Analytics Builder 10.16.0 | Using Analytics Builder for Cumulocity IoT | Getting Started with Analytics Builder | What is Analytics Builder?
What is Analytics Builder?
Analytics Builder is part of the Streaming Analytics application which runs in Cumulocity IoT, a web-based platform for managing IoT devices (see also It allows you to build analytic models that transform or analyze streaming data in order to generate new data or output events. The models are capable of processing data in real time.
You build the models in a graphical environment by combining pre-built blocks into models. The blocks in a model package up small bits of logic, and have a number of inputs, outputs and parameters. Each block implements a specific piece of functionality, such as receiving data from a sensor, performing a calculation, detecting a condition, or generating an output signal. You define the configuration of the blocks and connect the blocks using wires. You can edit the models, simulate deployment with historic data, or run them against live systems. See Understanding Models for more detailed information.
Analytics Builder consists of the following tools:
*Model manager. When you invoke Analytics Builder, the model manager is shown first. It lists all available models and lets you manage them. For example, you can test and deploy the models from the model manager, or you can duplicate or remove them. You can create new models or edit existing models; in this case, the model editor is invoked. Samples are also available which help you get started with creating your own models. See Using the Model Manager for detailed information.
*Model editor. The model editor lets you define the blocks that are used within a model and how they are wired together. User-visible documentation (the so-called Block Reference) is available in the model editor, describing the functionality of each block. See Using the Model Editor for detailed information.
*Instance editor. If template parameters have been defined in a model, the instance editor lets you set up different instances of the same model which can then be activated and managed separately. The instance editor uses the template parameters that have been defined in the model editor. See Using the Instance Editor for detailed information.
The blocks are implemented in the Event Processing Language (EPL) of Apama. At runtime, the EPL code runs in an Apama correlator to execute the models. Some runtime behavior and restrictions are important to understand. These are documented in later chapters.