Why are People Still Writing Batch Files and Scripts? (And Why are Businesses Still Paying Them to do It?)

by | Jun 6, 2022

We have become conditioned to relying on operating systems to make our lives easier.  Start menus, launchers, find and search, apps, applications, task management, memory management, threading, battery, voice controls, and many more simple features that help us get things done and efficiently use complex software tools. Operating systems are everywhere, whether the ones we are familiar with (MacOS, Windows, Chromebook, Android, iOS, Linux). or the ones that are a little more obscure (GNOME, Cinnamon, Xfce).

I remember my first experiences with a desktop OS: my dad got an Apple Macintosh for work, and my brother got GEOS for our Commodore 64. The advent of desktop computing meant no more program command-line executions, or batch file creation and management.  Things were available on a desktop system with an intuitive interface that abstracted all those gory details into an easy-to-consume interface. (As an aside on the Commodore 64; can you believe that an entire OS could be loaded into a machine with 64KB or memory? I regularly debug REST API calls that deal with payloads larger than 64KB!)

No-code platforms are similar. They make hard processes easier by hiding complexity behind carefully configured drag-and-drop blocks. No-code platforms streamline what would otherwise be a tedious, manual process. There is a lot of repetition in writing code, but rather than writing it yourself, or rewriting or copying and pasting from an existing script or batch file, no-code platforms provide you with a visual representation of a task that you can choose to include in your process.  A lot of goodness there. Just like an OS gives us bite-sized, visually intuitive prompts and icons to choose from, no-code platforms transform complex processes into clicks or simple drag-and-drop processes.

So why do people still choose manual tedium when a no-code option is available? And why are businesses paying employees or contractors to build workflows and applications when there are simple, cost effective software products that have already gone through the painstaking development and testing? I actually feel bad for the people in IT who get tasked with such projects. It’s not like Melvin or Millicent in an organization’s IT team are sitting around looking for stuff to do. IT teams are already straight-out chasing down and fixing incidents, helping the bigwigs in the C-suite figure out how to use the latest applications, and supporting whatever “digital transformation” the CEO wants.

We’ve been there. We’ve done that. We’d rather not do it again. We know what it’s like to bear the expectation that, because we can write code (or can figure it out with the help of O’Reilly’s), we know every nuance that has to be taken into consideration when creating a process in-house. Instead of searching stack overflow for answers of to how to run cURL for SFTP file transfers, do command line PGP operations, or generate SSH keys, wouldn’t you rather install a commercial software product engineered for the task? Or better yet, buy a no-code commercial software product that allows non-technical staff to not only install it themselves, but build the workflows they need without calling down to IT for help?

When it comes to the common and vital task of secure, managed file transfer, did you know that all of these things are handled for you in no-code platform like Diplomat MFT? Just like your OS, you can now quickly and intuitively build the file transfer processes without having to remember the command line options for GPG, or figure out how to build a JSON payload for a Slack alert on a process failure.  And, best of all, when you choose Diplomat MFT, you aren’t on your own. If you have questions, or encounter any issues, Coviant Software is available to provide the the best technical support team in MFT–hands down. Our customer support ranked first in an independent review of MFT software users with a 94% satisfaction rating, 14 points higher than the industry’s average score.

If you’ve been asked to spend your precious time on scripts that you’d rather not write, or if you’ve been asking your team to write managed file transfer scripts (that might not even be secure!), let us do it for you. Diplomat MFT is simple, secure, and we are recognized as the best value in the industry. Check out our pricing to see for yourself. Then try Diplomat MFT for free to see for yourself how easy it is to begin securing and automating your vital file transfer processes.


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