System Center 2016 Orchestrator is an improved version of Opalis, an acquisition of a well-established product by Microsoft. The Opalis product was acquired by Microsoft in 2009 and has seen continual feature updates to its core functionality as well as alignment to the System Center 2016 product's feature offerings.
System Center 2016 Orchestrator (SCO) is a powerful and versatile process automation Information Technology (IT) tool set. SCO provides seamless interconnections between the multiple software products in use in typical IT management environments. This component of the System Center 2016 product uses a graphical workflow creation tool set, and a set of connectors between multiple vendor products known as Integration Packs (IPs) to address its objectives.
The installation and post-installation phases of SCO require you to plan and configure the product in a methodical sequence-based on your requirements. The aim of the book is to address the challenges faced by many first-time users of SCO on how to best plan, deploy, and, more importantly, automate the right processes in their respective organizations. The objective of the authors is to start the reader's journey of Orchestration by sharing valuable insights from real-world scenarios.
The book provides you with independent, task-oriented steps to achieve specific SCO objectives. The authors recommend that you read the first three chapters as a background for subsequent chapters if you are new to SCO and process automation software products. The book may be read in the order of interest, but where relevant, the authors refer to dependent recipes in other chapters.