Workload Automation and ServiceNow: It's A Two-Way Street

By Brian McHugh on Mon, Sep 09, 2019 @ 09:09 AM

Today’s IT environments rely on a wide range of disparate technologies, thanks to a surge of new digital tools that are being used across the organization.

With so many moving pieces, the modern IT environment is becoming more complex and distributed. As a result, IT professionals are looking for ways to simplify their environments.

Why Use Bidirectional Integrations?

A common problem with complex, distributed environments is that disparate technologies cannot easily pass information or data between each other. Common workarounds such as custom scripts can be time-consuming and error-prone (and cause more complexity in the long term).

This causes significant issues for automated workflows that must incorporate data from multiple digital tools —when these tools cannot communicate, complexity develops, and automation efforts are stymied.

In order to reduce complexity, workload automation (WLA) solutions typically offer prebuilt integrations with popular platforms and third-party tools. These integrations allow Tool A to send and retrieve information from Tool B.

Bidirectional integrations, on the other hand, offer a two-way street that allows Tool B to access and manipulate information in Tool A, just as Tool A can access and manipulate information in Tool B.

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Boost Your Career with Automation Certifications and Training

By Brian McHugh on Mon, Aug 26, 2019 @ 08:08 AM

85% of IT professionals have completed at least one IT certification over the past year, according to the 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report.

Plus, two-thirds of IT professionals will obtain additional certifications within the next year.

What’s behind this drive for certifications? The IT Skills Gap is partly to blame (or praise, in this case).

Can Certifications Reduce the IT Skills Gap?

Organizations have been inundated with new technologies and applications, fueling a boom in new IT jobs, roles, and responsibilities. However, the number of people entering the IT job market has not kept pace with this growth.

Plus, many of the biggest technologies in IT —cloud computing, AI, automation, big data— are so cutting-edge that most IT professionals have not had the opportunity to build sufficient experience in these fields.

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IT Automation's Role in Digital Transformation

By Brian McHugh on Wed, Aug 14, 2019 @ 08:08 AM

How IT Can Lead Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is critical for business success, and the reason for this is as old as business itself: Organizations that leverage new technologies are going to be far more competitive than organizations that don’t.

But with digital technology rapidly evolving, keeping pace with tech trends is easier said than done.

That’s why digital transformation is such a powerful proposition —because digital transformation isn’t about adopting a new technology as much as it’s about adapting to a new paradigm of continuous technological change.

That change has to start with IT. In order to keep pace with evolving tech, IT must be able to easily incorporate new tools, platforms, and technologies. That takes flexibility.

So, how does IT lay the groundwork for digital transformation?

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AWS Marketplace: New Options for IT Automation Environments

By Brian McHugh on Thu, Jul 11, 2019 @ 09:07 AM

Organizations are running more workloads in the cloud than ever before, driven by dynamic business needs and unpredictable requirements. But cloud-based IT Automation resources —just like on-premises resources— often require costly installations.

IT Automation in the Cloud

In order to meet the growing demand for dynamic, flexible resources, IT Automation providers are listing more offerings in cloud marketplaces (such as AWS or Azure) than ever before. This is great for IT.

Obtaining IT Automation resources through a cloud marketplace means IT doesn’t have to spend time on installations, justify new perpetual licenses, or plan for new maintenance requirements, allowing IT to quickly procure new job schedulers and execution agents as needed, without making long-term commitments to the vendor.

This makes it easier for IT to create dynamic, hybrid environments that integrate, coordinate, and automate processes across disparate infrastructure resources, from a single point of control.

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Exploring the Case for Unified IT Automation (Free Webinar)

By Brian McHugh on Tue, Jul 02, 2019 @ 08:07 AM

ASCI’s recent webinar, From Siloed to Scalable: Exploring the Case for Unified IT Automation, includes a popular quote from Jack Welch, General Electric’s legendary CEO.

“If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.”

Welch was suggesting that organizations need to change faster than the markets they participate in. That’s great advice. In order to stay competitive, an organization should have the technologies, policies, and roadmaps that everyone else will want six months from now.

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Credential Management for IT Automation? Here's Why It's Necessary.

By Editorial Staff on Tue, Jun 11, 2019 @ 09:06 AM

By the IT Automation Editorial Staff in conjunction with CyberArk

Do We Need Credential Management?

2.3 billion credentials were stolen in 2017, affecting a variety of industries, according to the 2018 Credential Spill Report.

How did hackers gain access to 2.3 billion accounts? Because, despite repeated warnings, organizations are not as careful with their passwords as they should be.

OpenVPN has found that a whopping 25% of US employees use the same password for each of their accounts —and to make matters worse, most of them don’t password-protect their devices.

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Workload Automation Trends From Gartner & EMA

By Caroline Boyland on Thu, Jun 06, 2019 @ 13:06 PM

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 the competition. The benefits of Workload Automation span every department in the organization, and if the right solution is properly leveraged, it can make a huge business impact.

Here are the 3 reasons why business and IT success rely on a strong Workload Automation solution.

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Informatica World 2019 Recap: Improving Data for Better AI

By The IT Automation Editorial Staff on Thu, Jun 06, 2019 @ 08:06 AM

The biggest news from this year’s Informatica World, explained by the speakers who were there.

Artificial intelligence is popping up everywhere, from factory floors to hospital rooms to IT departments and more. The use cases are varied, the circumstances are diverse, but every AI tool has one thing in common: a need for data.

There’s plenty of data. Years ago, organizations began building data lakes, waiting for new technologies and tools that would help turn that data into binary gold. Those tools are now here, driven by AI and machine learning (ML), and there’s one big problem: Much of the data is insufficient.

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