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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IT Staffing Trends That You Can’t Afford To Ignore

By Caroline Boyland on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

This month, an article was published in Quartz revealing new insight into the world of IT staffing. Shocking statistics regarding college grads, computing jobs, and the future of IT got us thinking about the IT resources gap, and how organizations can combat the lack of comp sci. grads and still be successful in today’s ever-growing IT and business market.

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Predict the Unpredictable Part 2: In Light of this Week's United Airlines Outage

By Caroline Boyland on Sat, Jan 28, 2017 @ 14:01 PM

Earlier this month we published a blog post in regards to the U.S. Customs Outage. A nationwide system shutdown held up travelers across the United States, filling up airports with frustrated fliers who were unable to get where they were going due to these issues caused by a technical glitch.  We also linked to a blog post we published last year, when the New York Stock Exchange and United Airlines both experienced outages in the same day. We recommended that organizations “predict the unpredictable” by implementing an IT automation solution to protect them from potential technical flops. This blog post proved to be predictive in itself when this past Monday, United Airlines experienced yet another “IT issue” which forced them to cancel a dozen flights and delay many others—the outage in all affected over 200 flights.

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Predict the Unpredictable: Key Takeaways in the Aftermath of the U.S. Customs Outage

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 amongst 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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