Kaitlin Olcott


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4 Technology TED Talks to Reignite Your Inspiration

By Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Feb 09, 2016 @ 11:02 AM


Topics: IT Automation
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Top 5 IT Automation Resources of 2015

By Kaitlin Olcott on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

Are you ready to step up your automation game? We've put together our best IT automation resources with tips, how to's, and best practices that will have your colleagues calling you an automation superhero in 2016.

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19 Tips for Workload Automation Software RFPs

By Kaitlin Olcott on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 09:12 AM

Writing an RFP for software and formalizing a list of specific requirements is a challenging task for most IT Professionals. Whether you have an existing solution in place and are looking to replace it or you are starting the search for a new solution, IT professionals not only have to look at present needs and how that software will fit into their existing environment, they also need to cast their gaze much further into the future to ensure the software they choose will have some staying power as technology and business needs change over time. 

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4 Top Trends in IT Automation for 2016

By Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Dec 01, 2015 @ 09:12 AM



As we start looking toward 2016, we see a lot of new and exciting changes on the horizon for workload automation. While automation has always been considered a core foundational piece for IT to manage the IT environments, we’re starting to see a shift as automation is becoming a core driver of innovation and agility for the business. So let’s take a look at what’s to come for workload automation in 2016:

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Improving Month-End Close with IT Automation

By Kaitlin Olcott on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

Financial closing is one of the most labor and time intensive tasks for the Finance department. Around month-end close, you’ll see Finance bracing themselves for the long days to come spent on ensuring financial statements are accurate, reconciling discrepancies, and creating reports. And when errors happen or the process is delayed, it comes at a heavy cost to the business.

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Is It Time for the Chief Automation Officer?

By Kaitlin Olcott on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

The role of a Chief Automation Officer (CAO) for businesses was first espoused a few years ago as reporters, analysts, and automation vendors started to see the growing burden on the CIO and the need for more IT executive leadership positions. Here at the IT Automation Blog, we’ve considered the need for a CAO in previous blog posts and in conversations with automation users. Today, I want to revisit the idea of the CAO and see just how predictions about the rise of the CAO are shaping up with the reality of businesses’ organizational structure today. 

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Gartner ITXPO: Analyzing the Top Barriers to CIO Success

By Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 @ 15:10 PM

Just a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend Gartner’s Symposium/ITXPO in Orlando, Florida. ITXPO is always a great event filled with a lot of new ideas as well as a forum to speak with IT leaders about their views and experiences on current challenges and new technologies. This year, in particular, I noticed a significant overlap between what Gartner analysts were speaking about in sessions and the challenges and upcoming projects CIOs and IT Managers were talking about on the exhibit floor.

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ROI of Workload Automation and Job Scheduling Software (Webinar)

By Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 @ 09:10 AM

If you're a regular reader of the IT Automation Blog, you've heard us talk numerous times about the benefits and cost savings of automation. From saving more than 20 hours a week on billing processes to streamlining onboarding processes, organizations are relying heavily on automation and job scheduling software to improve IT agility and reduce the burden of time-consuming manual work.
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