Key takeaway points:

  1. Start with some markers and a whiteboard. Map out at a conceptual level what needs to occur.

  2. Detail your desired end result.

  3. Identify all the known systems that need to be involved in the automated workflow.

  4. Identify key dependencies such as security, permissions, checking the equipment is on and functioning, and how long various tasks will or must take.

  5. Start building your first solution. There will be at least two, as the first one will illuminate anything missed in the above steps.

 

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