5 Tips for Modernizing Your Process Automation Strategy

Don’t get me wrong, I love System Center Orchestrator (as you will see here AND here), but it is important to know when it is time to move on. Well my friends, it’s time. Some months ago now, Microsoft publicly announced that their investment in new features Orchestrator had come to an end, and that a cloud-first strategy would be the norm. The Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS), together with Azure Automation, is actually the bridge for organizations wishing to modernize their automation strategy,..even organizations not quite ready to go “all-in” with Microsoft Azure. In this article, I will share five tips to help optimize your journey in modernizing your process automation strategy. Tip #1: Don’t make big investments in legacy tools Since Orchestrator is a legacy component, it is probably best not to rush into costly investments in Orchestrator-based solutions that you will only have to rewrite later. However, I am not saying not to use Orchestrator at all. If you find a runbook for free (or cheap) you can download that solves a problem, go ahead! If the development cycle is fairly short, no problem! However, think twice before spending tens of thousands of dollars on Orchestrator-based development or solutions. “How would you suggest I move forward” you ask? Read on. Tip #2: Don’t count on the Orchestrator Migration Toolkit to handle everything The System Center Orchestrator Orchestrator Migration Toolkit will convert some of...

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