A business process refers to a business activity that is performed by an enterprise in a specific data domain. A business process is a logical subject that needs to be analyzed in Data Modeling. For example, a trade data domain can contain business processes such as adding commodities to the shopping cart, placing orders, and paying orders. This topic describes how to create and use a business process.

Prerequisites

A data domain is created. For more information, see Data domain. You can also use the default data domain provided by the system.

Background information

A business process represents a business activity process. For example, an e-commerce data domain can contain business processes such as adding commodities to the shopping cart, placing orders, and paying orders. Some typical analysis methods, such as funnel analysis, can be used to analyze business processes and view the business effect. For example, purchases can be divided into the following business processes: browsing commodities, adding commodities to the shopping cart, placing orders, paying orders, and confirming receipt of commodities. You can create a metric named "number of orders" for each of the business processes and use this metric to perform funnel analysis on purchases.

Business processYou can plan and create business processes in a data domain. After you create a business process, you can perform the following operations:

Create a business process

By default, DataWorks Data Modeling provides a business process named default. If your business is simple and does not need multiple business processes, you can use the default business process.

If your business is complex, you can create business processes based on your business requirements. To create a business process, perform the following steps:

  1. Go to the Dimensional Modeling page.
  2. Go to the Business Process page.
    1. In the top navigation bar of the Dimensional Modeling page, click Data Warehouse Planning to go to the Data Warehouse Planning page.
    2. In the left-side navigation pane of the Data Warehouse Planning page, click Business Process to go to the Business Process page.
  3. Create a business process.
    1. On the Business Process page, click Create Business Process.
    2. In the Create Business Process dialog box, configure the parameters. Create a business process
      Parameter Description
      Abbreviation The abbreviation of the business process name.

      The abbreviation can be a maximum of 128 characters in length. It can contain lowercase letters, digits, and underscores (_) and must start with a lowercase letter.

      Name The name of the business process.

      The name can be a maximum of 2,048 characters in length. It can contain letters, digits, underscores (_), and ampersands (&) and must start with a letter or digit.

      Display Name The display name of the business process.

      The display name can be a maximum of 2,048 characters in length. It can contain letters, digits, underscores (_), ampersands (&), and parentheses () and must start with a letter or digit.

      Data Domain The data domain to which the business process belongs.
      Parent Business Process Optional. The parent business process of the business process that you want to create. If you do not configure this parameter, the business process does not have a parent business process.
      Owner The owner of the business process. The owner of the default business process is system.
      Description The description of the business process.

What to do next

After the business process is created, you can perform the following operations: