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Task Automaion Robot Assistant (TARA)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031210D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-17
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-17
Document File: 1 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The Task Automation Robot Assistant (TARA) is a Lotus Notes based application for managing user access and execution of task automation requests. Using TARA, automation tools can be used to perform production data entry and test activities while complying with business control requirements to manage user access and limit visibility to sensitive production data.

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Task Automaion Robot Assistant (TARA)

Today, many tools exist for performing task automation. These tools are most commonly used by testing organizations for test automation, where manual user activity is replaced with computers running automation scripts. Another potential use for task automation is for business data entry activities; however the execution of automation in a production environment must be properly controlled to meet business control requirements. While automation tool vendors currently provide tools for managing automation execution, these tools lack the business control features which are needed for business task automation management.

Disclosed is a Lotus Notes based application (the Task Automation Robot Assistant -- TARA) which provides user and data management functions which are critical for production task automation. TARA allows automation developers to configure the tasks which are available for user requests. Each of these tasks are configured in a task profile document. The task profile also identifies the business owner who will manage the access control for the business process. The advantage here is that the business area owner defines the users who are allowed to execute the process, and does not require intervention from a Notes or automation developer. Also, the business owner manages the application user ID and password which is used when performing the task automation, thus preventing tool administrators from knowing system access information. Once a task profile has been configured, authorized users (as defi...