About using business time spans

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About using business time spans

Business time spans let you define the working days and hours for your organization. You can define daily working hours, weekends, and holidays. You can use the business hours to restrict when certain events happen in a workflow process.

For example, in a Dialog Workflow component in Workflow Designer, you can set a Late Date and a Due Date for the task that the component creates. If you do not want the dates to occur on weekends or holidays; use a business time span to define when they can occur

You can set a business time span in three places: in the Business TimeSpan Editor, in a project's Publishing tab, or in individual components. The Business TimeSpan Editor creates global business time spans. You can use global business time spans in any project. After you create a business time span in the Business TimeSpan Editor, you can use that time span in any project without additional configuration.

See About the Business TimeSpan Editor .

See Creating a business time span in an individual component.

When you set a business time span in a project's Publishing tab, that time span applies to only the local project.

See Publishing tab.

See Creating a business time span in the publishing tab.

When you set a business time span in an individual component, that time span applies only to the local component.

You can also add business hour components to your workflow projects in Workflow Designer (such as the Add Business Hours component). These components do not change the business time span that you have configured elsewhere. They only change the business hour variables that you have in your process, respecting the business time span for the project. For example, if you use an Add Business Hours component to add six hours to its input date, the component adds the time as it falls within business hours. If the component is set up to use 9:00-17:00 for daily business hours, it does not add hours after 17:00. When it adds the six hours, if they fall after 17:00 the component adds them to the next business day starting at 9:00.


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