Journey through Enterprise IT Services
In Journey through Enterprise IT Services, Nadhan, HP Distinguished Technologist, explores the IT Services industry, and discusses technology trends in simplified terms.

Manual execution is the first step to effective automation

“Despite the appeal of IT automation, don't rush to automate everything” says Alistair Cooke in this article in TechTarget (login required). He also says “The only thing worse than not automating is trying to automate too much.”  I would extend this concern to “automating the wrong processes” or “automating processes that are not executed right in the first place.” What can enterprises do to ensure that the right processes are automated? Let’s do it right manually first — the remaining steps are intuitive.

2012 – The Year in Review across 165 Blog Posts

Happy New Year! Before writing my first post in 2013, I reviewed all my 2012 posts and found that they cover a wide range of topics in our Journey through Enterprise IT Services. 

 

Here is a guided tour of my 2012 blog posts, classified by areas, themes and interesting facts, starting with a big thank you to IT:

Transforming applications to parallel park themselves in production

On my return flight from HP Discover in Frankfurt, I read this article on self-parking cars in USA Today. Auto-parking systems use sensors to identify the right-sized spot, and signal drivers when the system has found one. The system then takes over steering, and uses sensors to guide the vehicle into place. I have always found applications to be similar to cars—whether it is to selectively modernize them, or to systemically monitor them. The article made me wonder if applications can take a hint and follow the example set by self-parking cars.

A time to be thankful to IT

In certain parts of the world it’s the time of the year when we are thankful for what we have. We are thankful to everyone who has made a difference in our lives — either because of the role they play, or for their presence in our times of need.  From a corporate perspective, we must be thankful to Information Technology, or IT.  And to do this right, we have to highlight a wide variety of people whose roles within IT are unique.

 

Please join me in thanking the various IT professionals for doing their part to evolve IT:

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