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Advice for SP2013 on prem workflow templates that include variables?

Question asked by andrew.x.childress@us.tel.com on Mar 23, 2017
Latest reply on Mar 23, 2017 by andrew.x.childress@us.tel.com

Here's my situation: I have ten nearly-identical workflows that might or might not start each time an item is created, depending on what exactly is in the item.  Workflow1 will look at list columns A1, B1, C1; Workflow2 will look at list columns A2, B2, C2, etc.

 

I'm trying to figure out the best way to build this once and be able to copy it with as little tweaking required as possible on each individual workflow.  Any advice at all is welcome.  Would you use the Export/Import options on the ribbon, or save as the workflow as a snippet, or something else entirely?  My first impulse is to save as a snippet, but if I'm not mistaken that means that I would lose my workflow variables and have to recreate them in each of the ten workflows.

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