Processing rules overview
Processing rules simplify data collection and manage content as it is sent to reporting. Processing rules help simplify interaction with IT groups and Web developers by providing an interface to:
- Set an event on the product overview page
- Populate campaign with a query string parameter
- Concatenate category and page name in a prop for easier reporting
- Copy an eVar into a prop to see paths
- Clean up misspelled site sections
- Pull internal search terms or a campaign ID from the query string into an eVar
Watch the Processing Rules overview and training from Adobe Summit to learn why you should be using processing rules.
Get Authorized to Use Processing Rules
Prior to April 20, 2017, all users (including administrators) had to pass an exam and be granted authorization to use processing rules by Adobe Customer Care.
Now, administrators have rights to use processing rules by default . The exam is no longer necessary. Administrators can also grant these rights to non-administrators through the Admin Tools interface. Here's how:
- If you have not already done so, create a group that includes only those non-admins that should have authorization to use processing rules.
- Then go to Analytics > Admin > User Management > Groups > `group name` > Edit > Report Access > Report Suite Tools > Customize > Report Suite Management .
- Check the box next to Processing Rules and click OK .
Because processing rules permanently affect Analytics data, Adobe strongly recommends that processing rules administrators receive certification training in Adobe Analytics, and be familiar with all sources of data for your report suites (standard web sites, mobile sites, mobile apps, Data Insertion API, and so on). Knowledge of the context data variables and standard variables populated in various platforms will help prevent accidental deletion or alteration of data.
Use Context Data to Simplify Data Collection
Context data variables are a type of variable that are available only to processing rules. To use context data variables, key/value data pairs are sent in by your implementation, and processing rules are used to capture these values in standard Analytics variables. This frees programmers from understanding exactly which prop and/or eVar should contain which value.
See Context Data Variables in Implementation Help.
Use Processing Rules to Transform Hit Data and Trigger Events
Processing rules can monitor incoming values to transform common typos and set events based on reported data. Props can be copied to eVars. Values can be concatenated for reports, and events can be set.