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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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?

Topics: ActiveBatch
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The Netflix Model for Product Training is Key to IT Automation ROI

By Nick Sainato on Fri, Oct 26, 2018 @ 12:10 PM

Get More IT Automation ROI

In today’s evolving business market, organizations are faced with keeping up with changing and increasing demands. This is not a new idea, especially for IT departments. Even growing IT budgets can’t keep up with the ever-growing resource demands of the market. Our readers know the keys to shrinking this IT Resources Gap —and putting the right product and strategy in place is one essential.

However, even the most intuitive products have a learning curve. And even if users think they know it, they probably haven’t optimized their usage, or their IT Automation ROI. The Netflix model drives the value of product training programs within organizations, which in turn drives return on product investment.

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Optimize Your SQL Server Scheduling

By Caroline Boyland on Wed, Oct 25, 2017 @ 09:10 AM

Boundaries posed within Microsoft SQL Server may be decreasing your IT agility. Here is our list of the top 3 SQL Server automation issues that are slowing DBAs down:

  1. Scheduling capabilities within SQL Server Agent are limiting.
  2. There is no way to chain jobs and execute workflows across multiple SQL machines.
  3. SQL process need to communicate with the other applications and technologies within the IT environment.

If any of these issues sound like something that you or your IT team have commented on in the past, it may be time for you to learn how to both increase the power of SQL Server, and extend that power throughout your entire IT environment.

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Low-Code or No-Code? Ditch the Question and Save Your Scripts

By Jim Manias on Tue, Oct 04, 2016 @ 11:10 AM


No matter what the language is, script writing is labor intensive. Writing a new script means that you likely have spent hours designing, writing, testing, and de-bugging the code, and then testing and de-bugging it a few more times. And once they are written, these scripts have to be maintained and cataloged. In addition to these challenges, there are the things you can’t predict; requirements can change and developers may leave, and that means you’re going to have to revise or rewrite older scripts.

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IT Automation ROI Hits 150% for Renewable Energy Corporation

By Caroline Boyland on Tue, Jun 07, 2016 @ 11:06 AM

Automation is quickly becoming an integral piece of many organization's core business operations. To stay competitive in today's complex technology environment, enterprises are relying heavily on workload automation and job scheduling software to streamline operations and connect disparate systems in their IT environments. However, determining the ROI of workload automation has been a challenge for many organizations. 

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Dogfooding at ASCI: How We Use ActiveBatch to Automate Agile

By Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, May 24, 2016 @ 09:05 AM

Here at Advanced Systems Concepts, we talk a lot about automation for both ActiveBatch users and non-users. But do we actually eat our own dog food?

Cue drum roll….

Why yes, yes we do.

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Powering DevOps with Application Release Automation

By Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Aug 06, 2015 @ 10:08 AM

Many organizations today are turning to DevOps to deliver high quality shippable products faster and with fewer bugs. According to research by Gartner, by 2016 DevOps will be a mainstream strategy that will be employed by 25% of Global 2000 organizations.

With widespread DevOps adoption on the rise, application release management software is becoming vital to successful DevOps execution. In fact, Gartner predicts 50% of enterprises will implement automated configuration and release management by 2019.

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