The first step is to come up with a plan for mapping out and automating your dataflows. It’s critical the data moving across your network is auditable, secure, and findable. At its simplest, moving data from one place to another involves a series of tasks, and those tasks can be automated and scheduled, or set up to execute with event-based triggers. Whether it involves making two apps share data between the cloud and on-premises servers or moving data around the enterprise -- a workflow can be created to automate the process. This workflow can be complex and have multiple systems communicating with each other. You can even program it to skip certain steps if information is missing or an application fails.
Our automation platform, OpCon, is remarkably flexible, cost-effective, and scalable, and might be the solution you’re looking for. We add value by orchestrating the overall flow of data between applications throughout your enterprise. We can make sure every agent that needs to communicate can do so as well as notify you if it’s not able to. Using OpCon you can automatically execute repetitive tasks based on criteria you decide on. It is event-driven, meaning it can wait for an event to happen and only act once the qualifying conditions you’ve decided on are met. You have complete control.
Let me illustrate an example of how this could be useful for you:
An end user enters data into an application hosted on one of your on-premises servers or into a cloud-based app. OpCon can talk to both, so it doesn’t really matter which one it is. As the systems administrator, you know that some of the data generated by that application is also useful to three other applications that are housed on various on-premises and cloud servers. Currently an end user must perform manual tasks within each application to extract data from one application and then input it into other applications. This can be tedious and error prone. When you make OpCon the central conductor, you can tie each of those manual steps within individual applications into a workflow automating each step. This significantly boosts reliability and productivity.
Building upon the previous example, let’s say that you want to make your data easy to find, but also want to archive, backup, or delete as much of it as possible from active drives to conserve network resources. Once you’ve determined the requirements of your end users, you can map out and install a workflow that automatically pulls the necessary files to a predetermined permissioned access directory, and automatically archive or delete files that are past the maximum time limit. This saves your end users time, and helps you keep a clean, organized database that delivers data to exactly where it needs to go. Accomplishing this will bring you joy the likes of which even Marie Kondo would be in awe of.
These are two very simple examples, and every company’s database administration protocols and needs are slightly different. The main takeaway here?
The solution to your database management involves a whole lot of automation.
It’s simply too complex of an undertaking to have a bunch of processes that are dependent on manual input. An advantageous feature of most automation solutions is that you can start small and build up your database management workflows job by job over time, rather than trying to migrate everything at once. While it’s certainly possible to do a big migration, most companies prefer to avoid the risks and costs associated with that. What you’ll want to look for is a task-based pricing model, which will give you flexibility to pay as you scale rather than paying a flat subscription fee that might be more expensive than your needs when your organization is initially beginning the automation process.
Whether you choose OpCon or a competing solution to meet your dataflow automation needs, I hope that this article has helped you formulate your plan for tackling this challenge. If you would like to talk about your organization’s challenges and see what we can do to provide you with additional ‘how to’, please fill out the contact us form below.
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