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Setting Yourself Up For Automation in 2017 (On-Demand Webinar)
2017 has already started, but it’s not too late to ensure that it’s your most productive year yet. Richard Schoen and Pat Cameron recently hosted a webinar on how to set yourself up for effective automation in 2017. Watch the recording below to learn about the benefits of automation and what you can do with HelpSystems automation solutions.
Automation Industry Buzzwords
Before looking for an automation solution, you might want to get a better understanding of a few popular terms. Business process automation is a broad term that refers to software that automates repeatable processes across both IT and business departments. Lately you may have been hearing a lot more about robotic process automation. Robotic process automation intelligently manipulates systems and applications at the graphical interface level. Job scheduling traditionally referred only to running simple background tasks, but now can refer to comprehensive, cross-platform automation with deep application integration as well.
For a few more fun ways of referring to process automation, check out the webinar video. An automation platform might be limited to a few of these automation types, or might encompass them all.
Planning for Automation
Not sure if you could benefit from an automation solution? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Do you have boring work you would like to get rid of?
- Is it a repeatable pattern?
- Is there something more productive you could be doing with your time?
Chances are, you answered yes to all three. That means you are a great candidate to streamline your business processes with automation software.
Automation isn’t purely for IT departments anymore. While IT has more requirements than ever—from monitoring a large number of servers to facilitating DevOps—business departments also typically rely on technology to meet objectives. Business process automation can make work more efficient for any department. Ideally, you would have a single, centrally monitored solution that is useful and intuitive for everyone who needs it.
Automation from HelpSystems can run the full spectrum from automating individual basic tasks to providing comprehensive enterprise-wide process automation. The capabilities of the solutions can be divided into three key categories: automation for individuals and teams, automation of business applications, and systems and infrastructure automation.
To improve individual productivity, daily repetitive tasks done by knowledge workers like file management, report generation, or copying and pasting of data can be automated. This can be expanded to the team level by identifying bottlenecks in team processes and automating the tasks to allow for smooth processing of a high-volume workload.
Today’s businesses are built on a complex IT infrastructure with many disparate systems and applications. Business applications will often come with built-in automation capabilities, but these can’t be integrated with other processes across the enterprise. HelpSystems provides cross-platform automation that integrates with the software critical to your business.
Behind the scenes in any IT shop are the various IT and business systems that need to be up and running to make things happen. By automating and monitoring these systems you can enable DevOps, overcome virtualization and cloud challenges, and be automatically notified of any problem with your infrastructure.
Don’t get stuck with an automation platform only focused on a single type of automation. Work with flexible software that can scale as your requirements grow.
What Can You Do with Automation?
In the webinar, Richard mentions several commonly automated processes, including:
- Web interaction
- File transfer and management
- Database interaction
- Read or write Excel, CSV, XML, or text files
- SharePoint processes
- Active Directory and user provisioning
To see Pat demonstrate how to automate several processes with AutoMate, jump to 19:36 in the video.
Finding even one area where automation could improve your processes could make a huge difference for your business in 2017. Ready to get started?