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Pondering Automation: Where do I start???

Shaun Roberts
Cisco Employee

     Howdy out there in Automation land! The summer is starting, weather is getting hotter, kids are getting out of school, and the world of automation pushes along. With great things on the horizon for CPO one can only be excited to learn about the product and really get involved with it. So if you have not yet gotten invovled, there is no better time to start! In this blog and video ( of course) I'm going to post a long training session I held that shows the first half of the"My First Process" lab. This lab will look similar to some of the stuff you might find in the Process Authors guide in our documentation. I realize that many of my topics have been of more advanced nature so I decided to pull back and give some of the newbies some material. If you are just looking to get into CPO or process authoring then I think this is a great place for you to start.


     CPO continues to grow the RBA arena in the IT Market and Cisco continues to path new trails in this area. Do you want full scale cloud automation? We can do that. Do you want complete end to end monitoring of SAP systems? Got that. Want to manage your HANA applicance? Sure thing, we can do that. Do you want to automate tons of your IT infrasture? Yes, yes you can do that. That's the key. "YOU" can do that. Not Cisco, not Microsoft, not company X, but you. Never developed code before? That's ok, if you follow much of my blogging and check out some of these VODs and practice a little you can be an automation expert in no time. Sorry to sound like a commercial, a bit I know, but I really do appreciate the greatness of this product and what you can do with it. There are so many uncharted uses of it, because many of just started to use it for the out of the box functions. But with other tools in the IT industry you can do much much more. I believe CPO really hits it's sweet spot by being the driver of your automation bus. It is not going to be every passenger or the only passenger but it can drive the bus and drive your automation and be successful. Are you excited yet? Ready to start saving money and time?


     With the below VOD you will see the beginning of your my first process. This is a great way for the novices to get started. If you are a pro, feel free to watch and see if you pick anything up new. If not, do not worry, we will start to increase the difficulty over the next couple of blogs as we "build up" these processes. This VOD is longer than most, but I wanted to take it extra slow as we train up the next generation of process authors. I want this generation to be an elite bunch who design and develop the highest quality in content authoring. As a;ways. feel free to contact me directly or post here with questions!


Onto the video!!!!


Shaun's Weekly Q/A



No questions this week! Hopefully we'll get some in to answer for next week!


Ever week I will pick a handful of questions from you, the reading CPO public, to answer in this part of the blog. Please post comments/questions below. I will no longer be using the external e-mail from previous blogs.



Please also let me know if you like the format of this blog and what else you would like to see/know about. Feel free to give any ideas as to future blog posts, etc and I will be happy to post them. I hope to do more how-tos, best practices, tips, tricks, and hopefully some interviews of the important people behind the scenes of CPO.



WEEKLY AUTOMATION BLOG DISCLAIMER: As always, this is a blog and my (Shaun Roberts) thoughts on CPO, my thoughts on best practices, and my experiences with the product and customers. The above views are in no way representative of Cisco or any of it's partners, etc. None of these views, etc are supported and this is not a place to find standard product support. If you need standard product support please do so via the current call in numbers on or email




Thanks to all for reading and happy automating!



-Shaun Roberts

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Shaun Roberts
Cisco Employee

updated webex link. Let me know if there are issues.

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