Fundamentally, BMC Atrium Orchestrator executes designed workflows containing logic and communication mechanisms that achieve a specific outcome. BMC Atrium Orchestrator enables two high-level concepts: automation and orchestration.
In the context of BMC Atrium Orchestrator, automation is the lower-level, isolated, and discrete activity, such as changing a registry key, running a specific operating system command, querying a database, or restarting a device.
Often these lower-level activities are collectively assembled into an enterprise management software package or suite (for example, BMC Server Automation, BMC Network Automation, BMC Database Automation, or BMC Client Automation).
Orchestration is the coordination of enterprise management software packages to collectively achieve an end result. To accomplish the end state, multiple systems that are often owned by different groups within the enterprise must be used. Coordination among these different groups within the enterprise is necessary.
Analyzing your environment and your IT and business processes helps you identify where a BMC Atrium Orchestrator implementation can make the greatest impact to your organization. Before you begin using BMC Atrium Orchestrator, perform the following tasks:
- Identify specific use cases that can be fulfilled by workflow automation or orchestration
- Capture business metrics to find current costs
- Prioritize automation and orchestration use cases
- Develop formal workflow designs
- Implement the workflows
- Capture workflow metrics to measure the success of use case fulfillment