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Conceptual Terms

Terminology applicable to Designer Cloud.


This list is not comprehensive.

access token

Individual users can be provisioned an access token to enable interaction with the REST API endpoints. Access tokens must be submitted with each request to the Alteryx Analytics Cloud.


Orchestration refers the the sequencing, execution, and monitoring of a series of tasks in the platform. In the Alteryx Analytics Cloud, orchestration is defined using plans.

sample checkpointing

As you build more complex recipes and flows, it's a good idea to create samples periodically in your recipe steps. All steps between the currently displayed sample and the currently displayed recipe step are executed in the browser, so this type of checkpointing with samples can improve performance.

schema drift

Feature that detects changes to the schema of your imported datasets before or during job execution.

schema refresh

Feature that refreshes the schema of your imported datasets within the Designer Cloud based on changes to the schemas of their datasources.

type system

The system within the Alteryx Analytics Cloud for managing data types.

  • The Alteryx Analytics Cloud can read data types from a variety of source systems. These types are then mapped to internal Alteryx data types.

  • During recipe development, data types may be re-inferred by the Alteryx Analytics Cloud, as the data within your columns changes.

  • During job execution and publishing to a target system, Alteryx data types may be mapped to a different set of data types, depending on the target.