Last week Gartner VP and distinguished analyst Ronni Colville gave a presentation at Gartner's Data Center Conference entitled Automation: The Lynchpin for Cloud & Data Centers. In it, she presented the concept that IT organizations are taking an “opportunistic” approach to automation by identifying automation opportunities as they arise and implementing platform-specific tools to solve those problems. It was a similar presentation to the one Colville gave at the Gartner Infrastructure and Operations Conference in June, so I won’t repeat the information already talked about in the first post, but rather focus on the new concepts and interesting poll results Colville presented last week.
Colville talked about how "content is king" for workload automation vendors. The focus has shifted from providing script-based schedulers to providing "content," or “templated” job steps for common IT functions, applications, platforms and more. It means less customization and less scripting for IT organizations as IT automation moves towards GUI-based workflow designers that place an emphasis on reusability and being designed for change.