Blog: IT Automation Without Boundaries

4 Technology TED Talks to Reignite Your Inspiration

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Feb 09, 2016 @ 11:02 AM

A lot of times in work (and in life), it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day mechanical tasks, without ever really thinking about the big picture.  

Especially in IT, with so many different technologies and projects, it can feel like a constant cycle of putting out fires and moving from one task to another just to stay afloat.

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Topics: CIOs, Technology Trends, TED Talk, Gaming, Developers

Why Custom Scripting Just Isn't Cutting It

Posted by Caroline Boyland on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 09:01 AM

Complexity is a common theme in the IT industry. Complex scripts and code on top of various applications and business processes are becoming too much to maintain manually. It takes a lot of time to sort through all of these complexities, and time is valuable and rare in today’s world.

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Topics: IT Automation

3 Building Blocks to a Secure Workflow Environment

Posted by Caroline Boyland on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 @ 10:01 AM

If someone were to ask you, “What is the biggest concern or problem businesses deal with today?” what would you say? A lot of people would respond that businesses worry most about profit, cutting costs, employee efficiency, or maybe customer satisfaction. What most people don’t realize is that while these are all points of concern, there is one pressing issue that can bring businesses to a screeching halt and sully reputations: Security. 

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Topics: Microsoft Active Directory, IT Automation, Security, Audits

From Complexity to Simplicity: Renovating Your IT Environment

Posted by Caroline Boyland on Tue, Jan 19, 2016 @ 10:01 AM

Imagine you just moved into a new home, it’s the beautiful home you always dreamed about, but with one problem -- it’s what you would call a fixer upper. Now I’m sure that you (and your wallet) cringe at the idea of home improvement and renovating, and as a homeowner you are faced with many options as to where to begin.

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Topics: IT Operations, IT Automation, CIOs, Enterprise Automation

Are You Ready for the IoT?

Posted by Caroline Boyland on Tue, Jan 05, 2016 @ 10:01 AM

The Internet of Things (IoT) is already big and it's growing at an exponential rate. Today, the leading analysts and experts are talking about billions of connected devices with tens of billions more expected in the next five years alone. But there are still a lot of questions around what exactly the IoT is, and how businesses will need to adapt the changes it's bringing.

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Topics: Workload Automation, IT Automation, Internet of Things

Top 5 IT Automation Resources of 2015

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

Overcoming-the-4-critical-challenges-of-IT-operations Are you ready to step up your automation game? We've put together our best IT automation resources with tips, how to's, and best practices that will have your colleagues calling you an automation superhero in 2016.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, IT Automation, Technology Trends, Migration, Enterprise Automation, IT requirements, IT Director

3 Key Benefits of Using Workload Automation Software to Manage SLAs

Posted by Caroline Boyland on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

IT professionals often ask us how they can bring workload automation closer to the business, particularly when it comes to Service Level Agreements, or SLAs for short. While reliable workload automation performance is essential for most organizations today, many organizations often struggle with a way to proactively manage workloads tied to SLAs

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Topics: Workload Automation, Financial Services, SLA, Resource Provisioning, Business Process Automation, Business Processes

19 Things Every RFP for Workload Automation Software Should Include

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 09:12 AM

Writing an RFP for software and formalizing a list of specific requirements is a challenging task for most IT Professionals. Whether you have an existing solution in place and are looking to replace it or you are starting the search for a new solution, IT professionals not only have to look at present needs and how that software will fit into their existing environment, they also need to cast their gaze much further into the future to ensure the software they choose will have some staying power as technology and business needs change over time. 

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Topics: Workload Automation, Job Scheduling, IT Automation, Software RFP, Job Scheduling RFI, IT proposal, IT Director

4 Top Trends in IT Automation for 2016

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Dec 01, 2015 @ 09:12 AM

As we start looking toward 2016
, we see a lot of new and exciting changes on the horizon for workload automation. While automation has always been considered a core foundational piece for IT to manage the IT environments, we’re starting to see a shift as automation is becoming a core driver of innovation and agility for the business. So let’s take a look at what’s to come for workload automation in 2016:

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Web Services, Gartner, IT Automation, Technology Trends, IoT, API, EMA, Security, SaaS

Improving Month-End Close with IT Automation

Posted by Kaitlin Olcott on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

Financial closing is one of the most labor and time intensive tasks for the Finance department. Around month-end close, you’ll see Finance bracing themselves for the long days to come spent on ensuring financial statements are accurate, reconciling discrepancies, and creating reports. And when errors happen or the process is delayed, it comes at a heavy cost to the business.

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Topics: Financial Services, IT Automation, SAP, Financial Close Automation, Month-End Close

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