Last year we told you that workload automation was a must-have for modern enterprises. As we move into 2018, that’s truer than ever. The pace of business continues to increase, the volume of data continues to grow, and new technologies make IT environments more complex all the time.
A major theme for 2018 will be integration of disparate systems and applications. If you’re one of the many companies operating partially in the cloud and partially on premise, automation that can span your entire environment is no longer optional. It’s also critical in the modern business era to centralize management of all your business applications. A new kind of enterprise application integration solution now on the market is capable of connecting to any third-party web service, making your workload automation truly application-agnostic.
Workload automation tools have also become a key part of DevOps success. Consider WLA in 2018 as a way to help remove bottlenecks in software release and deployment.
2018 can be your most productive year yet. Learn about workload automation from HelpSystems, or read on for more reasons that automation is a must-have in the new year.
New technology and new IT trends are changing the way enterprises are run. Workload automation software may have once been something that just a few companies used to get ahead, but these days automating your enterprise is a necessity.
Here are six reasons why your company needs an enterprise job scheduler in 2018.
1. Everything needs to be faster. No, faster than that.
These days, we’ve all gotten used to instant gratification. Major retailers offer same-day delivery, it takes a fraction of a second to send a message around the world, and we can watch our favorite movie anytime, anywhere. If customers have to wait even a few hours to get service, they’re unhappy. Whether your company is processing credit card transactions or shipping products from a warehouse, you no longer have the luxury of letting work stall overnight, on weekends, or because you just can’t get around to it.
A good workload automation tool eliminates delays from your processes by providing event-driven job scheduling options. For example, receiving an invoice could automatically trigger a workflow within your ERP software, ensuring that your business processes keep running even if no one is monitoring them.
Jobs managed by an enterprise scheduler run 24/7, on a customized schedule if necessary. Some jobs might need to be based on the fiscal calendar or avoid running on certain days of the month. Workload automation can handle those exceptions efficiently. Furthermore, job monitors watch the status of your critical jobs so you don’t have to—if anything goes wrong, you’ll receive a notification immediately.
2. Your competition has workload automation
Managing business processes with an enterprise scheduling tool streamlines operations and saves time and money. That means that if your competition has workload automation software and you don’t, they have a serious resource advantage over you.
In 2018, the chances are your competition will be automating. One particular area of growth in recent years is the integration of WLA and DevOps. According to the analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), the number of organizations surveyed that are integrating DevOps with workload automation is currently at 50 percent and expected to grow to 75 percent within 12-24 months.
If you’re the last one on the block not using an enterprise job scheduler in 2018, you will lose your competitive edge.
3. IT environments are increasingly complex
Technological innovation is constantly introducing new solutions to enterprise datacenters. Mobile devices, cloud computing, and big data all add to the complexity of IT operations, not to mention that legacy systems are still in play in most businesses even as new systems are adopted. It’s typical for a single enterprise to be running Windows, Linux, and UNIX, as well as both on premise and cloud-based solutions. As time goes by and additional solutions are implemented, the complexity only grows.
An enterprise job scheduler gets all your systems and applications talking to each other. This is critical, because in a successful business, all processes are interconnected. The data you are collecting on premise needs to be sent to Hadoop in the cloud, or a file that arrives on your Linux server needs to trigger a workflow in a Windows application. Enterprise scheduling manages workflows across all systems from a single, centralized monitor.
IT trends and business conditions change all the time. You need a tool that can not only manage the hybrid environment you have now, but adapt to any new solutions you implement in 2018 and beyond.
4. Automation isn’t just for IT anymore
In the early days of batch job scheduling, automation was something that only IT professionals dealt with. But as technology advances and new software is implemented, it becomes increasingly important for employees across all departments to be able to manage complex, automated workflows. For example, a sales team could want to automate extracting data from a CRM like Salesforce, compiling it into an encrypted report, and sharing the report by email or FTP. Moreover, they may want to change the details of this process quickly and frequently, without the assistance of expensive IT specialists.
The most efficient solution is to implement an automation tool that integrates backend, enterprise-level IT processes with frontend desktop tasks using a simple interface that is intuitive for system administrators and accountants alike. For example, the Automate product line includes a range of solutions to provide comprehensive automation solution for the entire enterprise.
5. Data is more important than ever
In 2012 the Economist Intelligence Unit surveyed over 500 executives across a range of industries. The study found a correlation between companies that perform well financially and those that have adopted a data-driven strategy. These data-driven enterprises emphasized both data collection and data sharing.
But compiling and sharing all that data isn’t practical if you’re doing it manually, especially in a mixed IT environment. Your data may be located across different systems, on premise and in the cloud.
An advanced workload automation tool will interface with your big data and ETL tools, like Hadoop and Informatica, and incorporate those applications’ workflows into your comprehensive enterprise schedule.
6. The bottom line
According to EMA survey research, the number one area where automation delivers the most business value is in reducing operational costs. If you want to increase your profit margin, implementing workload automation software is an easy way to reap big rewards.
There are many reasons why workload automation helps your bottom line, like contributing to overall efficiency, improving your customer service, and freeing you up to spend more time on high-level strategy. One area in particular where an enterprise job scheduler is essential is in eliminating unplanned downtime. A 2011 Poneman Institute report calculated that the average cost of downtime across all industries is approximately $5,600 per minute. An enterprise job scheduler with a high availability (HA) system protects you from costly downtime with real-time database replication to a standby server.
Get ready for the new year
If you haven’t started searching for your workload automation solution, we have some tools to help you out. The Enterprise Scheduler Decision Toolkit helps you analyze your business requirements to determine which enterprise job scheduling features you need to get the best ROI. Once you have a clear idea of the features you’re looking for, the Automate Schedule Comparison Checklist lets you compare automation solution vendors.