Don’t automate a broken process - there’s nothing so useless as doing more efficiently that which should not be done at all.

In our experience, the most important but angst-ridden and difficult step for customers is moving from RPA-curious to taking the plunge - developing the right Automation Anywhere deployment strategy, and preferably one which embodies and builds upon best-practice foundations.

A thought-provoking recent article in Forbes about the take-up of new technologies like RPA.

The Thin Client – a workstation with no physical storage, no processor and no memory-hungry graphical operating system – basically a screen and keyboard accessing personal applications and data remotely – was touted widely in Information Technology for a long time, particularly by the late lamented Sun Microsystems, intent on breaking the WIntel control of the corporate desktop. Arguably it became a widespread reality because of the high-speed internet and Cloud technologies.

This video shows how time-consuming and error-prone aspects of the recruitment process can be speeded-up and made more secure, using Automation Anywhere’s Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platform. Extra Technology is an Automation Anywhere Partner offering software, consultancy and training.

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR) was adopted by the EU in April 2016 and comes into effect in May 2018. It’s currently getting huge online coverage - with consultancies offering training and advice on how to avoid the eye-watering fines potentially incurred for non-compliance.

Perceived benefits from Robotic Process Automation are changing.

A great couple of days at Automation Anywhere’s Imagine event in London, which helped crystallise impressions of how the RPA market is evolving.

As we’re all aware, there’s increasing pressure on companies, and down the food-chain on their IT operations, to take the corporate use of technology to a new level. This is called various things – Digital Transformation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution are two that come to mind – but the themes are the same: more efficient use of IT resource to do more with less, closer alignment of technology with overall business goals and strategy, and the use of technology not simply to do business better, but to do it in radical new ways.

17 November 2017

Introducing et mobile

This week at CA World 2017 in Las Vegas, Extra Technology announced et mobile.

et mobile is a brand-new app, developed exclusively by Extra Technology, CA Technologies’ Preferred Workload Automation Partner with over a decade of experience designing, implementing and running Enterprise Workload Automation solutions.

In this video Extra Technology's Antony Askew shows us how to improve reporting and minimise AutoSys and CA7 failures with CA Technologies iDash.

Adrian Woffenden - one of Extra Technology’s senior RPA consultants - details some Automation Anywhere Dos, Don’ts and Bewares, based on real-life experience on customer deployments.

28 September 2017

Is RPA replacing BPO?

In February 2017 I blogged about the likely increase in RPA adoption that will result from a US Visa clamp-down and the UK’s impending Brexit.

By touching upon the offshoring policies of the US and UK, I received more feedback than from any previous topic, so this blog further explores the continuing shift from offshore Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) to Robotic Process Automation (RPA).

Traditional automation technology – for example workload, process and release automation - has been done by technologists on behalf of the business users. And for good reason; it uses application programming interfaces(APIs) – documented apertures in the application, built to industry standards, through which programmers can interact with the application and use them for purposes like automation.

A fascinating article in The Economist 1843 magazine about teaching robots right from wrong and how AI is learning morality.

In this video Extra Technology's Lisa Mannion shows us how to use web services to perform basic monitoring and control type services for AutoSys(AE) using CA Technologies AutoSys(AE) & CA Embedded Entitlements manager.

In this video Extra Technology's Lisa Mannion shows us how to make a workflow self healing using CA Technologies AutoSys(AE), iXp, SQL & OMTD jobtypes.

In this video Extra Technology's Lisa Mannion shows us how why you should use the NOEXEC status in AutoSys(AE) .

If Control-C and Control-V are key sequences you execute for much of your working time, you may be about to read some very welcome news.

Analysts and commentators in all walks of life have expressed surprise and in some cases concern at the results of the Brexit Referendum in the UK, and the Presidential Election in the US. It occurs to me that both will be great news for at least one innovative technology.

Extra Technology enjoys a perhaps unique perspective on the recent acquisition of Automic by CA Technologies, having been a business partner of both companies and implemented workload automation solutions with both technology sets.

A blog by Paul Donoghue-Parker, Extra Technology’s Senior Account Manager.

What are the top-of-mind concerns for customer organisations when dealing with technology vendors and suppliers? At Extra Technology, we pride ourselves on building and maintaining close relationships with our customers. Here’s what we’re hearing from them.

Antony Askew - Extra Technology’s CA Practice Manager – presents a 30 minute Webinar introduction to CA Workload Automation iDash r12. This Webinar is intended for users of CA Workload Automation AutoSys/AE and CA Workload Automation CA-7.


CA Workload Automation DE, also known as dSeries, is a Workload Automation (WLA) platform from CA Technologies. It has been widely adopted as a WLA standard in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.

Even the best Workload Automation software remains simply a tool, with the correct expertise required to use it to optimum effect. In this blog Antony Askew, Extra Technology's Head of Practice, gives you the benefit of his years of experience in deploying and optimising Workload Automation solutions, cataloguing the most commonly made Workload Automation mistakes and how to avoid them.


JAWS™ - also known as TermaUNIFY™- is a workload automation analytics product from Terma Software.

CA iDash is a workload automation analytics product from CA Technologies.

iDash Summary

CA Workload Automation iDash (iDash) ensures that you consistently deliver on service level guarantees by applying advanced workload analytics to create finely tuned workload automation environments. iDash performs real-time forecasts based on the current status of the system, generates alerts when thresholds are at risk of being missed, and even executes automated recovery actions for CA Workload Automation AE and CA Workload Automation CA 7® Edition environments.

A blog by Bhupinder Janjuha, Extra Technology's Technical Director


Extra Technology is proud to be a trusted partner of CA Technologies. We have been introduced many times by them as their partner of choice to migrate priority customers from legacy workload automation environments to new ones.

A blog by Sean Davidson, Extra Technology’s Continuous Delivery Specialist.

Many organisations want to improve the speed of application deployment, shrink release cycles and reduce problems - they have realised that this can only be done by automating the process.

Why typically do customers decide to implement release automation?

Sometimes it is as simple as the customer realising that they are a hostage to fortune, with a multiplicity of scripts maintained by a single person. Potentially business critical systems will have a single point of failure and be very vulnerable, if that person is for any reason no longer around.

03 August 2015

The Women of IT

A blog by Extra Technology's Lisa Mannion.

It is 200 years since the birth of English mathematician and writer Ada Lovelace (Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace), often referred to as the world's first computer programmer - she wrote the first algorithm intended to be carried out by Charles Babbage's general-purpose computer, the 'Analytical Engine'.

A study by 'Women in Science and Engineering' (WISE) informs us that only 13 per cent of UK workers in scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) careers are women.

In this video Extra Technology's Antony Askew shows us how to use CA Technologies' Workload Automation AutoSys Edition most effectively.

In this video Extra Technology's Lisa Mannion demonstrates how to execute a database stored procedure using an AutoSys DBPROC job.

In this video Extra Technology's Paul Donoghue-Parker shows us how to back out an AutoSys JIL change using Arbiter Software Automation Change Control Expert (ACCE).

Bletchley Park, home of Extra Technology's Milton Keynes office, is in the news as top-secret WW2 "Banbury sheets", are discovered stuffed into the ceilings and walls of a codebreaking hut.

In this video Extra Technology's Paul Donoghue-Parker shows us how to monitor the contents of a file using the CA Technologies' Workload Automation AutoSys Edition OMTF job type. A practical application of this type of job is to monitor log files, triggering a workflow when a specific string (for example "Error" or "Warning") occurs.

In this video Extra Technology's Paul Donoghue-Parker shows us how to securely transfer a file using the CA Technologies' Workload Automation AutoSys Edition FTP job type.

In this video Extra Technology's Paul Donoghue-Parker shows us how to integrate CA Workload Automation AutoSys Edition (aka WA AE or simply AutoSys) and CA Unified Infrastructure Management (aka UIM and formerly known as CA Nimsoft Monitor). A practical application of this integration is to monitor AutoSys Alarm events using UIM.

Presentation slides from the 2014 CA Workload Automation Technical Summit UK (#WATSUK)

The Extra Technology team will be presenting two sessions at CA World 2014.