With the right tools, computers can execute and monitor mundane tasks reliably and cost effectively.
Timed task management
Automating computing tasks usually means executing processes in a controlled, timely sequence. With the right automation tools you can not only do this, but react to events - whether desired or fully unexpected - in an appropriate manner.
Many computer processes log their execution, but how many of these log (file) outputs do you monitor? Often, these log outputs are the only means that an automated process has to record process errors, or errors during processing. Process monitoring is an essential part of a system administrator's daily work.
Automating processes has, in the past, often meant hiding details of those processes from managers. Computer technology should be provided exactly the opposite!