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HCL Workload Automation & SAP: better together

When we talk about operational efficiency and orchestration of IT and Business workflows, workload automation is Enterprise Resource Planning’s best friend. We see this every single day with our customers, especially those using SAP to run their critical business processes.

By leveraging the power of HCL Workload Automation and making the most out of its integration with SAP, we have seen our customers move their businesses to the next level of innovation and maturity.

Want to learn how? Let’s start from the beginning.

HCL WORKLOAD AUTOMATION 101

From a high-level, wherever there is a process to automate, there is the need for Workload Automation to manage it.

  • HCL Workload Automation (HWA) is the perfect platform to schedule, run and manage digital business processes from end to end, automatically. And thanks to Workload Automation, business processing can take place without human intervention.
  • The platform boosts a customer’s business by seamlessly orchestrating complex workflows across multiple platforms and applications. It acts as a meta-orchestrator for continuous automation, leveraging containerization and an intuitive user interface, while offering the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) on the market. Plus, it provides a single point of control for application Developers, IT Administrators and Operators, providing them both autonomy and precise governance through centralized access control that includes auditing and versioning.

HWA is available for mainframe, virtualized (on-premise), and on cloud and hybrid cloud environments.

HCL Workload Automation is SAP S/4 HANA certified and is available on the SAP App Center.

As recently stated by Alexandra Thurel, director of Product Management at HCL Software: “Adopting the right workload automation solution is key for businesses. Customers need a flexible and powerful orchestrator that can achieve advanced integration and execution of business-critical processes, combining SAP and non-SAP workloads while ensuring full governance and compliance of their automation.

How can you make the most out of SAP by combining it with the power of Workload Automation?

Here are a few examples of what HCL Workload Automation will help you do…

  • Standardization of Tools
    • Manage SAP and non-SAP integrated workflows so you can run all end-to-end business, infrastructure and automation processes using the same platform.
    • Securely monitor and manage all automated workflows from a single view reducing labor and redundant tool costs.
    • Meet business critical SLAs to reduce fines and penalties by proactively monitoring and controlling workloads.
    • Adhere to regulatory auditing requirements to reduce rework and possible fines or penalties.
  • Value for Investment
    • Consolidate your workload automation resources and tools under one platform to reduce resource and licensing costs.
    • Reduce error-prone manual processes that create delays in critical business processing.
    • Simply migrate your SAP workloads by importing them directly into HCL Workload Automation from your SAP environments.
    • Create advanced solutions utilizing included feature-rich capabilities and future-proof your investment with free updates and plugins.
  • Ease of Use
    • Integrate with current IT management application landscapes using built-in features including no cost APIs and plugins to take control of your business.
    • Monitor using a state-of-the-art GUI with customizable dashboards that give you the view you need to effectively manage your workflows.
    • Streamline management with Workload Folders to securely organize work according to your business and organizational needs.
    • Containerize your HCL Workload Automation agent and infrastructure deployments to reduce deployment and upgrade times.
  • Cutting-Edge Innovation
    • Stay compliant with built-in auditing so you can understand and report on who did what, where and why and on which ticket.
    • Manage your workflows using built-in version control. You can even roll back to a previous version of a workflow.
    • Use What-If impact analysis and advanced analytics to determine exactly how your workflows will run and when they will be complete.
    • Use zero-downtime agent upgrades that allow you to upgrade an agent without causing an application batch outage during the upgrade window.
    • Use HCL Clara, our NLP L-1 automation bot, to answer Workload Automation questions and to provide a user-friendly window into your Workload Automation workflows, complete with secure access to a library of typical actions that can be executed.
    • Use HCL HERO (our HWA infrastructure health-check monitor and recovery runbook optimizer) to monitor not only the Workload Automation application infrastructure but also to understand how your HWA environments are performing using Machine Learning. The runbook optimizer provides a means to quickly recover your HWA environment from typical issues you may experience.
  • Cloud Adaptability
    • Manage workflows on mainframe, virtually (on premise), on cloud, or hybrid clouds allowing you to “run-from-anywhere”.
    • Use our “run-from-anywhere” philosophy to securely manage your application workflows across all platforms and clouds managed from a single point of control.
    • Speed your cloud evolution with Workload Automation on AWS®, MS Azure® and the SAP App Center.
    • Use Docker® images to deploy and manage agents and infrastructure components to quickly deploy and upgrade your HCL Workload Automation environments. As part of our continuous-delivery strategy, new features are delivered regularly that can be used after each upgrade.

ARE YOU READY FOR THE FUTURE?

Want to learn more?

Visit the SAP App Center to contact us and let’s talk about how to move your SAP & automation game to the next level!

 

THANK YOU

I would like to thank Emauela Zaccone for her participation in authoring this blog.

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