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Why You Should Automate Your Infrastructure Today

Infrastructure automation has the potential to streamline your company, whether you have twenty terminals at your disposal or two thousand.  You may be familiar with infrastructure automation through one of its many synonyms: IT management, system configuration management, and others. Whether you know it as infrastructure automation or by one of these other terms, the principles at play are identical.  You’re scripting a digital environment (servers, software, the interaction between them, and more) that can then be scaled to as many individual system nodes as needed.  Infrastructure automation allows you (and any developers authorized by you) to rewrite your scripted environments with ease, saving hundreds of hours of collective work, and avoiding countless errors. Infrastructure management, when handled manually on […]

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Ansible, Puppet, Chef, Salt: What Should I Use?

In the world of IT, where more and more companies are migrating to the Cloud and expanding at global scales, configuration management (CM) tools have emerged as a critical part of any system deployment. Designed to automate the configuration and maintenance of multiple networked systems, CM tools can help companies use recipes, playbooks, templates and other tools to simplify automation and coordination across an IT environment to provide a seamless deployment. Companies looking to choose a CM solution should consider the following: The tool model – Some require a master-client model, which uses a central control point to communicate with distributed machines. Others operate on a local level with a server-based host. Environment – Consider the dominant language of your existing system and the institutional knowledge and […]

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FinTech Sends Financial Services a Wakeup Call

FinTech Jolts the Financial Services Market Whether you call fintech changes to the financial services market disruptive, seismic (my favorite) or a technology tsunami, there’s no doubt: technology developments and customer expectations drive established companies to stay competitive by adopting new tools and practices.  What’s responsible for this turbulence? CapGemini analysts point to Growing customer expectations of convenient, connected services. Lower barriers to market entry. The accelerated pace of technological evolution. Enthusiastic venture capital funding. Financial Services Market: Ready for Change Since the fintech revolution started with the founding of PayPal 20 years ago, the financial services market has been ripe for change. Here are three current reasons why: Customers comfortable with mobile connectivity want to engage with their finances […]

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