IT Automation Best Practices in Action

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For IT leaders looking for guidance or examples of an IT automation strategy that works hard to maximize business value, consider some pragmatic results from BMC’s own award-winning IT organization. Last week, I had the privilege of meeting John Richey, Sr. Director, IT Enablement for the Office of CIO, and Bob Hayward, Sr. Manager, IT Enablement … [Read more...]

Closing the IT Security and IT Operations (SecOps) Gap

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IT security and compliance are at the top of everyone's agenda right now, and for good reason. The news over the past year seemed to be all about companies being breached in every industry. These are hardly new problems, and any responsible company has been investing in IT security and compliance for a long time. The problem is that the … [Read more...]

Morningstar’s Cloud Transforms the Business

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Morningstar is the 2014 BMC Cloud Innovator of the Year

Adopting new technologies and integrating them with its product offerings is almost an obsession at Morningstar, Inc. However, Andrew Watts, Morningstar’s IT director, makes it clear that Morningstar isn’t interested in technology for technology’s sake. Before embracing any new technology, IT always asks two questions: What will this new … [Read more...]

Security Beyond The Perimeter

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There has been a certain amount of excitement in the news media, as someone purportedly associated with ISIS has taken over and defaced US Central Command's Twitter account. The juxtaposition with recent US government pronouncements on cyber security is obvious: Central Command’s Twitter Account Hacked…As Obama Speaks on Cybersecurity. The … [Read more...]

Security Automation And The SecOps Crisis

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This last week brought major changes in the business cost of  poorly automated IT security. A US federal judge ruled that banks can sue Target to recover damages because poor security played a “key role” in allowing its systems to be compromised. Banks now have the ability to go after merchants that have been hacked. From here it is a short step … [Read more...]

The state of IT security in 2014

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This week I have been taking the temperature of the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit in London. Security is a very hot topic right now, with a constant drumbeat of news about security breaches. I already wrote about Community health Systems, and now Home Depot are in the news, with some claiming that the consequences could be even more … [Read more...]

IT Automation Strategy: 6 Tips for Success

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Just as automation fueled the industrial revolution in the early part of the 20th century, today automation is a cornerstone capability of modern digital business. Automation helps you: Accomplish more in less time Reduce costs Eliminate human error What’s not to like? The challenge is that while automation is intuitively valuable, … [Read more...]