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Dynamic Workflow Exception Handling

6/7/11 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

In computing, “exceptions” are recognized as unforeseen error events that disrupt the normal flow of a running process. Exceptions, however, can be unique to a particular user environment.

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Increase Workflow Performance with Agent Group Distribution

4/11/11 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

AutoMate BPA Server's multi-machine functionality allows a single workflow the ability to monitor for conditions and execute tasks on multiple machines situated in different physical locations.

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Using the Dashboard to Drive Your Business Performance

3/4/11 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

Today’s growing information and communication technology is altering how companies operate and move forward in a global environment. Because of the real-time nature of information being transmitted, organizations need a way to easily track up-to-the minute performance and operational statistics in order to make effective business decisions more rapidly. AutoMate BPA Server 8’s new Dashboard feature is the ideal solution to tackle such an issue.

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Data Store Migration Utility

1/20/11 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 2 comments

Data migration is the process of transferring data from one hardware or software configuration to another. It allows organizations the ability to maintain the integrity of important data. The downside is that data migration is often time consuming and causes major disruptions as a result of downtime or application performance problems. As a result, AutoMate BPA Server 8 comes equipped with a new Data Store Migration utility designed to dramatically reduce the effort, time and risk of migrating data between BPA Server 7 and BPA Server 8.

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The Power of AutoMate Triggers

11/24/10 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

In AutoMate 7, Triggers are are closely correlated with system, application and network events that transpire on an AutoMate server. They are objects that monitor the occurrence of specific system events or conditions and cause a task to execute automatically as a result.

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AutoMate Backup & Restore

9/8/10 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

In this article we will take a look at the importance of backing up AutoMate data in order to prevent data loss. We will also learn how to go about backing up remote AutoMate installations, performing automated backups and achieving data recovery in case data loss occurs despite the best of our efforts and precautions.

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AutoMate BPA Server Enhanced Data Sharing

3/16/10 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 2 comments

AutoMate's implementation of variables, arrays and datasets play an important role in the construction of intelligent, flexible and nimble automated processes because they enable a means to store and share dynamic values for use in any task step as well as associated sub-tasks. Once created, these objects can be used in any action's properties that allow input of expressions by simply placing the object name between percent signs (%). This makes it possible for the same task to process different sets of data each time it executes.

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AutoMate 7 Installation Instructions

2/11/10 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

In addition to the powerful capabilities found in AutoMate 6, AutoMate 7 encompasses a variety of new actions designed to automate Twitter and Instant Message operations, web service activities, Active Directory management and XML manipulation, just to name a few. This article will provide important information and illustrated instructions regarding the installation of AutoMate 7.

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Using AutoMate to Perform Desktop Interactions

1/13/10 • by marjo martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

AutoMate is certainly the ideal tool to use when it comes to automating the procedure of interacting with controls within a window or navigating through a webpage, application or other types of interfaces. AutoMate includes numerous interactivity related actions that can impersonate any mouse or keyboard activity as well as virtually any form of desktop interactions performed manually. This article will describe some of the more commonly used Interactivity actions and how they are used to navigate and interact with interfaces as well as supply possible solutions to some frequent interactivity and navigation related problems.

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Check for Files That are Zero Bytes

This task will loop through a folder and check for any files that are zero bytes or empty using the function FileLen() to get the size of the file. An IF conditional is used to evaluate whether it is less than 1 byte in size. If the file is 0 bytes a message dialog will be displayed that the file is zero bytes in size.

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Working with Agent Groups in BPA Server

12/7/09 • by marjo martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

An Agent Group is a distinct AutoMate BPA Server object that contains one or more Agents within a logical group. They can be used as workflow objects in place of individual Agents to distribute conditions and tasks to multiple machines across an enterprise. The use of Agent Groups can be more convenient in situations where multiple agents need to be selected for automated execution. Instead of assigning each individual agent, you can simply create an Agent Group which contains the specific agents to be assigned.

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Enhanced Online Communications - IM and Twitter

11/10/09 • by marjo martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

Introduction E-mail has gained popularity with the spread of the Internet and has essentially been the preferred method of on-line communications ever since. However, in recent years, e-mail has been looked upon as a bit of a thorn in the side of companies due to the increase of spam and virus attacks. As a result, many organizations are adopting new and unique ways to communicate on-line, particularly through the use of Instant Messaging and Twitter technologies.

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Agent Failover in AutoMate BPA Server 7

10/5/09 • by marjo martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

IntroductionAutoMate BPA Server provides "Failover" capability in servers, systems or networks that require continuous availability and a high degree of reliability. Failover is the ability for an Agent to switch over automatically to a redundant or standby AutoMate BPA server component upon failure or abnormal termination of the previously active server component. Failover happens without human intervention. The second server will immediately take over the work of the first as soon as it detects a loss of communication.

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AutoMate BPA Server Cross-Platform Automation

8/6/09 • by marjo martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

Introduction Increasing numbers of businesses require solutions to help unify their disparate computing platforms to better improve productivity. The upcoming BPA Server version 7.1.0.0 upgrade will enable organizations to create these kinds of solutions by including support for direct execution across multi-platforms. This new functionality broadens the spectrum of AutoMate BPA Server by extending business and IT process automation capabilities across various computers within the network, regardless of its operating system.

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Automating Environment Variable Management

6/26/09 • by marjo martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

IntroductionEnvironment variables are a set of dynamic values consisting of system information that can control the behavior of various programs. They consist of specially named aliases or placeholders for certain basic system properties that are present for convenience in programming and system administration. AutoMate encompasses a number of actions designed to automate the creation, manipulation and management of environment variables in a Windows-based operating system. These actions reside in the Task Builder"s Available Actions pane located in the Environment Variables folder.

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AutoMate 7 Multi-Machine Capabilities

6/1/09 • by marjo martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

IntroductionUsually, AutoMate 7's Task Administrator console is used to access the Task Service on the local machine. However, it is also capable of Remote Administration, the ability to deploy and manage tasks remotely by accessing an AutoMate Task Service installed on a remote machine via a TCP/IP connection. This article will present detailed information regarding all aspects of AutoMate 7"s Remote Administration feature. It will provide step by step instructions concerning remote connection, task deployment and remote management. It will also discuss External Database Logging functionality in relation to Remote Administration and point out various forms of remote connection types available.

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Microsoft Exchange Automation

5/4/09 • by marjo martinez, in Tech Talk 2 comments

IntroductionMore organizations use Microsoft Exchange for email-based collaboration than any other software on the market today. Not only is Exchange reliable and secure, it"s also highly scalable. As a result, more employees are utilizing other features found in Microsoft Outlook such as contacts, calendars, notes and tasks and relying on Exchange to access such items when they are on the road.

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Automating Web Service Execution

3/31/09 • by marjo martinez, in Tech Talk 2 comments

Web Service - OverviewA Web service is defined as a set of technologies that provide platform-independent standards used for exchanging data between applications over a network, such as the Internet. Businesses can dynamically mix and match Web services to perform complex transactions with minimal programming. For instance, Web services allow buyers and sellers all over the world to discover each other, connect dynamically, and execute transactions in real time with minimal human interaction.

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Upcoming BPA Feature: Advanced Workflow Capabilities Using Agent Groups

3/3/09 • by marjo martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

One of the many new features that will be introduced in the upcoming release of BPA Server version 7.0.8.0 is the concept of Agent Groups. An Agent Group is essentially a single element that contains a collection of two or more agents within a logical group. Agent Groups can be used in place of individual agents within a workflow. This allows a single trigger condition the ability to set off tasks assigned to numerous agents in one workflow. This also provides a single task the ability to execute on multiple agents simultaneously. Additionally, Agent Groups allow the workflow to wait for and/or test for a condition to be true on any one machine in the agent group. This article will outline how to create Agent Groups and explain their properties and behavior in a running workflow determined by the type of object each Agent Group is applied to.

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Using Functions to Extend AutoMate's Capabilities

2/2/09 • by marjo martinez, in Tech Talk 1 comment

AutoMate encompasses a VBA-compatible engine designed to extend the functionality available in AML (AutoMate Markup Language), the primary internal language used by AutoMate. It allows multi-line BASIC scripts to be included in a task with the use of the BASIC Script action and allows all built-in Visual Basic functions to be used as an expression in any step of a task. Furthermore, AutoMate also includes a large collection of additional functions that extend the functionality of the AutoMate Scripting Engine beyond the capabilities of what the basic VBA-compatible engine provides. These functions are collectively referred to as "AutoMate Extended Functions."

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