Create from Datasource


The Create from Datasource feature allows you to create a process using a Datasource of your choice where the datasource elements will populate your Kianda form. Note that the datasource is already created within your platform within the Administration > Data sources section.

Using this feature serves as a way of swiftly populating your process with the relevant fields from your datasource lists so that you can increase design productivity from the beginning.

See below for an example of SharePoint columns being populated into the Kianda process as fields:

SharePoint list as datasource

How to get started

Creating a process from a datasource

  1. From the home page, navigate to Administrator > Designer.

  2. When you are in the Process designer screen navigate your mouse to the Idea icon button and click the small down arrow.

    Idea icon

  3. In the dropdown menu click on Create from datasource.

    Idea icon

  4. In the Select datasource dialog box, fill in the following details, note that these data sources must be precreated using the Datasource function under Administration:

    Idea icon

    • Replace list form with Kianda forms? - select between Yes or No, where the default option is Yes.

    • Datasources - select your datasource of choice that you would like to create the process with. The window displays data sources that are already created and connected within your Kianda platform. For more information, see Datasources. In this example we will choose a SharePoint datasource.

    • Datasource tree - once a datasource has been selected, select which elements in that datasource that you want to use in your process, for example a list or a folder. You can drill down into the tree by clicking on the main datasource node at the top and select the relevant element, and you can search the tree by using the search bar in the top right. In this example we will choose Accounts as shown in the image above.

  5. Click on OK when you are finished filling out the details. Alternatively you can click Close to exit the creation dialog.

    Note: When creating a new process from a datasource, ensure that there is not already a process with the name of the datasource list as this may cause conflicts in the unique names of the processes.

Your process will then be opened and it will detect all the fields of your selected datasource node and populate them into a form of the same name.

Idea icon

Note: If you create new list columns within your chosen datasource, these options will not be reflected within the design unless you repeat the creation process.

What’s next Idea icon

  • To read more about field control visit Controls.
  • To read more about rules visit Rules.
  • To read more about datasources visit Datasources.