Credential Management for IT Automation? Here's Why It's Necessary.

By Editorial Staff on Tue, Jun 11, 2019 @ 09:06 AM

By the IT Automation Editorial Staff in conjunction with CyberArk

Do We Need Credential Management?

2.3 billion credentials were stolen in 2017, affecting a variety of industries, according to the 2018 Credential Spill Report.

How did hackers gain access to 2.3 billion accounts? Because, despite repeated warnings, organizations are not as careful with their passwords as they should be.

OpenVPN has found that a whopping 25% of US employees use the same password for each of their accounts —and to make matters worse, most of them don’t password-protect their devices.

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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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Is Your IT Automation Allowing You to Achieve Pervasive Integration?

By Caroline Boyland on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 @ 09:09 AM

A recent Gartner research study, titled How to Achieve Digital Business Excellence by Mastering Pervasive Integration, highlights the need for interconnections between business processes, on-premise & cloud/hybrid environments, IoT components, IT systems, and more. If organizations want to stay on top of dynamic business demands and remain aggressive in their industry, it is imperative that they implement a pervasive integration strategy into their business. An IT automation solution can be just what an organization needs to master this. In a new Case Study, we investigated D&H Distributing, a leading technology distributor of IT and electronics, on their use of automation to integrate disparate applications. With the right solution, D&H overcame integration obstacles by connecting different applications and systems throughout their business.

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Transforming Informatica with Workload Automation

By Frank Melchiorre on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 @ 15:06 PM

Handling the flow of growing amounts of messy data from multiple sources throughout the enterprise is a complex process. Whether moving transactional data so that it can be reported upon, migrating application data from old systems to new ones, or integrating data from external suppliers or partners, the reliable management of data streams can present a challenge to IT organizations. Because these movements of data can be scheduled on a regular basis or executed based on specific triggers, ETL and data warehousing processes inherently lend themselves to automation. IT automation brings a host of benefits to these processes including faster delivery times, improved productivity, reduced cost, decreased risk of error, and higher levels of data quality, among others. But the automation tools commonly available often don’t provide the flexibility that is needed for granular and end-to-end automation. For most organizations a different approach, a unified workload automation solution, is needed to achieve all the benefits that automation can provide.

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Why You Need Workload Automation for your Help Desk

By Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 09:06 AM



Self-Service Automation for the Help Desk

The phrase, “the only thing that is constant is change” certainly applies to the technology industry, and perhaps most appropriately to the IT Help Desk. IT Help Desk professionals have the unique challenge of facing new and different requests and issues nearly every day.

On top of that, the constant introduction of new technologies for end-users as well as new technologies and methodologies within Help Desk departments is another force of change that is driving increased pressure on IT departments.

For example, less than a decade ago, many Help Desks were using homegrown systems to deal with incident management or simply relying on email alerting and phone calls. Today, Help Desk professionals are using automated solutions like ServiceNow, System Center Service Manager, and others to more efficiently manage their IT ticketing and help systems.

More changes in the area of self-service and automation continue to arrive as Gartner predicts that in 2017, 54% of IT organizations will use IT self-service as an alternative method of contact to phone and email, up from 34% in 2014.

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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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Enterprise Automation for SAP Processes

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.

In response to this, IT organizations are increasingly relying on software that provides data management for improved decision-making. One of the most commonly used systems today for integrating business processes and data is SAP NetWeaver. NetWeaver is an application builder for integrating processes and databases from multiple sources.

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IT Automation for Data Warehousing Projects

By Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 10:08 AM

Data Overload is a Challenge

Data moves through organizations in a constant state, going from one individual, department, or office to the next. As new and different data sources like social media and wearables become part of the data pool that businesses collect and analyze for decision-making, data warehousing processes are becoming increasingly complex.

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