Colin Beasty


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Informatica World: Platform-Based or Enterprise Automation?

By Colin Beasty on Thu, May 15, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

Legacy Schedulers No Longer Compete

In recent years, the democratization of analytic, reporting and BI solutions has become a driving force in the growing complexity of data integration and data warehousing models. Add to the equation the growing complexity and volume of information thanks to Big Data, and it’s no surprise that the underlying ETL and data warehousing processes to integrate and access data from multiple sources is becoming increasingly complex.

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A Chief Automation Officer for IT Organizations?

By Colin Beasty on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

Implement an Automation Strategy

Conversations with analysts and customers alike have uncovered an interesting trend playing out in the marketplace. Leading IT organizations are assigning automation teams and/or directors who are responsible for implementing an “architectural” IT automation strategy. The goal is to take an enterprise-wide analysis of the automation requirements of the IT organization as a whole and implement a strategy and solution(s) that unify silos of automation and streamline the people, processes and technologies.

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IT Automation Can Mitigate Risk in the Data Center

By Colin Beasty on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 @ 08:01 AM

Last month I had the pleasure seeing Don Duet, Co-Head of the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs, give a keynote presentation at the Gartner Data Center conference regarding the company’s data center strategy. As the global investment firm looks to commoditize an array of new digitalized services and products to its multinational workforce, the data center is being asked to increase agility while mitigating risk in the fluid, and sometimes volatile, world of investment banking.

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Gartner’s Systematic Approach to IT Automation: Part 2

By Colin Beasty on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 @ 07:12 AM

Gartner's Data Center Conference

Last week Gartner VP and distinguished analyst Ronni Colville gave a presentation at Gartner's Data Center Conference entitled Automation: The Linchpin for Cloud & Data Centers. In it, she presented the concept that IT organizations are taking an “opportunistic” approach to automation by identifying automation opportunities as they arise and implementing platform-specific tools to solve those problems. It was a similar presentation to the one Colville gave at the Gartner Infrastructure and Operations Conference in June, so I won’t repeat the information already talked about in the first post, but rather focus on the new concepts and interesting poll results Colville presented last week.

Topics: IT Automation
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Five IT Automation Predictions for 2014

By Colin Beasty on Tue, Dec 03, 2013 @ 08:12 AM

In the past twelve months we continue to witness the evolution of IT into something bigger, faster and more adaptable than we could have ever imagined. IT automation is no exception to this rule and will continue to become more nimble in order to satisfy the accelerating pace of business and the resulting demands of IT. IT automation vendors will continue to respond to these demands in 2014. Here are the top 5 trends we see reshaping our marketplace:

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Why IT Automation Must Be Designed to Accommodate Change

By Colin Beasty on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 @ 07:11 AM

IT Automation Drives Digital Change

Never before have IT organizations been under more pressure to change, both from internal and external forces alike. Changing IT environments, new compliance and regulatory demands, the 24/7 consumer or trying to gain a competitive advantage within the marketplace… these unpredictable forces thrust change on the demand and capacity of enterprise IT infrastructure. It’s resulting in an increasing rate of change to the systems and processes that the modern IT organization is responsible for. IT automation is no exception to this.

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Oracle OpenWorld: End-to-End IT Process Automation

By Colin Beasty on Mon, Sep 23, 2013 @ 11:09 AM

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Business Processes that Benefit from Workload Automation

By Colin Beasty on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 @ 14:08 PM

Business Processes that Should be Automated

In today's fluid 24/7 world where business demands are real-time and IT is being asked to “script” business processes into automated workflows, old-school batch processing can no longer cut it. Posting a job to run every night at 3 AM was fine 10 years ago, but today these processes have to be run in real-time and workload automation is the key to industrializing business processes to save companies time and money. Here are three common business processes that Advanced Systems Concepts Inc. sees customers automating with ActiveBatch to save money and ensure SLAs are being met.

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