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10 Key Requirements for Workload Automation Software

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 09:02 AM

Workload automation software has evolved significantly from its origins as batch processing in early mainframe systems with rudimentary scheduling capabilities. As such, the requirements IT organizations need in automation software have changed.

Today, IT organizations are relying on automation as the unifying piece for IT and the business- providing greater interactivity for connecting people, applications, policies, and systems with a wide range of capabilities that allow users to automate more than ever before. This post seeks to provide an overview of the top 10 key requirements to look for when making the decision to implement an IT automation solution at your organization.

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Topics: Workload Automation, Job Scheduling, Cloud Computing, Web Services, IT Automation, IT Decision Making, Event Automation

Workload Automation: The Universal Remote for IT

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 @ 09:01 AM

Back in 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that the working week would be cut to 15 hours as technology advanced and living standards rose. But despite the technological innovation over the past 85 years, people are working longer hours and taking fewer vacations than ever before.

Similarly, despite the advances made in the computing industry, IT is more pressed for time than ever before. The sheer number of technologies, applications, and products that IT organizations must maintain and update has surged over the years. In fact, according to research by Gartner, most large organizations have more than three workload automation tools implemented in their environment.

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Topics: Workload Automation, Data Center, IT Operations, ETL, IT Decision Making, Technology Trends

Automation “Automagic"...Gartner’s Approach to IT Automation in the Data Center

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

This month we had the pleasure of attending the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to speaking with attendees and customers, we were able to attend several sessions from leading Gartner analysts. One of the presentations we thought would be of interest to readers of the IT Automation blog was Gartner VP and Distinguished Analyst Ronni Colville and Research Director Robert Naegle’s presentation, Automation: Big Benefits for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Data Center, But Is It Really That “Automagic”?

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Topics: Workload Automation, Datacenter Automation, Gartner Data Center Conference, Data Center, IT Operations, Gartner, Intelligent Automation

Five IT Automation Predictions for 2015

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Dec 09, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

2014 has been another year of growth and change for the workload automation industry. As the industry continues to evolve and mature, we are seeing workload automation becoming a key staple for most enterprises. According to leading technology analysts, 2015 promises to continue the trend of digitalizing business. From cloud computing and big data analytics to the Internet of Things, digitalization is expanding into every corner of our business and personal lives.

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Topics: Workload Automation, Big Data, Cloud Computing, IT Automation, DevOps, Technology Trends

Solving the Cloud Resource Management Problem with IT Automation

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 @ 09:11 AM

If you’ve ever left the air conditioning on full blast while you were away on vacation, you know the unpleasant surprise of seeing your power bill at the end of the month. Similarly, businesses who are using private or public clouds are struggling with the difficulty of managing cloud resources that need to be spun up and down depending on dynamically changing business needs. Just last month at Gartner ITxpo, we were talking with an attendee who had spent $15,000 more than budgeted in July on his public cloud due to machines that were never spun down.

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Topics: Resource Provisioning, Cloud Computing, VMware, Intelligent Automation, Workload Automation in the Cloud

Gartner Reveals Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 @ 12:10 PM

A little over a week ago, I had the pleasure of attending this year's GartnerITxpo in Orlando, Florida. In addition to talking with CIOs and other technology executives during expo hours, I had the opportunity to attend several sessions on a wide-range of topics as well as mastermind keynotes with Satya Nadella, Steve Wozniak, and Peter Thiel. As promised in our last blog post, we want to share some of the key takeaways from ITxpo.

One of the most interesting sessions that I believe readers will find useful to their IT strategy over the next few years was Vice President and Fellow David W. Cearley’s session, “Top 10 Strategic Tech Trends for 2015”. Cearley opened the session by stating that the increasing digitalization of business creates a high potential for disruption to businesses, end users, and IT.

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Topics: Business Intelligence, IT Operations, Cloud Computing, FTP Scheduling, Gartner, Gartner ITxpo, DevOps, CIOs, Technology Trends, Internet of Things

Survey Results: How IT Decision Makers Are Using Workload Automation

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Oct 07, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

In a relatively short time, workload automation has evolved from static job scheduling to a fully architectural solution that spans the breadth of IT Operations. Now, modern automation solutions are swiftly making themselves a valuable resource in today’s emerging areas such as DevOps, cloud computing, and Big Data. 

In an effort to measure how top IT decision makers view the changing role of workload automation software in their organizations, Advanced Systems Concepts conducted a survey of CIOs and other IT decision makers at over 100 of the top companies in the United States. Our findings show:

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Topics: Workload Automation, Big Data, IT Operations, Cloud Computing, Cross-Departmental Automation, Workload Automation in the Cloud, DevOps, IT Decision Making

Preview: What to Look Forward to at Gartner ITxpo 2014

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

This year’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is just a few weeks away. Advanced Systems Concepts is once again looking forward to the event as it gives us an opportunity to talk with analysts and IT executives about IT automation and their individual needs. We are especially excited for this year’s keynote speakers, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and Chief Scientist at Fusion-io, Peter Thiel, Technology Entrepreneur and Investor, and John Zimmer, Co-Founder & President of Lyft Inc.

The topic of this year’s Symposium is “Driving Digital Business”. As businesses increasingly rely on technology to be more competitive, CIO's and senior level IT executives must redefine their role in the organization and learn how to optimize digital opportunities and align new technologies with business needs. In particular, we’re excited to hear what new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has to say given the changes he’s made since taking the helm at Microsoft seven months ago.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Intelligent Automation, Workload Automation in the Cloud, Managing Virtual Resources, Gartner ITxpo, Microsoft, CIOs

Redefining Tomorrow’s IT Automation Today

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Sep 04, 2014 @ 13:09 PM

According to Gartner, “job-scheduling tools have increasingly moved toward workload automation, reflecting the changing demands of moving from a largely static batch-processing environment to a more dynamic, policy-driven automation platform.” Gartner, Inc. in Magic Quadrant for Workload Automation, Milind Govekar & Biswajeeet Mahapatra, February 27, 2012.

Today more than ever, IT departments are shedding the role of support department and transforming into a key strategic partner to business operations. The importance of IT operations in making business transactions more fluid, reducing operational costs, and increasing productivity is unparalleled.

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Topics: Workload Automation, Business Intelligence, Gartner, Intelligent Automation, IT Automation, Scheduler Migration, Legacy Job Scheduler

Asking PowerCenter Users: When does IT Automation become complex?

Posted by Jim Manias on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 @ 09:06 AM

We had the opportunity to talk with many PowerCenter users at Informatica World in Las Vegas in May and they shared a lot of information about their IT Automation requirements, at the application and enterprise level, and how it could be improved. Application vendors, as we have previously addressed in our earlier posting, focus their resources (money and time) in developing the core capabilities of their products rather than enhancing their solutions with a robust automation system necessary to address today’s business and operational requirements. 

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Topics: Workload Automation, Job Scheduling, Data Warehousing, IT Operations, Business Process Automation, Cross-Departmental Automation, ETL, Informatica PowerCenter, Informatica World

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