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Scott Turner

How Orca Works. A Summary.

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Using Orca Orca is an application release and configuration automation platform that delivers 1) Central, Secure Control & Compliance Enforcement  2) Intelligent Workflow Automation of Linux, Unix and Windows ecosystems  3) Application Ecosystem Modeling & Visibility and 4)  Audit-ready  Reporting. For more information on How Orca Works, please view our Orca product sheet and whitepapers or request a demo overview.  1) Central, Secure Change Control & Compliance Enforcement  Orca inventories all of your...
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CIO Series: Aligning IT to the Business

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Here's a thought for 2017. Every year author, entrepreneur and Forbes contributor Steve Andriole, provides his analysis of Top CIO priorities. While many of the priorities (security, cost, agility, etc.) are predictable, it is Andriole’s analysis and recommendations that are provocative and likely to make CIOs ‘crazy’ (his words). This article covers aligning IT with the business. IT Recommendation 1: Aligning IT with the Business The only...
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Gartner Data Center 2016 Summary

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3 Lessons learned from #GartnerDC DevOps Adoption, Tool Proliferation, ITIL: Gartner Data Center 2016 Summary  If you missed the Gartner Data Center conference last week in Las Vegas. Not to worry. We are here to share what happened in Vegas with you. Dipping their toes in the DevOps pool: It is easy to assume that everyone is already on board with DevOps. But many organizations still...
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DevOps Survey Results

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DevOps Survey Says!  What our recent DevOps surveys tell us about the state of DevOps, Reliance on Scripting and IT Automation Click here for the original posting on DevOps.com (Opens in a new tab) Scripting and IT automation A lot of IT Operations teams including Application Owners, Configuration Managers, Middleware Specialists, and Database Administrators are managing infrastructure configuration change with manual processes, spreadsheets and scripts. ...
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DevOps Enterprise Summit 2016 (DOES2016) – three takeaways

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OpsDev is the New DevOps and Other Observations  Lessons learned from DOES2016  DevOps Enterprise Summit 2016 (#DOES2016) in San Francisco was a big success. Here are 3 takeaways that may benefit you: DevDev--> DevOps -->OpsDev?: There was a noticeable shift this year to a more balanced Dev AND Ops message. This was true of the speakers, of the attendees and of the new solutions that are...
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BladeLogic Middleware Automation BMA Comparison with Orca

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Need a BladeLogic Middleware Automation (BMA) alternative?  If you are seeking a BMA replacement, consider this   Orca supports many different types of applications in different environments. BMA supports Java EE applications only.  Orca is faster and less resource intensive than BMA whose agentless architecture relies on middleware-specific connections (such as gathering WAS configurations via the SOAP port and pulling all the MBeans). Audit and drift compliance policy reporting is...
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Automating WebSphere Workflows

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Orca Saves Time, Money and Hassle in Automating WebSphere workflows Essential but difficult WebSphere use cases now automated. DevOps Delivered. Automating WebSphere Workflows: Common "Compare" Scenarios Scenario #1: Compare the configuration of two different ecosystems (WAS cells) Without Orca: 2-4 Hours With Orca: 30 Minutes You come back from lunch and a bunch of developers are at your desk waiting for you.  They deployed an application update...
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DevOps Approach to WebSphere Application Server Configuration Management

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WebSphere Application Server configuration management does not have to be so difficult Time for a DevOps approach WebSphere Application Server configuration management: Traditional Approaches lead to Traditional Challenges Today admins are currently forced to do one of three things to configure their WebSphere Application Server (WAS): Use the WAS admin console to manually view configurations Write and maintain wsadmin scripts, or Maintain wsadmin scripts through an automation tool....
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Ecommerce Holiday Readiness Checklist

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5 Steps for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Holiday Readiness Ho. Ho. Ho. It’s that time of year again. Seriously. It is. It’s way too late for April Fools but it’s definitely not too early for ecommerce holiday readiness planning. In fact now is the perfect time to get your ecommerce house in order well before the planned lockdowns of your critical web based applications. Balance...
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CIO Series: Security & Privacy

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Forbes contributor Steve Andriole provides his analysis of Top CIO priorities in which he advocates unorthodox approaches to Security & Privacy. Specifically, he floats the idea of aligning the budget for Security & Privacy to the organization that is tasked with protecting Security & Privacy. Andriole also cautions against companies which "buy, install and support monster enterprise applications".  We argue that this line of thinking certainly applies to...
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Modernizing Your DevOps Tool Chain

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Build a DevOps tool chain that works today and tomorrow Doing Less with More? Or More with Less? Summary: Choose your DevOps tool chain carefully. Select tools that work with the IT you want and with the IT you have for cross-platform application release and configuration management.  The IT climate of “doing more with less” has evolved into an IT reality of “doing less with more”. Who...
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Agile for Ops

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IT Operations Teams are Pushed to Keep Up with Dev Can DevOps tools help achieve Agile for Ops? Until now Agile has mostly been applied to Development practices. But where does that leave Ops? Operations teams are naturally being pushed to keep up with Dev's pace. Ops is struggling though. It’s not from a lack of talent. It’s not from a lack of trying. Ops teams...
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IT Migration from Today to Someday

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“Here is a blank check. Spend whatever you need on IT migration and modernization of our entire IT environment right away”, said no one ever. IT Migration: Bridging Your Today IT to Your 'Someday' IT There are simply too many new game-changing technologies and platforms to adopt all at once. Until ‘someday’ arrives you have to prioritize where and how you spend your limited IT budget. What...
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Configuration Automation Myths vs Reality

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Myths vs Reality: Configuration Automation & Scripting  Scripting is safe, fast and secure...Or is it? Configuration Management is unnecessary once you migrate to the cloud...Or is it? IT is tough enough without buying into misinformation. We outline some important Configuration Automation Myths vs Realities in this chart. Unlike a mythical (someday) environment, Orca is built for the real world complexities that developers, IT Ops, application owners...
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Scripting-Centric Automation vs Intelligent Workflow Automation

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Comparing Multi-step Scripting with Drag & Drop Deployments When it comes to deploying changes throughout your enterprise-scale, AIX, Linux and Windows application environment, there is Scripting-Centric “Automation”…and there is Intelligent Workflow Automation. Puppet, Chef and Orca are all used to maintain desired state and deploy routine configuration changes. But how they manage configurations and deploy those changes is very different. Puppet and Chef use scripting-centric automation while...
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