Blog: IT Automation Without Boundaries

Improving Month-End Close with IT Automation

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

Financial closing is one of the most labor and time intensive tasks for the Finance department. Around month-end close, you’ll see Finance bracing themselves for the long days to come spent on ensuring financial statements are accurate, reconciling discrepancies, and creating reports. And when errors happen or the process is delayed, it comes at a heavy cost to the business.

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Topics: Financial Services, IT Automation, SAP, Financial Close Automation, Month-End Close

Automation on the Rise: Is It Time for the Chief Automation Officer?

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

The role of a Chief Automation Officer (CAO) for businesses was first espoused a few years ago as reporters, analysts, and automation vendors started to see the growing burden on the CIO and the need for more IT executive leadership positions. Here at the IT Automation Blog, we’ve considered the need for a CAO in previous blog posts and in conversations with automation users. Today, I want to revisit the idea of the CAO and see just how predictions about the rise of the CAO are shaping up with the reality of businesses’ organizational structure today. 

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

Insights from Gartner ITXPO 2015: Analyzing the Top Barriers to Success as CIO

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 @ 15:10 PM

Just a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend Gartner’s Symposium/ITXPO in Orlando, Florida. ITXPO is always a great event filled with a lot of new ideas as well as a forum to speak with IT leaders about their views and experiences on current challenges and new technologies. This year, in particular, I noticed a significant overlap between what Gartner analysts were speaking about in sessions and the challenges and upcoming projects CIOs and IT Managers were talking about on the exhibit floor.

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Topics: Gartner, IT Decision Making, CIOs, Technology Trends, IoT, Business Processes

Understanding the ROI of Workload Automation and Job Scheduling Software (Webinar)

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 @ 09:10 AM

If you're a regular reader of the IT Automation Blog, you've heard us talk numerous times about the benefits  and cost savings of automation. From saving more than 20 hours a week on billing processes to streamlining onboarding processes, organizations are relying heavily on automation and job scheduling software to move improve IT agility and reduce the burden of time-consuming manual work.
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Topics: IT Automation, IT Decision Making, CIOs, ROI, Forrester

SAP Processes: Making the Case for Enterprise Automation

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

With the amount of dataflowing 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

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