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IT Operations: Expectations vs. Reality in the Patch Management Market

There is an agonizing crunch for legacy IT solution providers to move beyond slow and often fragmented platforms to updated, cloud versions of the same software. The problem? Integrating new patch management and cyber risk remediation and management tools to already complicated systems can be a nightmare -  and it often leaves users with solutions that can’t keep up with the speed and efficiency demanded by the new modern, hybrid workforce.

With the rapid rise in remote and hybrid workforces - and a dramatic upswing in cybersecurity and ransomware threats - there has never been a better time to reap the rewards of the cloud. But how important is it really that your IT operations solution be truly cloud-native vs. a patchwork of legacy tools?

The Problem with Patchwork Legacy Solutions

Faced with pressure to keep up with the cloud, legacy solution providers are making snap acquisitions to fix glaring holes in their offerings. Unfortunately, knee-jerk acquisitions can easily create poorly integrated and fractured solutions, as vendors buy first and ask questions later. It's no wonder that “70-90% of acquisitions are abysmal failures.”

A common scenario of how a legacy tool vendor uses the acquisition business model to plug those capability holes goes something like this:

  • They identify a gap in their current legacy on-premises tool
  • Their business strategy officer identifies acquisition candidates that claim to be “cloud” and have some of the functionality they are lacking
  • They finalize an offer with an acquisition target with investors who want a quick exit
  • Often, the selling companies have little market presence, and scant objective analyst coverage - hence a reason why the company is available for acquisition
  • After the close, the legacy tool vendor issues press releases with promising statements of what the future holds
  • Then, the acquiring company spends 1 ½ to 2 years integrating the new product to their existing legacy on-premises tool

The result of this acquisition activity is a much larger company that is essentially a roll-up of a bunch of smaller firms. The synergy promised may work out, but it rarely does. These moves can just as often leave the customer to troubleshoot and integrate where the provider fell short.

There is, however, a better option.

Starting Fresh with Cloud-Native IT Operations

Unlike legacy patchwork tools, cloud-native solutions inherently provide your team the ability to assess your environment in real-time and automate critical IT and security actions, regardless of location, environment, and OS type. With a cloud-native solution like Automox, there are no servers to manage, databases to configure or maintain, and no maintenance costs. Automox is unique in that it was built specifically to allow IT operations teams the ability to realize their strategic business value and propel their organizations forward. Transitioning from legacy to cloud-native is as easy as:

1. Starting your Automox trial: Start your free 15-day trial today.

2. Adding devices: Download and install a single agent for all of your Windows, macOS, and Linux systems. At under 10MB, the Automox agent is highly efficient with low I/O and CPU overhead.

3. Setting an automated policy: Set a policy to automate your cyber hygiene, allowing you to easily patch your systems, ensure the right software is installed, and maintain configurations.

You can be up and running using Automox to automate your patching, software deployment, and configuration management in less than 30 minutes.

About Automox Automated IT Operations

Today’s IT leaders deserve better than tedious legacy tools to manage their infrastructure. From our single cloud-native platform, automate and scale your IT operations to meet the growing business demands of the modern workforce. With complete visibility of your entire environment, you can easily monitor, identify, and respond to issues in real-time across any endpoint, regardless of OS or location.

Demo Automox or get started with a free trial to see how you can immediately gain effortless command of your endpoints.

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