AWS Marketplace: New Options for IT Automation Environments

By Brian McHugh on Thu, Jul 11, 2019 @ 09:07 AM

Organizations are running more workloads in the cloud than ever before, driven by dynamic business needs and unpredictable requirements. But cloud-based IT Automation resources —just like on-premises resources— often require costly installations.

IT Automation in the Cloud

In order to meet the growing demand for dynamic, flexible resources, IT Automation providers are listing more offerings in cloud marketplaces (such as AWS or Azure) than ever before. This is great for IT.

Obtaining IT Automation resources through a cloud marketplace means IT doesn’t have to spend time on installations, justify new perpetual licenses, or plan for new maintenance requirements, allowing IT to quickly procure new job schedulers and execution agents as needed, without making long-term commitments to the vendor.

This makes it easier for IT to create dynamic, hybrid environments that integrate, coordinate, and automate processes across disparate infrastructure resources, from a single point of control.

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Workload Automation Trends From Gartner & EMA

By Caroline Boyland on Thu, Jun 06, 2019 @ 13:06 PM

Industry analysts like Gartner and Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) have spoken, and if you’re not yet using Workload Automation (or you’re not using it to its full potential) you will fall behind the competition. The benefits of Workload Automation span every department in the organization, and if the right solution is properly leveraged, it can make a huge business impact.

Here are the 3 reasons why business and IT success rely on a strong Workload Automation solution.

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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 Calls for More Automation: Should IT Go Low-Code?

By Brian McHugh on Mon, May 20, 2019 @ 08:05 AM

Gartner’s “2019 Planning Guide Overview: Architecting Your Digital Ecosystem” calls for more automation as it lays out the primary trends IT must contend with.

Complexity is a growing problem for IT. Digital technologies are rapidly evolving, market demands are more dynamic than ever, and IT’s role within the organization continues to transform.

This has caused “increasingly complex technology ecosystems” that are more decentralized and distributed, making it difficult for IT to develop cohesive management and monitoring strategies.

According to Paul DeBeasi and Kirk Knoernschild, the analysts behind Gartner’s 2019 digital ecosystem guide, there are several major trends increasing pressure on IT, including:

  • Data and analytics
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Cloud computing
  • The Internet of Things
  • Digital transformation

In order for IT to stay ahead of business demands, IT needs to be the driving force behind the organization’s digital agenda, which means first laying the foundation for IT’s own digital transformation. On this point, the Gartner analysts are clear: That foundation must include automation.

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How to Improve Cloud Resource Management

By Brian McHugh on Mon, Dec 03, 2018 @ 08:12 AM

Cloud Computing: It's like having an overdue book charge at the library, for $15,000.
     

Common Cloud Computing Issues

Cloud computing offers amazing benefits for IT. Its variable, pay-as-you-go structure allows IT organizations to contract only those computing resources needed for specific tasks, at the exact time they’re needed.

The same pricing scheme that provides incredible efficiency, however, can be remarkably inefficient if not monitored. Because virtual and cloud computing resources are “invisible,” they can often be overlooked or forgotten when a job is completed. Yet the meter for these resources is still running. Like a library book that isn’t returned, the cost keeps rising; one IT director recently noted at an industry conference that her organization incurred $15,000 in unnecessary operational expense in a single month, simply because its public cloud resources weren’t “returned” after use.

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4 Cloud Management Issues Workload Automation Can Solve

By Brian McHugh on Thu, Nov 01, 2018 @ 07:11 AM

Workload Automation Offers A Simplified Cloud Management Strategy

The use of cloud resources has proliferated in the last 10 years as businesses and IT teams have sought agile, scalable computing resources to meet the rising needs of digitalization. Today, 92% of businesses manage workloads in either a private- or public-cloud environment, according to recent research from Enterprise Management Associates (EMA).

Despite how well-established cloud computing has become, businesses still find themselves navigating a few unavoidable cloud-management dilemmas. Cloud technology is quickly changing (Microsoft Ignite featured a slew of Azure announcements) and IT teams are still ironing-out best practices and policies to manage these evolving environments.

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Microsoft Ignite 2016: Here's What You Missed

By Caroline Boyland on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 @ 10:11 AM

In September of 2016, we had the pleasure of attending Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta, Georgia. We spoke with hundreds of attendees who were looking for the next big thing to enhance their IT operations. The keynote presentation focused on everything new and exciting on Microsoft’s end, and the attendees were eager to learn how to incorporate automation into their Microsoft IT processes. Some hot topics that were discussed at Ignite were PowerShell, SharePoint, and Azure automation. Let’s take a closer look into the way automation played into these conversations:

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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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