Automation Architect: A Right Fit For Your Team?

By Brian McHugh on Mon, Sep 17, 2018 @ 07:09 AM

Automation architects are popping up in both mid-sized firms and large enterprises like AstraZeneca, HP, and ADP. A quick search on Glassdoor, Indeed, or LinkedIn confirms the trend: “Looking for strong automation architects.”

But what exactly is an automation architect supposed to be doing, and how do you know if your company needs one?

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CFOs Need to Drive Financial Digitization

By Cassie Doheny on Tue, Sep 04, 2018 @ 07:09 AM

 

‘Digital’ and ‘IT’ probably are not the first words that come to mind when you hear the word ‘finance.’ According to McKinsey&Company, though, they should be.

In the recent publication, “Memo to the CFO: Get in front of digital finance- or get left back, authors Kapil Chandra, Frank Plaschke, and Ishaan Seth outline the increasing need for digitization in finance as CEOs seek real-time data that can support business decisions. While Chandra, Plaschke, and Seth advise CFOs to hop on board the digital finance train, as they may miss out on significant business development opportunities otherwise, they also recognize that “the rapid arrival of innovative technologies plus a general shortage of top technology talent” prevents CFOs from driving full speed ahead.

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Can Customer Reviews Find Your Business the Right IT Solution?

By Brian McHugh on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 @ 07:08 AM

 

In the information age, the power goes to the buyer.

Few of us are willing to spend money without knowing the quality of the product we’re purchasing. Before we send our credit card information, we search Google, talk to our friends, and then we check Yelp before visiting that new restaurant, or we read reviews on Amazon before buying that new toaster oven.

Customer reviews have long influenced consumer decisions, and it’s now clear that customer reviews have just as much impact on B2B buyers.

According to Forrester, 90% of B2B purchases begin with online research; and in a recent study from G2 Crowd, we see that 92% of B2B buyers are more likely to make a purchase after reading a trusted review.

If you’re not already using customer reviews while researching a potential B2B purchase – or if you already are – here are four tips to help you make the most of these real-world test cases.

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The Everything Strategy: The 5 Essentials of Effective Automation

By Frank Melchiorre on Wed, Aug 01, 2018 @ 10:08 AM


Data without insight has little value. That's why we have Data Warehouse professionals to turn those zeroes and ones into actionable insight that helps organizations make better decisions, earn new customers, identify new opportunities, and turn existing customers into ambassadors for their companies’ products, services, and brands.

But there is intense pressure to innovate faster than the competition. Coupled with the difficulty of finding and retaining properly-trained IT staff, initiating digital transformation takes a secondary role to putting out the fires and surviving.

You can adapt to the changes, or risk being left behind. Automation can help; although, while most organizations have some automated processes in place, few have an automation strategy.

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Data Warehouses: Where Workload Automation Really Shines

By Katti Wolfe on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 @ 10:06 AM

Data centers are exceedingly busy places. In many centers it’s not unusual for hundreds of data warehousing processes, involving millions of rows of data, to be executed every day. Add in the difficulties presented by the shortage of qualified IT personnel—a situation caused by the rate of growth in IT computing resources, budgets not keeping pace with the rate of growth, and skilled IT resources being harder to find and retain—and you have the formula for a stressful environment.

The answer to gaining data warehouse control and visibility is automation—and here’s why. Today’s intelligent automation platforms have the power and flexibility to handle virtually any data warehouse operation, regardless of complexity. The tested logic and drag-and-drop convenience of Workload Automation solutions allow staff to design, build, implement, and monitor workflows faster, more reliably, and with less custom scripting.

Let’s look at the positive impact of Workload Automation on data warehouse operations as experienced by actual users:

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Workload Automation as a Pathway to Bimodal IT

By Frank Melchiorre on Tue, May 15, 2018 @ 12:05 PM

Gartner IT Operations, Strategies & Solutions Summit this week focuses on a spectrum of topics related to Bimodal IT. One, however, will be of particular interest to IT leaders: how to deploy, integrate, and simultaneously operate both aspects of the Bimodal IT system.

Bimodal IT, as many in the industry are aware, is Gartner’s prescription for IT success. The market research firm recommends two separate, yet complementary disciplines for meeting the needs of today’s IT — Mode 1, concerned with optimizing tasks that are predictable and well-understood, is typically focused on operations; Mode 2, more aligned with development, is an exploratory style of work emphasizing speed and agility to solve new problems. Pursued as a joint strategy, these two modes accommodate the growing array of challenges that can stifle IT performance.

The advantages of Bimodal IT have inspired tens of thousands of enterprises to make it their fundamental IT strategy. Moving to a new organizational paradigm, however, is never easy — even when it’s as productive as Bimodal IT.
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The Biggest IT Automation Misconception

By Caroline Boyland on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 13:02 PM

2018 is well underway, and automation is top of mind for business and IT professionals in every industry. In fact, according to the latest Gartner research, IT Infrastructure Automation Tools ranked number one as the top Initiative for Increased Investment in 2018. 71% of I&O leaders surveyed reported that they have plans to increase investment in these tools in the coming year, and Gartner listed the major benefit of these automation tools as reduced costs from standardizing infrastructure, automation workflows, and scripts. Automation is a critical tool in achieving business agility—and it’s time we address the misconceptions that accompany it.

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Workload Automation: 2018 Predictions From Gartner & EMA

By Caroline Boyland on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 @ 10:01 AM

Industry analysts like Gartner and Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) have spoken, and if you’re not yet using Workload Automation (or you’re not using it to its full potential) you will fall behind this year. The benefits of Workload Automation span every department in the organization, and if it’s the right solution, it can make a huge business impact. Here are the 3 reasons, according to Gartner and EMA, why you’ll need a strong Workload Automation solution in 2018.

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