Flow Structure and Objects

Within , the basic unit for organizing your work is the flow.  The following diagram illustrates the component objects of a flow and how they are related:

Objects in a Flow


flow is a container for holding one or more imported datasets, associated recipes and other objects. This container is a means for packaging  for the following types of actions:

Imported Dataset

Data that is imported to the platform is referenced as an imported dataset. An imported dataset is simply a reference to the original data; the data does not exist within the platform. An imported dataset can be a reference to a file, multiple files, database table, or other type of data.

NOTE: An imported dataset is a pointer to a source of data. It cannot be modified or stored within .

NOTE: External sources of data are not supported in . All sources must be uploaded files.

After you have created an imported dataset, it becomes usable after it has been added to a flow. You can do this as part of the import process or later.


recipe is a user-defined sequence of steps that can be applied to transform a dataset.

In a flow, the following objects are associated with each recipe, which are described below:

Outputs and Publishing Destinations

Outputs contain one or more publishing destinations, which define the output format, location, and other publishing options that are applied to the results generated from a job run on the recipe. 

When you select a recipe's output object in a flow, you can:

References and Reference Datasets

References allow you to create a reference to the output of the recipe's steps in another dataset. References are not depicted in the above diagram.

When you select a recipe's reference object, you can add it to another flow. This object is then added as a reference dataset in the target flow. A reference dataset is a read-only version of the output data generated from the execution of a recipe's steps.

Working with recipes

Recipes are edited in the Transformer page, which provides multiple methods for quickly selecting and building recipe steps.


Run Jobs: When you are satisfied with the recipe that you have created in the Transformer page, you can execute a job. A job may be composed of one or more of the following job types:

Flow Example

The following diagram illustrates the flexibility of object relationships within a flow. 

Flow Example
Standard job executionRecipe 1/Job 1

Results of the job are used to create a new imported dataset (I-Dataset 2).

Create dataset from generated resultsRecipe 2/Job 2

Recipe 2 is created off of I-Dataset 2 and then modified. A job has been specified for it, but the results of the job are unused.


Chaining datasetsRecipe 3/Job 3

Recipe 3 is chained off of Recipe 2. The results of running jobs off of Recipe 2 include all of the upstream changes as specified in I-Dataset 1/Recipe1 and I-Dataset 2/Recipe 2.

Reference datasetRecipe 4/Job 4I-Dataset 4 is created as a reference off of Recipe 3. It can have its own recipe, job, destinations, and results.

Flows are created in the Flows page. See Flows Page.