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Workflow bulk termination and restart enhancements

In developing GRC workflows, it's apparent that if we publish a workflow version and users begin to use it, and then we publish a newer version of the workflow later on, the users are expecting to see the newer version reflected in their existing data.

This is not possible currently. We have to terminate the existing instances of the older workflow version, and then we have to resubmit those objects to the new version of the workflow.

Right now, this is a manual process. We have to select all the running instances of the workflow to terminate. Then we have to recall which objects we terminated on, so that we know which ones to start the new version of the workflow on. We are not able to use bulk start because the bulk start will start the new version on any object that meets the applicability. For manual start workflows, where the user chooses when to start the workflow, this is undesirable.

These challenges and cumbersome steps could be alleviated if there were enhancements for any of the following:

1. A way to push out the new version of the workflow to existing running instances? I.e. as long as the current stage of the running workflow instance matches a stage in the new version of the workflow, would be wonderful to have a way to migrate objects running the old version directly to the same stage in the new version of the workflow.

2. Bulk termination of workflow instances (instead of having to select the ones to terminate, can there be a way to terminate all running instances of a particular workflow, similar to the bulk start operation)?

3. Bulk start of workflow. Rather than having to restart on all objects meeting the applicability rules, would be greatly helpful to allow us to filter which objects we want to start the workflow on, check them off, then start in bulk.

4. Bulk Restart of a workflow in a single step. Would be great if we can choose objects to terminate and in addition to a "Terminate Workflow Instances" button, we also had button for "Terminate and Restart Workflow Instances", so that it would both terminate and then restart the workflow in one step. This would prevent the need for "remembering" which ones we terminated. When we want to restart the workflow for some of the objects.

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  • May 27 2021
  • Under Review
Component Platform Features
Priority Medium - Important
  • Admin
    JOHN Lundgren commented
    1 Jun 03:07pm

    Thank you for submitting this RFE!

    The IBM team is evaluating this RFE. A decision or request for more information will be provided within 90 days of the date that this issue was submitted.

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