by Robin Reddick, MSM Marketing Director, BMC Software
I was reading an article this morning in Harvard Business Review, “What Every CEO Needs to Know About The Cloud.” One of the big considerations is legacy IT and the hodgepodge of hardware, operating systems and applications that exist in the data center today. In the article it was referred to as “legacy spaghetti”. The kinder description is hybrid data center. Regardless, it reminded me of how data centers evolve, of the challenges that IT leaders face and how they really don’t have the luxury of readily adopting new technologies without including their old technologies. The days of having silo’d environments in the data center are over.
And let’s not forget that as the data center is rolling through different phases of technology, the business is probably going through its transformation as well. In just the last decade, we have moved from using plastic credit cards, checks – and once in a while even cash – to making purchases with nothing more than our mobile phones.
So how do you keep the old and new connected and still service the business? One of the ways is through ever increasing automation. Without IT automation that is able to operate across the “legacy spaghetti” and transcend to the new technologies like Cloud, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with both the data center and business changes. Implementing IT automation that can grow with the data center and the business is essential. It can connect disparate systems, scale with business growth and run pace with the technology and business changes that occur.
Cetelum is a large bank that is an expert in consumer credit and personal loans. Like many companies, the bank is in a transition, evolving to a centralized computing model that can service all of its European operating subsidiaries. The bank has both mainframe and distributed environments. They had a scheduling tool for the batch jobs on the mainframe. They were scheduling work manually in their distributed environment and using a variety of tools to transfer files between servers.
Their business was growing and scheduled processing was on the rise (and consequently, so were costs). The bank was forecasting that the volume of scheduled work in their distributed environment would grow 100 percent.
Because of the lack of workload and process automation, their two environments remained just that – two separate environments that needed to be managed separately and limited them from centralizing, scaling and growing their business – or at least preventing IT from keeping up with the growth they were experiencing.
Cetelum knew they were at a crossroads and implemented Control-M – which gave them advanced workload automation capabilities across all of their platforms. They could now automate and manage all scheduled jobs and processes and have a single view of all of it all. By implementing Control-M – an advanced automation solution, Cetelum took a “legacy spaghetti” environment and transformed it to a scalable and cohesive hybrid environment.
Never underestimate the power of automation!
To learn more about how advanced IT automation can make a difference in your data center, read this article.
The postings in this blog are my own and don't necessarily represent BMC's opinion or position.