Our software works with contract management. Let's say item A is part of the contract. Our system has two ways of adding an item A to a contract:

  1. A special tab within the contract window that deals with defining and adding item A. This requires opening the contract and navigating to the tab, which for several contracts can be a hassle, and therefore we created option b which is:
  2. An "outside" window, through which you can specify some base values, create item A's which all include those values by default, and then link them to their respective contracts. The point is to save time and not have to enter each contract to create its item A, rather to be able to do it "from above".

My inclination was to call this Bulk Item A Creation (for the sake of the example) - because it is what one would use if he had to make a bunch of item A's and wanted to save time. But the process itself doesn't create item A's in bulk, rather it lets me create a lot in an easier way.

Does this pass for a "bulk process"?

And if not - what is a better choice?

Sample sentence:

To create item A's quickly and efficiently, use the _________________ process.

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You can call it batch processing.

Batch processing is the execution of a series of jobs in a program on a computer without manual intervention (non-interactive). - wikipedia

In your example, the batch process populates the default values for the items.

You add a further stipulation in your question:

But the process itself doesn't create item A's in bulk, rather it lets me create a lot in an easier way.

If by this you mean that no items are created, then you are initialising or setting the defaults.

Initialise verb 1 *often be initialized to) Set to the value or put in the condition appropriate to the start of an operation. ‘the counter is initialized to one’ - ODO

Here's an example:

Setting defaults When working with DataTables over multiple pages it is often useful to set the initialisation defaults to common values (for example you might want to set dom to a common value so all tables get the same layout). - datatables.net

In your sample sentence, you can say:

  • To create item A's quickly and efficiently, use the initialisation process.

However, with this particular phrasing, it would probably be better to say:

  • To create item A's quickly and efficiently, use the prepopulation process.

Prepopulate verb (computing) To populate (form fields, a database, etc.) in advance. - yourdictionary.com

  • IMO batch processing is even more problematic than @DAE had with bulk process. He seems to be describing an assisted methodology to do one thing at a time.
    – RichF
    Feb 16, 2017 at 14:12
  • @RichF It occurred to me that DAE only wanted to initialise the defaults, rather than create the items. I've added that to my answer.
    – Lawrence
    Feb 16, 2017 at 14:14
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    @RichF and Lawrence, thanks for your input - I like this direction.
    – DAE
    Feb 16, 2017 at 14:15

For your blank: preset process, scripted process, simplified process, automated process. There are a lot of options.

More generally, a popular terminology used to be (still is?) wizard -- for your situation, maybe either Contract Modification Wizard or Item Creation Wizard would work. (I always thought wizard sounded hokey, but its meaning was clear. That's kind of the point.)

I agree that "bulk process" is not a good fit since it is not meant to do multiple changes at once.

  • Well, it's not a wizard - it's just a pre-emptive stage that causes certain fields to already be populated when you perform the process.
    – DAE
    Feb 16, 2017 at 14:00
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    @DAE Item Creation Template then?
    – RichF
    Feb 16, 2017 at 14:08

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