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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

TechEd 2014: Providing Attendees with the Architectural IT Automation Solution

Posted by Nina Brownstone on Wed, May 28, 2014 @ 07:05 AM

Sponsoring TechEd North America 2014 presented us with the opportunity to speak with attendees across a wide range of Microsoft users including system admins, DBAs, enterprise architects, IT operators and managers. The attendees use a variety of Microsoft solutions including SQL Server, SharePoint, Active Directory, Exchange, System Center and more, in addition to many other non-Microsoft applications and technologies.

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Topics: Workload Automation, Job Scheduling, IT Operations, SQL Server, System Center Operations Manager, Microsoft TechEd, Intelligent Automation, Microsoft System Center, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Active Directory

Informatica World 2014: Platform-Specific vs. Enterprise-Grade

Posted by Colin Beasty on Thu, May 15, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

In recent years, the democratization of analytic, reporting and BI solutions has become a driving force in the growing complexity of data integration and data warehousing models. Add to the equation the growing complexity and volume of information thanks to Big Data, and it’s no surprise that the underlying ETL and data warehousing processes to integrate and access data from multiple sources is becoming increasingly complex.

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Topics: Workload Automation, Job Scheduling, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, ETL, Informatica PowerCenter, Informatica World, Netezza, Teradata

A CAO (Chief Automation Officer) for IT Organizations?

Posted by Colin Beasty on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

Conversations with analysts and customers alike have uncovered an interesting trend playing out in the marketplace. Leading IT organizations are assigning automation teams and/or directors who are responsible for implementing an “architectural” IT automation strategy. The goal is to take an enterprise-wide analysis of the automation requirements of the IT organization as a whole and implement a strategy and solution(s) that unify silos of automation and streamline the people, processes and technologies.

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Topics: Workload Automation, Job Scheduling, Business Process Automation, CIOs

IT Automation Can Mitigate Risk in the Data Center

Posted by Colin Beasty on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 @ 08:01 AM

Last month I had the pleasure seeing Don Duet, Co-Head of the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs, give a keynote presentation at the Gartner Data Center conference regarding the company’s data center strategy. As the global investment firm looks to commoditize an array of new digitalized services and products to its multinational workforce, the data center is being asked to increase agility while mitigating risk in the fluid, and sometimes volatile, world of investment banking.

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Topics: Workload Automation, Datacenter Automation, Job Scheduling, Gartner Data Center Conference, Data Center, Financial Services

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