Bot Lifecycle Management
The Bot Lifecycle Management (BLM) feature enables you to move a bot from one environment to another. For example, you can move a bot from the development or testing environment to the production environment.
Bot Lifecycle Management (BLM) easily integrates with the DevOps workflow, which supports separate development, testing, acceptance, and production environments and enables you to move bots along with their dashboards from one environment to another.
Bot Lifecycle Management provides a framework for continuous testing and deployment of bots and their dependencies in separate software development life cycle (SDLC) environments, allowing bots to seamlessly transition between lifecycle stages defined by an organization before they are released to production.
You can use the feature to move bots within different environments and help you prevent failure or disruption of data. You have to export a bot from one environment and then import it to another environment to move it between environments. You can also bundle all the dependencies of a bot when transitioning it through the different environments.
The following image shows a typical Bot Lifecycle Management workflow:
What is exported across environments
- Bot files
- Dependent files
- Action packages and dependencies
- Bot Insight dashboards
- Credentials and credential lockers
- Workload management queues
- Bot Runner accounts and permissions
Permissions required to export and import bots
- Export bot and View packages feature permissions
- Check in or Check out folder permissions
- Import bot and Manage package feature permissions
- Check in folder permission
Importing Enterprise 11 bots when migrating to Automation 360
You can import your Enterprise 11 bots from the Enterprise 11 Control Room instance to Automation 360. This method enables you to consolidate the Enterprise 11 bots from multiple Control Room repositories to a single Automation 360 repository. After importing the bots to Automation 360, use the Bot Migration Wizard to convert the bots to the Automation 360 supported format (.bot).
Modes to import and export bots
You can use one of the following two modes to import and export bots across different Control Room instances. Choose a method that best suits your environment and requirements.
Moving a bot
- Export the bot from the Control Room in the source environment.
- Import the bot into the Control Room in the destination environment.