Microsoft Ignite: Edge Computing and IoT to be a Revolution

By Brian McHugh on Tue, Oct 02, 2018 @ 08:10 AM

Microsoft held its annual Ignite conference last week, drawing over 30,000 developers and IT professionals to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Key Points

  1. Microsoft is focused on establishing a future for AI by ensuring that edge connectivity and cloud computing are secure and widely available.
  2. The three themes of Microsoft Ignite 2018 were Security, AI & Big Data, and IoT & Edge Computing.
  3. Microsoft is partnering with SAP and Adobe to deliver the Open Data Initiative.

While Microsoft had a list of exciting product announcements, speeches, and sessions throughout the week (ICYMI, they’re available online), the keynote address given by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and the context his keynote added to the conference, is getting much of the post-conference attention.

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Silos, SQL Server, and Freeing Your Data with IT Automation

By Brian McHugh on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 @ 07:09 AM

It’s hard to imagine a world without Microsoft. The tech giant has not only given us .NET and PowerShell, but also SQL Server, Dynamics AX, Azure….

With Microsoft offering a complete, vertical stack, IT teams have been able to develop solutions to a wide range of problems without having to leave the powerful Microsoft universe. So much so, that Microsoft is sometimes regarded as a territory not worth leaving.

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Top 5 IT Automation Resources You May Have Missed

By Caroline Boyland on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 @ 15:12 PM

In 2017, IT teams everywhere were looking to automation tools to keep pace with the rapid rate of industry change. From increasing IT agility, to driving digital business success, IT automation can help you reach your goals. In honor of the new year, we've rounded up our top 5 automation resources of 2017, guaranteed to help you understand how an IT automation solution will bring value to your organization.

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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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Turkiye Finans Builds an "Architectural" IT Automation Solution

By Colin Beasty on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 @ 08:03 AM

Architectural Automation with ActiveBatch

We had the pleasure this week of speaking with a long standing customer for an update about their implementation. Turkiye Finans has been an ActiveBatch user since 2009 and Mucahit Yavuz, IT Operations Manager at Turkiye Finans, has been part of the ActiveBatch project from the beginning.

The conversation underscored a number of points, but most importantly, Turkiye Finans’ implementation of ActiveBatch highlights a strategy we mentioned in our previous post: taking a phased approach where singular processes were identified and automated, then complimentary processes and technologies have been added to the implementation, building an “architectural” IT automation solution.

For Turkiye Finans, it started with a common pain point: a collection of disparate, “point” scheduling tools and scripts, in this case an assortment of PowerShell scripts executed via Windows Task Scheduler and SQL Server Agent, .NET Assemblies and Web Services. This loosely cobbled together collection of tools represented the foundation for the automation of many of the bank’s key business processes, including updating of customer accounts, bill payments and transaction processes.

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