IBM Business Process Manager


Start an ad-hoc task/event when there is no open task in my inbox


Environment: BPM v8.0.1
Let's say I have a BPD and I have defied an ad-hoc event in the BPD that I want to expose to users. Let's also say that I want users with no assigned, open tasks [in their inbox] to be able to start the ad-hoc event.
Is this possible in BPM Portal?
From what I can see, an ad-hoc event can only be started if and only if you have an open task assigned to you: if you have task in your tray, then you can use the actions menu of the task to start the ad hoc action.
How can I start an ad-hoc action/event in the case that I don't have any assigned tasks?
If you were never involved in the process, I don't think there is a way to start an ad hoc event from the portal, since you don't have a process instance to do it on. If you were involved in the past but simply don't have a task now, if you do a search to find the instance you were involved in then you can use that to start the ad hoc event (for example search for closed tasks assigned to you).
If you need to start an ad hoc task/event and you haven't had a task yet in the process you will need to create your own UI to find the process instance you want to affect and then launch the event using the JS-API for both of these.
Andrew Paier | Director | BP3 Global, Inc.
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AndrewPaier
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‏2013-06-06T19:02:09Z
If you were never involved in the process, I don't think there is a way to start an ad hoc event from the portal, since you don't have a process instance to do it on. If you were involved in the past but simply don't have a task now, if you do a search to find the instance you were involved in then you can use that to start the ad hoc event (for example search for closed tasks assigned to you).
If you need to start an ad hoc task/event and you haven't had a task yet in the process you will need to create your own UI to find the process instance you want to affect and then launch the event using the JS-API for both of these.
Andrew Paier | Director | BP3 Global, Inc.
BP3 Global's Website | Twitter | Linkedin | Google+ | Blogs
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Thanks Andrew, that answers the question. I was hoping there was another way than having to create my own UI and corresponding back-end services.
r_olivieri
120000JMVS
‏2013-06-06T19:06:57Z
Thanks Andrew, that answers the question. I was hoping there was another way than having to create my own UI and corresponding back-end services.
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It would be nice, but the problem is that for some processes that would represent a security hole. What the BPD really needs is the ability to model who can execute the event. While you can limit it to only visible to the swim lane, you still have the portal limit that you can't see the instance in the portal, so you can't do anything with it.
Andrew Paier | Director | BP3 Global, Inc.
BP3 Global's Website | Twitter | Linkedin | Google+ | Blogs

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