3 Key Benefits of Using Workload Automation Software to Manage SLAs

By Caroline Boyland on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:12 AM


IT professionals often ask us how they can bring workload automation closer to the business, particularly when it comes to Service Level Agreements, or SLAs for short. While reliable workload automation performance is essential for most organizations today, many organizations often struggle with a way to proactively manage workloads tied to SLAs

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Improving Month-End Close with IT Automation

By Kaitlin Olcott on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

Financial closing is one of the most labor and time intensive tasks for the Finance department. Around month-end close, you’ll see Finance bracing themselves for the long days to come spent on ensuring financial statements are accurate, reconciling discrepancies, and creating reports. And when errors happen or the process is delayed, it comes at a heavy cost to the business.

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SAP Processes: Making the Case for Enterprise Automation

By Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Oct 01, 2015 @ 10:10 AM

With the amount of data flowing in and out of various applications, databases, and systems, organizations today require a single, unified system to provide reliable and accessible data for individuals at all levels of the organization. And with the changes that are being brought about with IoT and big data, the importance of fast, reliable, and secure data processing is more important than ever.

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Learning from the NYSE, United Outages: A Case for Automation & Change Management

By Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 @ 09:07 AM

Betweenthe hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. last Wednesday, July 18th, a rare event unfolded at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) - the largest stock exchange in the world shut down, bringing all trading to a stymied halt and leaving traders on the floor helpless until the NYSE reopened just an hour before the closing bell sounded. On the same day, the Wall Street Journal’s website went down due to technical difficulties and United Airlines grounded all flights across the U.S. for nearly two hours, resulting in travel delays, cancellations, and even hand-writing tickets for passengers at multiple airports.

The inconspicuous culprit behind these costly halts: computer glitches.
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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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IT Automation Can Mitigate Risk in the Data Center

By Colin Beasty on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 @ 08:01 AM

Last month I had the pleasure seeing Don Duet, Co-Head of the Technology Division at Goldman Sachs, give a keynote presentation at the Gartner Data Center conference regarding the company’s data center strategy. As the global investment firm looks to commoditize an array of new digitalized services and products to its multinational workforce, the data center is being asked to increase agility while mitigating risk in the fluid, and sometimes volatile, world of investment banking.

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Turkiye Finans Builds an "Architectural" IT Automation Solution

By Colin Beasty on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 @ 08:03 AM

We had the pleasure this week of speaking with a long standing customer for an update about their implementation. Turkiye Finans has been an ActiveBatch user since 2009 and Mucahit Yavuz, IT Operations Manager at Turkiye Finans, has been part of the ActiveBatch project from the beginning.

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RBS IT Failure: The Drive Towards IT Efficiency Can't Come At The Cost of Intelligent Automation

By Colin Beasty on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 @ 14:08 PM

The Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) IT failure was one of the most highly publicized IT failures this year, underscoring the increasing dependence that financial service institutions, and other industries, are placing on their respective IT organizations. Some, including the bank’s CEO, have blamed the failure on the need to dedicate more resources to maintaining and updating the legacy systems and applications that so many of the bank’s critical processes have become dependent on.

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