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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Legacy Scheduler Migration Checklist (Infographic)

By Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 09:07 AM

Over the past couple of months on the IT Automation Blog we’ve talked about the benefits of migrating from a legacy job scheduler to a modern workload automation solution like ActiveBatch. For anyone looking to take the next steps, this Legacy Scheduler Migration Checklist Infographic is a good resource to help you start planning out your migration strategy.

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5 Tips for Changing Job Schedulers

By Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Jul 07, 2015 @ 09:07 AM

Once you’ve made the decision to upgrade from your legacy scheduler and you’ve identified a modern automation solutionas a replacement, the next question is how to migrate to your new automation solution.

When approaching such a move, most organizations are concerned with the risk, cost, and time commitment the migration will incur. In order to ensure a successful migration, keep these 5 things in mind before you embark on the process:

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Migrating to a Modern Workload Automation Solution

By Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 @ 09:06 AM


Job Scheduler Migration Strategies

Deciding to migrate from your legacy scheduler to a modern IT automation solution like ActiveBatch is a big decision. Your organization can go about the process in many ways, but the most successful migrations act upon strategies that will benefit your company and fulfill the specific needs of your organization. Here are 3 Strategies to Consider for a Successful Migration:

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Microsoft Ignite: Rising Need for Onboarding Automation

By Chris Michaels on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 @ 09:06 AM

IT Automation at Ignite

This year at Microsoft Ignite 2015, we spoke with a lot of attendees looking for solutions to their everyday automation needs. As expected, with the global push toward cloud computing, cloud provisioning via workload automation tended to be something that IT professionals wanted to discuss, especially in the area of in-house virtual system provisioning. From our conversations, it often wound up as “something we are looking to do in the future”.
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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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