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Blog | Jul 5, 2024

Elevate Your Automation Game With Our New Scheduling Feature

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Automating work shouldn’t just be about getting the work done, you’d also want to get it done according to schedule — just ask any project manager.

With this in mind, we're excited to announce the release of our new scheduling feature for SS&C | Blue Prism Next Generation. This enhancement brings sophisticated, flexible scheduling capabilities to your automation workflows, allowing you to streamline operations and maximize efficiency.

What Is a Schedule?

A schedule represents the point at which a set of predefined tasks are executed. For example, if you scheduled process A to be completed every day at 1 p.m. GMT, then the system would initiate, within the process, task 1 and then tasks 2 and 3 sequentially, depending on the outcome of the initial task.

Advanced scheduling with cron-like definitions

Our new scheduler uses cron-like definitions, a standard widely adopted in IT. This approach offers unparalleled flexibility, allowing you to set up automation runs from as frequent as every minute to specific times on particular days. Whether you need daily, weekly or complex monthly patterns, our scheduler can handle it all.

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Coming Soon: A User-friendly Interface for Cron Scheduling

While cron is powerful, we wanted to enhance it even further. Our team is hard at work developing an intuitive interface that will make sophisticated scheduling accessible to everyone. The new UI makes it easier for you to set up schedule frequencies without needing to be a cron expert.

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Multiple triggers for a single flow

Say goodbye to cloning automation sequences for different schedules. Now, you can apply multiple triggers to a single automation flow, significantly reducing complexity and maintenance overhead.

Clash detection for smoother operations

We've introduced clash detection to eliminate the problem of new runs starting before previous ones finish. This smart feature queues processes when necessary, ensuring seamless execution once resources are available. The result? Improved digital worker utilization and fewer failures due to resource conflicts.

Instant availability and easy integration

This new scheduling capability is immediately available to all Next Gen customers, with no need to update your deployed workers. You can apply these schedule triggers to any existing automation flow within the Next Gen Control Center.

How This Helps You

The benefits of our new scheduling feature include:

  • Increased efficiency: Automate more processes with precise timing, reducing manual intervention.
  • Better resource utilization: Clash detection ensures your digital workers are used optimally.
  • Simplified management: Multiple triggers for a single flow reduce the complexity of your automation landscape.
  • Flexibility: Create schedules that perfectly fit your business needs, from simple to highly complex patterns.

Time-based schedules are just the beginning of your journey toward fully automated operations. With this new feature, you're one step closer to the ideal automation workflow:

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We're committed to continually improving our platform based on your needs. This scheduling feature was developed in response to our existing SS&C | Blue PrismÒ Enterprise customers' requests for a more sophisticated scheduler, and we're confident it will enhance your automation capabilities. Submit your ideas for new features here.

Ready To Get Started?

Log in to your Next Gen Control Center and explore the new scheduling options available for your automation flows. As always, we're here to help you maximize the value of your intelligent automation initiatives.

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to evolve our platform to meet your automation needs!

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