Automation 101 for Energy Companies

By Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 09:05 AM


One of the hardest things about implementing an automation solution is figuring out how to start. Should IT departments target the most time-consuming manual processes or should they go after smaller tasks that turn into quick wins? After years of working with hundreds of companies in various industries to fine-tune their automation strategy, we’ve gained insight into key processes that can benefit from an automation solution.

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11 Ways to Get More Out of Your Next Conference

By Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, May 03, 2016 @ 09:05 AM


People attend business conferences for a variety of reasons. Some go to learn more about their particular specialty, some go for the networking opportunities, and others go simply because their company bought them tickets and they have to. Conferences can often be stressful events with an overwhelming amount of information, awkward social events, and bad boxed lunches. But they can also be great learning and networking events where you get a lot of great information and make connections with industry leaders and peers. Plus, sometimes the food is actually good.

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Automation Survey Results: #1 Challenge Facing IT is Changes in IT Infrastructure

By Frank Melchiorre on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 @ 09:04 AM

This past January, Advanced Systems Concepts conducted its annual Insights Survey to identify and understand new and emerging trends in the field of Workload Automation. More than 400 IT professionals from the Americas, EMEA, and APAC responded, with 28% indicating they were in a C-level, directorial, or managerial role, 26% identifying as engineers, programmers, and developers, 17% as analysts, 11% as administrators, and 10% as architects, and 8% as "other".

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5 Tips for Planning Your Next Major Release

By Caroline Boyland on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 @ 09:04 AM

Launching a new upgrade is generally a stressful time for software companies. It can be very easy to forget some of the necessary steps or simply forget to communicate something to another department. Creating an effective plan is a key part of any release. 

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Getting to the Bottom of Bimodal IT

By Kaitlin Olcott on Fri, Feb 26, 2016 @ 09:02 AM

There is a lot of discussion around the concept of bimodal IT lately, but what exactly is it? Is it actually something new or is it one of those many things in the tech world that is something old with a new name? And what are they key components needed to adopt a bimodal approach?

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Automation on the Rise: Is It Time for the Chief Automation Officer?

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

The role of a Chief Automation Officer (CAO) for businesses was first espoused a few years ago as reporters, analysts, and automation vendors started to see the growing burden on the CIO and the need for more IT executive leadership positions. Here at the IT Automation Blog, we’ve considered the need for a CAO in previous blog posts and in conversations with automation users. Today, I want to revisit the idea of the CAO and see just how predictions about the rise of the CAO are shaping up with the reality of businesses’ organizational structure today. 

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Insights from Gartner ITXPO 2015: Analyzing the Top Barriers to Success as CIO

By Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 @ 15:10 PM

Just a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend Gartner’s Symposium/ITXPO in Orlando, Florida. ITXPO is always a great event filled with a lot of new ideas as well as a forum to speak with IT leaders about their views and experiences on current challenges and new technologies. This year, in particular, I noticed a significant overlap between what Gartner analysts were speaking about in sessions and the challenges and upcoming projects CIOs and IT Managers were talking about on the exhibit floor.

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Understanding the ROI of Workload Automation and Job Scheduling Software (Webinar)

By Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 @ 09:10 AM

If you're a regular reader of the IT Automation Blog, you've heard us talk numerous times about the benefits  and cost savings of automation. From saving more than 20 hours a week on billing processes to streamlining onboarding processes, organizations are relying heavily on automation and job scheduling software to improve IT agility and reduce the burden of time-consuming manual work.
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