At Gartner Symposium/ITxpo this year, one reoccurring theme that seemed to circulate through many of the sessions was the idea of Digital Transformation. In a Wall Street Journal interview session that I attended at the conference, Gerri Martin-Flickinger, CTO of Starbucks, defined Digital Transformation as the connection and orchestration of systems, data, and processes to enhance the user experience. When many of us think business transformation, we think about business processes and how the CEO, COO, and CFO may navigate the organization through such a transition. IT is rarely thought of as at the forefront of driving transformation in the organization, but with the right tools and expertise, IT has the potential drive innovation and guide your organization to a total Digital Transformation.
Almost another year has passed, and once again PowerShell has claimed the title for the ultimate scripting language of automation. PowerShell is the most popular scripting framework for Microsoft products and continues to grow in popularity due to its ability to evolve and integrate with other applications. PowerShell works with a variety of key Microsoft services and components, and the recent open source debut of PowerShell that enables the crossover of PowerShell scripts between platforms like Linux and OS X is just one example of how the product is evolving to stay competitive. Over the past 11 years, PowerShell has grown into the scripting language of choice for IT, and what most IT teams don’t know is that there is a way for them to not only improve productivity, but to drastically enhance their existing PowerShell scripts.
Monday night, thousands of travelers in airports across the United States were stuck for hours, due to a technical glitch that affected U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). A nationwide system shutdown from the hours of 5 pm to 9 pm plagued airports in Miami, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Fort Lauderdale and more, lining up fliers and forcing them to wait anywhere from thirty minutes to a few hours. This of course caused massive frustration amongst both airline employees and travelers alike. Many people were angered and shocked that in today’s uber-digital day and age, technical hiccups like these can still wreak so much havoc and have such a widespread impact. Security is a major theme in the IT industry today--but many IT and tech users are focusing all of their energy on protecting their systems from digital hackers, and failing to protect their systems from the unpredictable danger of technology malfunctions.
A lot of times in work (and in life), it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day mechanical tasks, without ever really thinking about the big picture.
Especially in IT, with so many different technologies and projects, it can feel like a constant cycle of putting out fires and moving from one task to another just to stay afloat.
Imagine you just moved into a new home, it’s the beautiful home you always dreamed about, but with one problem -- it’s what you would call a fixer upper. Now I’m sure that you (and your wallet) cringe at the idea of home improvement and renovating, and as a homeowner you are faced with many options as to where to begin.
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.
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.