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What is a Process Server

Theory
A Process Server is a computer that undertakes actions automatically in response to certain conditions, thus eliminating the need for a human to do the same steps in a company's workflow.
In computer-jargon, it is a stand-alone or slave-directed computer dedicated to automated agents which trigger a combination of scripts, macros, and programs to run on-demand in sequence when needed to accomplish multiple tasks.

Imagination
Imagine if an invisible friend could suddenly take over some of the mundane, redundent tasks of the company's functioning (and specifically, some of the redundent, mind-numbing things in your job). This invisible friend would watch to see that you or your co-workers had reached any specific step in the job process where the invisible friend could take over, and then this friend stepped in, and lightning-fast did some of the work. You've probably encountered limited-capability versions of this concept in MicroSoft Office's macros and visual basic scripts at your own computer.

Reality
By comparison, our process server isn't limited to any specific set of programs, and doesn't have to be triggered directly by the user; it sits around, watching, waiting and then does what it has been instructed to when it sees that you're ready for it. It can also undertake such actions based on a specific time or date, a very complicated set of circumstances, or directly by user triggering. And it isn't limited to one task or set of tasks. It can resize & distribute photos for the advertising department, reroute emails for sales support, grab specific industry data and generate reports and graphs for the execs, AND handle formatting new product information to fax out to all your star clients at the same time...

More Information and Real-World Examples
For more information, including real world examples with actual cost details, please see our complete workflow review and process servers page.
 

 
 

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