Workload Automation Has a Broadening Appeal for Business Leaders (is IT falling behind?)

By Brian McHugh on Mon, Oct 08, 2018 @ 07:10 AM

Digital Transformation

The new maxim is that “every business is a digital business.” We hear it in earnings calls when the CEO talks about digital transformation, customer-centric services, or a digital-first mindset; the titles of new books allude to the maxim, start-ups identify it as a lifestyle, and thought-leaders can’t stop promoting it.

But how susceptible are business leaders to these constant calls for digital transformation? And what about Workload Automation? Are business leaders turning the corner on Workload Automation?

The answer, surprisingly, is that they’re turning the corner faster than most IT professionals.

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Microsoft Ignite Recap: Edge Computing and IoT to be a "Revolution"

By Brian McHugh on Tue, Oct 02, 2018 @ 08:10 AM


 

Microsoft held its annual Ignite conference last week, drawing over 30,000 developers and IT professionals to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Key Points

  1. Microsoft is focused on establishing a future for AI by ensuring that edge connectivity and cloud computing are secure and widely available.
  2. The three themes of Microsoft Ignite 2018 were Security, AI & Big Data, and IoT & Edge Computing.
  3. Microsoft is partnering with SAP and Adobe to deliver the Open Data Initiative.

While Microsoft had a list of exciting product announcements, speeches, and sessions throughout the week (ICYMI, they’re available online), the keynote address given by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and the context his keynote added to the conference, is getting much of the post-conference attention.

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Silos, SQL Server, and Freeing Your Data with IT Automation

By Brian McHugh on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 @ 07:09 AM


It’s hard to imagine a world without Microsoft. The tech giant has not only given us .NET and PowerShell, but also SQL Server, Dynamics AX, Azure….

With Microsoft offering a complete, vertical stack, IT teams have been able to develop solutions to a wide range of problems without having to leave the powerful Microsoft universe. So much so, that Microsoft is sometimes regarded as a territory not worth leaving.

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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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