About Flows

Last Updated: 06/28/2018 Introduced in Version:


In Decisions,  A Flow is the visual representation of the entire process that you are building. It is the end result of a process or an approval chain created with  Steps located in the designer studio in the Steps and Properties panel on the right. A Flow is built using the Create Flow tab in the Action Panel located at the bottom of the Designer Studio. The Flow is then built in a flow designer where it uses a series of Steps that execute sequentially to accomplish a functional diagram.  Each Step within a Flow uses visual representation in place of using code.  Some of these Steps include rules, forms, lists, emails, reports, math steps, data types and more.  Almost all Steps result in an outcome, such as true or false, and most output some type of data. Outcomes in a Flow are represented as paths (lines with arrows) that connect Steps together. 

Here is an image of what a flow looks like with a Start Step, an Add Step and an End Step:



Every Flow begins with a Start Step and ends with at least one End Step. Between these two steps, Flows can be built with unlimited size and complexity and can even be nested within one another as Sub-Flows. Many common or complex tasks are ready-made Steps that you can use in a Flow.  Steps can be found in the steps tab of the Flow Designer in the panel on the right side of the Designer Studio. 

Here is an example of a Flow that starts with a Start Step and ends with an End Step. This Flow incorporates two Forms, a State Step and a Sub-Flow, a step that allows one flow to input data into another flow.  




As a Flow progresses, each subsequent Step has access to any output data created in the Steps preceding it.




Running a Flow



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