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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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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4 Top Trends in IT Automation for 2016

By Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Dec 01, 2015 @ 09:12 AM



As we start looking toward 2016, we see a lot of new and exciting changes on the horizon for workload automation. While automation has always been considered a core foundational piece for IT to manage the IT environments, we’re starting to see a shift as automation is becoming a core driver of innovation and agility for the business. So let’s take a look at what’s to come for workload automation in 2016:

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5 Things Hospitals Didn't Know They Could Automate

By Caroline Boyland on Tue, Jul 14, 2015 @ 10:07 AM

IT automation is changing the way hospitals and healthcare organizations look at business processes. With workload automation, hospitals are able to do things that they never thought possible. It is allowing them to save time, money, and resources with one consolidated approach. However, many hospitals and healthcare facilities are not aware of the extent of the capabilities that automation possesses. 

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IT Automation Doubles in Cloud, Virtual, Big Data Initiatives

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

IT Automation in the Cloud

Every year, Advanced Systems Concepts surveys ActiveBatch customers around the world to gain insight on how leading IT professionals are using IT automation and the value that automation is delivering to the business. This year’s survey, conducted in January 2015, showed that workload automation is quickly becoming a critical part ofcloud, virtual, big data, andonboardinginitiatives, with the use of automation for these initiatives expected to double or even triple in the future. 

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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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Managing Cloud Resources with Workload Automation

By Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 09:04 AM

Cloud computing is delivering a host of benefits to today’s organizations in the form of increased flexibility, accessibility, ease of deployment, and reduced costs.

According to a joint survey of 1,300 companies in the U.S. and U.K. by the Manchester Business School, Vanson Bourne, and Rackspace, 88 percent of cloud users reported costs savings and 56 percent of respondents said cloud services helped them boost profits. Additionally, 60 percent said cloud computing has reduced the need for their IT team to manage infrastructure.

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