The holidays are upon us, and for many it’s a time for relaxation (Apart from the Christmas shopping that is) and some well earned time off from work. However, if you’re working in IT, and especially, are responsible for your company’s BizTalk Server, you’re painfully aware that there is no such thing as a relaxing holiday.
Last year we published this blog post on how to work in IT and still have a life. Tips given there were to be organized, to have clear limits and maintain boundaries with both your colleagues and family/friends, to remember to take care of yourself and to build a strong support system. But let’s face it, if you’re in charge of maintaining your company’s BizTalk, that’s easier said than done. It's not possible to maintain boundaries and put your work aside if you're manually monitoring your BizTalk environment. In many companies, BizTalk supports business-critical processes, that if affected, affects the entire company. And the last thing you want to deal with this holiday, is the entire IT infrastructure going down, costing your company both in the short -and long term.
While others are enjoying their eggnogs, you're more likely to be reading logs and hunting for possible errors to make sure your BizTalk doesn't break down. If you've set your alert thresholds too high, most of the time there won't even be any real problem to be worried about, or if you've set them too low, it might not matter how much time you spend at work cause you might miss important alerts anyway.
But don’t take our word for it, read how Icelandic orthopaedics company Össur regained leisure time:
“After installing AIMS, I don’t have to spend much time on BizTalk at all, as long as operations are normal. I am a lot more relaxed in my free time now, simply because I know that everything is under control” – Baldur Knutsson, Integration/Scale Platform Owner at Össur
Don’t spend your holiday worrying about your BizTalk, in fact don’t spend time at work at all, instead get proactive alerts straight to your phone, so you always know the health of your BizTalk and don't have to act until it is actually necessary.