Author Archive: Charles Skamser

Charles Skamser is an internationally recognized technology sales and marketing leader with over 25 years of experience in Information Governance, eDiscovery, computer assisted analytics and cloud computing. Charles is the founder and Senior Analyst for eDiscovery Solutions Group, a global provider of information management consulting, market intelligence and advisory services specializing in information governance, eDiscovery, Big Data analytics and cloud computing solutions. Previously, Charles served in various executive roles with disruptive technology start ups and well know industry technology providers. Charles is a prolific author and a regular speaker on the technology that the Global 2000 require to management the accelerating increase in Electronically Stored Information (ESI). Charles holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Macalester College.

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IBM Tivoli, BMC and SMA Solutions Top Poll on IT Automation Software

IBM Tivoli, BMC and SMA Solutions Top Poll on IT Automation Software

| September 29, 2014

The results are in for the eDiscoveryTimes poll that ran the past two weeks asking “Which IT Automation Software are you currently running or planning to run in the next 12 months?”.  Finishing first with 28% of the vote was IBM’s Tivoli Workload Scheduler.  Finishing second with 23% of the vote was BMC’s Control-M Workload […]

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Michael Taylor Sees Big Opportunities for SMA Solutions to Expand Support for Automating The Enterprise

Michael Taylor Sees Big Opportunities for SMA Solutions to Expand Support for Automating The Enterprise

| September 23, 2014

In my continuing efforts to expand the coverage of eDiscoveryTimes, I have expanded my executive interview series to include executives from the IT Automation market.  My first interview is with Michael Taylor, CEO of SMA Solutions.  Founded in 1980 in Houston, Texas by experts from NASA, SMA Solutions is a pioneer in the scheduling and workload automation […]

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Inforum 2014 Update and Final Wrap

Inforum 2014 Update and Final Wrap

| September 18, 2014

Infor is one of the most exciting software vendors emerging onto the global IT market in years. As part of my analysis of the IT Automation market, I have decided to start following and reporting on Infor. This initial post includes an overview of their global user conference from 2013 and a wrap video from their 2014 user conference. I would recommend that you take a look and see what they are up to. It’s very impressive.

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Baylor College of Medicine Automates Cross Platform IT Operations and Goes “Lights Out” with OpCon

Baylor College of Medicine Automates Cross Platform IT Operations and Goes “Lights Out” with OpCon

| September 17, 2014

Automating migration from a legacy mainframe to current server platforms and then automating the new environment may seem a bit dry and boring. However, even though automating IT operations at Baylor College of Medicine may not be glitzy and glamorous, it is fundamental to ensure 99.99% up-time and provide the most efficient and cost effective “lights out” computing environment available for doctors that are relying on these systems to save lives. Although I haven’t yet investigated what other hospitals and associated health organizations are utilizing, I would be surprised it they weren’t using products or a variety of product that are very similar. In the end, I think the “take away” with OpCon is that it enables large organizations to control all of their systems from a single platform. This is impressive and the inefficiencies and cost savings to clients is obvious.

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Automation Software Poll

Automation Software Poll

| September 10, 2014

In my continuing effort to analyze and report on the IT Automation market, following is my first poll on what automation software is being utilized.   I will publish and comment on the results of this poll in two (2) weeks.    

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Financial Services Industry to Benefit from Software Automation

Financial Services Industry to Benefit from Software Automation

| September 9, 2014

On September 4, 2014, Michael Moore posted a really interesting interview with Richard Muirhead, CEO of Automic on the Computer Business Review website (www.cbronline.com), titled, “Q+A – HOW CAN BANKS BENEFIT FROM SOFTWARE AUTOMATION?“. The premise of the interview is that CIOs can no longer be sure that the underlying infrastructure they have is fit for purpose […]

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eDiscoveryTimes to Cover Evolving IT Automation Market

eDiscoveryTimes to Cover Evolving IT Automation Market

| August 21, 2014

I envision the same workflow management software that enables a credit union to automatically run the nightly batch jobs required to balance its ledgers also enabling any Global 2000 corporation to ensure that its document management policies are automatically enforced.

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eDiscovery Vendors that Support Information Governance

eDiscovery Vendors that Support Information Governance

| June 3, 2014

As a followup to my  May 14, 2014 article titled, “The Next Big Thing in eDiscovery and Information Governance,” I ran a poll the last couple of weeks asking which eDiscovery tool vendors did the best job of also supporting the requirements of Information Governance.  The results, although a bit skewed due to what appears to […]

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The Next Big Thing in eDiscovery and Information Governance

The Next Big Thing in eDiscovery and Information Governance

| May 14, 2014

5 years ago, the “Next Big Thing” (NBT) in eDiscovery was Early Case Assessment (ECA).  Over the past 24 months the NBT in eDiscovery has been Predictive Coding.  Today, May 14, 2014, I am going to once again predict that the NBT for eDiscovery over the next 24 months is going to be the merging […]

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eDSG Poll Suggests Current eDiscovery Software is Too Expensive

eDSG Poll Suggests Current eDiscovery Software is Too Expensive

| April 22, 2014

A recent poll by eDSG run the week of April 14-21, 2014 asking the question, “What aspects of your current eDiscovery / Information Governance Software are you most dissatisfied with?“, suggests that cost is the number one cause of dissatisfaction.  The results of the poll are certainly not “new news” or unique.  However,  I predict […]

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