Introduction to Geocortex Workflow

Welcome to Geocortex Workflow, the easy way to automate your business processes so you can use them in web mapping applications.

Geocortex Workflow allows you to integrate geographic information and processing with other business tasks to create sophisticated functionality for your applications. For example, you could create a workflow that produces a tax parcel report for the user, or you could create a workflow that gets information about the geology and nearby features of a survey location specified by the user. The possibilities are endless—from automated reporting, to complex spatial analytics, to specific and tailored search experiences, you can use Geocortex Workflow for almost any process that you want to streamline and automate for your users.

Workflows are authored using a web-based tool called Geocortex Workflow Designer. Workflow Designer includes a library of pre-built activities that you use to build your workflows. Each activity represents a unit of work, for example, one activity sets the visibility of a layer, while another activity adds a new feature to a feature layer. Workflow Designer's activities include many specialized web mapping and GIS tasks, like buffering, geocoding, querying, geoprocessing, and routing activities, as well as activities to make decisions, repeat actions, gather user input, and more.

Gathering user input is central to Geocortex Workflow—the primary use of Workflow is to automate processes that require user input. Create custom web forms using Workflow Designer's pre-built form elements like auto-complete boxes and date pickers, or ask the user to draw on a map or select a feature from a list, and then use this information in the workflow to guide the user through the task.

To build a workflow, you drag activities onto the design surface, configure the activities' settings, and connect the activities into a flowchart. As you add activities, use Workflow Designer's validation feedback to correct syntactic errors. When the workflow is complete, save it and run it. Workflows save to your ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS account. You can run workflows in Geocortex HTML5 viewers and in applications created using Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS. With the Geocortex Mobile App Framework, workflows can also run on mobile devices when there is no network connectivity.

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Compared to Geocortex Essentials Workflow

Key Characteristics

Some of the most important characteristics of Geocortex Workflow are:

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