Aiming for Lean IT? Get There and Get Agile with OnCommand Workflow Automation.

By Kristina Brand, OnCommand Product Marketing


Lean IT and finding ways to be more agile is a common goal for many companies. Lean IT focuses on standardizing processes, and making them repeatable, with the aim of improving quality and reducing costs. But when you’re faced with high data growth, manual scripting, and a tight budget, achieving Lean IT can be extremely challenging. I recently spoke with some colleagues and learned how one company found a way to help their small IT team not just cope, but actually standardize processes, and improve productivity and operational efficiency.

The good news for this customer is that one of their business units was experiencing phenomenal storage growth, of over 90% in the past two years. However the IT team knew that they couldn’t continue to manage their storage using their existing tools and processes, which included spreadsheets and manual scripting. They also knew that they couldn’t hire more staff, so they turned to NetApp for help.


The IT team was already using NetApp® OnCommand® management software to manage their NetApp storage, including System Manager and Unified Manager, but they needed something in addition to these tools. The company knew that automation would be a key to solving their problem, and decided that it was time that they explored their options. So they attended an online session and learned how OnCommand Workflow Automation works with Unified Manager, and how it could help them automate provisioning and data protection, and get rid of the spreadsheets and manual processes that they were dependent upon. They realized that Workflow Automation would enable them to standardize and introduce repeatable processes, and help them achieve consistent service delivery and improve quality of service.


That wasn’t all. The company also wanted a solution that would work well with their existing environment, including their Microsoft® applications. And they were pleased to learn that OnCommand Workflow Automation would not only meet their needs around automated provisioning, it would also integrate with their existing infrastructure and Microsoft applications; including Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Microsoft Orchestrator, Microsoft Service Manager, Microsoft Data Protection Manager, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Exchange. The fact that OnCommand Workflow Automation acts a point of integration—so that they did not have to change anything—was a huge relief to the IT management team.


The company seized the opportunity to implement OnCommand Workflow Automation in their dev/test environment. They were also extremely pleased that NetApp has such a strong partnership with Microsoft, and offers numerous integration capabilities. Now they're looking forward to becoming more agile, speeding up their time to market, and increasing their operational savings.


If you want to learn more about OnCommand Workflow Automation, watch the technical introduction video on the OnCommand Workflow Automation community.