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Liberating problems: Creating an automated SaaS-based solution

James McKenna shares how his team created an automated SaaS-based solution for core system upgrades across Morrison & Foerster

8 November 2012

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.

 

Liberation is not a word usually associated with an impending and unavoidable problem. That is exactly what occurred, however, when we realised it would be impossible for us to use traditional methods to pull off the l...

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