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The role of automation in data centers has become more important today than ever. According to research firm IDC in their annual predictions, 2015 was set to be the year when enterprises in Asia start to focus on automated workflows. This new agility will help organizations create "immersive experiences" to enhance overall customer experience and create competitive differentiation.
As businesses turn to digital technologies to drive competitive differentiation, this innovation responsibility is more and more directly in the control of business owners and end users. Furthermore, the number of applications and platforms used to deliver these digital services is seemingly endless. In order to gain a competitive advantage in the midst of this technology explosion, automation is essential to today's digital enterprise.
The established business applications like Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Extract, Transform & Load (ETL), data integration tools, business intelligence and analytics tools, database platforms, file transfer tools, and other IT systems, are all tools that have one thing in common. They all have workflows that needs to be automated.
Enter workload automation
Automating workflows for the above applications and other technology platforms has been the purview of Workload Automation (WLA) solutions providers. However, as good as these companies have been keeping up with integrating to the core set of "required" major commercial applications, databases, and other computing platform technologies, the fact is customers always want more and want it faster.
If chasing native integration for the above major commercial applications were the only problem, WLA vendors have done a reasonably good job. However, the playing field has changed. There are new applications exploding across the IT environment, from Big Data to social to web scale apps everyday. Home-grown apps that are often core to companies and their unique IT platform also cannot be ignored.
Changing the game
Digital services innovation and integration requires both speed of development combined with strong and stable automation in the operations environment for companies to realize the time-to-value they need to compete today. To achieve this innovation objective, for schedulers and app developers alike, WLA tools need to accelerate workflow development and offer a single end-to-end view and point of production control over the entire enterprise set of job processes and services including Service Level Agreement (SLA) management capabilities, forecasting, self-service offerings to business users, etc. Being able to apply these WLA best practices to the many new apps driving this digital enterprise competitive advantage is critical.
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