Workload Automation: 2018 Predictions From Gartner & EMA

Tue, Jan 30, 2018 @ 10:01 AM

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Industry analysts like Gartner and Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) have spoken, and if you’re not yet using Workload Automation (or you’re not using it to its full potential) you will fall behind this year. The benefits of Workload Automation span every department in the organization, and if it’s the right solution, it can make a huge business impact. Here are the 3 reasons, according to Gartner and EMA, why you’ll need a strong Workload Automation solution in 2018.

1. Gartner, on Efficiency:

In Gartner’s 2017 Hype Cycle for I&O Automation, leading analyst Robert Naegle covers everything IT Workload Automation, from the definition, to different tools, to advice, to business impact. When it came to business impact, his claims are straightforward: “Workload Automation tools can help reduce the cost of operations by automating many manual processes, reducing redundancy, eliminating duplication and human errors, and by making systems more agile,” reported Naegle. In 2018, the pace of business and IT is continuously accelerating, digital transformations are well underway, and everyone is doing what they can to keep pace with industry and marketplace change. By eliminating duplication and human errors while making systems more agile, organizations can focus on higher level tasks. This increases efficiency and moves organizations forward faster.

2. EMA, on File Transfers:

Last month, EMA, a leading IT analyst firm, released their multidimensional analysis of the Workload Automation marketplace. Supported by data from an in-depth analysis of 14 vendors, Dan Twing, President and COO of EMA, compared and ranked leading Workload Automation solutions on solution impact and cost efficiency. The report states that “EMA believes that modern, enterprise-class Workload Automation tools are the most logical place to manage and control repetitive workflows, including file transfers.” The amount of data that needs to be encrypted, decrypted, transferred, and stored increases every day. Managing and controlling repetitive workflows such as file transfers ensures that this data is transferred reliably, securely, and timely. Managing File Transfers with a Workload Automation solution not only increases efficiency of file transfers, but increases productivity and reliability, improves integrations, and extends visibility and control over them.

3. EMA, on Cloud:

As the amount of data that needs to be processed continues to increase, more and more IT teams are turning to cloud computing to help manage their large workloads. Workload Automation plays a vital role in managing virtual and cloud resources and can mean the difference between successful, cost-efficient cloud computing, and hidden-cost ridden operations. A Workload Automation solution that offers automated provisioning and deprovisioning of virtual and cloud-based resources, based on both historical and predictive analytics, can introduce a form of machine learning into your cloud environment and help you optimize your resource usage. The EMA Radar Report commends ActiveBatch Workload Automation on its standout cloud features, such as Smart Queue and Managed Queue, and its prebuilt integrations with VMware, Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure, and System Center Virtual Machine Manger. The report states that these features and capabilities “make ActiveBatch a strong choice for anyone relying on hybrid or multi-cloud to optimize resource usage.” Implementing a Workload Automation solution can help control unwanted cloud costs in 2018 and can minimize the risk associated with cloud computing.

These are only a few examples of the ways IT organizations can leverage Workload Automation in 2018 to drive business value and digital transformation. 

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