Make Your Workload Automation Software Migration Easier

November 15, 2018 12:53 pm Published by

 

There are various trends impacting enterprise management and putting increased pressure on workload environments, as identified in a recent report by industry analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). These trends include a push for service management and greater business impact awareness, big data and the need for more sophisticated analytics, increased pressure to automate IT and business processes, and digital transformation that can change best business practices. Although these trends ultimately have positive outcomes for business stakeholders, they also create turmoil for existing processes that must continue to maintain service levels while undergoing change. These demands are definitely increasing the complexity of workload environments and causing many to consider migrating to new workload automation software.

EMA surveyed over 400 IT and business professionals who either manage or work with workload automation software. When asked about the top three decision criteria for purchasing new software, the majority of respondents brought up cost (both operating and licensing), ease (of use and deployment), and integrated analytics. Seventy-five percent of respondents have been using their current workload automation (WLA) solution for less than five years, forty-four percent of which migrated to new WLA software from another WLA tool. The number one reason for migrating WLA software in 2018? More efficient change management. Another motivator for software migration was issues with previous WLA vendors. For those that changed WLA products due to issues with a vendor, reasons included the previous vendor changing licensing terms, providing poor product support, or getting acquired by another company.

Let’s imagine for a moment that the latter event occurs: the vendor of your WLA software gets acquired by another company and undergoes a major restructuring. Your business runs on this product, how can you plan for the future if there is a chance this product won’t receive the same level of support as before? Or even worse, what if this product ceases to exist? How can you migrate to another WLA product as quickly and painlessly as possible to protect your enterprise’s future? The effort required and the potential distraction of a migration can be daunting. Sixty-five percent of EMA respondents who changed their primary WLA software in the past four years found the migration to be either disruptive or more difficult than expected. The most challenging aspects of migrating WLA software included the actual migration of the workflows themselves, balancing ongoing operations with migration activities, and justifying the cost of migration to management.

The good news is you do not have to address these challenges alone! Terma Software is here to help you efficiently and effectively manage your WLA software migration. Our vendor and platform agnostic workload analytics solutions can support you in three major ways. First of all, we know a lot about schedulers. Between us and our partners, we have subject matter expertise in a lot of different scheduling platforms and various service offerings to help people migrate. Secondly, our analytics products can provide post-migration validation. We can compare data from a workload environment before and after migration, regardless of the platform. A run is a run through the lens of TermaANALYTICS, it doesn’t matter if it’s in Tidal or CA7 or IWS. Thirdly, we are actively developing pre-migration simulation capabilities. This will be a low-risk way to test the impact of potential changes to a workload environment before actually implementing them. Contact us to learn more about our migration support.

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