Create the application

1. Create the application

If you've only just installed Axway Decision Insight (DI) on a system or virtual machine that you can access – your first step is to create the application.

The basic building block of any DI solution is the application foundation.

A foundation consists of five layers:

  1. DI, installed and running.
  2. The application, created and configured.
  3. A set of spaces, defined and with some content added.

    Configuration definitions for the model and its components:
  4. One foundation dashboard (Search).
  5. One sandbox dashboard, with counts for acquired, in-process, and completed items.

This topic starts with the creation of Decision Insight application, which is the software structure upon which you build every solution.

Step Action
1

When signing in to a clean DI installation, the Initialize application screen is displayed.


2

In the Name field, give your application a relevant name. For example, the name can describe what the application will do and who will use it. For this tutorial, name your application Kabel orders processing.

3

Set the Creation date. For this tutorial, enter the first day of the previous month.

Application creation date

Caution: Once you specify an application creation date, you cannot create or display application data from an earlier date. For example, if you pick today as the creation date of your application, you cannot go back later and add data from the previous week. When creating an application, always select a date that enables you to seed the application with the past data that you need.

4

Click the Create button.

You can still modify the application properties later on if you wish to.

About spaces

Decision Insight uses spaces as logical groups of related application components. Spaces act like containers to hold definitions that describe your deployment.  When configured, spaces hold objects such as application rhythms, thresholds, data access paths, and the attributes and relationships that constitute the framework of your application.

When creating the application, DI automatically creates the following predefined spaces: Classifiers, Initializers, Instances, Integration, Model, Rhythms.

As you follow the self-guided topics you will learn which space to use for which types of settings.

For more information about spaces, see the Space page in the Glossary.

2. Create rhythms

About rhythms

Rhythms define the granularity of time within an application and within components of the application. Within Decision Insight’s built-in time dimensions, rhythms set the timing of when data is both analyzed and refreshed.

Rhythms are defined based on the needs of the users and stored in a space. In a way, they can be visualized as a type of sine wave, where the frequency of crossing the axis in a positive direction defines the rhythm. Decision Insight has the inherent ability to manage multiple rhythms within the same application. In many cases, rhythms constitute a hierarchy of cycles.

For more details about rhythms, see the Rhythm page in the Glossary.

Define application rhythms

When creating the application, there is no rhythm created in the Rhythms space.

To view and create rhythms, click the Configuration  icon on the main menu. On the left menu, click Rhythms in the Model section.

For this tutorial, you will need to define six rhythms in this dedicated space:

  1. 1 minute starting at 00 sec
  2. 5 minutes starting at 00 sec
  3. 1 hours starting at 00 min
  4. 1 days  starting at 00:00:00
  5. 1 weeks starting on Sunday
  6. 1 months  starting on the 1st at 00:00:00

The procedure below describes how to create a 5-minute rhythm. Create all six rhythms the same way.

Step Action
1 To configure a 5-minute rhythm, click the New Rhythm button.
2

From the Space drop-down, select the Rhythms space.

3

Change the duration to a 5-minute interval starting at 00 seconds, then click Create.

The list of Rhythms now contains one more item.


Note: In the Create Rhythm screen, the Starting at field changes based on what you select in the Duration field. The field enables you to set the start of the rhythm to a different place other than the standard beginning of the interval. For example, you might define a rhythm for a day interval that starts at 02:00 because that is based on the business cycle. As you define other rhythms, watch how this field changes.

Troubleshooting

Before going any further, take a moment to review your work. 

You should see all six of your rhythms defined on the Rhythms screen: 

If you forgot to select the correct space when defining the rhythms, they may have been saved in the Classifier space. If that is the case, simply modify the rhythm by indicating the correct space and clicking Save again.

What if your display looks different from expected?

It is not possible to delete created rhythms. If you misconfigured one or more rhythms in the time options, your best option is to start over from a clean application and redo the steps to this point.

You do not need to download and install a version of Decision Insight. Just instruct Decision Insight to forget the current configuration. To learn how to do that, skip the rest of this topic, and go to the topic on Node recovery. When you have erased the content of your application, repeat the previous steps and work through them until you are back at this point.

3. Create a backup

 As you continue to work through the tutorial, you might make mistakes. Having a backup helps you recover without having to start from the beginning.

Creating a backup is simple and requires a very small investment in time and effort.

Step Action
1

On the main menu, click the Configuration  icon. On the left menu, click Application in the Administration section.


2 Click the Export button.
3

You want to export your entire application, so leave the selections all checked, and click Export.

4

When the export is complete, Decision Insight provides a link to download the application. Click the Download application here link.

A dialog box to save the backup file is displayed.

5

Specify where you want to save your backup. It is recommended to choose a storage location and a name that make sense to you and your organization when saving your application backups.

6

Click Save (or your OS equivalent) to save your backup.


Once you're done, you can move on to the next part of this tutorial.

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