Traditionally, batch files and scripts have been used to automate task-oriented processes across homo-and heterogeneous computing environments. Scripts are written to carry out routine, yet important, jobs which include backing up/clearing event logs, automating networking tasks, monitoring system performance, reading/writing to the registry, as well as managing various user accounts, computer accounts, printers, applications and services. Organizations often employ highly skilled and highly compensated programmers to write and maintain these scripts which automate various jobs that would otherwise be handled manually.
The paradigm shift from manual execution to automation by script was once considered a quantifiable business decision valued by CIOs and IT executives who aim to reduce redundancy in execution, standardize repetitive tasks, seek cost-cutting opportunities, and streamline inter-organizational processes. However, in the perpetual evolutionary arms race to achieve broader automation, scripting is an extra, unnecessary layer in the automation puzzle. You can continue using your existing investments, while adding valuable capabilities around process automation, acceleration, notification, and scheduling. This paper explains that as automation tools continue to evolve in a quest to deliver the most comprehensive set of automated capabilities, the notion of writing scripts will be rendered anachronistic. Continue reading to learn more about the shift from scripting to dynamic, intelligent process automation.