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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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Gartner Calls for More Automation: Should IT Go Low-Code?

By Brian McHugh on Mon, May 20, 2019 @ 08:05 AM

Gartner’s “2019 Planning Guide Overview: Architecting Your Digital Ecosystem” calls for more automation as it lays out the primary trends IT must contend with.

Complexity is a growing problem for IT. Digital technologies are rapidly evolving, market demands are more dynamic than ever, and IT’s role within the organization continues to transform.

This has caused “increasingly complex technology ecosystems” that are more decentralized and distributed, making it difficult for IT to develop cohesive management and monitoring strategies.

According to Paul DeBeasi and Kirk Knoernschild, the analysts behind Gartner’s 2019 digital ecosystem guide, there are several major trends increasing pressure on IT, including:

  • Data and analytics
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Cloud computing
  • The Internet of Things
  • Digital transformation

In order for IT to stay ahead of business demands, IT needs to be the driving force behind the organization’s digital agenda, which means first laying the foundation for IT’s own digital transformation. On this point, the Gartner analysts are clear: That foundation must include automation.

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Automate Your Next Job Scheduler Migration

By Brian McHugh on Tue, Apr 16, 2019 @ 10:04 AM

70% of organizations are migrating to broader automation tools, according to a recent study by Enterprise Management Associates.1

Why Replace a Legacy Job Scheduler?

Legacy job schedulers were designed to support specific platforms and systems, mainframes and homogeneous IT stacks. Because of this, older job schedulers have limited capabilities and cannot easily integrate with new digital tools and technologies.

Today’s IT environments, however, are distributed, diverse, and dynamic. So that relying on a legacy scheduler is a bit like driving a sports car without power-steering. Sure, you can still drive, but you aren’t going to move very fast.

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IT Acronyms You Need to Know

By Brian McHugh on Mon, Jan 28, 2019 @ 08:01 AM

IT acronyms might be as confusing as scripts typed by monkeys. So as a service to IT personnel everywhere (and also for ourselves) we’ve compiled a definitive list of IT’s Most Important Acronyms (also know as MIAs).

Save this to your favorites as a resource because we’ll be updating it continuously. Plus, let us know if there are any acronyms you’d like us to add.

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Workload Automation vs. Robotic Process Automation

By Brian McHugh on Thu, Jan 24, 2019 @ 08:01 AM

WLA or RPA: What’s the Difference?

Workload Automation and Robotic Process Automation are two technologies commonly used in IT to automate IT and business processes. Both make workflows more efficient, lower overhead costs, and allay the strain of the IT Skills Gap. Both automate repetitive, time-consuming tasks.

So how are they different?

First, let’s find out what these technologies are capable of.

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What is Intelligent Automation?

By Brian McHugh on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 @ 08:01 AM

Intelligent Automation Defined

Intelligent automation is an IT automation tool that utilizes machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI).

ML relies on algorithms to predict outcomes based on data. The algorithms identify trends, commonalities, and correlations between variables, using statistical analysis to predict outcomes and future events. Then, as the program continues to run, the algorithms further improve their predictions based on subsequent datasets.

Any program, application, or system that can autonomously make decisions and take actions based on ML, has AI.

Intelligent automation refers to any IT automation tool that can improve its own processes and outcomes, optimize IT resources, and improve efficiency by analyzing data and augmenting human decision-making.

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Gartner's IT Automation Predictions for 2019

By Brian McHugh on Wed, Jan 02, 2019 @ 10:01 AM

Towards the end of each year, Gartner releases its predictions for the upcoming year. These predictions start a lot of conversations, get lots of coverage in the tech press, and are always useful.

There’s also a lot of them. Besides Garter’s two Top 10 Trends lists (Strategic Technology and I&O), Gartner has recently released dozens of its “Predicts 2019” papers. To help prepare for the new year, we've scoured Gartner’s trend and predictions, explaining eight of their 2019 automation expectations below.

A few major themes stick out:

  • AI is being used to optimize IT Automation
  • IT Automation is being used to optimize Big Data
  • As processes are simplified, Big Data will become accessible to the broader workforce
  • The role of IT is changing

Overall, 2019 looks to be a busy year for IT Automation, AI, and Big Data.

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