Driving Your Business with Automation

David Coulter

by David Coulter

With so much focus on automation in IT today, it should come as no surprise that automation has actually been driving the business world well before the invention of the microprocessor.  Automation exemplifies a key competitive advantage across industries, as it can lead to improved quality, speed of delivery, and reduced costs.  Just as the steam engine was pivotal in the industrial revolution, modern IT professionals are seeking their own “engine” to enable a greater focus on value-adding activities, empowering innovation, and enhancing business agility.

The Watt steam engine propelled the Industrial Revolution in Britain and the world.

In this competitive and global landscape, Information Technology (IT) professionals are constantly challenged with investigating better ways to meet the increasing demands of business.  Embracing server virtualization is now a given, as is continually implementing better, faster, more capable, and cost effective infrastructure components.  High availability, disaster recovery, backup and recovery, monitoring and alerting, high-speed networks, security, and other services must all be able to be delivered as-needed.

To stay competitive, IT services must increasingly be delivered at scale, and within minutes.  In fact, scaling IT resources, on-demand, is no longer limited to the Facebooks and Googles of the world.  The ability to deliver advanced IT services at scale is now available to any who demand it, and automation is the key.

It is for this reason that Sovereign Systems evolved its cloud and virtualization teams to form SovLabs.  SovLabs offers expanded capabilities that help organizations with their advanced IT challenges, including automation.  SovLabs achieves this through custom development initiatives that extend the out-of-the-box capabilities of enterprise and open source cloud management, configuration management, and orchestration platforms.  Backed by a strong background in infrastructure design and operations, SovLabs brings a unique mix of operations and development mindsets to its projects, a factor we have found crucial for success.

With services from front-end web portal content creation, configuration management, and automation solutions delivered to clients ranging from medium-sized businesses to the largest Fortune 500 companies and across multiple industries, SovLabs ties streamlined process automation together with engineering, operations and development expertise to deliver increased value.

While some IT departments struggle to keep up with these demands, resulting in diminished positions, or worse, irrelevance, SovLabs understands the global economic environment demands necessary to accelerate business change, innovation, and agility.

This summer, our blog series will explore how to help IT departments stay relevant and how organizations can improve IT agility to keep up with increasing business demands.  We will examine Cloud Management Platforms (CMPs) and configuration management tools.  We will also cover DevOps, continuous integration, and the promise and possibilities inherent in the software defined data center (SDDC).

As you can see, the SovLabs journey is just getting started, and we’re excited to have you along for the ride. We’d love to hear from you.  Are you being impacted by increasing business demands?  How are you keeping up?