I've built a state machine workflow that has several tasks.

If any of the tasks are not completed by 4pm I need to signify (email) the team(s).

I guess I need some sort of event that fires at 4pm, checks status of all tasks and sends email. Sharepoint has a Delay activity, but this counts down. Perhaps I could programatically give it a timeout by calculating the hours remaining till 4.

Whats the best way to accomplish this please?


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I would not use a workflow for this because...

  1. You want it to execute at a specific time
  2. You want it to run for / check multiple items.

Workflows are bad at both those things.

I would put the code in a console application or powershell script and schedule it to run everyday at 4:00PM in task scheduler.

As mentioned by @Alexander, a timer job would also be a good alternative.


I think that you can create a timer job. This timer job can be configured to be executed at 4pm. This timer job can check tasks and send emails.


For cases like this, I typically use a secondary workflow where I'll write a record out to a hidden lists that monitors the task or record and checks it at the specified time and takes the required action if the condition is not met. It is typically a pretty simple workflow.

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