Be Careful – What’s Software Free Out there May Cost You in the End!

Free_SoftwareWho doesn’t love getting something for nothing – especially when you’re working with a limited budget and have to find creative ways to keep your business running efficiently, such as with IT automation tools, without breaking the bank? While some of the products out there that are being offered for free are great, and can serve a purpose for your business, some of aren’t quite so beneficial after all. In fact, turning to the wrong type of “freebie” can actually end up costing you more money in the long run. Here’s how:

First of all, free products typically focus on providing a single-use solution. In other words, they’re designed to address one or maybe two problems that you or your team may be facing, but they aren’t all-encompassing. This is all fine and good until you step back and realize you’ve got a dozen different tools running at the same time, and none of them are actually working together. In some cases, they may even be working against each other. The result of this fragmented approach is decreased efficiency and increased chance of human error, both of which can be costly to your business.

Secondly, free products are not usually designed to support a long term strategy, but rather to fix a present need. Any successful business person knows that in order to continue to be profitable, there must be a strategy in place that will account for both the present and the future. Without an effective long term plan, you’ll only be able to realize short term goals, and you may find your tools falling short over time. IT automation tools that you purchase, on the other hand, are much more robust and can be figured into the big picture and help you achieve long term goals.

Another way that free products may end up costing you in the end is that they typically lack real substance. When they’re built to be free, they’re usually missing several key components that could really take your business to the next level. This means your automation won’t be running on all cylinders and the results will ultimately fall short. Some are even temporary, so you may find yourself with no other choice but to purchase the full product in the end just to avoid having to start over again. If the full version isn’t much better than the free one, you’ve wasted valuable money that could have been spent on a better product.

Finally, there’s the age old theory that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. If you’re going to place your trust in a free product, you’d better make sure you understand the motive behind the giveaway. These businesses are in it to make money too, and giving everything away isn’t going to do them any good….unless they can somehow rope you in via their free product to have to pay for other things, such as ongoing support or add-ons. Before you know it, that “free” tool has suddenly cost you more than it would have to simply purchase a quality product outright.

In short, while availing yourself of free products may seem to make smart business sense upfront, in the long run it may end up costing you more. Do you really want to take chances on a half-rate product that could end up doing the exact opposite of what it was designed for by actually costing money and hindering productivity and efficiency? The wisest choice, at least when it comes to automation, is to do your homework and select a quality tool that isn’t free, but will produce the benefits your business needs over the long haul.





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Ayehu Software Names Most Recent IT Process Automation Super Hero of the Month: Yaniv Shachar of Ness Technologies

Ayehu Software Names Most Recent IT Process Automation Super Hero of the Month: Yaniv Shachar of Ness TechnologiesAyehu Software Technologies Ltd, industry leading developer of enterprise-class IT process automation products has announced its most recent Super Hero of the Month award recipient. This month, the company has chosen Yaniv Shachar of Ness Technologies. Yaniv stood out amongst the other nominees for his use of automation to streamline workflows, saving his team valuable time and resources.

In his role as System Team Leader, Shachar noticed that his team was spending an inordinate amount of time managing workflows. Any time an automatic flow would be needed, the group would have to rely on scripts which often took hours to write and debug. For example, bulk SMS sends were done by calling a specific .EXE file using a batch script. Shachar recognized that all the time it took to do this and other similar activities could be better spent on more important tasks, so he set out to find a solution.

About two years ago, the eyeShare product was introduced to Shachar and his team. Where before, the group relied on Batch, KIX and VBS scripts for flow automation, they began using eyeShare to shift these labor-intensive tasks, allowing technology to do the heavy lifting. Since implementation, they have automated a number of daily workflows, including adding/removing users from AD group, bulk SMS sends and daily XML import/exports from one system interface to another. Their security information and event management (SIEM) system also leverages eyeShare to send SMS alerts to the administrative team.

According to Schachar, the results have been incredible.

“Our flow delivery has been streamlined and is much faster and easier than ever before. Some of our workflows have been created in just minutes – a far cry from the hours of painstaking work they used to take,” he comments. “Because workflow creation is faster, my team is saving time, which results in a marked increase in efficiency. Delivery quality has also improved, because logging is more detailed than before. We can now trace and find workflow bugs and fix them in real-time.”

Ayehu’s Super Hero of the Month award is given each month to someone in the IT industry that is using IT process automation to save time, improve efficiency and catapult their team and/or organization to the next level. Anyone who uses the eyeShare product is eligible to receive this coveted award.

About Ness Technologies

Ness Technologies is a global IT service provider, serving customers in more than 20 countries. Their extensive portfolio includes software product engineering, enterprise application and business services, software distribution, and much more. For more information, please visit the company website at www.ness.com.

About Ayehu

Ayehu Software Technologies Ltd. develops and markets eyeShare, a lightweight, enterprise-grade product for unified incident management. Deployed at major enterprises and supporting thousands of business users, Ayehu eyeShare helps IT professionals identify and resolve critical incidents up to 90 percent faster, minimizing their impact to the business and saving time for IT operations teams. For more information, please visit www.ayehu.com





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