Tame DevOps with Opswise Automation Center
Published by Mike on February 19, 2014 @ 10:00 in DevOps
Over the past 4 years, DevOps has become a much-discussed methodology for rapidly and continuously releasing and deploying software in a more efficient manner than traditional silo'd approaches.
In many ways, it can be viewed as a cultural revolution within an IT organization between applications, infrastructure, and IT operations teams communicating and collaborating more closely in order to assure more reliable and higher quality software.
Many of the principals of DevOps can find its roots within the Agile Development movement of the past dozen years. Key to this is the emphasis on breaking down or the minimization of traditional organizational barriers.
Similar to Agile Methodologies, at this stage of its development, DevOps has started out more broadly adopted in smaller, next-generation companies, while being viewed as a curiosity or being implemented very cautiously within larger enterprises.
Large Enterprises have a number of challenges for DevOps adoption including existing change control practices, outsourcing of key components of the IT Infrastructure that needs to participate in the change to DevOps, and general resistance to cultural change.
If the heart of DevOps is frequent releases and continuous integration and deployment, then its nervous system has to be Automation.
Register for TechEd Now - Early Bird Discount Ends Soon!
Published by Mike on February 11, 2014 @ 14:04 in Stonebranch TechEd
Register for Stonebranch's TechEd Summit May 20-22, 2014 at Eaglewood Resort in Chicago, Illinois. The early bird discounted rate is still in effect, but it won't be for long!
Registration is only $400 USD if you register before March 1, 2014. We hope to see you there!
Check Out Our New Website
Published by Mike on January 27, 2014 @ 13:56 in Stonebranch News
Welcome to the new look and feel of Stonebranch.com.
This new website is mobile friendly, so whether you're working on a desktop or laptop or tablet or smartphone, the information you seek is readily available in an intuitive fashion.
We've also made our new 4-minute online video accessible from every page without requiring a form submission. Go ahead and click "Watch Demo" in the upper-right corner. We'll meet you back here in 4-minutes...
Enjoy our new site, and feel free to pass it on. We've got a great story to tell and we can't wait to share it with everybody.
Free United Supermarkets Case Study
Published by Mike on January 24, 2014 @ 11:50 in Customer Stories
To continue their success in a highly competitive grocery industry, United Supermarkets required a more flexible and agile data processing capability that would allow for self-service access by a variety of users in both technical and non-technical roles. Click here to read their compelling story and learn how they elevated their automation power to match their rapidly evolving, nimble grocery retail business.
What you'll learn:
- How to leverage modern automation technology across cultural divides
- The benefits when moving to a modern, leading edge web-based tool
- How to measure success
Click here to see how Jeff Bridges transitioned United Supermarkets to a modern, leading edge web-based tool.
Celebrate with a Conversion Cake
Published by Mike on January 16, 2014 @ 11:13 in Customer Stories
A new Stonebranch customer is converting to Stonebranch's Opswise from CA's ESP. We celebrated the kick-off in the best way possible: with a cake!
For free information as to how Stonebranch can convert you from your early generation job scheduler, click here.
There's a cake in it for you.
Stonebranch's TechEd 2014: Early Bird Discount
Published by Mike on January 13, 2014 @ 14:28 in Stonebranch TechEd
At Stonebranch TechEd 2014, gain the tools not only to validate an ROI strategy, but also to sustain it in a cost-effective manner.
Save the Date:
May 20-22, 2014 at Eaglewood Resort in Chicago, Illinois.
Register now before March 1 and save 20%.
Here's what those who attended last year's TechEd had to say about their experience:
- This has been a great experience! I think your "70% of the buying influence is people" is a little too low! Julie, Bob, and Larry sucked us in and the development staff did a great job of cementing it!
- Great job putting this together!!! I have been attending user group conferences for 20+ years and this one ranks near the top. I really appreciated meeting and talking to the developers, too. From the top of the Stonebranch organization through all levels of support, development, sales, etc. Keep up the great work and good job!!
- Great Conference, Great Value, learned a great deal.
- This was a great conference. A very relaxed and casual atmosphere that enabled an easy avenue to give and receive good info.
- Been using Opswise for a year. I'm leaving the conference with many new ideas. The conference was better than I expected. Well Done!
Stonebranch TechEd 2014 is a great investment, offering educational value while enabling you to leverage your existing software assets. Learn more at http://www.stonebranch.com/teched2014/.
Happy Holidays from Stonebranch!
Published by Mike on December 20, 2013 @ 10:44 in
15 Reasons You Might Need to Replace Your Job Scheduler
Published by Mike on December 11, 2013 @ 15:02 in Education
- Your current product is effectively "dead" e.g. Unicenter JMO, Jobtrac, CA-Scheduler
- You are facing a complex, costly or cumbersome upgrade to a new version of software
- Your current software is stagnant and not keeping up with business challenges
- You lack the simplicity to enable self-service job scheduling in your current product
- There is no ability to make mass changes in your current solution
- Your current vendor is defocused and not providing the necessary enhancements with the maintenance moneys received
- There are numerous agent configuration challenges that are compounded by virtualization and cloud computing
- The lack of effective change control automation results in compliance and audit violations
- Versioning is not available on all the components of the definitions, or not available at all
- Making changes to your existing definitions requires decades of experience with your existing product.
- Reporting capabilities with your current product are either lacking, non-existent, or require you to license an additional component
- Your current vendor does not provide any reporting ability and requires you to deal with a third-party vendor for that capability
- You need help from a data analytics vendor to understand the configuration problems in your current tool
- There are no tools or capabilities to collapse sections of your workload to provide better visibility to the larger picture of the business process
- There is not enough confidence, expertise or funding to get you from your current solution over to a more modern automation solution
If any of this sounds familiar to you, it might be time for a new job scheduler.