parts of your paths or queries with wildcards.|
|Datetime||You can specify parameterized Datetime values in one of the supported formats.|
|Variable||Variable values can be specified as overrides during import, job execution, and output.|
Parameterization is available for the following:
NOTE: For relational data, parameterization is applied to custom SQL queries used to import the data. For more information, see Enable Custom SQL Query.
The scheduling feature, also known as Automator, enables you to schedule the execution of individual flows on a specified frequency. Frequencies can be specified through the Designer Cloud application through a simple interface or, if needed, in a modified form of cron syntax.
Tip: Automator is often used with parameterization to fully automate data preparation processes in Designer Cloud Enterprise Edition.
For more information, see Overview of Automator.
After a job has been launched, detailed monitoring permits you to track the progress of your job during all phases of execution. Status, job stats, inputs, outputs and a flow snapshot are available through the Designer Cloud application. For more information, see Overview of Job Monitoring.
Orchestration is a set of functionality that supports the automated execution of jobs across multiple flows. These jobs could be external processes, other flows, or even HTTP requests.
Webhook notifications let you define outgoing HTTP messages to any REST API. The message form and body can be customized to include job execution metadata. For more information, see Create Flow Webhook Task.
The Deployment Manager is a separate environment that can be enabled for the execution of production flows under limited access. Flows in development are exported from your default (Dev) instance and then imported to the Production instance, the Deployment Manager, where you can configure the periodic execution of the flow. For more information, see Overview of Deployment Manager.
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