IT Management

Dec 7 ’12

Workload automation lies at the very heart of data centers. It ensures that key business processes—ones that directly impact a company’s customers, employees, and bottom line—run in a timely and cost-effective manner. But here’s the challenge: More and more businesses are realizing the strategic importance of workload automation, but are unable to reap its benefits because they currently rely on disparate or legacy job scheduling tools.

Let’s take a look at the seven signs you need to consolidate your workloads into a single, comprehensive tool:

1. You’re managing multiple schedulers. If you’re running multiple scheduling tools, consider simplifying your workload environment by consolidating workloads into a single tool. Consolidation significantly reduces costs such as software, labor, hardware, and management associated with multiple tools, while increasing visibility and flexibility into your business by allowing you to manage mission-critical workloads through a single point of control. 
2. Your cost of managing workloads is increasing. If your company has used a particular job scheduler for years, there’s a good chance you aren’t managing jobs through the most cost-efficient process. Due to tedious legacy contracts, your costs of managing jobs might actually be increasing. By consolidating your workloads, you can leverage some of the newer technologies, such as cloud and mobility, both which would aid in better managing costs and increasing application uptime.
3. You’re struggling to meet Service Level Agreements (SLAs). You might be struggling to meet some SLAs in place with internal customers and external third parties due to several potential factors, including increasing complexity, too many manual processes, and lack of visibility into your workload environment. By consolidating to a single workload automation platform that offers a single point of control, automatic recovery procedures and in-depth workload analytics can significantly help you improve your ability to meet SLAs.
4. You’re facing significant delays in problem resolution. The time it takes to resolve a job failure is critical and can prove to be a significant drain on resources, especially if you’re managing multiple applications across multiple teams. Any delays in finding the root cause or the right person to resolve the issue can cause significant business downtime. For example, imagine you’re in the retail industry and you get only one failure in the year, but that failure occurs during the holiday season. Whether or not you’re in that industry, you probably have an idea how high the cost of that downtime is, and how failure during periods of peak demand may have a major impact on your bottom line. This exemplifies the need to simplify and unify your workloads; doing so can enable companies to increase mean-time-to-failure but also decrease mean-time-to-recovery.
5. You’re struggling to keep up with business needs. As workload automation is connected to multiple mission-critical processes, it’s highly possible you will need to integrate new technologies and applications with legacy job scheduling tools, and that any delays in integration will negatively impact your organization’s ability to adapt to changing business conditions. You need a workload automation solution that runs at the speed of business and reduces time-to-market with built-in integration and open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).
6. You’re unable to take advantage of dynamic infrastructures. Consolidating your workload automation tools into a single platform will help manage and optimize the whole workload landscape in real-time, letting IT utilize dynamic infrastructures, including private and public clouds, more efficiently.
7. You’re struggling with compliance. Tracking and documentation are the banes of any IT professional’s existence, as they create significant headaches for compliance. Unfortunately, industries aren’t going to get any less regulated, meaning your pain is likely to increase. Building role-based administration and reporting into your consolidation processes not only saves the cost of being compliant, but enables you to focus on other activities with tangible business impact.

If you’re looking for ways to increase efficiencies, consider strategically consolidating your workloads into a single platform, and you will see the benefits for your customers, employees, partners, and bottom line.