Gartner Symposium/ITxpo (Orlando) Recap

By Brian McHugh on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 @ 08:11 AM

The 2018 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo was held in the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is an annual series of conferences held around the world. From Orlando to Barcelona to Tokyo, the conferences are attended by CIOs, senior IT leaders, and market-leading vendors, all of whom converge to listen to and to learn from the best minds and thought leaders in IT.

This year, Gartner Symposium/ITxpo’s capstone event was held in Orlando, Florida, attracting over 9,000 IT leaders for five days of insights, networking, and keynotes. The event, held October 14-18, featured executive Gartner analysts, guest speakers, and over 350 sessions covering business strategy, leadership, and technology and information.

These three themes (business strategy, leadership, and technology and information) were essential to the Gartner Opening Keynote on Day 2 of the event.

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4 Cloud Management Issues Workload Automation Can Solve

By Brian McHugh on Thu, Nov 01, 2018 @ 07:11 AM

Workload Automation Offers A Simplified Cloud Management Strategy

The use of cloud resources has proliferated in the last 10 years as businesses and IT teams have sought agile, scalable computing resources to meet the rising needs of digitalization. Today, 92% of businesses manage workloads in either a private- or public-cloud environment, according to recent research from Enterprise Management Associates (EMA).

Despite how well-established cloud computing has become, businesses still find themselves navigating a few unavoidable cloud-management dilemmas. Cloud technology is quickly changing (Microsoft Ignite featured a slew of Azure announcements) and IT teams are still ironing-out best practices and policies to manage these evolving environments.

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Why the Netflix Model for Product Training is One Key to IT Automation Return-On-Investment

By Nick Sainato on Fri, Oct 26, 2018 @ 12:10 PM

In today’s evolving business market, organizations are faced with keeping up with changing and increasing demands. This is not a new idea, especially for IT departments. Even growing IT budgets can’t keep up with the ever-growing resource demands of the market. Our readers know the keys to shrinking this IT Resources Gap —and putting the right product and strategy in place is one essential.

However, even the most intuitive products have a learning curve. And even if users think they know it, they probably haven’t optimized their usage. The Netflix model drives the value of product training programs within organizations, which in turn drives return on product investment.

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Digital Transformation Has 3 Key Requirements for IT

By Brian McHugh on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 07:10 AM

 An Enterprise IT Automation Strategy is Essential for Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a necessity for businesses and organizations in a variety of industries. If a business in today’s landscape isn’t benefiting from digital transformation, chances are their competition is. Which is why the “How?” behind digital transformation has become such a pressing issue for IT and business leaders.

In the webinar, “3 Essential Keys to Redefining IT Automation for Digital Business Success,” hosted by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), Dan Twing, President and COO of EMA, and Ben Rosenberg, President of Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. (ASCI), discussed the major steps, milestones, and hurdles faced by businesses pursuing digital transformation.

The major theme of their discussion was speed: If IT wants to drive business growth, then IT must operate at the pace of business. Businesses today require agility, innovation, and speed, and IT teams need to implement processes and infrastructure capable of achieving similar velocity.

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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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