The thought of IT automation strikes fear in the hearts of many IT professionals. After all, isn’t shifting tasks to software going to force them out of a job? Are computers going to eventually replace the need for human workers altogether?
Before you run for the hills or bury your head in the sand, hoping that automation will become a thing of the past, we’ve got great news for you. Automation isn’t something to be feared by IT professionals. In fact, it can actually provide you with something that is becoming more and more uncommon, particularly in the IT world: job security.
The White Elephant in the Room
What is it about automation that makes otherwise highly intelligent, forward-thinking people become so apprehensive about change? The thought process typically boils down to this: IT automation allows you to do more with less, and to save a tremendous amount of time. For this very reason, many IT professionals become concerned that something that can essentially cut their work in half could inevitably make them obsolete. This has become an even greater concern in recent years, given the unstable economic climate. If your job can be accomplished in half the time, won’t your employer view you as more expendable? The long and short of it is, no. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth!
It’s About the Big Picture
Those IT professionals who view IT automation as a threat to their own livelihoods are simply failing to see the big picture. They’re also selling themselves and their own talent short. If you think about how many day to day tasks go undone because there simply isn’t enough time, and couple that with the fact that highly skilled professionals are wasting valuable time and resources doing simple, repetitive tasks, what are you left with? A less than efficient operation that is not utilizing the skills and abilities of its workforce. How is this good for any business?
IT Automation is So Much More than a Time Saver
Another problem that perpetuates the idea that IT automation is somehow going to be a threat to human IT professionals is the idea that it is simply there as a way to save time. While this is certainly one of the biggest benefits of IT automation, it’s far from the only purpose. For instance, automating things like incident management can eliminate human error and vastly improve service levels. This can improve the way your entire organization functions – not just the IT department. It can also help your business remain compliant with all of the various regulatory entities to whom you must answer.
Finally, but perhaps most importantly, is how IT automation can actually improve the success of IT professionals, and provide job security in an uncertain environment. If those who view IT Process Automation (ITPA) as a threat would take a step back and envision all of the things they would be capable of accomplishing if they were no longer bogged down by the day to day repetitive and time consuming tasks, they’d suddenly see automation for what it’s really worth. Instead of focusing on these mindless routine activities, IT professionals could spend their time improving their skillset and furthering their careers to become even more valuable to the businesses with whom they work.
In other words, automation isn’t there to replace you; it’s there to catapult you into a more successful future.
Basically, what it boils down to is this: you have two choices in your career. You can put up a wall and resist the inevitable shift toward automation, or you can embrace it as a powerful tool that can enhance your value as an IT professional. The more valuable you are, the more your work will be appreciated and respected, and the better compensated you’ll become. The choice is yours. Don’t get left behind. Let automation take you and your career to the next level.