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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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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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