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Ayehu (Tel Aviv) is seeking a Front End Java Script Developer to join our developer force. Ayehu develops and markets eyeShare™, a lightweight, enterprise-grade IT Process Automation solution.

You will be responsible for the design and development of our next generation solution for our clients.  You will work closely with business and IT stakeholders in a collaborative, team environment to envision and implement modern software architectures that are of extremely high quality.

Front End Javascript Developer

  • 4+ years experience doing UI/Front-end development
  • Proven experience developing with front end technologies, including JavaScript, CSS3 and HTML5
  • Demonstrable experience with JavaScript libraries and frameworks beyond jQuery (e.g. AngularJS, Backbone, etc.)
  • Experience working with MSSQL, IIS and Microsoft Technologies, Visual Studio TFS
  • Bachelor Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology

Location: Tel Aviv
Start Date: July 2015
More information: email us at hr@ayehu.com

Is IT Process Automation Technology Really a Threat to India’s $108 Billion-IT Sector?

Is IT Process Automation Technology Really a Threat to India’s $108 Billion-IT Sector?There have been a number of articles published recently which indicate that IT Process Automation is widely seen as a disruptive threat to India’s IT sector – an industry that is worth over a hundred billion dollars. It’s somewhat easy to see why, with robots and humanoids automating and delivering outsourcing capabilities at a cost of less than one-fourth the billing rates of human engineers and a fraction of the overall cost to do business. So, is this technological advancement truly going to harm the multi-billion dollar industry, or will it, instead, revolutionize the way software and back-office projects are delivered?

For many years, IT firms throughout India focused on bringing in hundreds, sometimes thousands of new engineering graduates and trained them in a variety of areas, such as software development and IT maintenance. The lower cost of hiring new graduates in bulk was successful in bringing costs down across the board. The problem these firms now face is competition from newer IT services companies that are leveraging automation to do more with fewer resources and at a much lower price tag.

Another hurdle that many previously successful IT firms in India are now facing is the fact that the demands for their services in places like the US and Europe is beginning to wane. With access to a wider variety of resources, many of which are much more cost effective, fewer organizations are turning exclusively to India for their IT management needs. Where traditionally, IT services from India delivered anywhere from a 15-30% cost savings, IT Process Automation could potentially offer a more significant savings of 60-80%.

There’s certainly no doubt about it – the climate as it was previously known in India is forever being changed. Yet this doesn’t necessarily mean that the entire industry should collectively place its tail between its legs and slink into redundancy. The effect of automation on India’s once thriving IT sector will depend entirely on how those within it choose to react. Rather than viewing automation as a threat to future success and profitability, it would be wiser to view this shift as an opportunity for further skill advancement and a chance to focus on other important business areas.

In fact, if IT service providers in India choose instead to embrace automation and leverage it as a tool to improve not only their internal function and operational efficiency, but to also use it as a selling point to provide up-to-date, relevant and cost effective solutions to its customers. A good example of this is the IT firm IPsoft Inc., which now uses software robots instead of engineers on the projects it outsources, including the US’s largest cable provider, Comcast.

Furthermore, other large organizations, such as American Express and Citigroup could potentially cut outsourcing costs by up to 80% by relying on IT Process Automation versus trained workers. That doesn’t necessarily mean these skilled workers are suddenly useless. It just means that they will now be able to stop wasting time and energy on repetitive, brainless tasks and instead put their skills to better use.

We’ll conclude with another quote from Dube, who boldly stated that, “Very soon, you’ll pass someone in the hallway and not know whether it’s a human or an android. Androids are coming in a big way.” While it’s unclear exactly how realistic that statement is, one thing is definitely true: IT Process Automation is changing the face of the IT industry and if you don’t hop on and embrace it now, you’re sure to get left behind.

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5 Business Processes that are Ideal for Robotic Process Automation

5 Business Processes that are Ideal for Robotic Process AutomationWhile the concept of robotics is gathering speed and capturing the attention of more and more executives across multiple industries, there is still a huge barrier to overcome before it can become fully embraced. Many decision makers still feel that human capital is more valuable than automation, and in many cases, they’re correct. There are, however, a number of processes that not only could but should be handled by robotic process automation (RPA). Here are five such processes, in no particular order.

Processes that already do not require much human intervention. Think about the tasks that are performed, not just in IT, but across your organization on a day to day basis. Those repetitive tasks that do not necessarily require a ton of input from your human workers, such as payroll batching and other accounting functions, are ideal for RPA. Of course, even processes that are decision-heavy can benefit from introducing automation into various steps along the workflow.

Processes that tend to be more prone to human error. Whether you like it or not, people make mistakes. Even those employees who are well trained and possess years of experience can commit an error from time to time, and errors can cause major problems for your business. Look for processes that require a lot of repetitive work, which can often cause the human attention span to waiver. Let RPA handle these tasks and you’ll automatically see a reduction in costly mistakes.

Processes that require multiple systems to work in sync. One of the biggest benefits of Robotic Process Automation is its ability to tie together several systems and work with them, either simultaneously or in various intervals. Rather than have your personnel juggling multiple programs to get simple tasks done, let RPA do it for you and free up your staff to focus on those tasks that do require human input.

Processes that have clear-cut rules. Robots are able to follow well-defined rules, so any workflows that present specific, “If A, then B” rules would be perfect for RPA. IT Process Automation can be capable of handling more complex and less straightforward rules, provided you have a robust, quality product in place.

Processes that require limited exceptions. The purpose of Robotic Process Automation is to reduce the need for human interaction with processes. It’s not intended to increase or even maintain them. For that reason, transactions that would require the program to report on multiple errors and exceptions might not be the best fit for robotic process automation at this time. That is, unless you’ve invested in a more sophisticated product.

Of course, these are merely meant to be used as a general guideline, not set-in-stone rules. You know your business best, and may determine that certain tasks or workflows would still benefit from RPA based on your particular needs. Additionally, as technology continues to improve, so will the capabilities of IT Process Automation, which will further benefit businesses around the world.





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Top 10 Cyber Security Trends for 2015

Top 10 Cyber Security Trends for 2015The topic of cyber security is a hot one these days, and poised to remain that way for the foreseeable future.

With online security threats becoming much more sophisticated, businesses of every shape, size and industry are finding themselves in a position to spend time, money and resources to keep sensitive data safe. One of the most effective ways to do so is to remain abreast of what’s happening within the cyber security sphere so you can stay ahead of the game. That said, let’s take a look at the top 10 trends expected to affect this area over the coming months.

1. Shift to More Holistic and Flexible Strategies – With the level, intensity and type of threats changing on an almost daily basis, IT professionals will need to adapt to address these changes. A robust, automated system for monitoring and managing incidents will be required.

2. Integration vs. Single Solutions – There will be no one-size-fits-all approach to handling cyber-attacks. To the contrary, various technologies and systems will need to seamlessly work together to achieve the greatest level of protection. The key will be to find solutions that offer comprehensive integration while also providing out-of-the-box, user-friendly features.

3. Surge in Regulatory and Compliance Requirements – With the increase in security threats, we will also see a rise in the regulations surrounding compliance, particularly within the Government, Retail, Banking and Commodities sectors. These regulations will differ by country and will be based on industry best practices.

4. Rise of Mobile Malware – Cyber-attacks will no longer be confined solely to traditional servers and other equipment. Malware is now being aimed at mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. This remains a significant concern, both for consumers and for businesses, which will need to develop strategies to address this growing problem. This will be particularly high on the list of priorities for the banking and retail industries as well as those organizations who’ve adopted a BYOD policy.

5. Automated Incident Detection – Online security is a 24/7/365 job. In lieu of hiring round-the-clock staff or requiring your IT personnel to remain constantly on-call, automation will become even more widely adopted across the globe. Incidents can be immediately detected, analyzed and prioritized, and the appropriate staff can be notified accordingly for a much more efficient and effective process.

6. Automated Incident Response – Along with the automation of incoming alerts, the response process will also be an area that IT Process Automation can be more effectively leveraged. By integrating a sophisticated ITPA product with the incident management strategy and creating a closed-loop process, the impact of any successful cyber-attacks can be significantly minimized while mean time to resolution (MTTR) can be dramatically improved.

7. Focus on Protecting Embedded Platforms – Platforms such as telecom infrastructure, hand-held devices and POS terminals have been exposed as targets for cyber criminals, as evidenced in the recent attacks in the retail and oil/gas sectors. Stronger security strategies will need to be developed and implemented to account for this added risk.

8. Increased Automation of Security Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) – Not only will enterprises need to continue to adhere to various regulatory and compliance standards, but there will also be a pressing need to maintain a level of flexibility and sustainability in doing so. In order to effectively manage audit requirements, more and more organizations will begin to adopt automated solutions.

9. Shift from Awareness to Best Practices – The previous strategy of simply raising employee awareness of information security will no longer be sufficient. Instead, organizations must focus their efforts on employee training and implementation of “best practices” to ensure proper risk-based behavior.

10. Proactive vs. Reactive Approach – With the trend toward automation leading the way for incident management and response, there will be a natural shift toward a more proactive approach to cyber security. Whether the adopted model is internal, outsourced or a hybrid of both will vary by organization based on industry, location, cost, level of risk and a number of other unique factors, but all will need to adapt accordingly.

While each of these trends comes with its own set of circumstances, the one common thread that ties most of them together is the growing importance of IT process automation in keeping critical information safe from cyber-attacks.

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Are you prepared for a disaster? IT Process Automation can keep your business ready

Are you prepared for a disaster? IT Process Automation can keep your business readyAre you prepared for a disaster? Using past events to develop a recovery plan, training your staff and using IT Process Automation can keep your business ready for anything.

With many recent natural disasters occurring around the world, from earthquakes to wildfires, it’s important to develop a proactive plan for your company should you face a similar disaster or emergency. These types of events often cause offices to close, which means costly downtime and service disruptions. So, how does a business effectively respond and maintain control when they are forced to be away from their data centers? Here are a few helpful tips.

Learn from past events

If you were affected by Sandy, or another recent catastrophic event, what was the sequence of events that went wrong? What could you have done better to prepare for and weather the storm more effectively? Analyze the answers to these questions so that you can be prepared to develop and implement a better plan in the future.

Develop and document a detailed disaster recovery plan

Use events of the past and brainstorm other potential problems that might occur in the future to define specific procedures that you can turn to should any such situation arise. Be as thorough and detailed as you can be so that any scenario you can anticipate is accounted for and addressed.

Train your staff

Once you have a documented disaster recovery plan, introduce your personnel to it and begin training and dry run tests. The more everyone becomes familiar with the plan, the quicker and more smoothly it can be implemented if and when the time comes. Remember to train new staff as they come on board too so everyone is always up to speed.

Automate your important systems tasks

Many natural disasters result in office and facilities closure, which means that you won’t necessarily be on hand to control your systems in the wake of an emergency. IT Process Automation allows you to maintain that control from wherever you are, letting you respond and make critical decisions as needed. ITPA can be leveraged in a number of ways, including:

  • Setting up automated alert and escalation procedures (with two way communication)
  • Preparing for capacity; increasing your computing resources in the event that one of your sites is down
  • Preparing remediation procedures for when incidents and problems occur, such as service or application failures, disk space issues, etc.
  • Developing “what if” scenarios that allow you to make decisions upon receiving alert messages and be able to remotely respond, such as activating your DR plan when the time is right to move from failed service/server to its backup
  • Assembling a set of processes in case your Help Desk gets a flood of users who call for help. These automated processes can cover common requests such as password resets, unlock AD accounts and more.

Facing a natural disaster can be detrimental to a business, especially if they’re not adequately prepared ahead of time. The ensuing downtime and systems outages can result in loss of revenue and even business closure. These simple tips will help you to be prepared and ready to face whatever storm, disaster or emergency may come your way so that you can remain in control at all times and focus on getting your business back up and running with little to no impact when the dust settles.

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Today’s IT “Battle of the Centuries”

IT automation -Today's IT Battle of the Centuries

Mrs. Modern and Mrs. Drudge in a fierce dishwashing competition

This post was originally published in Noah Stahl’s blog.

At the New York World’s Fair in 1939, visitors were dazzled with exhibitions of the newest technology of the time. At the Westinghouse Pavilion, the “Hall of Electrical Living” showed off the promise of new electrical household appliances to improve domestic life. Even watching the video now, you get a sense of the excitement of progress we now take for granted.

One of my favorite aspects of the fair was the “Battle of the Centuries” show, a staged competition between “Mrs. Drudge” and “Mrs. Modern”, in which the former went about the task of cleaning up the dishes using a then-new dishwashing machine, while the latter attempts to keep up with manual scrubbing and drying by hand. Of course, the outcome was never in doubt, given that it was a marketing event for Westinghouse. As one description recounts,

After a boxing-ring bell signals the end of the dishwasher cycle, Mrs. Drudge still continues furiously to wash and dry her dishes. The announcer has to turn to her and say, “Well, it’s all over Mrs. Drudge, you may as well rest now.”

Despite its lighthearted and humorous quality, the demonstration reflects a serious and important historical event: the relatively sudden and far-reaching improvements made possible by automated alternatives to long-standing, normal burdens of everyday life. Stage-drama aside, there really was a new choice to be made: did you want to continue in the way that things had always been done, like Mrs. Drudge, or make the investment in technology and processes that promised saved time and energy, and thereby opened up new possibility?

Looking back, it’s clear what the consensus choice was: automation won.

Few voices are calling for a return to the good old days of hand washing and drying. But at the time, one can imagine dissent, especially among the commercial dishwashers (the human kind). Did the giant new machines capable of power-washing a load of dishes in 5 minutes mean doom for their careers, foreshadowing a future of unemployment?

It’s likely the case that there are far fewer human dishwasher jobs today than in 1930 (labor statistics gurus feel free to chime in), but there are still some – the machines don’t load themselves. They may someday, but the point stands – 80 years later, this form of automation has not wrecked the economy or introduced permanent unemployment. It simply shifted the way things are done and the way people work, and freed up a lot of time and effort to be better spent.

While the tasks of dishwashing and doing IT and business administration are quite different, there is still a relevant parallel today. As technology advances, we’re continually faced with a version of this “battle of the centuries” question: do we want to approach the new with the attitude of Mrs. Modern, or resist as did Mrs. Drudge?

It might seem strange to ask the question, given that the “T” in IT is technology – so isn’t it “modern” by definition? In a sense, this is true: IT is the field of applying technology to solve problems in business or otherwise. But within our field, as with any other evolving area where new alternatives regularly arrive, there is always the question of whether to embrace or resist change. There is still an entire class of activities regularly done in the IT and businesses worlds that defy better available alternatives – people are still asked to physically sign and fax documents, or mail paper receipts to accounting, or follow a written procedure to click dozens of buttons and enter hundreds of characters of text to accomplish something that could be scripted, or engage in a drawn-out request for a service that could be delivered seamlessly, on-demand.

I’ve never come across any of these cases where the reason was a form of “Mrs. Drudge was right! Down with technology!” Mostly, it’s just inertia or subconscious resistance to change and learning new things. The antidote, in my view, is to take a stronger Mrs. Modern stance – to cultivate the attitude of embracing continuous improvement and the willingness to invest in the upfront time, effort and expense which such improvement requires.

After all, the Mrs. Moderns of the past had to actually spend a nontrivial amount of money on a new dishwashing machine, and take the time to learn it (it’s easy to imagine a lot of apprehension about how these new things worked – picture your grandma with computers). Moreover, there’s the psychological obstacle of a role change – if I’m not spending 2 hours cleaning the kitchen, what else would I do?

While all of us say we appreciate new technology, there remain many small pockets of resistance even among the most cutting-edge IT teams, and at different times in different circumstances – mainly born out of fear, uncertainty and doubt. The question we should ask ourselves when finding ourselves resisting a proposed change is: am I skeptical about this because it really is a bad idea, or because I’m not sure how that changes things for me or what the future looks like?

While I’d argue the fear of losing jobs to IT automation is widely unfounded, adopting an attitude of resistance is the only way to make it a self-fulfilling prophesy. With a proper forward-looking attitude, on the other hand, it’s unlikely you’ll ever find yourself hearing the professional equivalent of: “Well, it’s all over Mrs. Drudge, you may as well rest now.”

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Firewall Outages Causing Problems for Your Business? IT Process Automation Can Help you

Firewall Outages Causing Problems for Your Business? IT Process Automation Can Help youThere’s no question, we live in a world where staying connected is critical – especially in business. Today, organizations of all shapes, sizes and industries rely on technology to manage day to day operations and remain competitive, from the use of external websites to internal networks. What kind of an impact would an outage have on these businesses? What if that outage was to last for several hours or more? In many cases, the trickle-down effect could be devastating. So, how can one prevent such an outage from occurring in the first place? The answer is simple: IT process automation.

The problem of system-wide outages frequently lies within the management of the company’s firewall. Every business has a duty to protect confidential information, which is typically done through the use of a firewall. This essentially allows users to access the web while also automatically weeding out and protecting against incoming hackers, viruses and worms. The problem is, when the firewall experiences some type of failure, the entire connection is shut down, leaving end users with the inability to access the web, either externally or internally.

What is the main cause of these devastating firewall errors and, more importantly, how can they be prevented? Recent research by Tufin Technologies has revealed that the main source of firewall outages is human error. In fact, a whopping 1/3 of businesses have admitted to having this issue. The problem is mainly due to the fact that so many organizations still continue to manage firewall changes manually, which leaves the door wide open for mistakes and miscues. The result is often a systemic shut down across the entire network.

Just how many and with what frequency are these outages occurring? Of those organizations polled in the Tufin study, 33% of them admitted that they had experienced at least 5 or more outages in the past year that were directly related to their firewall management. What’s more, among companies that are categorized as being in the financial services industry, 17% reported that they’d experienced more than 11 outages over the last year. That’s nearly one outage every month!

IT Process Automation – Eliminating Human Errors.

So, what’s the solution? What can be done to reduce these alarming numbers, particularly in a climate that is shifting more and more toward cloud adoption and virtualization? The fact is, with all of these changes, network security is simply becoming too complex to be handled by humans. Even the most seasoned IT professional is susceptible to error, of which, even small ones can cause significant, system-wide problems. The only way to truly reduce the risk associated with managing firewalls is through IT Process Automation.

When the human component is removed from the process, not only does the risk of error go down significantly, but it also frees up IT professionals to focus on other important business matters that cannot be automated. The good news is, more and more key decision makers are starting to realize this fact and are embracing automation as a valuable tool to improve IT performance while maintaining security and compliance, and most importantly – reducing incidents of down time.

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