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Where are you seeing automation or robotics decrease the need for staff?

Top Answer: I was recently involved in a discussion with manufacturers and supply chain partners, and someone raised a question on the impact of emerging and exponential technologies on the workforce. They told us about their client who wants to become a completely lights-out factory with automation only, within a matter of eight months. We had a client that did it over the period of two years and went from 900 staff down to 71. Those staff were supervisors hired only as needed by contract; they let all of the union workers go and got rid of the idea of three shifts. But after a period of time they found that they had to bring some of the more seasoned workers back to the line, because they were missing the body of knowledge required to keep up the level of efficiency. No matter how much process automation or robotics they had put in, they were still having problems in certain areas.

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What job scheduling tool do you use in your automated workflows/architecture?

Top Answer: JAMS & Oracle Autonomous Transaction Processing

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How do you test before patching servers’ OS? Please share best practices for avoiding a critical system disruption. (Ex.: Would you use a set of test servers covering all OS flavors, or test its compatibility for every tool & software before applying?)

Top Answer: For physical servers testing, we have the same models that are in production preinstalled with various OS versions, and we deploy the updates on them first. These are not production servers, and they are purely for patching testing in alpha, beta, and gamma groups. Once updates pass with no issues, we continue to deploy in production. Production servers are further grouped by size and time zone, so we update them in groups. Every night one group gets the update. We monitor how it goes and correct it if necessary. Before any updates are applied, the backup is tested. If you use a 3rd party tool for patching, the vendor usually tests the updates before making them available to you, so they are not directly from the OS vendor. While the pathing vendor can't try everything, they go through a basic functionality test, and you do specific tests that are important for you. A similar principle is applied to VMs and desktops/laptops. Reach out directly if you want more info. I have experience continuously patching thousands of servers spread across North America.