8 Use Cases for Modernizing and Automating Workflows

October 9, 2017 by Branden Pleines

Use Cases for Modernizing and Automating

Managing an organization’s many tools and business processes is becoming increasingly complicated as technology expands. Whether your teams are performing their weekly system reboot, or looking to configure instances to a desired state, it’s no secret that automation is critical to increase speed, efficiency, productivity, and accuracy. Listed below are several instances1 where automation can help across your enterprise.

  • Weekly system reboot: There’s nothing worse than doing the same thing for 8 hours a day! Eliminate repetitive, manual processes with automation.
  • Enforce security guidelines: Rules are rules. It’s best to automate in an effort to achieve strict security standards.
  • Monitor configuration drift: Use check mode with Ansible tasks to enforce desired settings and see if your configuration has drifted.
  • Disaster recovery: Disaster recovery can involve a wide range of components. Act across different variables of the technology stack to identify problems and eliminate cross team dependencies.
  • Command blaster: Remarkably easy to write, you can run commands across your environment for any number of servers.
  • Database binary patching: Several databases use outdated binary sets. Patch the binaries in accordance with the release of the latest patch.
  • Instance provisioning: Use modules for several cloud providers to create new instances and tailor their configuration.
  • Service license agreements: Mistakes cost time and money. Eliminate errors that can crop up in detailed software contracts.

Want to learn more about how you can use Ansible to modernize and automate workflows? Join me on October 17th for my webinar, or watch it on demand.

1Ideas sourced from: https://www.ansible.com/blog/orchestration-you-keep-using-that-word




Branden Pleines

Branden Pleines is a Consultant on the Automation Practice team with experience in Ansible and Red Hat BPM. His recent work includes Ansible content that applies DISA STIGs to Windows Servers. He is currently working on Ansible content at a large enterprise in the energy sector and has projects with teams that span across organizational units and environments. His active project uses Ansible to apply Oracle’s latest quarterly database binary patches to SQL servers. Another ongoing project reconstructs an internal data gathering process for a widely used, historical configuration drift monitoring tool. In his free time Branden enjoys basketball, live music, and life in the Bay Area.

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