Prepare file and process — new Flux workflow example

Prepare and Read CSV File, Do Something with the Text in the File (Intermediate — Requires Light Scripting)   It’s pretty common to receive a file from a customer and have to do some processing using the info in that file. This workflow polls a landing folder for a customer file (in the example we’re polling ‘c:\TEST\SAP\’) then, using a …

It’s the best time of year to evaluate your Flux needs and usage

Here at Flux, we’re excited to finish the year with a !bang and set ourselves up for an excellent 2016, and we’re pretty sure you are too. If you’re a Flux user, make sure you’re getting the most out of your file orchestration and job scheduling system: Have you updated to Flux 8?  There are new performance and usability features. …

Store workflows and configurations in the Flux Repository

Edit, Verify, and Promote Flux workflows and configurations The Flux Repository is a storage space in the Operations Console for template workflows and other useful components in Flux like an engine or agent configuration. Once a workflow is saved to the Repository, it’s available for editing at any time by any user with sufficient permissions to access the Operations Console …

Flux visual designer makes workflow creation simple

With Flux, to design multi-step workflows — complete with dependencies, conditional branching, and looping — you don’t need to be a software developer. Drag-and-drop visual workflow creation defines workflows without scripting and allows staff to visualize workflow logic, without having to resort to complex and non-intuitive scripting.     Actions, triggers, and other processes are found in the designer’s side …

Making Flux workflow’s reusable

One of the most popular features of Flux is the ability to make workflows reusable by using namespaces and runtime variables. The Flux engine, at the time a workflow is submitted to an engine namespace, assigns values to workflows designed with runtime variables. Workflow runtime variables receive the values of namespace variables, making the workflows ‘dynamic’ and configurable at runtime. …

Flux can use TSQL and Stored Procedures to schedule database jobs

Recently, an IT Consulting Service asked Flux about how the Flux job scheduler interacts with a database. The main question that was asked was: can Flux schedule database jobs by using TSQL or Stored Procedures for databases such as SQL Server, IBM DB2, and Oracle? And also, what type of database level details can Flux track? To answer the first …

Flux orchestrates over 500 scripts for retail SaaS provider

Flux recently helped a large retail SaaS provider migrate 500+ shell scripts to Flux 8.0. Automating a few batch scripts is easy.  Keeping track of over 500 is a bit more of a challenge. The workflows were easy — timed events coordinated across a dozen time zones triggering existing shell scripts (which Flux refers to as Process Actions), all executed …

New updates and features in Flux 8.0.11

Flux 8.0.11 is here, and with it comes a host of performance and usability features: Flux 8.0.11 will now support the compilation and execution of Jasper Reports, a robust and open source Java reporting system that is available with commercial support options from TIBCO. Since Jasper reports can be executed through the command line, they can also be scheduled within …

Flux uses workflows to orchestrate EDI

Flux was recently contacted by a company in the B2B EDI business. This company has an algorithm to transform file types, but needs assistance in other areas like workflow, monitoring directories and managing files. Their basic needs from Flux are: Monitor a directory, detect any files needing transfer, move file then delete file. Monitor a remote directory via VPN. Temporarily log-in …

Flux helps IT teams orchestrate their ETL processes

How Flux manages complex ETL scripting with its file orchestrator Flux recently helped a large media and entertainment company who was looking for assistance orchestrating the execution of their suite of ETL scripts. The company uses Python scripts to run their ETL processes. This M&E company needs to be able to run multiple queries on their backend database. They want …