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    June 26, 2023

    This Is Why Your Digital Survival Plan Needs Modern Workload Automation

    I've worked with a lot of C-Level executives. Fifteen years ago, they saw IT as a necessary evil, an expense line with no returns.

    That world is gone. So are many of the businesses who didn't digitalize — who didn't use their apps and sites to increase top line revenue and, obviously, decrease bottom line margins.

    Automating the SDLC is pointless without workload automation

    Now you can automate as much as you want from a code perspective, whether you have an application or a programmer writing your code, but the SDLC is dead in the water without integration with Workload Automation.

    Organizations tend to neglect their job schedulers, so they’re surprised by this, but jobs are sexy.

    Does that seem strong? How about this…

    Job schedulers are the quiet breath of life running and automating every mission critical application that keeps your environment thriving.

    Did you roll your eyes? Me too.

    But think about five of your mission critical applications. If you lost one, the entire business would be impacted, right? Imagine taking those five apps and placing them in one job scheduler. That scheduler just became exponentially more critical than each individual application.

    It’s your ride or die partner — hopefully it's your wunderkind, but that depends on its functionality and how much you leverage it.

    Six advantages to building digital transformation around workload automation

    One of our current clients didn't have Workload Automation on their radar. After a year without the financial returns they were after, they reviewed their IT organization and decided to transform digitally to stay relevant against the competition and further top line revenue growth by leveraging modernized software solutions.

    They were halfway through their digital transformation project before they realized the project was jacked up without a new job scheduler.

    You can imagine the groans. It’s an understatement to say they hated to back up and start over. But they needed a solution that could oxygenate the infrastructure and support strategic cloud initiatives.

    That’s when they reached out to Robert Mark Technologies, and we gave them automation options that support multi-cloud orchestration, data pipeline orchestration, and observability across job streams.

    If you’re in a similar situation, here’s 6 more reasons why you should think of Workload Automation as your environment’s lungs.

    1. Modern workload automation accelerates code migrations

    Our client wanted fast releases. They needed new code, and they needed to put that code into production — which is to say, in front of their buyers. They worked at their development stack and optimized the SDLC, which was great.

    Their new scheduler multiplied their efforts by integrating operations with the SDLC. It automated the manual back-and-forth between developers and operators, and it automatically promoted code to production with the jobs needed to run the code.

    Before they reached out to RMT, it took twenty steps to promote a release to production. Their new solution made that three steps. Instead of waiting a week, it took a day.

    The Dev-Ops integration saved our client 5,000 hours a year.

    2. Modern workload automation provides developers with the capacity for self-service

    Self-service is one of the hot new capabilities in modern Workload Automation.

    Our client wanted their developers spending more of their time developing. Naturally. The faster buyers get new enhancements, the more they buy. Revenue goes up and costs go down when you automate code releases.

    Our client’s new scheduler made developers part of the deploy-and-release process because it allowed them to automate their own code in a language they understood.

    With software that gave them access and “spoke their language,” the developers treated jobs as code and packaged jobs within their deployments.

    3. Modern workload automation deploys in the Cloud

    Our client’s old scheduler wasn’t built for the Cloud, but Modern Workload Automation supports strategic Cloud initiatives.

    With the new solution, our client received cloud support: the hooks, the containers, and the integrations they needed with cloud applications like SAP, Oracle, and Informatica.

    Let’s bundle these next three.

    4. Modern workload automation integrates with other/newer applications  

    5. Modern workload automation gets frequent updates

    6. Modern workload automation gets leveraged regularly

    I can illustrate all three of these with a single example. Our client called up their vendor and said, “Hi, Vendor. Can we connect our new scheduler with these thingamajigs?”

    And the vendor said, “You bet. The integrations are in our Agent Marketplace. Here’s the link.”

    Get the wind back in your sails with modern workload automation

    I’ve got one last tip.

    In the next three to four years, Gartner predicts 80% of companies using Workload Automation will leverage Service Orchestration and Automation Platforms (SOAPs), like Automic Automation and AutoSys Workload Automation, to streamline operations and drive cost optimization.

    If you’re in this group, pick a modern solution from a vendor who is deeply invested in the Workload Automation stack.

    Puzzled? Check the logo at the top of the page.

    And if you need some help picking or implementing the solution to meet your requirements, give RMT a call. Say Bob sent you.

    With 1300+ Engagements and 130+ Conversions, Robert Mark Technologies is the Tier 1 Partner Dedicated to Modernizing Digital Transformation with Lifecycle Management, Strategic Self-Service, and High-Performance Workload Automation that Gives You a Competitive Edge. 

    Bob Schwartz

    Bob Schwartz is the CEO of Robert Mark Technologies and has led the company to consistent double-digit growth for the last 10 years. He is an active member of the Workload Automation community and holds a seat on the Broadcom Partner Advisory Committee.

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