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Notify the case owner when someone else logs a note to their case

May 7, 2008 11:55:58 AM

In a previous post, we learned how to use a variable on either side of a business rule condition. Now, we'll create a business rule that uses this type of condition.

User Story

We'll start with a story:

As a case owner, I want to be notified when someone else logs a note to my case, so that I can be kept informed of any activity on my cases.

The business rule

Here's the business rule which satisfies the user story.

Object Type: Case
Rule Name/Description: Notify the owner when someone else logs a note to their case
Start Events: Log Note
Cancel Events: None
Conditions: Logger != [Current Owner]
Action Title: Notify  Owner
Who to Notify: [Current Owner]
Start Action: 0 minutes
From: Event Creation
Using: Elapsed Time
Repeat : Never

RE: A note was logged to [Object Type] [Object ID] by [Logger]

A note was logged to [Object Type] [Object ID] by [Logger]

Case Title: [Title]

You are being notified because you are the owner of the [Object Type].

Notes that were logged:

The rule condition

Look at the condition:

Logger != [Current Owner]

Notice that each side of the condition is actually a rule property that gets evaluated at runtime.

The message

Notice that the message includes the actual notes that were logged by using the [Notes] variable.

This is not a baseline variable, its a custom one. I created this using the Business Rule Properties UI in DovetailAdmin:

Notice the "focus_obj2act_entry" part of the path. If you look at your schema, you won't see this relation defined anywhere. This is a special, virtual relation that Rulemanager knows how to handle. It knows how to translate "focus_obj2act_entry" into the actual relation based on the Object Type.

For example, for a Case, it translates focus_obj2act_entry to case_act2act_entry. For a subcase, it translates focus_obj2act_entry to subcase2act_entry. Etc. This is useful when you have one property that needs to work for multiple Object Types, such as "Case-Subcase", which means that this one property is for both cases and subcases. Kinda hokey, I know. 


Start RuleManager, Open DovetailAgent, login as fred, log a note to a case (that is owned by gary), and I (gary) am immediately notified.

My notification preference is currently set to Email, so here's the email I received:



  • We've created a business rule that notifies the case owner when someone else logs a note to their case
  • Our business rule condition uses variables on both sides of the condition operator
  • We've created and used a custom business rule property that allows us to include the text of a Log Note in a rule message

Rock on.

Gary Sherman
Written by Gary Sherman

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