Posts Tagged ‘Automater’

There’s a WCI App For That 3: Automater

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Let’s face it: sometimes even the simplest actions in the portal can take WAY too many clicks.  Take creating a single community:  you need to pick a community template, create pages, create Publisher portlets and add them to the pages, create Collab Projects, set security, etc.  And many times, most of this information is the same for every new community.  Community Templates help, but it still requires a LOT of clicks.

Integryst’s Automater product tackles this problem by allowing you to script multiple portal actions, only prompting for the unique information each time.  For example, at one client they wanted to create a “Network”, which consists of 7 communities, dozens of portlets, and multiple admin and regular users.  It literally would take over 100 clicks each time – and eventually there are going to be 100+ of these “networks”.  Tha’ts a lot of clicks!

Not using Automater, though.   Administrators just enter the information that’s unique to each network, and those 100 clicks are rolled into one:

All kinds of actions can be scripted – and secured so that only certain groups have access to specific actions: