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Gartner: Break Down Silos of IT Automation Systematically

By Colin Beasty on Tue, Jul 09, 2013 @ 08:07 AM

Opportunistic Automation

Last month we had the pleasure of attending the Gartner Infrastructure & Operations Management Summit in Orlando, Florida, where Gartner VP and distinguished analyst Ronni Colville gave a presentation entitled Automation: The Linchpin for Cloud & Data Centers.

Conceptually, Colville presented the idea that IT organizations are taking an “opportunistic” approach to automation by identifying individual automation opportunities as they arise and implementing platform-specific tools to solve a specific problem. This fragmented approach to IT automation is not an “enterprise grade” strategy. Nor is it scalable. It introduces increasing levels of complexity, higher TCO and lacks any form of enterprise-wide governance.

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IT Automation: Delivering Big Data’s Benefits

By Colin Beasty on Mon, May 20, 2013 @ 07:05 AM

Attending Informatica World presents the opportunity to speak with IT professionals about one of the strongest use cases for job scheduling and IT automation: the end-to-end automation of ETL, data warehousing and business intelligence (BI) processes.

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IT Automation Visits Microsoft Management Summit 2013

By Colin Beasty on Tue, Apr 09, 2013 @ 12:04 PM

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Turkiye Finans Builds an "Architectural" IT Automation Solution

By Colin Beasty on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 @ 08:03 AM

Architectural Automation with ActiveBatch

We had the pleasure this week of speaking with a long standing customer for an update about their implementation. Turkiye Finans has been an ActiveBatch user since 2009 and Mucahit Yavuz, IT Operations Manager at Turkiye Finans, has been part of the ActiveBatch project from the beginning.

The conversation underscored a number of points, but most importantly, Turkiye Finans’ implementation of ActiveBatch highlights a strategy we mentioned in our previous post: taking a phased approach where singular processes were identified and automated, then complimentary processes and technologies have been added to the implementation, building an “architectural” IT automation solution.

For Turkiye Finans, it started with a common pain point: a collection of disparate, “point” scheduling tools and scripts, in this case an assortment of PowerShell scripts executed via Windows Task Scheduler and SQL Server Agent, .NET Assemblies and Web Services. This loosely cobbled together collection of tools represented the foundation for the automation of many of the bank’s key business processes, including updating of customer accounts, bill payments and transaction processes.

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An Architectural Approach to IT Automation

By Colin Beasty on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 @ 10:02 AM

Elemental Automation for IT

Recent discussions with customers and industry analysts uncovered a common theme or notion pertaining to the approach organizations are taking, or failing to take, when it comes to implementing an IT automation strategy.

Too often, IT organizations take what we’d call an “elemental” approach to IT automation. They identify a “point” problem and solve it with a “point” solution. For example, a DBA needs to automate database backups or a developer requires automation of repetitive and time-consuming FTP tasks. The result is a “point” solution is implemented, e.g. writing a script, Windows Task Scheduler, Cron, SQL Server Agent, a tool for automating FTPs, etc. This same concept extends to process types as well, such as implementing an automation tool for runbook automation, a job scheduler to fulfill batch processing requirements or a solution for the DBA looking to automate datacenter tasks.  

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Gartner Retires the Workload Automation Magic Quadrant

By Colin Beasty on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 @ 13:02 PM

Evolution of Workload Automation

Last month Gartner announced the retirement of the Magic Quadrant for Workload Automation. The announcement has created significant buzz among various social media channels, such as LinkedIn’s Enterprise Job Scheduling & Workload Automation group. Here’s the opening summary courtesy of the Gartner announcement:  

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Workload Automation Trends Towards Democratization

By Colin Beasty on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 @ 11:12 AM

 

Fluidity is the new mantra in workload automation. Management demands, data sources, SLA requirements, computing infrastructure— everything attached to IT is turning more flexible, more diverse and more nimble in order to satisfy the accelerating pace of business. At the center of it all, job scheduling and workload automation is becoming more important than at any time in the last 30 years. In the past twelve months we’ve witnessed the continued evolution of business IT into something faster, bigger, and more adaptable than we could have imagined even a few short years ago. Workload automation technology is responding with new solutions that will be increasingly visible in 2013 and beyond. These are the key trends we’ve identified that are re-shaping the segment:  

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The Economic Impact of Workload Automation

By Colin Beasty on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 @ 10:10 AM

Attending the Gartner ITExpo this week has presented the opportunity to demonstrate the value of workload automation to a different constituency group  —C-level IT executives and upper management.

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