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SAP Processes: Making the Case for Enterprise Automation

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Oct 01, 2015 @ 10:10 AM

With the amount of data flowing in and out of various applications, databases, and systems, organizations today require a single, unified system to provide reliable and accessible data for individuals at all levels of the organization. And with the changes that are being brought about with IoT and big data, the importance of fast, reliable, and secure data processing is more important than ever.

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Topics: Financial Services, ERP, Business Processes, SAP, Enterprise Automation

Addressing the IT Resources Gap

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Sat, Sep 26, 2015 @ 10:09 AM

In a very short amount of time, computing resources have gone from very expensive and scarce to highly available and affordable. The number of different applications, technologies, and platforms in the modern IT environment has grown significantly as a result of the accelerating set of business requirements, digitalization, and more, but despite this exponential growth in computing resources, IT staffing has not kept pace. The need for IT people continues to expand and finding experienced IT people with the right skill set is harder than ever. The difference between the number of computing resources and IT staffing has resulted in a critical IT Resources Gap.

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Topics: Job Scheduling, IT Operations, IT Automation, IT Decision Making, CIOs

Overcoming the Critical Challenges of FTP Scheduling

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 @ 09:09 AM

One of the most widely performed processes we see people using automation for is file transfer  protocols (FTP) or managed file transfers (MFT). According to our 2015 Customer Survey, it is the third most-automated process, with 77% of customers reporting they use IT automation for FTP processes. Read More

Topics: IT Operations, FTP Scheduling, IT Automation, Event Automation, Managed File Transfers, Monitoring

Where IT Automation Fits in with the "New API Economy"

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 @ 09:09 AM

While APIs have been around for more than a decade, today’s API-connected services are emerging as the preferred method for cloud, mobile devices, and virtually any end-point you can name. Most IT organizations are acting as both providers of APIs - creating APIs to provide internal system access, as well as API consumers - connecting their applications to externally provided APIs.

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Topics: Cross-Departmental Automation, Technology Trends, IoT, API, EMA

An Inside Look at IT Automation for Data Warehousing Projects

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 10:08 AM

The Challenge of Data Overload

Data moves through organizations in a constant state, going from one individual, department, or office to the next. As new and different data sources like social media and wearables become part of the data pool that businesses collect and analyze for decision-making, data warehousing processes are becoming increasingly complex.

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Topics: Data Warehousing, ETL, Teradata, Event Automation, Data Mart, SUBWAY

Gartner’s Take on Workload Automation for Bimodal IT

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 09:08 AM

One of the key themes we’ve seen as we’ve attended Gartner events this year is the idea that we are now in the era of “bimodal IT”. With the expanding requirements business is imposing on IT, Gartner proposes that IT will have to undergo an organizational shift in order to be able to respond to this demand.

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Topics: IT Operations, Business Process Automation, Gartner, IT Automation, IT Decision Making, CIOs, Technology Trends

Powering DevOps with Application Release Automation

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Aug 06, 2015 @ 10:08 AM

Many organizations today are turning to DevOps to deliver high quality shippable products faster and with fewer bugs. According to research by Gartner, by 2016 DevOps will be a mainstream strategy that will be employed by 25% of Global 2000 organizations.

With widespread DevOps adoption on the rise, application release management software is becoming vital to successful DevOps execution. In fact, Gartner predicts 50% of enterprises will implement automated configuration and release management by 2019.

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Topics: IT Operations, Cross-Departmental Automation, Gartner, DevOps, Application Release Automation

Legacy Scheduler Migration Checklist (Infographic)

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 09:07 AM

Over the past couple of months on the IT Automation Blog we’ve talked about the benefits of migrating from a legacy job scheduler to a modern workload automation solution like ActiveBatch. For anyone looking to take the next steps, this Legacy Scheduler Migration Checklist Infographic is a good resource to help you start planning out your migration strategy.

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Topics: Job Scheduling, IT Operations, Legacy Job Scheduler, Migration, Workload Automation Migration

Learning from the NYSE, United Outages: A Case for Automation & Change Management

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 @ 09:07 AM

Between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. last Wednesday, July 18th, a rare event unfolded at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) - the largest stock exchange in the world shut down, bringing all trading to a stymied halt and leaving traders on the floor helpless until the NYSE reopened just an hour before the closing bell sounded. On the same day, the Wall Street Journal’s website went down due to technical difficulties and United Airlines grounded all flights across the U.S. for nearly two hours, resulting in travel delays, cancellations, and even hand-writing tickets for passengers at multiple airports.

The inconspicuous culprit behind these costly halts: computer glitches.
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Topics: Datacenter Automation, Financial Services, IT Operations, Business Process Automation, IT Automation, IT Decision Making, CIOs

5 Things Hospitals Didn't Know They Could Automate

Posted by Caroline Boyland on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 @ 10:07 AM

IT automation is changing the way hospitals and healthcare organizations look at business processes. With workload automation, hospitals are able to do things that they never thought possible. It is allowing them to save time, money, and resources with one consolidated approach. However, many hospitals and healthcare facilities are not aware of the extent of the capabilities that automation possesses. 

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Topics: SLA, Cloud Computing, Business Process Automation, FTP Scheduling, IT Automation, Onboarding

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