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Workqueue Item - Total Worktime Limitation

  • 1.  Workqueue Item - Total Worktime Limitation

    Posted 09-23-2020 12:24

    We found that a limitation of Blue Prism is that it does not capture that any work (ie worktime) has been performed on a workqueue item when it is put back to the queue as 'Pending'. 

    In other words, Blue Prism does not account for worktime on a Queue Item if it is locked, processed partially, and subsequently unlocked without marking it as Completed or Exception. The 'worktime' field within the BPAWorkQueueItem Database table only accounts for the last touchpoint of any workqueue item (the time between the Start Time of the 'Get Next Item' action and the End Time of the 'Mark Complete' / 'Mark Exception' actions)

    Unfortunately, this means that we can't accurately determine how long it took to process a workqueue Item if it is touched (picked from the queue) multiple times.

    Can an enhancement be made to the product such that the Worktime field from the BPAWorkQueueItem table accounts for all time where the item was locked?

    Thank You

    Nicolas Payeur
    Reveal Group

  • 2.  RE: Workqueue Item - Total Worktime Limitation

    Posted 09-24-2020 09:04
    Edited by Nicholas Zejdlik 09-24-2020 09:08
    If you use Defer instead of Unlock Item, it will count towards the total work time. If you don't want to actually defer the item to a later time, use Now() for the 'Until' parameter on Defer. This does have the side effect of resetting the item attempts, however.

    Nicholas Zejdlik
    RPA Developer

  • 3.  RE: Workqueue Item - Total Worktime Limitation

    Posted 09-26-2020 08:37
    Hi Nicolas,

    There is a place you can raise enhancement/new feature suggestions to Blue Prism product team directly :

    Take a look at existing ideas and suggestions and see if your wanted feature has already been mentioned by anyone...


    Henry Li