Business rules for the approval of ECOs are defined in a workflow process. For each ECO, Workflow manages adherence to these business rules, including:
When Workflow is in control of the approval process, the ECO approval status is set to Approval Requested. Before the approval status is changed, the workflow approval process can be aborted.
Workflow manages the approval process until the entire approval flow is complete. Only then is the ECO approval status updated to either Approved or Rejected. If an error occurs during the Workflow approval process, the approval status is set to Processing Error.
If you use the Standard Workflow Process, you must assign a role to the "Standard Approval Notification" activity. Otherwise, the process will fail.
If the Workflow product is not fully installed, you can alter only the Standard Approval Process.
The ECO workflow approval process will notify all persons in the role, regardless if the role is defined using an approval list or an individual employee.
To approve (or reject) the ECO, approvers must respond to the notification. If the approver has an Oracle Applications Object Library account, they can respond to ECO approval requests using either a web browser or the Notification Viewer. If not, the approver can respond via electronic mail, provided they have a valid address defined using the Enter Person window.
ECO types that are associated with a workflow process can optionally be associated with an ECO priority. If so, ECOs that use the type/priority combination are approved via Workflow. Doing so enables workflow approval processes to be ranked according to priority.
Introduction to Oracle Workflow
Engineering Workflow Activity Functions
Defining ECO Types
Defining ECO Approval Lists
Creating an ECO
Viewing ECO Approval Status