Setting Events & Conditions


What were originally recognized as AutoMate Triggers in previous versions are now called AutoMate BPA Server 9 Events and Conditions. As with Triggers, Events and Conditions are still capable of firing off a task based on the occurrence of an event or condition. However, the implementation of Workflows in AutoMate BPA Server 9 increased the capabilities that Triggers normally possessed. For more details, see Events & Conditions.

AutoMate Events are used to initiate workflows or tasks automatically based on a schedule or a key press combination. For example, when using the Schedule Event, workflow execution starts once the specified date,time or interval occurs. When using the Key Event, execution starts when the specified key combination or phrase is entered. AutoMate Conditions affect workflows and tasks in the same manner. However, Conditions can also be used to capture state changes that events typically produce resulting in its ability to direct a workflow's path according to the state.

New Events and Conditions can be created from within the Workflow Designer. When these objects are created and their properties set, they are automatically saved to the Repository so they can be re-used in other workflows, if needed. Proper instructions on how to create new events and conditions as well as how to re-use or edit pre-existing events or conditions are supplied below.

NOTE: The default behavioral settings for a newly created AutoMate Condition is set to wait indefinitely for the specified condition to occur as specified in the Behavior tab properties.  Because the wait is indefinite, selecting this option allows the Condition to behave as a TRIGGER object.

To add a new Condition or Event to a Workflow:

  1. From the Workflow Designer's Available Objects pane, drag the desired Condition or Event onto the workspace (#1 illustration above) or simply double-click the object.

  2. Any new Event or Condition added to the workspace will default to the name Unbuilt Condition. Simply click the default name assigned for the object to rename it.

  3. Directly under the name, select the Agent in which to associate the AutoMate Condition. The system will react only to the specified condition if it occurs on the selected Agent machine.

NOTE:  The Schedule event abides by a date/time value as opposed to occurrence of a system condition, therefore, contains no Agent specifications.

  1. Double-click the chosen Event/Condition object to access its properties.

  2. Use the expander tabs to set desired properties in the dialog box that appears and click the Update button to save the settings and close dialog box.

  3. Use the appropriate Flow Control Arrows to connect other workflow objects to and from the newly created Event/Condition.

To add a pre-existing Condition or Event to a Workflow:

  1. From the Workflow Designer (WFD), click the Repository button located at the foot of the Available Objects pane. Doing so displays the list of repository items.

  2. Expand the Conditions folder. All pre-existing Events and Conditions should appear.

  3. Drag the desired object from the Conditions folder and drop it into he workspace (#2 illustration above).

  4. Select the agent in which the event or condition should associate to. Note that the Schedule event will abide by the date/time properties specified, therefore, includes no agent specifications.

  1. Double-click the object to edit its properties, if needed.

NOTE: To add a new event or condition or edit existing events or conditions from the Repository section of the Server management Console, see Repository.

See Also

About Conditions | Condition Behavior | AMTrigger | AMCondition