Jobs for Supporting Data Analysis
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could email one filtered data view to a coworker and a different filtered view to another, save a data view to your file system, or even FTP it? And, do this all on a schedule! Well, Informer 5 Jobs enables you to do just that.
An Informer Job is a task or collection of tasks to be executed against data in your system. These tasks can be automated using a recurrence schedule, or simply saved in the system to be manually triggered when needed. The three main components of creating a Job are:
Jobs are tightly governed, and the individual or Team that creates a Job owns that particular Job and only certain roles are allowed to manage those Jobs.
After you define the data to use from one or more Informer Dataset(s) or Ad-hoc Queries, select whether you want the data to refresh for your data analysis whenever the Job is run. For example, you can bring in the Dataset that contains all your organization’s sales across the country and then filter the Dataset per geographical region, resulting in four data components – Northern Sales, Southern Sales, Eastern Sales, Western Sales. See Figure 1.
Define the set of tasks you would like executed against the data. For example, perhaps you would like to send an email to the Director of Sales – Northern Division with Visuals from the filtered Dataset Northern Sales, and send similar emails to the South, East, and West Directors of Sales. And, then store the filtered data components to the file system to perform data analysis. This can all be accomplished within the same Job. See Figure 2.
There are four options for Actions on a job and custom Actions specific to your organization can be easily introduced via a plugin:
All the Actions above can be selected to ‘Run on a Condition’, where the Action is only run if there is a configurable threshold number of records in the data components.
A Job can be run on a defined schedule or manually at any time. See Figure 3.
Informer provides tremendous flexibility in setting the interval of the schedule:
All Jobs are listed on the Jobs List Page where you can see a snapshot of the Job by status. Details show the Owner, the Schedule for the Job, last run time, the next run time, status of the Job, when it was created, when it was last modified, and more. The History page lists all the recent fire times of the Job, who ran the Job, the duration of the Job, and the result of the Job, i.e., success, failed, or warning. See Figure 4 Job History screen.
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