12 Things Enterprises Don’t Know They Can Automate

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 03-24-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Provision Dynamic Virtual/Cloud Systems
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    Provision Dynamic Virtual/Cloud Systems

    Just as a smart thermostat regulates temperatures, intelligent automation solutions can draw on booted-up machines when you need additional computing power. It can also power down machines during idle times, thereby saving resources.
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    Streamline Development and Operations
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    Streamline Development and Operations

    Automation can streamline DevOps processes to facilitate collaboration and shorten application release time by providing templates of job steps and reference plans. These minimize time spent scripting and performing repetitive processes.
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    Self-Service Automation

    Automation puts power in the hands of business users. Enabling business users to initiate a process or workflow without someone from IT minimizes IT's burden and improves IT service for the business overall.
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    Improve Big Data Analytics
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    Improve Big Data Analytics

    It's advantageous for organizations using big data to use automation to reliably execute complex workflows needed to process unstructured and structured data. Such solutions offer a centralized viewpoint for workflows and processes that give organizations enhanced monitoring of big data dependencies and constraints.
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    On-Board and Off-Board Customers and Employees

    Organizations can shorten wait times for new customers who must be entered into CRM systems by creating an automated process when a new sale is made. Similarly, organizations can get new employees up and running faster by using automation to on-board and off-board them, rather than relying on manual processes.
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    Preventing Service-Level Agreement Breaches
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    Preventing Service-Level Agreement Breaches

    Automation mitigates the risk of SLA breaches and critical deadline failures by providing built-in warnings to users that a job is taking longer than expected. Automation software then changes priority levels and builds fences to redirect jobs and reconfigure servers with additional resources.
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    Automate FTP/SFTP/FTPS
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    Automate FTP/SFTP/FTPS

    Using intelligent automation, IT can wait for files to be full to prevent errors such as inadvertently sending incomplete files to customers or vendors.
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    Automate Help Desk and Support Procedures

    Organizations can use the built-in alerting capabilities of automation software to create help-desk tickets when workflow fails, thereby eliminating manual handoffs and reducing the time to resolution.
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    Streamline Reporting

    You can streamline and consolidate reporting by using parameters instead of hard coding that results in reports running once rather than hundreds of times. Users also can watch workload performance more closely so IT can quickly identify potential bottlenecks and analyze processing and runtimes.
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    Enhance Security and Compliance

    Automation solutions with auditing capabilities let IT set policies that require users to enter authorizations before they perform various operations.
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    Real-Time Calculations

    For those in manufacturing and finance who rely on real-time calculations to monitor inventory and pricing, automation’s built-in capabilities to hook into APIs and other technologies allow users to generate real-time calculations of assets based on changing foreign exchange rates, for example.
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    Script Lifecycle Management

    A modern automation solution should help your organization leave behind custom scripting, but you still must protect your script investment. Script vaulting and lifecycle management software provides a secure, central library to store and manage script revisions and improves reliability for building and deploying workloads.
 

Today, IT departments operate in increasingly complex environments with an array of heterogeneous technologies. Traditional batch processing and job-scheduling solutions only allow for the execution of one or more jobs on a single system and often require manual intervention. “While most operating systems, mission-critical applications and database management systems provide their own basic job-scheduling capabilities, these point solutions are often conceived to serve the immediate needs of a single solution,” said Jim Manias, vice president of Advanced Systems Concepts. In a world of application diversity, business processes must cross boundaries between various solutions and technologies. As a result, workload automation solutions have stepped to the forefront as the next step in the evolution of job scheduling. As data flow increases, processing volumes grow and the infrastructure becomes more complex, IT is increasingly relying on workload automation to automate and standardize file/data transfers, workflows, applications, and processes, Manias said. Here are his tips on what you can automate.

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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