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Function documentation Using Work Items 

Use

Work items are used in the SAP Business Workflow/WebFlow to execute the individual steps of a workflow. Work item are subdivided into work item types. Every work item type characterizes a specific type of execution of the work item and controls the internal editing processes. The type of a work item decides on the permitted status and status transitions.

Features

The work items can be divided into two groups depending on their type. The first group of work items is displayed in the Business Workplace of users and is executed by the users. The second group of work items is only used and executed in the internal system and is never displayed in the Business Workplace of a user.

Work item types displayed in the Business Workplace

Work item type

Abbreviation

Description

Dialog work item

W

Runtime presentation of a step in the workflow or a task that is executed as a single step and which requires a user dialog.

Missed deadline work item

D

Work item for notification when deadline missed

Work queue work item

A

A work queue is a list of objects to be processed once and together in a limited time frame.

Work item types not displayed in the Business Workplace

Work item type

Abbreviation

Description

Workflow work item

F

Runtime presentation of a workflow

Block work item

X

Runtime presentation of a block

Background work item

B

Runtime presentation of a step in the workflow or a task that is executed as a single step and which does not require a user dialog.

Wait step work item

E

Runtime presentation of a wait step in the workflow

Web work item

R

Runtime presentation of a web activity

Container anchor

C

Work items of this type are required as a special development in the EDI environment and do not normally appear in the workflow environment.

Note

Work items of this type should be regularly deleted or archived.

A work item always has a work item status. The status of the work item shows the stage of processing that the work item is in. For more information on the status a work item type can have and which status changes are possible,  see the function descriptions of the individual work item types.

Activities

All work items that the user can execute are listed in the Business Workplace of a user. The user can start execution directly from the Business Workplace. The work items listed can also be displayed from the Business Workplace.

If you need an overview of the work items currently in the workflow system, go to the Work Item Selection. This function can be used to also find and display work items not listed in the Business Workplace.

 

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