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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 reasons 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, but have clear objectives when 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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Advanced Systems Concepts Featured in Entrepreneur Magazine

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 08:04 AM


Long-term success in the tech industry is rare amidst constant technological changes, new startups, buy-outs, and more. Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. has weathered the constantly changing nature of the tech industry for over 34 years, evolving from a two-person startup in 1981 to one of the leading IT automation solution providers today.

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Topics: CIOs, Technology Trends

Top 10 Influencers in the Automation and Enterprise Tech Space

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 @ 09:03 AM

With so many different sources to gather news, updates, and trends from, finding the information you really want in today's digitalized world ironically seems more difficult than ever. Every day we at Advanced Systems Concepts look through our favorite blogs and social media for new things happening in the world of IT automation. Over time, we've built up a list of the top influencers in the industry who consistently provide engaging views and pieces on the most important trends and happenings in workload automation and enterprise tech. 

Today we'd like to share this list of the top 10 Influencers (in alphabetical order) in the automation and enterprise tech industry with readers of the IT Automation Blog.

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Automate IT!: How to Use Workload Automation for Onboarding Processes

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 @ 09:03 AM

When Alice Smith walked through the doors of Umbrella Corporation on her first day as a Biochemist in the Research Division, she was excited to get started on the breakthrough anti-virus she had been specially recruited to design. After she had met with Human Resources to fill out paper work, she was led to her office, where she found a set of instructions containing her computer login and email address information. Despite trying the username and password several times, she could not log in to the system. Without an account, Alice couldn’t submit a trouble ticket and instead had to call IT directly to ask for help.

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Topics: Workload Automation, IT Operations, Business Process Automation, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Active Directory, Event Automation, Onboarding

10 Key Requirements for Workload Automation Software

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 09:02 AM

Workload automation software has evolved significantly from its origins as batch processing in early mainframe systems with rudimentary scheduling capabilities. As such, the requirements IT organizations need in automation software have changed.

Today, IT organizations are relying on automation as the unifying piece for IT and the business- providing greater interactivity for connecting people, applications, policies, and systems with a wide range of capabilities that allow users to automate more than ever before. This post seeks to provide an overview of the top 10 key requirements to look for when making the decision to implement an IT automation solution at your organization.

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Topics: Workload Automation, Job Scheduling, Cloud Computing, Web Services, IT Automation, IT Decision Making, Event Automation

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