According to Baseline Consulting, approximately 32% of corporate data is contained in enduser computing (EUC) applications and approximately 68% is stored in IT controlled applications. These EUCs – primarily spreadsheets, PC databases (e.g. Access databases), BI reports, and word documents – are often stored on employee desktops and corporate file shares, and for the most part, are uncontrolled. They lack the proper safeguards and controls one would expect with IT controlled applications, including documentation, version control, back-up and archival, change control, testing, security and access control, and more.
This comprehensive white paper applies automation and ITIL best practices to the data center and reviews current industry trends, server automation energy usage issues and a variety of optimization strategies for data center improvement. The effects of virtualization are explored in-depth. Includes detailed sections on increasing operational efficiency using workflow analysis, automating and optimizing server change management, reducing infrastructure complexity and developing security, disaster recovery and business continuity procedures. Step by step instructions for developing metrics and a business case to justify data center and server automation are included.
The challenge of creating a robust errors database, the core of iCheck, is that information must be pulled from a multitude of disparate sources. Sometimes, the data source is a database with its unique schema and field names that must be mapped to the iCheck database. Other times, the data source is a text file which must be accessed via FTP, parsed, and loaded into iCheck. And other times, the data is in RETS (Real Estate Transaction Standard) format, a real estate data format similar to XML, which is accessed via HTTP.
The Auxiliary IT Operation center at the Indiana University has a lot of responsibility on its plate. It is in charge of the majority of for-profit activities the university is engaged in, namely the halls of residence, parking, dining facilities, campus transportation and much more. Additionally, this unit supports many critical IT processes including the secure distribution of student photos for identification cards.
IST uses Fourth Shift software by SoftBrands to manage its operations in Big Flats, New York (headquarters) and Buffalo, New York, as well as the United Kingdom, Canada and France. For Fourth Shift to function correctly for IST, a series of process must be run each night on several servers. These processes include batch runs, data extracts, and system backup.
Watch an overview of IBM Information Server FastTrack, a revolutionary new module of the IBM Information Server. IBM Information Server FastTrack was designed to help enterprises of all sizes maximize team collaboration, facilitate automation and help ensure projects are completed successfully and on time. By creating an integrated environment that includes business analysts, developers and data modelers, Information Server FastTrack accelerates collaborative development across user roles, products and geographies.
Before turning to AutoMate, nightly processes were performed by running a mish-mash of batch processes manually after work hours. Even though banks typically close at 4 or 5pm, there is a lot that happens at night to get ready for the next business day. A typical night consisted of 1 or 2 persons staying until 10 or 11pm to make sure all the nightly operations, backups, file transmissions, etc. were finished and validated.
Often, the insurance underwriters stay late that last day of the month to enter new policies. This means that IT staff have a very small window to execute the applications critical to successful and error-free closing of the accounting books. IT staff had to run and baby sit the applications – one application requiring manual operation took over three hours to complete, another that uploads premium and claim information to the data warehouse took up to six hours.
In order to deliver quality patient care, Health First must exchange information with a large number of partners, customers, and vendors on a timely basis. Complicating this enormous task is the fact that Health First has over 15 business units using a variety of mission-critical applications.
Healthcare Management Solutions (HMS) is an industry leader in outsourced revenue cycle management for hundreds of healthcare industry clients. Its client base includes large for-profit and not-for-profit integrated healthcare delivery networks, stand-alone hospitals of all sizes, physician groups and managed care organizations of all types.
John Graydon Smith joined the museum as President and CEO in the summer of 2006 with the vision of taking an already great institution to the next level. He wanted to bring a new vitality to the museum, and make it an integral part of the community.
For years, an IT staffer at ITW Construction Products had to come to work early every morning to prepare the company's ERP system for the new day. At first, the process of incorporating the previous day's business activities into the ERP database took 30 minutes. As the company grew, the job ballooned to 2-1/2 hours.
Accudata Technologies, provides flexible access to data validation through innovative technology and cutting-edge data transmission. Accudata serves as an access hub for validating information associated with telephone numbers, cellular numbers and IP locations while also providing line information database storage of phone numbers and corresponding information.
AutoMate BPA Server 7 is a revolutionary advance in the automation of systems and applications across multiple-machine networks. No other automation software has the power and range of capabilities offered by AutoMate BPA Server, while also making automation so easy and intuitive.
Businesses today are under constant pressure to lower costs while improving overall operational efficiency. Enterprises of all sizes can reduce costs and improve business agility if they can automate various operational aspects of their IT and business processes.
Baylor Medical Center at Frisco (BMCF), outside of Dallas, Texas, is one of approximately 100 hospital facilities run by United Surgical Partners International (USPI). In this large system, BMCF is known as the most profitable medical facility in the entire USPI system.
Every night for several years, the five Latin America offices of Michigan-based medical technology products manufacturer Stryker Corporation were forced to burn the midnight oil to turn their daily financials into a single consolidated report. Each office has its own independent ERP system, so the process required three hours to compile the data for each territory plus another 90 minutes for a financial analyst at division headquarters to merge the five spreadsheets into one document.
The way the business now views the IT group at BJ's Restaurants is working to everyone's advantage. In most restaurants, IT is generally viewed as a function of finance, where the prevailing ethos is keeping costs down.
The Vanderburgh County Highway Department encompasses the Highway, Local Roads, and Street and Cumulative Bridge departments within the Vanderburgh County Government. About 55 employees within these departments handle public works and general maintenance for 560 lane miles of Vanderburgh County roads, including general road repairs and resurfacing, right-of-way mowing, roadway ditch maintenance, tree maintenance and emergency response to weather conditions such as storm damage and snow removal.
The Globe Pequot Press has established an international reputation for publication of outstanding regional guides to a myriad of travel destinations in the U.S. and around the world, and is among the top three sources for travel books in the United States. Globe employs a full time staff in excess of 130 personnel who publish market, promote, and distribute a list of approximately 600 new books each year.