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Dogfooding at ASCI: How We Use ActiveBatch to Automate Agile

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, May 24, 2016 @ 09:05 AM

Here at Advanced Systems Concepts, we talk a lot about automation for both ActiveBatch users and non-users. But do we actually eat our own dog food?

Cue drum roll….

Why yes, yes we do.

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Topics: Workload Automation, IT Automation, DevOps, Developers, Agile, TFS

Automation 101 for Energy Companies

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 09:05 AM

One of the hardest things about implementing an automation solution is figuring out how to start. Should IT departments target the most time-consuming manual processes or should they go after smaller tasks that turn into quick wins? After years of working with hundreds of companies in various industries to fine-tune their automation strategy, we’ve gained insight into key processes that can benefit from an automation solution.

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Topics: Workload Automation, Job Scheduling, IT Operations, IT Decision Making, ROI, IT requirements

11 Ways to Get More Out of Your Next Conference

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, May 03, 2016 @ 09:05 AM


People attend business conferences for a variety of reasons. Some go to learn more about their particular specialty, some go for the networking opportunities, and others go simply because their business bought them tickets and they have to. Conferences can often be stressful events with an overwhelming amount of information, awkward social events, and bad boxed lunches. But they can also be great learning and networking events where you get a lot of great information and make connections with industry leaders and peers. Plus, sometimes the food is actually good.

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Topics: IT Decision Making, Technology Trends

Automation Survey Results: #1 Challenge Facing IT is Changes in IT Infrastructure

Posted by Frank Melchiorre on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 @ 09:04 AM

This past January, Advanced Systems Concepts conducted its annual Insights Survey to identify and understand new and emerging trends in the field of Workload Automation. More than 400 IT professionals from the Americas, EMEA, and APAC responded, with 28% indicating they were in a C-level, directorial, or managerial role, 26% identifying as engineers, programmers, and developers, 17% as analysts, 11% as administrators, and 10% as architects, and 8% as "other".

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Topics: IT Automation, IT Decision Making, Technology Trends, IT requirements, Security, IT Infrastructure

5 Tips for Planning Your Next Major Release

Posted by Caroline Boyland on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 @ 09:04 AM

Launching a new upgrade is generally a stressful time for software copmanies. It can be very easy to forget some of the necessary steps or simply forget to communicate something to another department. Creating an effective plan is a key part of any release. 

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Topics: Cross-Departmental Automation, IT Decision Making, ROI, Chief Automation Officer, Version Upgrade

Best Practices for Automating Informatica PowerCenter with Enterprise Job Scheduling

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

Similar to the idea of harnessing electricity from solar panels, managing the flow of data throughout the enterprise involves a complex process that must be reliably executed in order to ensure optimal results. In the case of managing data, unstructured and structured data is pooled from various sources, which is later delivered to individuals and groups in different report/information formats to drive analysis.

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Topics: Job Scheduling, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Big Data, ETL, Informatica PowerCenter, IT requirements, Informatica Cloud

Blueprint of a Workload Automation Solution (Infographic)

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 09:03 AM

Workload automation software is not a new concept for most businesses today. According to Gartner, most large organizations have more than three separate automation tools in their environment. An organization might have a network automation tool, an IT process automation tool, an application release automation tool, and an ETL management tool, all serving their own specific purpose, but also having a lot of overlap and redundancy between them.

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Topics: Workload Automation, Job Scheduling, IT Operations, Business Processes, Monitoring, IT requirements

4 Ways to Build Physical Security into your Data Center

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 @ 09:03 AM

Most IT departments spend a lot of time, energy, and money protecting data from network threats or malware,  yet they often fail to protect against the risk of a stranger (or an employee) simply walking into an unsecure data center or server room. If you just glanced over to your unlocked, ajar data center door, we’re looking at you buddy.

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Topics: Data Center, IT Operations, Technology Trends, Security

Getting to the Bottom of Bimodal IT

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Fri, Feb 26, 2016 @ 09:02 AM

There is a lot of discussion around the concept of bimodal IT lately, but what exactly is it? Is it actually something new or is it one of those many things in the tech world that is something old with a new name? And what are they key components needed to adopt a bimodal approach?

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Topics: Gartner, IT Decision Making, Technology Trends, bimodal IT

The ABC's of Intelligent Analytics

Posted by Caroline Boyland on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 @ 08:02 AM

V10-Story-5-Icon-Improve-Insight-with-Intelligent-Analytics.pngNow more than ever, organizations have an increasing availability of data, right at their fingertips. But with this abundance of data, comes an increased amount of applications, technologies, and platforms that depend on each other to manage the capture, transfer, and analysis of this data. 

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Topics: Intelligent Analytics

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