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In today’s fast-changing and disruptive digital world, the pressure for organizations to innovate has never been greater. Yet the reality at the coalface for many infrastructure and operations (I&O) folk is being stuck running in place, struggling just to maintain the status quo. The more things change…

Organizations are now at a tipping point where maintaining legacy status quo in IT while also trying to innovate and transform with modern technologies and cloud architectures is no longer sustainable. Gartner’s recent leadership vision message from the IT Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies Conference puts this reality in sharp perspective. It reports that 80% of IT workloads run on-premises now. It also predicts that, by 2025, only 30% of workloads will be on-premises. This means that the next five years will see continual change and a growing need for I&O pros to deliver solutions—especially those that move away from old on-prem models.

Analysts conclude that IT will ultimately be measured on the innovation it delivers, not the infrastructure it manages. It’s time to re-evaluate the core driving force behind digital business—automation.

Automation at the heart

Automated IT activities do the heavy lifting for IT infrastructure and operations. Stock replenishment, order fulfillment and credit card processing are just a few of many examples of automated processes that keep digital business moving. The most commonly used form of automation in IT is workload automation (WLA). It’s a critical unifying factor for IT delivery of business services.

So, how is WLA changing with the times?

In many places, WLA and scheduling tools have stayed in place for many years. According to EMA analysts, the average age of products in the WLA market is 24. Some may have had updates over the years, but most are built on aging architectures. Maybe that’s why research also shows that 60% of organizations use two to four different WLA tools in silos across their enterprise.

This situation is far from optimal for digital business. In fact, bearing in mind the rapid changes taking place, organizations with multiple legacy on-premises schedulers are now actively looking for something new. Many have found their solution with WLA as-a-service.

The rise of workload automation as a service

Dan Twing, President and COO of Enterprise Management Associates® (EMA™) explains: “SaaS WLA can deliver improved security, availability, and scalability. Let the experts on the software operate the core system for you and let your team focus on what is important to your operation. When it’s delivered as-a-service, organizations achieve the greatest benefit.”

Redwood’s RunMyJobs® solution is the only enterprise workload automation and scheduling solution provided as-a-service. In fact, EMA named Redwood’s RunMyJobs the Best Workload Automation SaaS Solution in its 2019 EMA Radar™ for Workload Automation report. According to Twing, RunMyJobs is “purpose-built for that delivery model.”

RunMyJobs connects automated processes across silos of technology, lines of business and platforms. It allows users to create automated processes that use business logic to orchestrate activities and deliver results quickly. It prevents the accumulation of technical debt that multiple legacy schedulers often require. It provides flexible, agile automation for IT leaders so they can focus on real innovation—not maintenance.

It’s simply the way to bridge across hybrid IT today and speed the next generation of cloud technology tomorrow.

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Neil Kinson

Neil Kinson is the Chief of Staff for Redwood Software. He has over 35 years of experience in enterprise software and technology businesses, focusing on operations, SaaS, solution sales, and channel.