Almost another year has passed, and once again PowerShell has claimed the title for the ultimate scripting language of automation. PowerShell is the most popular scripting framework for Microsoft products and continues to grow in popularity due to its ability to evolve and integrate with other applications. PowerShell works with a variety of key Microsoft services and components, and the recent open source debut of PowerShell that enables the crossover of PowerShell scripts between platforms like Linux and OS X is just one example of how the product is evolving to stay competitive. Over the past 11 years, PowerShell has grown into the scripting language of choice for IT, and what most IT teams don’t know is that there is a way for them to not only improve productivity, but to drastically enhance their existing PowerShell scripts.
Have you developed your IoT strategy? The IoT (Internet of Things) refers to the massive network of devices around the world, characterized by their "smart abilities." These are devices accessorized with data-consuming and data-producing sensors that allow them to communicate with one another and with users. Perhaps the most commonly known and one of the earliest examples of an IoT connected device, is the smart phone. However, the smart phone is no longer lonely in the IoT universe, as now just about every device, from washing machines, to medical instruments, to cars, can be made "smart". The amount of devices continues to grow, as IoT innovators are constantly creating new and exciting ways for data to be transferred. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2020, the amount of globally connected things will reach over 20 billion. The IoT doesn't come easy though, as many organizations are facing difficulties with their IoT implementation and management. However, with the growing popularity of the IoT, it is imperative that businesses find a way to jumpstart their IoT implementation and overcome the potential struggles that they may face along the way.
Monday night, thousands of travelers in airports across the United States were stuck for hours, due to a technical glitch that affected U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). A nationwide system shutdown from the hours of 5 pm to 9 pm plagued airports in Miami, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Fort Lauderdale and more, lining up fliers and forcing them to wait anywhere from thirty minutes to a few hours. This of course caused massive frustration amongst both airline employees and travelers alike. Many people were angered and shocked that in today’s uber-digital day and age, technical hiccups like these can still wreak so much havoc and have such a widespread impact. Security is a major theme in the IT industry today--but many IT and tech users are focusing all of their energy on protecting their systems from digital hackers, and failing to protect their systems from the unpredictable danger of technology malfunctions.
Business mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are extremely common, and they take a significant toll on each and every department. IT teams face some of the biggest challenges out of every department during M&A and can sometimes be overlooked. According to a Gartner research study, improperly addressed IT challenges after an M&A can lead to increased operational risks and higher costs. The merger can be painless; however, Gartner reports that during each of the 5 phases that a company undergoes during a merger or acquisition, there are specific IT-related actions organizations should be taking.
Self-service automation has become a major buzzword in the IT community; it is changing the way organizations work and the way people do their jobs. Taking a self-service approach to automation offers countless benefits to individuals and to the organization as a whole, for example:
- IT departments and end-users will both experience time savings and increased efficiency.
- Non-IT users will be able to resolve problems and get up-to-date information without the ongoing help of IT, improving time to insight and facilitating a better partnership between IT and the end-user.
- Organizations will see an overall improvement in productivity.
The IT industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace. Computing resources have become highly available and affordable. There is now a range of servers, databases, applications, new services, and tools, but a lack of people available to manage them.
Within the last several years, the IT industry has undergone more than one seismic shift. The movement away from waterfall methodology toward Agile practices, as well as the shift to cloud-based applications, have transformed business requirements. As a result, IT departments risk falling behind, as they have to meet business demands while simultaneously handling day-to-day tasks using legacy tools.
Last November, Gartner looked towards the future and predicted that in 2016, 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide. Today is that future. Around us right now, billions of connected things are speaking to each other, passing data, and keeping our lives efficient and modern. From the things we wear (our smart watches, our fitness trackers), to the perks that make our lives easier (our navigation systems, our smart thermostats and lighting systems) to the places we shop (think pharmacy mobile photo printing, mobile coupons based upon buying preferences) the IoT is already heavily integrated into our lives. Think about all of these connections in our lives today—and now multiply those connections by four. Gartner reports that by 2020, the amount of connected things is expected to rise to 25 billion. What I&O leaders need to know is what is enabling all of these connections and how organizations and businesses are expected to keep up with the growth and manage these links.