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Legacy Scheduler Migration Checklist (Infographic)

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 09:07 AM

Over the past couple of months on the IT Automation Blog we’ve talked about the benefits of migrating from a legacy job scheduler to a modern workload automation solution like ActiveBatch. For anyone looking to take the next steps, this Legacy Scheduler Migration Checklist Infographic is a good resource to help you start planning out your migration strategy.

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Topics: Job Scheduling, IT Operations, Legacy Job Scheduler, Migration, Workload Automation Migration

Learning from the NYSE, United Outages: A Case for Automation & Change Management

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 @ 09:07 AM

Between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. last Wednesday, July 18th, a rare event unfolded at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) - the largest stock exchange in the world shut down, bringing all trading to a stymied halt and leaving traders on the floor helpless until the NYSE reopened just an hour before the closing bell sounded. On the same day, the Wall Street Journal’s website went down due to technical difficulties and United Airlines grounded all flights across the U.S. for nearly two hours, resulting in travel delays, cancellations, and even hand-writing tickets for passengers at multiple airports.

The inconspicuous culprit behind these costly halts: computer glitches.
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Topics: Datacenter Automation, Financial Services, IT Operations, Business Process Automation, IT Automation, IT Decision Making, CIOs

5 Things Hospitals Didn't Know They Could Automate

Posted by Caroline Boyland on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 @ 10:07 AM

IT automation is changing the way hospitals and healthcare organizations look at business processes. With workload automation, hospitals are able to do things that they never thought possible. It is allowing them to save time, money, and resources with one consolidated approach. However, many hospitals and healthcare facilities are not aware of the extent of the capabilities that automation possesses. 

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Topics: SLA, Cloud Computing, Business Process Automation, FTP Scheduling, IT Automation, Onboarding

5 Things You Need to Know Before Migrating From Your Legacy Scheduler

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Jul 07, 2015 @ 09:07 AM

Once you’ve made the decision to upgrade from your legacy scheduler and you’ve identified a modern automation solution like ActiveBatch as a replacement, the next question is how to migrate to your new automation solution.

When approaching such a move, most organizations are concerned with the risk, cost, and time commitment the migration will incur. In order to ensure a successful migration, keep these 5 things in mind before you embark on the process:

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Topics: Business Process Automation, Legacy Job Scheduler, Migration, Workload Automation Migration

What to Consider When Evaluating an Enterprise Automation Solution

Posted by Frank Melchiorre on Wed, Jul 01, 2015 @ 10:07 AM

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Gartner IT Operations Strategies and Solutions Summit in Orlando, Florida. Speaking with attendees, it became evident that organizations not currently using IT automation solutions were being prompted to implement them.

Some major reasons cited by attendees being driven to automate included efficiency, cost reduction, risk mitigation, and predictability. These were echoed during several of the conference sessions as well, with poll results revealing that more than 75% of organizations have automation goals and initiatives, but that their current strategy is happening only in specific functional groups, with central management of IT processes merely in its infancy. Despite the challenges of implementing enterprise automation, Gartner research is clear: Organizations should automate wherever possible and have clear objectives when evaluating and implementing a solution.

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Topics: Gartner, IT Automation, CIOs

3 Successful Strategies for Migrating from a Legacy Scheduler to a Modern Workload Automation Solution

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 @ 09:06 AM

Deciding to migrate from your legacy scheduler to a modern IT automation solution like ActiveBatch is a big decision. Your organization can go about the process in many ways, but the most successful migrations act upon strategies that will benefit your company and fulfill the specific needs of your organization. Here are 3 Strategies to Consider for a Successful Migration:

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Topics: Workload Automation, Job Scheduling, Legacy Job Scheduler, Migration

Microsoft Ignite 2015: Conversations Reveal Rising Need for Onboarding Automation

Posted by Chris Michaels on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 @ 09:06 AM

This year at Microsoft Ignite 2015, we spoke with a lot of attendees looking for solutions to their everyday automation needs. As expected, with the global push toward cloud computing, cloud provisioning via workload automation tended to be something that IT professionals wanted to discuss, especially in the area of in-house virtual system provisioning. From our conversations, it often wound up as “something we are looking to do in the future”.

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Topics: Workload Automation, Cross-Departmental Automation, Microsoft, CIOs, Onboarding

Survey Results: Use of Automation for Cloud, Virtual, Big Data Initiatives to Double

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Jun 09, 2015 @ 09:06 AM

Every year, Advanced Systems Concepts surveys ActiveBatch customers around the world to gain insight on how leading IT professionals are using IT automation and the value that automation is delivering to the business. This year’s survey, conducted in January 2015, showed that workload automation is quickly becoming a critical part of cloud, virtual, big data, and onboarding initiatives, with the use of automation for these initiatives expected to double or even triple in the future. 

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Topics: Big Data, Cloud Computing, Workload Automation in the Cloud, IT Decision Making, CIOs, Onboarding

3 Ways Financial Organizations Can Reduce Costs with IT Automation

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, May 26, 2015 @ 10:05 AM

Technology is changing the way business is done in virtually every industry. One industry we particularly see this in is the financial sector. Technological advances like digital check cashing, mobile apps, and biometric security are rapidly driving business change. As a result, financial organizations are adapting to this change by reassessing their IT strategy and increasing spending in areas like mobile banking and data analytics. According to a recent study by research firm Ovum, US banks will spend 4.3% more on IT than they did in 2014.

Despite this increase in spending, organizations still have to worry about the basic costs of keeping the lights on and running the IT infrastructure behind the scenes. This is getting harder to do as the gap between the number of technologies IT has to manage and IT staffing levels grows wider. Workload automation serves as the key component in the middle, helping business adapt to technological change while reducing operational costs and enabling more agile, reliable operations. 

Here are 3 Ways Financial Orgnizations Can Reduce Costs with IT Automation:

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Topics: Workload Automation, Financial Services, Big Data, Cloud Computing, IT Decision Making, Technology Trends

Managing Cloud Resources with Workload Automation (Infographic)

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 09:04 AM

Cloud computing is delivering a host of benefits to today’s organizations in the form of increased flexibility, accessibility, ease of deployment, and reduced costs.

According to a joint survey of 1,300 companies in the U.S. and U.K. by the Manchester Business School, Vanson Bourne, and Rackspace, 88 percent of cloud users reported costs savings and 56 percent of respondents said cloud services helped them boost profits. Additionally, 60 percent said cloud computing has reduced the need for their IT team to manage infrastructure.

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