Automate for simplicity and flexibility


By Neil Kinson, Chief of Staff, Redwood Software

In 1960, Vice Admiral Paul D. Stroop, chief of the US Navy’s weapon’s bureau at the time, put a plan in place to increase the reliability and reduce the cost of producing the Navy’s aerial weaponry. Project KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) was born – and it’s a principle that’s still applicable to most enterprises today, despite the seemingly highly-complex, interconnected processes that drive them.

Putting automation at the heart of processes is essential to achieve the always-on approach most businesses now require – and settling for time-based batch processing just doesn’t cut it anymore. Bulletproof uptime is clearly a must for workload automation, but there’s another crucial attribute: flexibility.

Errors are a part of business

Always-on means that you need the flexibility to adapt swiftly and without disruption when the unexpected happens.

Most automation solutions have basic error-handling options, but often they result in the process stopping. There’s no allowance for integration of your own unique business logic and what should happen next.

If, however, your automation solution knows under exactly which conditions to execute a task, and when not to, you can easily set up your processes so that any errors or exceptions are handled automatically.

We don’t believe in adding technology simply for its own sake, which is why we don’t throw around terms like AI or machine intelligence without true consideration of what we’re trying to achieve or enable for our customers.

The truth is, while the above example might sound like it’ll increase business process complexity (and therefore automation complexity) exponentially, the Redwood RunMyJobs® scheduling solution is built around a simple three-step principle that’s designed to be simply adaptable to your requirements now and as they change over time.

3 steps to business and automation harmony

  • First, define the process: What do you want to happen? What needs to take place? What is the outcome of the task when it successfully completes?
  • Second, add context and data to that process: What data needs to be imported first? When do you want the process to run? When don’t you want it to? What needs to happen when it’s complete?
  • Third, schedule your jobs and repeat as necessary.

If that sounds a little too straightforward, let me remind you of the Vice Admiral’s words once again: “Keep it simple, stupid”. With these steps and Redwood technology, you can create dynamic automated processes that are both robust and flexible.

Redwood enables your business logic to be easily built right into your automation logic, process flow and task execution. We give you what you need to effectively automate remediation. All it takes is intelligent automation, not artificial intelligence.

With scalable, cloud-based automation that’s structured to provide the context for every event, you have a truly flexible solution that adapts to any change in your business...

Talk to us today and learn more at www.redwood.com/runmyjobs/

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