The application

Once you've installed Axway Decision Insight (DI) on an empty node, on the very first login you can either create the application for your deployment or import an existing application (.appx file).


The application is the top-level structure in the deployment. It is used to organize a solution. The application is a set of dashboards along with the underlying model, computed attributes and data integration parts.

It has the following characteristics:


The application name should reflect the purpose of the application. All characters are authorized, including spaces.


Versions are a way to control the history of your application. Any changes you make to an application are saved to the current application version.


A phrase that summarizes changes made to the application in this version.

Valid time

The time interval during which this version is in effect. The start date is the chosen creation date for the version and the end is computed as the time at which a newer version of the application is created.

When creating a brand-new application, th e version date corresponds to the creation time of the application.

Time format

The time format affects how the time is displayed in time machine, time tags and instant parameters in the HTML UI.

The default time format is 24h. When using 12h format, something like "16:25" will become "4:25 PM".

About the current application version

The latest available version is called the current application version. Versions cannot start in the future. Any changes you make to an application are saved to the current application version.

Within an application version, all elements in your application are aligned at a specific time. Any change you make in an application – creating, updating and deleting items – is done at the valid time of the current application version.

This means any change you make in an application is applied from the start of the current application version.

Initialize the application

Create the application

To create an application:

  1. Log in as admin on an empty instance of DI. A pop-up is displayed.
  2. Enter a name for the application. 
  3. Select the creation date of the application. It should be the earliest date at which you expect to inject data into the system. 
  4. The creation time of the application will be used to add an Initial application version, which is the starting point for data capture, analysis, and dashboards.

Once the application is created, DI automatically creates spaces for you to organize your application data. To work with your application, you must start by creating at least one rhythm. For more information about rhythms, see Rhythm.

For examples of how to design an application, see:

Import an application

When you import an existing application, the current application version date in your instance is automatically set to the date of the last application model update.

For detailed information about importing and exporting an application, see Import and export an application.

Update the application

If you're planning to make major changes to an application, it is recommended that you create a new version of your application. To do so, on the Applications screen, click the New version button. 

Generate the documentation for an application

Once an application is ready to be delivered, or during its development, you can generate the documentation for the current application version in HTML format.

Similar to Javadoc, the generated documentation contains the list of all entities, attributes, relations and their usage.

Two export formats are available:

  • HTML archive – Best suited for offline browsing.
  • Single HTML – Best suited for printing or saving as PDF.

To generate the documentation of an application in a PDF format:

  1. Export the documentation in a single HTML format.
  2. Unzip the documentation in the directory of your choice and open the HTML file using Google Chrome.
  3. Print it (Ctrl + P) and select the Save as PDF printer.
  4. Click the Print button.

The generated PDF will have fully working hyperlinks to navigate across the documentation.

Export the application

On the Applications screen, the Export button enables you to export the latest application version.

To export a previous application version, click the Export link next to the desired past application version in the Past versions grid.

For more information, see Export an application.

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