Wednesday Jul 23, 2014

Implementing deadline functionality with Oracle Adaptive Case Management by Léon Smiers

Oracle released Adaptive Case Management (ACM) in 2013 as part of the BPM stack. One of the functionality we needed in a project recently, was the handling of deadlines in the context of a case. There is (currently) no out-of-the-box solution to, for example, escalate or reassign a case when a specific deadline has expired. In this blog we describe how this functionality can be created with the out-of-the-box functionality of Oracle Case Management.

Dealing with deadlines
Consider the situation that a case needs to be automatically transferred from an employee to a supervisor after 24 hours and from the supervisor to the manager after 48 hours. Of course, when a case is closed while the deadline has not expired yet, the timer keeping track of the deadline should be terminated.
A solution to this use case would be to implement an interaction between thet case manager and a dedicated timer process as depicted in Figure 1. In this figure the Case Manager initiates the timer process. When the timer expires (e.g. the first 24 hours), the data associations are updated and an internal case event is thrown to give control back to the case manager. The case manager analyses the incoming data, performs some tasks and eventually re-launches the timer process to wait for the next 24 hours.
Figure 1: Timers expires after 24 hours after which a new deadline check is started
The other scenario is depicted in Figure 2. Here the timer process is stopped by the case because the case has ended before the deadlines expires. Read the complete article here.

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