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CheckAvailability on flows break assignment of work to user



Business logic imposes an SLA on a particular assignment. The "check available" feature relating to an operator is also active. When the assignment is transferred to any operator, the transfer always fails and instead gets rerouted to the workgroup manager. This is true even when the target of the transfer has no vacation scheduled.

Error Messages

Not Applicable.

Steps to Reproduce

Transfer an assignment to an operator.

Root Cause

An issue in the custom application code or rules.  Part of the Application interface during the transfer process establishes a future date which the user selects.  In the background, the Application creates an SLA with goal and deadline times 5 days prior to the selected date. The result is that when the user does not select a date atleast 5 business days in the future, an SLA is created with times in the past.

When the "Check Available" feature is active (tied to the "Unavailable from <> to <>" on the Operator Record), system logic computes that if there is enough time for the would-be assigned operator to complete the task by the deadline, taking into account any unavailable time as noted in the Operator Record.

When a goal date is in the past, then even if the Operator is always available, the operator cannot complete the assignment by the indicated time. The failover logic for an assignment then activates, and the assignment is given to the Workgroup Manager.


Perform the following local-change:

Either eliminate the SLA, or change the business logic so that none of the SLA deadlines can be created in the past.

Published January 31, 2016 - Updated October 8, 2020

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