Creating Approval Flows

As an alternative to standard purchase approval, you can set up one or more approval flows, which are essentially custom lists of approvers required for document approval. When a document has been assigned an approval flow, all approvers in the flow must approve the document before it can be posted. The approvers must approve the document in the order you specify when you set up the flow.

When you create an approval flow, you must provide it with an approval flow code that is suitable for your particular organization's setup. The code can be entered as free text and should be whatever word best describes the approval flow you're setting up, such as SMALL (for small purchases) or GERMANY (for supplies procured in Germany) – basically anything you prefer. The entered code is to be used when you assign the approval flow to a document.

Note

To be able to add approvers to your approval flow, you must set them up first. Once set up, the approvers will be available for selection in the Continia User List, as described below.

To set up an approval flow

  1. Choose the Search icon, enter Approval Flows, and then choose the related link.
  2. In the action bar, select New to add an approval flow.
  3. In the list, under Code, enter a suitable code for the approval flow.
  4. Optional: Under Description, enter a free-text description of the approval flow.
  5. Under Selection Method, specify how approvers are to be selected for the approval of documents that have this approval flow code applied. For more information, see Adding amount limits to an approval flow below.
  6. Under No. of Approvers, select the number (0 for new flows) to open the Approvers page.
  7. In the action bar, select New to add an approver.
  8. In the list, under Name, select the three dots on the right to open the Continia User List. Select a user from the list, and then select OK to close the page.
  9. Under Approval Amount Limit, add the amount limit that you want to apply to this approver. This applies specifically to this approval flow and overrules any other approval limits configured elsewhere for this user.
  10. Repeat steps 7-9 for every additional approver you want to add to the flow.

Note

The order of the approvers on the Approvers page reflects the order in which the approvers must approve any document that has this approval flow assigned. The approver at the top will be the first one to approve the document, which will then be passed on to the second approver in the list (followed by the third, fourth, etc., if applicable).

Adding amount limits to an approval flow

By adding amount limits to an approval flow, you can enable the flow to release documents whenever the specified approval level is met. In this way, each document for approval won't have to be forwarded to all approvers in the flow if it can be released by an approver with the appropriate approval limit early in the process. This ensures that only the necessary number of people are involved in the approval process, thereby enabling documents to be approved faster.

To add amount limits to an approval flow, follow the guide above under To set up an approval flow. The actual amount limits are added as numerical values for each individual approver in step 9 of the guide, under Approval Amount Limit. In step 5 of the guide, you can decide how these amount limit values should then be used to select approvers for the approval of documents with this approval flow applied. You can choose between the following selection methods:


Selection methodDescription
AllWith this option, an approval entry is created for each approver in the flow. This is the default setting, which corresponds exactly to the functionality of previous versions of Continia Document Capture.
First qualifiedIf you select this option, Document Capture will select the first individual approver with an amount limit value that equals or exceeds the total value of the purchase document submitted for approval.
All to first qualifiedThis option will select all approvers in the flow, starting with the approver with the lowest amount limit value and ending with the first qualified approver (for a definition of this, see "First qualified" above).
Initial and first qualifiedWith this option, Document Capture will select the approver with the lowest amount limit value as well as the first qualified approver (for a definition of this, see "First qualified" above).

See also

Using Approval Flows
Continia User Setup for Approvals