Business process instances left in started state


I wanted to know if the process instances are left out without suspending, does it cause any harm to server. I want to know the side effects, if a process instance is left open without being completed.

Appreciate a quick response as we are having issuess with one of the BP consuming more CPU cycles while it is getting suspended as per business scenario when it does not get some required data. We are looking out for alternative. :confused::confused::confused:


It is advisable to put step timeout in business process if the necessary document doesn’t arrive i.e… process waits for doc for certain time and completes if doesn’t receive the required document.

Thanks shahid for your reply…

I wanted to know the consequences if we leave the BP in started state as we have to present that to client.

I know it could be resources held up, etc.