Workload Automation vs. Robotic Process Automation

By Brian McHugh on Thu, Jan 24, 2019 @ 08:01 AM

WLA or RPA: What’s the Difference?

Workload Automation and Robotic Process Automation are two technologies commonly used in IT to automate IT and business processes. Both make workflows more efficient, lower overhead costs, and allay the strain of the IT Skills Gap. Both automate repetitive, time-consuming tasks.

So how are they different?

First, let’s find out what these technologies are capable of.

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Self-Service Automation Can Renovate Your Organization

By Caroline Boyland on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 @ 11:09 AM

What is Self-Service Automation?

Self-service automation has become a major buzzword in the IT community; it is changing the way organizations work and the way people do their jobs. Taking a self-service approach to IT Automation offers countless benefits to individuals and to the organization as a whole, for example:

  1. IT departments and end-users will both experience time savings and increased efficiency.
  2. Non-IT users will be able to resolve problems and get up-to-date information without the ongoing help of IT, improving time to insight and facilitating a better partnership between IT and the end-user.
  3. Organizations will see an overall improvement in productivity.
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Five IT Automation Predictions for 2014

By Colin Beasty on Tue, Dec 03, 2013 @ 08:12 AM

In the past twelve months we continue to witness the evolution of IT into something bigger, faster and more adaptable than we could have ever imagined. IT automation is no exception to this rule and will continue to become more nimble in order to satisfy the accelerating pace of business and the resulting demands of IT. Workload automation vendors will continue to respond to these demands in 2014. Here are the top 5 trends we see reshaping our marketplace:

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An Architectural Approach to IT Automation

By Colin Beasty on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 @ 10:02 AM

Elemental Automation for IT

Recent discussions with customers and industry analysts uncovered a common theme or notion pertaining to the approach organizations are taking, or failing to take, when it comes to implementing an IT automation strategy.

Too often, IT organizations take what we’d call an “elemental” approach to IT automation. They identify a “point” problem and solve it with a “point” solution. For example, a DBA needs to automate database backups or a developer requires automation of repetitive and time-consuming FTP tasks. The result is a “point” solution is implemented, e.g. writing a script, Windows Task Scheduler, Cron, SQL Server Agent, a tool for automating FTPs, etc. This same concept extends to process types as well, such as implementing an automation tool for runbook automation, a job scheduler to fulfill batch processing requirements or a solution for the DBA looking to automate datacenter tasks.  

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The Real-Time Enterprise and Intelligent Automation: 2013 Workload Automation Predictions

By Colin Beasty on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 @ 11:12 AM

Fluidity is the new mantra in workload automation. Management demands, data sources, SLA requirements, computing infrastructure—everything attached to IT is turning more flexible, more diverse and more nimble in order to satisfy the accelerating pace of business. At the center of it all, job scheduling and workload automation is becoming more important than at any time in the last 30 years.  In the past twelve months we’ve witnessed the continued evolution of business IT into something faster, bigger, and more adaptable than we could have imagined even a few short years ago. Workload automation technology is responding with new solutions that will be increasingly visible in 2013 and beyond. These are the key trends we’ve identified that are re-shaping the segment:  

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Automation Self-Service?

By Colin Beasty on Mon, Jul 16, 2012 @ 16:07 PM

It’s always nice to see a customer who’s putting what the Forrester and Gartner’s of the world are touting into practice. Admittedly, vendors like ourselves can enhance our offerings with new capabilities faster than customers can sometimes digest, and workload automation is no exception.

But that’s not the case with one ActiveBatch customer I spoke with this afternoon, a large cellular infrastructure provider that builds and rents space on cell phone towers across North and Central America. This company is using workload automation to automate a myriad of accounting and banking processes for nearly 2,000 vendors that support its cellular towers. This can include customers who rent space on individual towers to power companies that provide the electricity to those same towers.

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