Informatica World 2019 Recap: Improving Data for Better AI

By The IT Automation Editorial Staff on Thu, Jun 06, 2019 @ 08:06 AM

The biggest news from this year’s Informatica World, explained by the speakers who were there.

Artificial intelligence is popping up everywhere, from factory floors to hospital rooms to IT departments and more. The use cases are varied, the circumstances are diverse, but every AI tool has one thing in common: a need for data.

There’s plenty of data. Years ago, organizations began building data lakes, waiting for new technologies and tools that would help turn that data into binary gold. Those tools are now here, driven by AI and machine learning (ML), and there’s one big problem: Much of the data is insufficient.

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Gartner's IT Automation Predictions for 2019

By Brian McHugh on Wed, Jan 02, 2019 @ 10:01 AM

Towards the end of each year, Gartner releases its predictions for the upcoming year. These predictions start a lot of conversations, get lots of coverage in the tech press, and are always useful.

There’s also a lot of them. Besides Garter’s two Top 10 Trends lists (Strategic Technology and I&O), Gartner has recently released dozens of its “Predicts 2019” papers. To help prepare for the new year, we've scoured Gartner’s trend and predictions, explaining eight of their 2019 automation expectations below.

A few major themes stick out:

  • AI is being used to optimize IT Automation
  • IT Automation is being used to optimize Big Data
  • As processes are simplified, Big Data will become accessible to the broader workforce
  • The role of IT is changing

Overall, 2019 looks to be a busy year for IT Automation, AI, and Big Data.

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The Best IT Automation Tools for IT Agility

By Caroline Boyland on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 13:02 PM

IT Automation Tools Are Not Created Equal

2018 is well underway, and automation is top of mind for business and IT professionals in every industry. In fact, according to the latest Gartner research, IT Infrastructure Automation Tools ranked number one as the top Initiative for Increased Investment in 2018. 71% of I&O leaders surveyed reported that they have plans to increase investment in these tools in the coming year, and Gartner listed the major benefit of these automation tools as reduced costs from standardizing infrastructure, automation workflows, and scripts. IT Automation tools are critical in achieving business agility —and it’s time we address the misconceptions that accompany it.

While the research on automation is prevalent and the benefits are proven, there are still many misconceptions surrounding the topic, the biggest of these being that all automation can provide the same value. This misconception stems from the idea that all automation is alike and results in the same benefits, an idea that can quickly turn your IT environment from average, to a tangled, complex, slow, mess.

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Grow Your IoT Strategy: Gartner's 5 Steps to Defining Your Approach

By Caroline Boyland on Wed, Aug 09, 2017 @ 11:08 AM

The Internet of Things

Have you developed your IoT strategy? The IoT (Internet of Things) refers to the massive network of devices around the world, characterized by their "smart abilities." These are devices accessorized with data-consuming and data-producing sensors that allow them to communicate with one another and with users. Perhaps the most commonly known and one of the earliest examples of an IoT connected device, is the smart phone. However, the smart phone is no longer lonely in the IoT universe, as now just about every device, from washing machines, to medical instruments, to cars, can be made "smart". The amount of devices continues to grow, as IoT innovators are constantly creating new and exciting ways for data to be transferred. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2020, the amount of globally connected things will reach over 20 billion. The IoT doesn't come easy though, as many organizations are facing difficulties with their IoT implementation and management. However, with the growing popularity of the IoT, it is imperative that businesses find a way to jumpstart their IoT implementation and overcome the potential struggles that they may face along the way.

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APIs: The MVP of the IoT

By Caroline Boyland on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 11:07 AM

Last November, Gartner looked towards the future and predicted that in 2016, 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide. Today is that future. Around us right now, billions of connected things are speaking to each other, passing data, and keeping our lives efficient and modern. From the things we wear (our smart watches, our fitness trackers), to the perks that make our lives easier (our navigation systems, our smart thermostats and lighting systems) to the places we shop (think pharmacy mobile photo printing, mobile coupons based upon buying preferences) the IoT is already heavily integrated into our lives. Think about all of these connections in our lives today—and now multiply those connections by four. Gartner reports that by 2020, the amount of connected things is expected to rise to 25 billion. What I&O leaders need to know is what is enabling all of these connections and how organizations and businesses are expected to keep up with the growth and manage these links.

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3 Ways Financial Organizations Can Reduce Costs with IT Automation

By Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, May 26, 2015 @ 10:05 AM

Technology is changing the way business is done in virtually every industry. One industry we particularly see this in is the financial sector. Technological advances like digital check cashing, mobile apps, and biometric security are rapidly driving business change. As a result, financial organizations are adapting to this change by reassessing their IT strategy and increasing spending in areas like mobile banking and data analytics. According to a recent study by research firm Ovum, US banks will spend 4.3% more on IT than they did in 2014.

Despite this increase in spending, organizations still have to worry about the basic costs of keeping the lights on and running the IT infrastructure behind the scenes. This is getting harder to do as the gap between the number of technologies IT has to manage and IT staffing levels grows wider. Workload automation serves as the key component in the middle, helping business adapt to technological change while reducing operational costs and enabling more agile, reliable operations. 

Here are 3 Ways Financial Orgnizations Can Reduce Costs with IT Automation:

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Five Workload Automation Predictions for 2015

By Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Dec 09, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

2014 has been another year of growth and change for the workload automation industry. As the industry continues to evolve and mature, we are seeing workload automation becoming a key staple for most enterprises. According to leading technology analysts, 2015 promises to continue the trend of digitalizing business. From cloud computing and big data analytics to the Internet of Things, digitalization is expanding into every corner of our business and personal lives.

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How Is Workload Automation Being Used?

By Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Oct 07, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

In a relatively short time, workload automation has evolved from static job scheduling to a fully architectural solution that spans the breadth of IT Operations. Now, modern automation solutions are swiftly making themselves a valuable resource in today’s emerging areas such as DevOps, cloud computing, and Big Data. 

In an effort to measure how top IT decision makers view the changing role of workload automation software in their organizations, Advanced Systems Concepts conducted a survey of CIOs and other IT decision makers at over 100 of the top companies in the United States. Our findings show:

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