Automation at NGA: File Transfer and Job Scheduling
We come to the Second installment of “Automation at NGA”. In our first installment we discussed how with automation NGA has started to consistently control processes throughout its global enterprise; the way we have expanded automation to thousands of inbound and outbound interfaces and tasks, including those for payroll and tax provisioning.
In this installment we will review what tools NGA uses to receive and transmit Data (files) back and forth to our clients and their providers (GlobalScape Electronic File Transfer - EFT). I will also review the processing of this data in an automated scheduled procedure (Redwood Cronacle).
The EFT Solution
This solution allows us to exchange data in a secure fashion between NGA and clients/vendors without manual intervention. This is accomplished by using Scripts that are built to automate the solution for each of our clients/vendors where applicable.
Prior to the implementation of EFT files where manually handled by the different client teams. Today we have minimized manual tasks reducing human error through automation. NGA uses one platform for inbound and outbound file processing, giving us greater security and control over the data.
An on-site Enterprise Process Automation platform that provides a solution for triggering, monitoring, alerting, and reacting to the execution of jobs/programs/scripts.
The advantages of Cronacle include:
The following illustrates examples of Time and event driven processing.
NGA HR processes upwards of 50 thousand interfaces and close to a million batch jobs monthly with a 99.98% success rate. Job scheduling coordination and automation across all regions of NGA is done by dedicated centralized scheduling/monitoring professionals providing 24/7 support from end-to-end processes. Our Payroll Automation Solution automates repetitive standardized payroll processes resulting in reliable, efficient, cost-effective, accurate, auditable quality payroll results. This is done without little to any manual intervention in a consistent manor to the desired specification for our clients across any region globally. Redwood Cronacle is a tool where these repetitive steps can be scheduled, executed, monitored, logged and audited as part of the Payroll Automation Solution.
I hope this gives you a better understanding of the above tools and how they could help you automate your manual processes.
As stated in our previous installment, automation of our processes result in:
In the next installments of this series, I will explain more about the tools NGA uses and what kind of processes we run on them.