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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The Biggest IT Automation Misconception

By Caroline Boyland on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 13:02 PM

2018 is well underway, and automation is top of mind for business and IT professionals in every industry. In fact, according to the latest Gartner research, IT Infrastructure Automation Tools ranked number one as the top Initiative for Increased Investment in 2018. 71% of I&O leaders surveyed reported that they have plans to increase investment in these tools in the coming year, and Gartner listed the major benefit of these automation tools as reduced costs from standardizing infrastructure, automation workflows, and scripts. Automation is a critical tool in achieving business agility—and it’s time we address the misconceptions that accompany it.

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2017 Roundup: Top 5 IT Automation Resources You May Have Missed

By Caroline Boyland on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 @ 15:12 PM

In 2017, IT teams everywhere were looking to automation tools to keep pace with the rapid rate of industry change. From increasing IT agility, to driving digital business success, IT automation can help you reach your goals. In honor of the new year, we've rounded up our top 5 automation resources of 2017, guaranteed to help you understand how an IT automation solution will bring value to your organization.

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Shift Left! Don't Fall Victim to This Common Mistake

By Caroline Boyland on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 @ 12:12 PM

IT is constantly facing barriers that are slowing them down and hindering them from achieving their goals. Traditional IT methods and processes are no longer able to keep pace with industry and organizational changes. Many IT teams are searching for new methods and solutions to combat potential pitfalls that may accompany such changes, but there is one common mistake IT needs to be aware of.

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Redefining IT Automation for Digital Business Success

By Dan Twing on Thu, Dec 07, 2017 @ 10:12 AM

Most businesses today are impacted by digitalization. Customers, trading partners, and employees want easy electronic communications, fast response, flexibility, and real-time information. However, to be truly positioned for digital business success, an organization must transform not only its business processes, but its underlying IT infrastructure as well. Digital business requires speed, agility, and strategy. Teams burdened with disconnected legacy tools and pockets of uncoordinated automation struggle to achieve speed and agility, and they lack the time for strategizing. 

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Optimize Your SQL Server Scheduling

By Caroline Boyland on Wed, Oct 25, 2017 @ 09:10 AM

Boundaries posed within Microsoft SQL Server may be decreasing your IT agility. Here is our list of the top 3 SQL Server automation issues that are slowing DBAs down:

  1. Scheduling capabilities within SQL Server Agent are limiting.
  2. There is no way to chain jobs and execute workflows across multiple SQL machines.
  3. SQL process need to communicate with the other applications and technologies within the IT environment.

If any of these issues sound like something that you or your IT team have commented on in the past, it may be time for you to learn how to both increase the power of SQL Server, and extend that power throughout your entire IT environment.

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Gartner ITxpo Reveals Ways That IT Can Drive Digital Transformation

By Caroline Boyland on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 @ 10:10 AM

At Gartner Symposium/ITxpo this year, one reoccurring theme that seemed to circulate through many of the sessions was the idea of Digital Transformation. In a Wall Street Journal interview session that I attended at the conference, Gerri Martin-Flickinger, CTO of Starbucks, defined Digital Transformation as the connection and orchestration of systems, data, and processes to enhance the user experience. When many of us think business transformation, we think about business processes and how the CEO, COO, and CFO may navigate the organization through such a transition. IT is rarely thought of as at the forefront of driving transformation in the organization, but with the right tools and expertise, IT has the potential drive innovation and guide your organization to a total Digital Transformation.

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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

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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