Connecting Process Steps

Connections control process flow. The originating step will process before the target step. Creating a connection between steps is a simple process; drag a connection from the originating step to the target step. Connections are formed one at a time between two steps, the originating step and the target step.

To create a connection:

  1. After you have added your steps, the graphical design tools available when steps are selected include a delete option and a connection handle. The Start step cannot be deleted or edited.

  2. Point to the step that you want to use as the connection's origin.

  3. Hold and drag the connection tool over the target step.

  4. Release the connection tool over the target step to complete the connection.

  5. In the Properties panel select a connection type, for example, Success. See Using Conditions and Switch Steps in Processes.

  6. To add a conditional transition, in the Properties panel select Conditional and enter properties. You can use arithmetical (+, -, %, /, *), and logical operators (==, !=, >, <). :

    The transition is successful only if the condition is resolved to true. You cannot add conditional properties to Switch transitions and the transition from the Start step.

    Note: The Spring Expression Language (SpEL) is used to evaluate properties. Strings are delimited by single quotes. To put a single quote in a string, use double quote characters, for example: ''Hello World''. For more information about SpeL see the help: https://docs.spring.io/spring/docs/4.3.10.RELEASE/spring-framework-reference/html/expressions.html

  7. Continue with additional steps as needed.

  8. After configuring the steps and their properties, to save the process design, click the Save icon (image); if you don't want to save your changes, click the Discard Changes icon (image).

    If saved, the step is on the design space and ready to be connected to other steps.

Related Topics

Using Conditions and Switch Steps in Processes