Blog: IT Automation Without Boundaries

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

Powering DevOps with Application Release Automation

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Aug 06, 2015 @ 10:08 AM

Many organizations today are turning to DevOps to deliver high quality shippable products faster and with fewer bugs. According to research by Gartner, by 2016 DevOps will be a mainstream strategy that will be employed by 25% of Global 2000 organizations.

With widespread DevOps adoption on the rise, application release management software is becoming vital to successful DevOps execution. In fact, Gartner predicts 50% of enterprises will implement automated configuration and release management by 2019.

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Topics: IT Operations, Cross-Departmental Automation, Gartner, DevOps, Application Release Automation

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

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