I have an automation in which I have to run an SQL Query to update a DE, and then notify Journey Builder for the eventually added contacts.

2 questions please:

  1. Provided I do it in a one step automation:

Step 1

a. SQL Query Activity

b. Fire Event

Will the fire event wait for the SQL Query Activity to finish, which can take a few minutes, or just to launch?

  1. Same question if I do it in two steps:

Step 1

SQL Query Activity

Step 2

Fire Event

Will the fire event wait? or do I explicitly need to add a Wait Activity between the two?


1 Answer 1


You'll need to do this in two steps. The query will run in step 1. When the query is finished, then and only then will the automation move to step 2 - firing the journey.

If you put multiple activities in a step, the activities won't wait for each other to finish. If you need something to wait for another activity tofinish, then you'll need to put it in another step.

  • Awesome! @Harley That's what I thought, how do we go about Wait Activities? Is there away to assure a SQL Query runs every 15 minutes within an hour?
    – LimeWeb
    Apr 2, 2020 at 19:51

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.