Helpful Terminology
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Helpful Terminology

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This article serves as a glossary of terminology applicable to Automation Builder and workflow design in IAP. It is a living document subject to changes and updates.

Term Description
Automation An automation (also known as a workflow) is a collection of tasks in a logical order beginning and ending with terminator tasks (start/end).
Job A job is an instance of an automation. It takes a snapshot of the associated automation to create its existence.
Metrics Metrics are measurements of job execution statistics for automations and tasks.
Queue Tasks live in queues where operators with the appropriate permissions can locate available, claimed, scheduled, and completed tasks.
Scheduler The job scheduler is the process within IAP that scans for automated tasks to be invoked.
Task A task is a functional block within an automation and can be either automated or manual. Automated tasks are shown as green boxes and return one value. With automated tasks, you configure a window of time and when the task starts, it checks the time against that window of time and if the time is within that window, the task will run. Manual tasks are shown as blue boxes, can return multiple values, and are assigned to groups to restrict who is authorized to work them.
Transitions A transition connects one task to another. Transitions can be defined by error (red), success (green), or failure (red) routes and can follow a standard (solid line) route or a revert (dashed line) route. Reverts should be used when transitioning backwards in the automation.
Variable A value that can change, depending on the information (data) that is passed between applications running on a network.