There are very few industries in which no competition exists. And unless you are fortunate to have found one of those incredibly rare niches, discovering ways to stay a step ahead is imperative – not just to your success, but to your very survival. One way to ensure extinction is to continue relying on manual processes.
Yet, despite the fact that we live in a society in which automation has become a part of our everyday lives, many organizations are still remarkably slow to adopt. In reality, if you aren’t prepared to jump on the automation bandwagon, you will unequivocally be left behind. Here are 4 definitive reasons why.
Inefficiency and Lack of Speed
Let’s face it. Manual processes are slow. In year’s past, this may not have been such a big concern, particularly because the pace of IT in and of itself was slower. Today, however, this is no longer the case. In the race to achieve digital transformation, IT is now expected to respond to business needs instantly, effectively and flawlessly. Week-long or even day-long delays are simply no longer acceptable, and could be the difference between the ability to compete and becoming obsolete.
For the modern enterprise, rapid, widespread digitalization has become the driving force behind productivity, growth, customer satisfaction, and ultimately, revenue maximization. Today’s IT teams require speed and agility in order to meet the demands of a business environment that is changing and accelerating at a breakneck pace. This simply cannot be achieved without the use of intelligent automation.
Network downtime has always been a looming threat for businesses. These days, however, one instance could be downright devastating. According to Gartner, the average cost of IT downtime is $5,600 per minute. On the low end, this can add up to anywhere from $140,000 to as much as $540,000 per hour. Can your organization afford that kind of loss?
When mission-critical services go down, it can impact everything from internal productivity to customer confidence. If your organization is still relying on manual processes to keep these critical systems up and running, it’s only a matter of time before it comes back to bite you.
Intelligent automation, on the other hand, can be used to constantly monitor and automatically identify and address potential issues – in most cases, resolving them before they have the opportunity to cause irreparable harm to your business. Through proactive maintenance and autonomous remediation, you can cut mean time to resolution (MTTR) by up to 90%.
Every single time a person does something manual, there is a chance that he or she will make a mistake. And in IT, one seemingly miniscule error could spell utter disaster for an entire organization. Let’s face it. Humans are error-prone. It’s nature, and despite all the efforts many enterprises put in place to catch and prevent mistakes, they still happen. And when they do, it could be detrimental to your bottom line.
By automating provisioning and configuration processes, IT teams can drastically improve accuracy, all but eliminating the risk of costly errors. Unlike humans, intelligent automation is capable of carrying out massive amounts of work, including complex processes, quickly and reliably. A greater degree of accuracy and efficiency can dramatically reduce operating costs. It also leads to improved service quality.
Lack of Innovation
Competitive advantage in today’s digital age relies heavily on an organizations ability to innovate consistently and implement rapidly. And this simply cannot be accomplished without the hands-on assistance of IT. The problem is, if the majority of your IT team’s resources are being consumed by day-to-day operations, their ability to contribute will be severely limited.
By eliminating time-consuming but necessary manual tasks and processes, intelligent automation frees up IT operations to apply their unique skills and valuable abilities on other, more meaningful work. And while IT teams may not be directly responsible for driving innovation, their contributions are tremendously valuable, particularly in terms of the adoption and application of new technologies.
When it comes to success in the digital era, the ability to outpace the competition is key. Only those organizations that embrace intelligent automation technology will position themselves as frontrunners. Will you be among them? Put the power of automation to work for you with a free 30-day trial of Ayehu NG and give your business the competitive edge it needs to stay a step ahead of the game.