Too Many Scheduling and Automation Tools?

By Brian McHugh on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 @ 08:12 AM



IT teams are automating faster than ever. But without a coherent strategy, automation loses its power.

Automation in IT

In a recent study by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), 56% of respondents reported having “too many scheduling and automation tools in place.”

This statistic isn’t too surprising, but as the study continues, it becomes part of a paradox.

It turns out that 75% of the study’s participants (56% of whom have too many automation tools) have recently purchased new automation tools and are likely to agree (strongly) with the assertion that “the need for automation is growing”.

Which means that the study’s participants —automation veterans from large companies— have recently procured new automation tools, believing they need more automation, yet simultaneously believe that they have too many automation tools.

This would hurt even Watson’s head.

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How to Improve Cloud Resource Management

By Brian McHugh on Mon, Dec 03, 2018 @ 08:12 AM

Cloud Computing: It's like having an overdue book charge at the library, for $15,000.
     
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loud computing offers amazing benefits for IT. Its variable, pay-as-you-go structure allows IT organizations to contract only those computing resources needed for specific tasks, at the exact time they’re needed.

The same pricing scheme that provides incredible efficiency, however, can be remarkably inefficient if not monitored. Because virtual and cloud computing resources are “invisible,” they can often be overlooked or forgotten when a job is completed. Yet the meter for these resources is still running. Like a library book that isn’t returned, the cost keeps rising; one IT director recently noted at an industry conference that her organization incurred $15,000 in unnecessary operational expense in a single month, simply because its public cloud resources weren’t “returned” after use.

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14 Industries the Internet of Things is Disrupting

By Brian McHugh on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 @ 08:11 AM

The Internet of Things is disrupting the industries we work in, whether or not we're prepared. Here, we’ve compiled a list detailing how 14 major industries are already leveraging IoT.

What is the Internet of Things Being Used For?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next big disruptor in tech, with over 20 billion IoT devices expected by 2020 and a market valued at over $3 trillion, according to Gartner. Which means that IT (because you can’t have IoT without IT) is going to have a lot more work on its plate.

The power of IoT is that each “Thing” has sensors which can collect and send data and communicate with other “Things”. This allows companies to turn their warehouses (or shops, offices, factories, seaports, etc.) into sensitive, highly coordinated environments that are always collecting data —and always improving.

An IoT device has two primary capabilities: it can collect and send data and it can complete an action (like a robotic arm on a factory floor). IoT becomes exceptionally powerful when it is brought to scale, when an organization uses thousands of sensors to collect data or coordinates the actions of hundreds of factory robots, for example.

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Acquire New Skills For The IT Tools You Use Most

By Brian McHugh on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 @ 08:11 AM

Continuous IT Education

The IT tools we rely on can sometimes resemble unexplored mountains —full of features and possibilities that we’ve never ventured into, with unused drop-down menus and buried lists of settings that could be capable of anything.

As IT professionals, it’s important to optimize our use of key resources. That means understanding the full range of capabilities offered by the technologies we rely on most. But our days are hectic, our schedules unpredictable, and exploring features on our own isn’t always an efficient way to gain a better understanding of a technology’s capabilities.

Plus, our favorite IT tools are always improving. Updates are made, new versions are released, new features and capabilities are added. Keeping up with changes takes time.

So, how can IT professionals stay up-to-date and optimize their use of resources?

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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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