Silos, SQL Server, and Freeing Your Data with IT Automation

By Brian McHugh on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 @ 07:09 AM

It’s hard to imagine a world without Microsoft. The tech giant has not only given us .NET and PowerShell, but also SQL Server, Dynamics AX, Azure….

With Microsoft offering a complete, vertical stack, IT teams have been able to develop solutions to a wide range of problems without having to leave the powerful Microsoft universe. So much so, that Microsoft is sometimes regarded as a territory not worth leaving.

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U.S. Customs Systems Shutdown

By Caroline Boyland on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 @ 11:01 AM

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 among 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.

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Gartner’s Systematic Approach to IT Automation: Part 2

By Colin Beasty on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 @ 07:12 AM

Gartner's Data Center Conference

Last week Gartner VP and distinguished analyst Ronni Colville gave a presentation at Gartner's Data Center Conference entitled Automation: The Linchpin for Cloud & Data Centers. In it, she presented the concept that IT organizations are taking an “opportunistic” approach to automation by identifying automation opportunities as they arise and implementing platform-specific tools to solve those problems. It was a similar presentation to the one Colville gave at the Gartner Infrastructure and Operations Conference in June, so I won’t repeat the information already talked about in the first post, but rather focus on the new concepts and interesting poll results Colville presented last week.

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