Workload Automation and Digital Business – What’s Hot and What’s Not

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I wouldn’t think of leaving the house without my smart phone – it’s just as important as my keys or my wallet. That’s because, like so many people, I rely on my phone to stay connected with nearly every part of my daily life – from where I am supposed to be when, to ordering dinner, to reviewing bank transactions and paying my bills. I use it to buy gifts online, check in for my flights, get a ride with Uber, watch videos, share on social media – you name it. I have increasing expectations for how it can help me – like what new apps will make my life easier. Each year I depend on my phone more and more and I’m not really sure how I got along without it before.

What does all of this have to do with workload automation? Consider how the growth of digital business and rising customer expectations are changing the way organizations are adopting technology to drive new business and maintain their current customer base. In the report Issues and Priorities in Modern Workload Automation, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) explains how enterprise class workload automation is the catalyst in the overall digital transformation journey.

Top priorities and issues for job scheduling

The report describes how digital business has evolved since 2013 and focuses on a variety of areas – increased complexity, predictive analytics, costs, cloud adoption, security, the rise of DevOps, and the difference between centralized and decentralized workload automation. It also explores why people are migrating to a workload automation solution that is powerful enough to meet the demands of digital business. EMA conducted the study with 228 professionals including IT leaders and business users.

Since 2013, there’s been an increase in centralized enterprise schedulers, with 86% of the organizations centralizing all or most of their jobs. Some of the benefits of centralization include:

  • Higher satisfaction with workload automation features
  • Faster provisioning
  • Being more likely to have built-in analytics
  • Leveraging a centralized dashboard
  • Scheduling multiple workloads using containers

Even though overall satisfaction with workload automation is up by 20% since EMA’s 2013 report, many respondents are looking for more capabilities with job scheduling due to changing business demands. In fact, more than 50% were considering getting a new workload automation solution to reduce scheduling costs, improve performance monitoring, scale more efficiently, and make it easier to upgrade software. (“Spoiler alert” – These capabilities are available with Control-M.)

One company’s journey with Control-M and digital business success

The report describes how a large consumer product lifecycle information company has kept up with digital business demands by using Control-M. The solution’s support of cloud computing, virtualization, and containerization has allowed this company to take advantage of new computing models – without adding any unnecessary additional tools to their environment.

Digital business drives the need for new applications that can improve service delivery. Control-M helped development teams get closer to IT operations and more involved in the workload scheduling process. These developer-focused enhancements to Control-M reduced costs, too. The company also discovered that upgrading to new releases is now easier.

Oh, the places you’ll go with workload automation and digital business

Just as our smart phones have evolved to provide capabilities that make us more productive, save money when we shop, and give us more insight into what’s happening in our world, workload automation has transformed to meet today’s business challenges. Discover how it can support your digital transformation. Read this EMA Report: Issues and Priorities in Modern Workload Automation for more details.

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Kelsey Adams McRae

Kelsey Adams McRae

Kelsey Adams currently manages Web and social media for Control-M and the Workload Automation division at BMC. Prior to joining the marketing team, Kelsey spent three years in sales and business development supporting Control-M and Workload Automation at BMC. Kelsey graduated from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston with a BBA in marketing and minor in sales.