Managing similar templates

I’m looking for ideas, or features I don’t know about, that could help with managing templates that are very similar.

For example, I have a template that pulls from a queue, manages threshholds, notifications, logging, and error handling. It is not specific to any application to automate in. I’d like to have a version of this template that already includes the mainframe-specific packages and steps for logging in etc. But everything else about this template would be the same.

That means if I make a change to the generic template I have to go make the same change to the mainframe version of the template. The two templates would be 95% the same. As I create templates for other apps, they’d all be very nearly the same, just some application-specific parts in each one.

I could include the mainframe-specific activities and make sure to label them all with the word mainframe. Then it would be somewhat simple to remove all that when using the template. But I’d prefer a cleaner approach if possible, since there are other applications I’d like to make a specific template for and then I have multiple templates to keep the base features in sync.

Any ideas?

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