A Project is a place in PlaidCloud to manage a set of functions and data objects that serve a business purpose. For example, a Project could be BOM_Build, which is a set of workflows, tables, data imports, and so on that all work together to build the Bill of Materials. A Project is used exclusively in data management and does not include the display of data through a dashboard.
Within a project, you can create and modify tables, views, and dimensions.
A Workflow is a set of steps that load and transform data from raw state into a final form. There can be multiple workflows within a project, and those can be scheduled, run if conditions are met, or run manually. To view the workflows, open a project and go to the Workflows tab.
A Workflow Step is an individual action made within a workflow, such as load from a csv file, insert data into a table, or notify a user via SMS that an error condition occurred. To view the steps in a workflow, go to a project and the Workflow tab, and open a workflow to view all its steps.
There are 2 ways to schedule actions. The first is within the workflow itself by ordering, enabling, and applying conditionals to workflow steps. The second is within the event scheduler, which you can reach through Analyze->Tools menu->Event Scheduler. The Event Scheduler allows for ordering and applying conditionals to one or more workflows.
Data Source Connectors are the means through which data connections are made to external systems to import or export data in or out of PlaidCloud.
Allocations enable values (typically costs) to be split to a more-granular level by applying a driver. Allocations are used for a multitude of purposes, including but not limited to Activity-Based Costing, IT & Shared Service Chargeback, and the calculation of a fully loaded cost to produce and provide a good or service to customers.
Standard Expressions are basic level operations that can be added across the platform such as finding the max value in a column, extracting the year from a date field, or removing the leading zeroes in a text field.
PostGIS or Geospacial Expressions are basic level functions that can be applied to geographic data, such as spatial relationships, distance, clustering, and other geometric functions.
Apache MADlib is an open-source library for scalable in-database analytics. It provides data-parallel implementations of mathematical, statistical, graph and machine learning methods for structured and unstructured data.
The PlaidCloud Data Warehouse Service (DWS) is the platform that PlaidCloud stores its data on. The DWS is based on Greenplum, a warehouse suitable for big data analytics and traditional data warehouse operations. It's extensive analytical optimizations, array of indexing types, highly-flexible compression, and availability of both row-based and columnar storage models makes it ideal for wide array of uses.