Workload Automation as a Pathway to Bimodal IT

By Frank Melchiorre on Tue, May 15, 2018 @ 12:05 PM

Gartner IT Operations, Strategies & Solutions Summit this week focuses on a spectrum of topics related to Bimodal IT. One, however, will be of particular interest to IT leaders: how to deploy, integrate, and simultaneously operate both aspects of the Bimodal IT system.

Bimodal IT, as many in the industry are aware, is Gartner’s prescription for IT success. The market research firm recommends two separate, yet complementary disciplines for meeting the needs of today’s IT —Mode 1, concerned with optimizing tasks that are predictable and well-understood, is typically focused on operations; Mode 2, more aligned with development, is an exploratory style of work emphasizing speed and agility to solve new problems. Pursued as a joint strategy, these two modes accommodate the growing array of challenges that can stifle IT performance.

The advantages of Bimodal IT have inspired tens of thousands of enterprises to make it their fundamental IT strategy. Moving to a new organizational paradigm, however, is never easy — even when it’s as productive as Bimodal IT.
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The Best IT Automation Tools for IT Agility

By Caroline Boyland on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 13:02 PM

IT Automation Tools Are Not Created Equal

2018 is well underway, and automation is top of mind for business and IT professionals in every industry. In fact, according to the latest Gartner research, IT Infrastructure Automation Tools ranked number one as the top Initiative for Increased Investment in 2018. 71% of I&O leaders surveyed reported that they have plans to increase investment in these tools in the coming year, and Gartner listed the major benefit of these automation tools as reduced costs from standardizing infrastructure, automation workflows, and scripts. IT Automation tools are critical in achieving business agility —and it’s time we address the misconceptions that accompany it.

While the research on automation is prevalent and the benefits are proven, there are still many misconceptions surrounding the topic, the biggest of these being that all automation can provide the same value. This misconception stems from the idea that all automation is alike and results in the same benefits, an idea that can quickly turn your IT environment from average, to a tangled, complex, slow, mess.

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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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Best Tools for Managed File Transfer Automation

By Frank Melchiorre on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 @ 10:11 AM

Managed File Transfers

In our information-based economy, organizations depend on the effective flow of information from both within and to the outside of the company. The qualification of effectiveness involves and includes success in key areas such as security, reliability, and timeliness of such processes.

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Gartner: IT Technology Procurement Must Transform in 2018

By Caroline Boyland on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 @ 10:11 AM

Transforming Your Approach to Technology Procurement

With 2017 coming to a close, Gartner has begun releasing predictions for 2018. This month, they published new research focusing on the role of technology procurement teams. CEOs, CIOs, CMOs, CTOs, and other CxOs must transform their approach to technology procurement to stay competitive in the age of digitalization.

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Take Your PowerShell Scripts to the Next Level

By Caroline Boyland on Fri, Aug 25, 2017 @ 09:08 AM

Almost another year has passed, and once again PowerShell has claimed the title for the ultimate scripting language of automation. PowerShell is the most popular scripting framework for Microsoft products and continues to grow in popularity due to its ability to evolve and integrate with other applications. PowerShell works with a variety of key Microsoft services and components, and the recent open source debut of PowerShell that enables the crossover of PowerShell scripts between platforms like Linux and OS X is just one example of how the product is evolving to stay competitive. Over the past 11 years, PowerShell has grown into the scripting language of choice for IT, and what most IT teams don’t know is that there is a way for them to not only improve productivity, but to drastically enhance their existing PowerShell scripts.

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Grow Your IoT Strategy: Gartner's 5 Steps to Defining Your Approach

By Caroline Boyland on Wed, Aug 09, 2017 @ 11:08 AM

The Internet of Things

Have you developed your IoT strategy? The IoT (Internet of Things) refers to the massive network of devices around the world, characterized by their "smart abilities." These are devices accessorized with data-consuming and data-producing sensors that allow them to communicate with one another and with users. Perhaps the most commonly known and one of the earliest examples of an IoT connected device, is the smart phone. However, the smart phone is no longer lonely in the IoT universe, as now just about every device, from washing machines, to medical instruments, to cars, can be made "smart". The amount of devices continues to grow, as IoT innovators are constantly creating new and exciting ways for data to be transferred. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2020, the amount of globally connected things will reach over 20 billion. The IoT doesn't come easy though, as many organizations are facing difficulties with their IoT implementation and management. However, with the growing popularity of the IoT, it is imperative that businesses find a way to jumpstart their IoT implementation and overcome the potential struggles that they may face along the way.

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Gartner Data Center 2016: #changeisthegame

By Caroline Boyland on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 @ 11:12 AM

Earlier this month, we attended Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference. We spoke with hundreds of attendees and had the opportunity to attend many motivating and exciting sessions. One session that we found particularly thought-provoking, the Gartner Keynote, Applications and Infrastructure and Operations: When Worlds Collide, focused on the idea of change in organizations—mainly changes occurring in the form of bimodal approaches and DevOps initiatives. The keynote utilized the hashtag #changeisthegame to stimulate conversations on social media about the session, and this inspired us to talk about the importance of DevOps in today’s organizations and highlight the key role that automation can play in these initiatives.  

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