"BPEL Process Engine" comes along with WebCenter Content for restricted use (for developing workflows/processes within or between WebCenter Content components only).
And as per the documentation only Basic (human triggered workflows with a document etc) and Criteria (auto triggered by an event - uploading a document etc.)
But, can we create a workflows without a document/content? E.g. a simple workflow of leave application where no document upload is required. Or a simple process for Customer on-board where there is no document involved.
Can anybody help me in understanding this?
For that you would have to set Metadata Only check-in which does not need a primary file . What it does is use the check-in form details and creates a file by itself (without having used any primary file) and creates the assets .
So , from the WF point of view there need not have any changes . Only thing is from WCC check-in side .
For details please check the following links:
Uploading Documents - Release 11g (11.1.1)- section 184.108.40.206 - Tip
Hope this helps .
Yes Srinath. Thanks for the help!
But, even if we use the metadata only check-in, a document gets created... right? If so, the approver would have to approve the dummy document (may be empty) in workflow not the actual metadata... right? Please confirm.
For e.g. Leave workflow if we consider... wouldn't it be weird if user approves a dummy document for a leave (where it is actually not required). Please suggest.
The dummy document does have the data which is captured from the metadata on the page .
If you read the documentation I provided , in that Tip there is a Placeholder concept which you can leverage to kick start workflows and achieve the requirement .
The OP is really trying to use the product in a way that it was not intended to work.
Think about what you are asking the system to do. It's a CONTENT MANAGEMENT system. It's built on the idea of managing CONTENT, not providing other ad-hoc business workflow processes (like leave approvals) that are unrelated to CONTENT. As such, it would be illogical to NOT require some type of file (aka "CONTENT") to initiate the process.
Srinath's suggestion is the only way to accomplish what is being asked. You can get creative on how the actual meta-only file is created (SOAP/Ajax, hidden form field, etc) but a file must exist in some type or fashion.
Well said Williams. But Customers want to reduce their license cost by asking these questions... Anyways... thanks for the support.
Also, just posted a new discussion for a query - Is this possible to upload new documents to the existing WebCenter Content workflow? The below is the discussion link. Could you please help me there also.