An introduction to job types

Available with Workflow Manager license.

Job types allow you to categorize your work and processes. Although all jobs differ, there are usually commonalities that can be used to create a standard by grouping similar types of work together. Doing this, provides your organization with templates for each unit of work you manage, making the creation and execution of that work more efficient.

ArcGIS Workflow Manager (Classic) allows you to query metrics since each job follows the same workflow.

By standardizing your workflow, your organization will become more efficient at completing their tasks. Once all jobs are streamlined into a few discrete types, it may also be possible to extract components or tasks that can be automated.

Basic job type properties

All job types have basic descriptive information. Some of these properties are exposed to users. You can use some of these properties to better organize your job types.

The following are the basic properties of all job types:

  • Job Type Name—When you create new jobs in the system, you can view the names of job types configured in the system that you can access.
  • Job Type ID—This value is automatically populated when the job type is created. It can be useful to know this value for queries, custom steps, or your own custom development.
  • Category—For organizational purposes, you can specify a category. The job types will be grouped by this value in the job types list in the ArcGIS Workflow Manager (Classic) Administrator.
  • Description—A description of the job type.
  • State—Only active job types are displayed in the Create Jobs dialog box. Other states include Draft and Retired.
  • Workflow—The workflow that you want all jobs of this type to have when created. If you check the Auto-Execute workflow upon job creation check box, it will execute all workflow steps that are set to automatically wxecute when a job of this type is created.

    Learn more about associating workflows with job types

Advanced job type properties

You can automatically execute a job or jobs once they are created. This property is set when creating the job type and is inherited by any job created like all the other job type properties. The key to getting this to work is the step properties within the workflow.

When defining the workflow, be sure to enable the Automatically executes when reached option for the steps. The job will execute all the steps in the workflow that have this property checked. If you want to stop the job execution at a certain step to examine the results of the previous steps, leave the step property unchecked.

Clone job types

Some of your job types might have properties that could be reused on other job types. You can use the Clone Job Type menu option that is available when you right-click a job type in Workflow Manager (Classic) Administrator for ArcGIS Pro.

The Copy Job Type dialog box allows you to copy the area of interest basemap, template map document, workflow, extended/linked properties, and default job type properties.