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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Coding: How Long Should It Really Take?

By Caroline Boyland on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

How many hours of the day do you spend coding? Most IT programmers or developers will say that it varies. For someone in this type of role, the days become unpredictable—the amount of time needed to research, write, test, and document new code is difficult to predict. While the writing part isn’t always extremely time consuming, the researching, testing, and documentation phases of coding can extend the lifetime of the task at hand tenfold. It’s no secret that there’s a skills gap facing IT, so when these time-consuming processes occupy limited IT resources, there is no one available to perform the other repetitive, but necessary, IT tasks. What many IT teams are beginning to learn is that an IT Automation solution can eliminate, almost completely, the time-consuming elements that come along with coding.

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2017 Roundup: Top 5 IT Automation Resources You May Have Missed

By Caroline Boyland on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 @ 15:12 PM

In 2017, IT teams everywhere were looking to automation tools to keep pace with the rapid rate of industry change. From increasing IT agility, to driving digital business success, IT automation can help you reach your goals. In honor of the new year, we've rounded up our top 5 automation resources of 2017, guaranteed to help you understand how an IT automation solution will bring value to your organization.

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Shift Left! Don't Fall Victim to This Common Mistake

By Caroline Boyland on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 @ 12:12 PM

IT is constantly facing barriers that are slowing them down and hindering them from achieving their goals. Traditional IT methods and processes are no longer able to keep pace with industry and organizational changes. Many IT teams are searching for new methods and solutions to combat potential pitfalls that may accompany such changes, but there is one common mistake IT needs to be aware of.

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