There have been several articles published recently indicating that IT process automation tools require a substantial amount of hardware and use up a great deal of virtual resources. While this may have been the case for older, more primitive automation tools, this is absolutely not the case for all automation products. In fact, if you choose the right software product, the impact on external resources will be minimal. It’s all about doing your homework, understanding your options, and choosing wisely. Here’s what to look for if you’re in the market for an automation tool that won’t drain your resources.
Choosing a more lightweight IT process automation software product provides many benefits, not the least of which is the amount of resources it demands. These types of products are also much more flexible and can adapt to change much more quickly and seamlessly than their heavyweight counterparts. Lightweight automation products are much less expensive and less time consuming to implement, so they are up and running and fully functioning in a shorter amount of time, delivering immediate benefits. They also provide almost instant feedback, so the results can be measured and processes tweaked in a timely manner for optimum results.
Agentless solutions make the entire process of IT process automation much more efficient than agent-based products, and they take up fewer resources because deployment is shorter and more concise. These products can also be customized to meet the specific SLA’s of each given task and can handle all of the system monitoring, freeing up agents to focus on more important tasks. Alerts and notifications are dispatched the appropriate parties immediately, often allowing problems to be corrected before the end user is even affected.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to choose a product with a big footprint to achieve big automation goals for your organization. Many of today’s IT process automation solutions offer equivalent results without taking up much room at all – either physically or virtually. It used to be that in order to get substantial results from an automation product, one would have to make sacrifices in terms of how much hardware and virtual resources were to be allocated. Today’s products offer the same big results without having to make these sacrifices.
In the past, implementing IT process automation took a great deal of time and resources because it was difficult to integrate with other legacy software that was specifically designed to be managed by humans. The marriage between the two was complex and time consuming and the results were often less than impressive. These days there are non-intrusive automation products on the market that were specifically developed to be seamlessly integrated with a wide variety of existing software and internal systems in a way that is virtually undetectable. The result is that automated tasks are performed in the background, completely unnoticed by the end user.
If you want to introduce IT process automation into your IT department but are hesitant about having to allocate so much hardware and virtual resources to doing so, you’ve come to the right place.
When you know what to look for, and where you can find a more effective and efficient automation solution, you’ll be able to harness the power of automation without having to sacrifice precious resources, and still get the results you want.