Last month Gartner announced the retirement of the Magic Quadrant for Workload Automation. The announcement has created significant buzz amongst various social media channels, such as LinkedIn’s Enterprise Job Scheduling & Workload Automation group. Here’s the opening summary courtesy of the Gartner announcement:
“Since workload automation is becoming part of a wider systematic approach to automation, Gartner is retiring the Magic Quadrant for workload automation. IT operations leaders must evaluate workload automation in the context of broad data center or application and process automation efforts.”
Gartner’s opening comments sums up the whole story. IT automation is undergoing a period of convergence and consolidation, of which workload automation is becoming one key component. IT organizations are managing increasingly complex processes that are codependent on one another and that span technological and departmental types. In light of the current sophistication of IT infrastructure, the time is right for vendors and consumers to look at their automation solutions end to end. Rather than looking at automation projects as discrete initiatives…such as batch processing, runbook automation, application release automation, the datacenter…IT organizations have to step back and understand the big picture impact that implementing silos of automation can have on the IT organization and business as a whole.
We’re seeing this evolutionary shift taking place within the marketplace by IT organizations that have recognized the advantages of consolidating multiple automation tools into a unified solution. Doing so lays the foundation for a policy-driven automation strategy that drives governance, visibility and control, and as a result, improved service levels to the business.