What is Process Automation
Process Automation helps businesses to optimise the performance and efficiency of their human workforce by replacing repetitive, rule-based tasks with computerised or robotic processes. Many businesses don't realise that their staff are already using high-level process automation to speed up daily tasks in the form of applications that may do things like Automatically moving files and folders to new locations, Automatically reading and writing to databases or using APIs to move or replicate data between systems.
What is Robotic Process Automation
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is the technology that allows software (robots) to mimic the actions that a human would generally undertake to complete a business process using a computer system. RPA robots make use of the user interface to capture data and navigate applications in the same way humans do. They absorb data, action responses and communicate with other systems to complete these tasks exactly as instructed any time of the day or night, improving the efficiency, accuracy and productivity of work teams.
What is Operational Process Automation
Operational Process Automation (OPA) delivers process automation specifically to IT and network operations teams. By leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning abilities, OPA goes beyond basic RPA capabilities to carry out advanced analysis and troubleshooting tasks.
What can Process Automation assist with?
Opmantek Software serves to augment a network engineering or system administration role. As well as emulating actions that network engineers take within a network management system, it can also perform advanced maintenance tasks, assist in the interpretation of network data and communicate effectively with other digital systems in order to categorise, resolve and escalate potential network issues. "Network automation tools provide an automated way to maintain physical and virtual network device configurations. This provides an opportunity to increase agility and efficiency, lower costs, reduce the number of human errors, and improve compliance with configuration policies." - Gartner (Market Guide for Network Automation) Ultimately OPA is about improving the Mean Time to Resolve and driving down the cost of delivery. Opmantek Software can perform: service/daemon restarts based on real symptoms automatic configuration changes to select the best path for OSPF
Intent Based Networking Solutions
The continued validation that your business intent and your network configurations are always aligned. Constant monitoring allows your organization to extend the automation to include new developments while reducing the time of implemention.
Move your organization away from a device-configuration-centric view and replace it with a standardised policy view, increasing the predictability and stability of your network.
Network automation tools can easily manage your individual nodes, they can also programmatically control your network elements based on monitored conditions.
Network Configuration and Change Management
The discovery and documentation of your physical network infrastructure seeking any changes compared to a gold standard or any conditions that raise alerts.
Simplify Your Network
Simplify the setup, configuration, patching, backup and extension of your network.
Lower maintenance and service costs
Lower the maintenance and service costs due to operational equipment being managed equally and efficiently.
Why should you implement Process Automation
Process Automation is about getting the right systems in place to automate repetitive tasks to improve efficiency and ensure consistency within teams. Ultimately, automating your network is about improving the Mean Time to Resolution and driving down the cost of delivery, this occurs because of the following advantages of automation:
- Automation allows you to get data when faults occur.
- You can use all data better, link data to information and knowledge.
- Automate the identification of key operational issues.
- Automate the troubleshooting of known/recurring problems.
- Link known problems with known corrective actions and automate the resolution.
- Enable the transfer of knowledge from experienced staff to less experienced staff.
- Ensure consistent problem diagnosis and resolution.
How can I get started
The easiest way to get started is to download the Opmantek VM and activate opConfig and opEvents. These are available with a free 20 node lifetime license, the perfect size to test automation in your development environment.