Recapping 2016’s Gartner IT Operations Strategies and Solutions Summit

By Kaitlin Olcott on Wed, Jun 01, 2016 @ 09:06 AM


As the tech world turns its gaze on embracing digitalization and technology disruption, oftentimes the unsung heroes left out of the spotlight are IT Operations professionals. 

Earlier this month at Gartner’s IT Operations Strategies and Solutions Summit (IOSS) in National Harbor, Maryland, the spotlight was on IT Operations.

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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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Blueprint of a Workload Automation Solution (Infographic)

By Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 09:03 AM

Workload automation software is not a new concept for most businesses today. According to Gartner, most large organizations have more than three separate automation tools in their environment. An organization might have a network automation tool, an IT process automation tool, an application release automation tool, and an ETL management tool, all serving their own specific purpose, but also having a lot of overlap and redundancy between them.

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19 Things Every RFP for Workload Automation Software Should Include

By Kaitlin Olcott on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 09:12 AM

Writing an RFP for software and formalizing a list of specific requirements is a challenging task for most IT Professionals. Whether you have an existing solution in place and are looking to replace it or you are starting the search for a new solution, IT professionals not only have to look at present needs and how that software will fit into their existing environment, they also need to cast their gaze much further into the future to ensure the software they choose will have some staying power as technology and business needs change over time. 

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Addressing the IT Resources Gap

By Kaitlin Olcott on Sat, Sep 26, 2015 @ 10:09 AM

In a very short amount of time, computing resources have gone from very expensive and scarce to highly available and affordable. The number of different applications, technologies, and platforms in the modern IT environment has grown significantly as a result of the accelerating set of business requirements, digitalization, and more, but despite this exponential growth in computing resources, IT staffing has not kept pace. The need for IT people continues to expand and finding experienced IT people with the right skill set is harder than ever. The difference between the number of computing resources and IT staffing has resulted in a critical IT Resources Gap.

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Legacy Scheduler Migration Checklist (Infographic)

By Kaitlin Olcott on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 09:07 AM

Over the past couple of months on the IT Automation Blog we’ve talked about the benefits of migrating from a legacy job scheduler to a modern workload automation solution like ActiveBatch. For anyone looking to take the next steps, this Legacy Scheduler Migration Checklist Infographic is a good resource to help you start planning out your migration strategy.

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3 Successful Strategies for Migrating from a Legacy Scheduler to a Modern Workload Automation Solution

By Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 @ 09:06 AM

Deciding to migrate from your legacy scheduler to a modern IT automation solution like ActiveBatch is a big decision. Your organization can go about the process in many ways, but the most successful migrations act upon strategies that will benefit your company and fulfill the specific needs of your organization. Here are 3 Strategies to Consider for a Successful Migration:

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10 Key Requirements for Workload Automation Software

By Kaitlin Olcott on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 09:02 AM

Workload automation software has evolved significantly from its origins as batch processing in early mainframe systems with rudimentary scheduling capabilities. As such, the requirements IT organizations need in automation software have changed.

Today, IT organizations are relying on automation as the unifying piece for IT and the business- providing greater interactivity for connecting people, applications, policies, and systems with a wide range of capabilities that allow users to automate more than ever before. This post seeks to provide an overview of the top 10 key requirements to look for when making the decision to implement an IT automation solution at your organization.

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