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Self-Service Automation – What’s Good for End Users is Great for IT Operations

What is Self-Service Automation? Self-service automation describes the practice of connecting self-service to other business processes and platforms through a workload automation solution, or empowering end-users with a self-service portal to run preconfigured jobs and processes through an enterprise job scheduling solution. According to Forrester, 70% of customers would prefer to use a company’s website Read More


Gearing Up for Legacy Scheduler Migration

The migration process from legacy job scheduler to workload automation solution can seem daunting at first. By understanding the potential benefits and costs of each method, you will be better able to choose a migration path that fits your needs. Note that if you are consolidating multiple legacy schedulers you will need to select the Read More


Always On – How Workload Automation Supports Business Continuity

Centralized workload automation provides considerable value to businesses that strive to be “always on”. Designing resilient IT environments with year-round, 24/7 availability, helps meet customer demand for continuous access to applications and information. Centralized workload automation aligns well with new standards of “Business Continuity” because it ensures that mission-critical functions continue both during and after Read More


Reduce your ‘Attack Surface’ with Automation

Security is without a doubt one of the primary concerns in IT today. The added security provided by implementing a comprehensive automation strategy is often overlooked and underestimated, since the security benefits of automation are typically overshadowed by the more obvious benefits such as increased efficiency and reduction in human error. Human error can occur Read More



Automation is Captured Knowledge – Part 3

In my final post on this subject I will talk about what is probably the least discussed organizational IT asset – Informal Knowledge. Informal Knowledge is the knowledge that is held by members of an organization (and sometimes by partners or customers of the organization) that could be of benefit to that organization. This knowledge Read More


Automation Is Captured Knowledge – Part 2

In part 1 of this series I mentioned the two types of knowledge that exist within the IT realm at any organization – Formal Knowledge and Informal Knowledge. Here I will be discussing Formal Knowledge and in Part 3 of this series I will talk about Informal Knowledge. One of the definitions of knowledge is Read More


Automation Is Captured Knowledge – Part 1

Sometimes phrases or sentences simply resonate with you – they capture your attention when you hear them and you find yourself thinking about them long after you first heard them. Maybe it is because they were so outrageous that you can’t quite believe that someone just said that, or maybe it is because they got Read More


Automating Virtual Machines (White Paper)

Is Your VM Running? While it may sound like the start of a joke, there’s nothing funny about burning company cash on unused VM cycles – especially when your big data jobs require VMs with substantial resources. Adding dependencies and advanced scheduling logic to VM jobs produces real, measurable cost savings. Workload Automation is the Read More


Workload Automation Jargon

Workload Automation terms have gone largely unchecked over the last few years. What was once simply referred to as “batch processing” has now evolved (or devolved) into a multitude of terms such as “application automation”, “runbook automation”, “resource automation”, and more. What are the differences? Largely, there are none! Whether you’re running Hadoop shell or Read More