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In part 1 of this blog series I wrote about interactive geoprocessing (GP) steps in ArcGIS Workflow Manager. Now, in part 2, we’ll move onto automated GP steps and wrap up the discussion from there.
At the end of part 1, you’ll recall we had pre-populated all of the required parameters for a GP tool.
And I was wondering why, with all of a tool’s arguments pre-populated, do we still need to show a dialog box to the user?
Right. And the answer is that we don’t. If all of the parameters have been correctly pre-populated, there are a number of alternate ways that you can run a GP step without prompting a user for anything. These include:
As you know, ArcGIS Data Reviewer and ArcGIS Workflow Manager are available as standard extensions, but they’re also part of Esri Production Mapping. If you are looking to automate your data validation workflows, we just posted a couple of blogs topics describing how to do this. The first blog – Automating Data Validation Workflows – talks about using the custom steps available in Data Reviewer within a Workflow Manager workflow. The second blog – Advanced Data Validation Workflows – takes it a step further and discusses other ways of utilizing the custom steps. It also outlines the additional capabilities that you can leverage while integrating Data Reviewer and Workflow Manager. Be sure to read these posts, they might help you get creative about how you perform data validation.
In a previous blog we discussed how to automate your data validation workflows by integrating ArcGIS Data Reviewer with ArcGIS Workflow Manager. We also discussed some of the basic functions you can perform with the Reviewer
Custom Steps. For this blog I’d like to take it a step further and describe other ways in which you can use the custom steps. I’ll also introduce additional functionality in Workflow Manager that you might find useful when integrating
with Data Reviewer.
Working with Reviewer sessions
Reviewer sessions are a way of filtering records in the Reviewer workspace to show only those records you are interested in. Last time, we outlined how to use tokens with the Create a Reviewer Session custom step to create unique sessions for each job based on the Job ID. There are other ways you can create sessions depending on your workflows. For example, if you have unique sessions that already exist for each user, you can use tokens like the [JOB:ASSIGNED_TO] in the Run Reviewer Batch Job custom step to write the errors to the existing sessions.
The Business Analyst suite of products offer a vast variety of tools and reports that allow you dig deep into your current business model and better understand the potential of your business. Since Business Analyst is designed to appeal to large audience of clients sometimes the sheer number of tools and how they interconnect can be intimidating to some users. In order to help you better understand what our products can do for you we are going to be producing a series of videos targeting specific workflows. These workflows are just examples of some standard approaches that have been utilized with our products.
The data and names in the videos are all fictional and do not represent any real life businesses. Each of these workflows can be easily modified to fit your needs.
The first video is called Determine My Store(s) Trade Area. This video examines a single approach on how to analyze a stores potential by examining various trade areas. This analysis shows how with only store location data an analyst can quickly and easily determine the viability of a store.
The second video is called Determine the Lifestyles of My Customer. This video shows how to use Business Analyst to learn more about customers even when a customer list is not available. See how this fictitious hardware store learns what items to promote and how to promote them.
You can access these videos from the ArcGIS Resource Center and be sure to check back as we intend on adding new videos on topics such as Determine my Best and Worst Performing Store and Determine Market Penetration. These workflows are designed to be used with the current version of Business Analyst desktop and we will be updating them later this year when the newest version of Business Analyst is released.
Enjoy and I hope they become a valuable resource for you.