Last November, Gartner looked towards the future and predicted that in 2016, 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide. Today is that future. Around us right now, billions of connected things are speaking to each other, passing data, and keeping our lives efficient and modern. From the things we wear (our smart watches, our fitness trackers), to the perks that make our lives easier (our navigation systems, our smart thermostats and lighting systems) to the places we shop (think pharmacy mobile photo printing, mobile coupons based upon buying preferences) the IoT is already heavily integrated into our lives. Think about all of these connections in our lives today—and now multiply those connections by four. Gartner reports that by 2020, the amount of connected things is expected to rise to 25 billion. What I&O leaders need to know is what is enabling all of these connections and how organizations and businesses are expected to keep up with the growth and manage these links.
According to research by Gartner, by the end of 2016 DevOps will be employed by 25% of Global 2000 organizations. While many organizations already have some form of DevOps automation in place, whether it be a collection of specific DevOps automation tools or a homegrown system, workload automation has traditionally been overlooked in the DevOps arena. With multiple siloed automation tools, DevOps processes become even more complicated and difficult to coordinate. But what many organizations don’t know is that with the right workload automation solution, they can take a consolidated approach and streamline the processes that make up DevOps.
What does it mean for an IT organization to adapt to change? In today’s high-tech world, even the notion of adaptation itself is changing. How can anyone keep up?
IT organizations are being pushed like never before. Timelines are shrinking, projects are multiplying, and tasks are becoming more complex. Computing resources have shifted from expensive and scarce to highly available and affordable—a mixed blessing, since plentiful resources simply allow business expectations to be that much higher.
Handling the flow of growing amounts of messy data from multiple sources throughout the enterprise is a complex process. Whether moving transactional data so that it can be reported upon, migrating application data from old systems to new ones, or integrating data from external suppliers or partners, the reliable management of data streams can present a challenge to IT organizations. Because these movements of data can be scheduled on a regular basis or executed based on specific triggers, ETL and data warehousing processes inherently lend themselves to automation. Automation brings a host of benefits to these processes including faster delivery times, improved productivity, reduced cost, decreased risk of error, and higher levels of data quality, among others. But the automation tools commonly available often don’t provide the flexibility that is needed for granular and end-to-end automation. For most organizations a different approach, a unified workload automation solution, is needed to achieve all the benefits that automation can provide.
Many people think of social media in the workplace and immediately dismiss it as a function of the marketing department. However, you don't have to be in marketing to reap the benefits of social media. Every department, especially IT, can profit from the use of social media. Whether it's accessing timely updates and information on products, getting help and support, or sharing your knowledge with fellow IT professionals, social networking is becoming a powerful tool for IT industry leaders.
The phrase, “the only thing that is constant is change” certainly applies to the technology industry, and perhaps most appropriately to the IT Help Desk. IT Help Desk professionals have the unique challenge of facing new and different requests and issues nearly every day.
Automation is quickly becoming an integral piece of many organization's core business operations. To stay competitive in today's complex technology environment, enterprises are relying heavily on workload automation and job scheduling software to streamline operations and connect disparate systems in their IT environments. However, determining the ROI of workload automation has been a challenge for many organizations.
As the tech world turns its gaze on embracing digitalization and technology disruption, oftentimes the unsung heroes left out of the spotlight are IT Operations professionals.
Earlier this month at Gartner’s IT Operations Strategies and Solutions Summit (IOSS) in National Harbor, Maryland, the spotlight was on IT Operations.