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.