In September, we had the pleasure of attending Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta, Georgia. We spoke with hundreds of attendees who were looking for the next big thing to enhance their IT operations. The keynote presentation focused on everything new and exciting on Microsoft’s end, and the attendees were eager to learn how to incorporate automation into their Microsoft IT processes. Some hot topics that were discussed at Ignite were PowerShell, SharePoint, and Azure automation. Let’s take a closer look into the way automation played into these conversations:
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Business mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are extremely common, and they take a significant toll on each and every department. IT teams face some of the biggest challenges out of every department during M&A and can sometimes be overlooked. According to a Gartner research study, improperly addressed IT challenges after an M&A can lead to increased operational risks and higher costs. The merger can be painless; however, Gartner reports that during each of the 5 phases that a company undergoes during a merger or acquisition, there are specific IT-related actions organizations should be taking.
No matter what the language is, script writing is labor intensive. Writing a new script means that you likely have spent hours designing, writing, testing, and de-bugging the code, and then testing and de-bugging it a few more times. And once they are written, these scripts have to be maintained and catalogued. In addition to these foreseeable challenges, there are the things you can’t predict; requirements can change and developers may leave, and that means you’re going to have to revise or rewrite older scripts.
Self-service automation has become a major buzzword in the IT community; it is changing the way organizations work and the way people do their jobs. Taking a self-service approach to automation offers countless benefits to individuals and to the organization as a whole, for example:
- IT departments and end-users will both experience time savings and increased efficiency.
- Non-IT users will be able to resolve problems and get up-to-date information without the ongoing help of IT, improving time to insight and facilitating a better partnership between IT and the end-user.
- Organizations will see an overall improvement in productivity.
The IT industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace. Computing resources have become highly available and affordable. There is now a range of servers, databases, applications, new services, and tools, but a lack of people available to manage them.
Efficiently accomplishing day-to-day operations is essential to the way organizations find success. When these processes became complex and messy, organizations looked to batch processing. Business operations that were run through batch processes were time-based, stable jobs, supported by reliable, steady custom scripts. As long as business requirements stayed the same, batch jobs were usable for years. Batch processing provided a simple way to manage workloads and tools. However, with the extensive amount of external applications and technologies existing today, batch processing is simply not broad enough to overcome the challenges that IT teams face in 2016.
IT automation is taking the business world by storm. Virtually every industry can benefit from automation—if you have an IT department, you can automate your IT processes. An enterprise workload automation solution poses endless benefits to organizations, from increased efficiency and resource savings to the lack of manual intervention, and so much more. However, there are times when organizations tumble into an automation pitfall. To avoid these trip-ups, Gartner has researched and identified 5 of the most common IT automation pitfalls and how I&O leaders can avoid them and drive their organizations in the right direction.