Success Arrow


The Success (green) arrow represents a stems from a parent object (i.e. Condition, Sub-Workflow, Task, Process) in a workflow and will continue to the next downstream object upon successful execution of the parent. See Flow Control Arrows for more details.

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The following examples illustrate the use a Success arrow.

EXAMPLE 1 - Triggering Conditions

When an event takes place or when a condition occurs, it is treated as a success. In the example below, a Schedule event is set to trigger at 12:00 AM. When the time period occurs, it is marked as a success, thus, the workflow will take its course and follow the Success arrow towards  Task 1. Upon successful completion of Task1, execution of Task 2 commences. If any task fails, by default, the workflow will also be marked as failed and execution will come to a halt at the object that failed.

NOTE: Triggering conditions wait indefinitely for a specific condition to occur on the system, therefore, they succeed when the condition occurs but can never fail (because their behavior is to wait indefinitely). Because of this, triggering conditions must always be the first object in a workflow and can only be linked to a Success arrow.


EXAMPLE 2 - Conditional Branching

Flow control arrows allow conditional branching to take place by determining a workflow’s progress depending on specific events or conditions that transpire. The sample workflow below illustrates exception handling by way of conditional branching at its simplest form. A workflow executes along the path of any arrow containing the value equaling that of the previous object. Therefore, if Task1 completes successfully, execution follows the path containing the Success arrow and runs Task 2 on Agent 2. If Task1 fails, execution follows the path containing the Failure arrow and runs Task 3 on Agent 3 instead.



EXAMPLE 3 - Multi-executions

Success arrows allow multiple executions to take place simultaneously, either on the same agent or separate agents. This is an ideal way to speed up workflow execution or offload processor intensive tasks to other computers. The example below displays two Success arrows stemming from a Schedule event set to trigger at 12:00 AM. When the clock strikes 12:00 AM, Task 1 assigned to Agent 1 and Task 2 assigned to Agent 2 runs simultaneously.



EXAMPLE 4 - Or Condition

Multiple Success arrows can be linked to a single object. In the sample workflow below, Success arrow stems from two triggering conditions and linked to a single task. In this scenario, Task 1 runs when File Y exists in Folder Z "or" when an update is performed on the database (also known as an OR condition).   




EXAMPLE 4 - Evaluations linked to Success arrow

Along with a Result Arrow, an Evaluation object can also be followed by a Success arrow. This is because Evaluation objects treat a TRUE/YES result as a Success and a FALSE/NO result as a Failure. As shown in the example below, the Evaluation object evaluates 5=5, which, of course, evaluates to TRUE. Therefore, the workflow follows the path of the Success arrow which runs Task 1 on Agent 1.


Additional Notes

There are some basic practices to follow when using arrows to link from one object to another: