IT Automation Explained

By The IT Automation Editorial Staff on Wed, Feb 27, 2019 @ 08:02 AM


IT Automation offers a wide variety of tools, practices, and capabilities. It’s also a rapidly evolving field driven by continuous advancements in digital technology.

In this post, we'll discuss what defines IT Automation, what IT Automation is used for, and why it has become increasingly important as organizations strive for digital growth. We'll also cover the major categories of IT Automation, discuss common automation strategies, and take a close look at the major trends shaping the impact IT Automation is having today.

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Too Many IT Automation and Scheduling Tools?

By Brian McHugh on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 @ 08:12 AM



IT teams are automating faster than ever. But without a coherent strategy, automation loses its power.

Automation in IT

In a recent study by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), 56% of respondents reported having “too many scheduling and automation tools in place.”

This statistic isn’t too surprising, but as the study continues, it becomes part of a paradox.

It turns out that 75% of the study’s participants (56% of whom have too many automation tools) have recently purchased new automation tools and are likely to agree (strongly) with the assertion that “the need for automation is growing”.

Which means that the study’s participants —automation veterans from large companies— have recently procured new automation tools, believing they need more automation, yet simultaneously believe that they have too many automation tools.

This would hurt even Watson’s head.

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Digital Transformation Has 3 Key Requirements for IT

By Brian McHugh on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 07:10 AM

Enterprise Automation and Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is a necessity for businesses and organizations in a variety of industries. If a business in today’s landscape isn’t benefiting from digital transformation, chances are their competition is. Which is why the “How?” behind digital transformation has become such a pressing issue for IT and business leaders.

In the webinar, “3 Essential Keys to Redefining IT Automation for Digital Business Success,” hosted by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), Dan Twing, President and COO of EMA, and Ben Rosenberg, President of Advanced Systems Concepts, Inc. (ASCI), discussed the major steps, milestones, and hurdles faced by businesses pursuing digital transformation.

The major theme of their discussion was speed: If IT wants to drive business growth, then IT must operate at the pace of business. Businesses today require agility, innovation, and speed, and IT teams need to implement processes and infrastructure capable of achieving similar velocity.

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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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The Everything Strategy: The 5 Essentials of Effective Automation

By Frank Melchiorre on Wed, Aug 01, 2018 @ 10:08 AM

Data without insight has little value. That's why we have Data Warehouse professionals to turn those zeroes and ones into actionable insight that helps organizations make better decisions, earn new customers, identify new opportunities, and turn existing customers into ambassadors for their companies’ products, services, and brands.

But there is intense pressure to innovate faster than the competition. Coupled with the difficulty of finding and retaining properly-trained IT staff, initiating digital transformation takes a secondary role to putting out the fires and surviving.

You can adapt to the changes, or risk being left behind. Automation can help; although, while most organizations have some automated processes in place, few have an automation strategy.

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Data Warehouses: Where Workload Automation Really Shines

By Katti Wolfe on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 @ 10:06 AM

Data centers are exceedingly busy places. In many centers it’s not unusual for hundreds of data warehousing processes, involving millions of rows of data, to be executed every day. Add in the difficulties presented by the shortage of qualified IT personnel—a situation caused by the rate of growth in IT computing resources, budgets not keeping pace with the rate of growth, and skilled IT resources being harder to find and retain—and you have the formula for a stressful environment.

The answer to gaining data warehouse control and visibility is automation—and here’s why. Today’s intelligent automation platforms have the power and flexibility to handle virtually any data warehouse operation, regardless of complexity. The tested logic and drag-and-drop convenience of Workload Automation solutions allow staff to design, build, implement, and monitor workflows faster, more reliably, and with less custom scripting.

Let’s look at the positive impact of Workload Automation on data warehouse operations as experienced by actual users:

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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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Self-Service Automation Can Renovate Your Organization

By Caroline Boyland on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 @ 11:09 AM

What is Self-Service Automation?

Self-service automation has become a major buzzword in the IT community; it is changing the way organizations work and the way people do their jobs. Taking a self-service approach to IT Automation offers countless benefits to individuals and to the organization as a whole, for example:

  1. IT departments and end-users will both experience time savings and increased efficiency.
  2. Non-IT users will be able to resolve problems and get up-to-date information without the ongoing help of IT, improving time to insight and facilitating a better partnership between IT and the end-user.
  3. Organizations will see an overall improvement in productivity.
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