On occasions, we want to force our users to follow all steps defined in a business process. There are many variations on this idea and many ways to implement it. In this post, we will see a validation and business map solution based on steps defined in a picklist.
Let's suppose that we have these sales stages defined for our opportunities
Currently, coreBOS does not impose any sort of process, a user could edit the stage picklist and go directly from first sales stage to closed. We want to prohibit that and force our users to pass through the second sales stage before closing
Three approaches come to mind
Let's see how we would do the validations. The basic idea is very simple; we add a validation map with some conditional expressions that make sure that the previous value is the right one for the new value we are trying to save. For example to validate that we can update to the value second sales stage we check that the previous value is first sales stage, and so on. This would look something like these business maps.
<map> <originmodule> <originname>Potentials</originname> </originmodule> <fields> <field> <fieldname>sales_stage</fieldname> <validations> <validation> <rule>expression</rule> <restrictions> <restriction>ForceStepExpression</restriction> </restrictions> </validation> </validations> </field> </fields> </map>
<map> <expression>if AND(sales_stage=='Second sales stage', current_sales_stage!='First sales stage') then 0 else 1 end</expression> </map>
For the second option, the idea is to dynamically generate action links that take us from one step to the next while blocking any edit on the status picklist field. This requires a field dependency map to block the field and a global variable to stop inline detail view edit (because we still don't have the Field Dependency maps working on Detail View) and a set of business actions to generate the action link. The field dependency map looks like this
<map> <originmodule> <originname>Potentials</originname> </originmodule> <dependencies> <dependency> <field>sales_stage</field> <actions> <readonly> <field>sales_stage</field> </readonly> </actions> </dependency> </dependencies> </map>
And the business action would be something like this
where you would have to add some conditional business rules to dynamically show the correct links depending on each picklist value.
I share here the code in the business action above so you don't have to type it:
As you can see coreBOS is REALLY a flexible platform that you can adapt to your needs just playing around with the different configuration options. If you add to the above two options, the fact that, in the end, you are saving a value in the record which triggers the workflow system so you can do any amount of tasks when moving from one step to the next, you end up with an incredibly powerful system.
Read that as the new buzz word: coreBOS is a complete LOW CODE business platform!
That said some things are missing or could be nicer
Thus enters the Process Flow modules which we will explain in detail in next month's blog post.
See you soon!!