IT process automation is certainly nothing new. In fact, organizations of every shape, size and industry have been leveraging this powerful and cost-effective tool to boost productivity and service levels and to create leaner, more efficient operations. The one issue that many who are new to the automation realm tend to struggle with, however, is determining where to begin. If you’re in the process of adopting ITPA for your company, here are 5 high-value tasks you might want to focus on first.
Password Resets – They are a necessary evil, otherwise your entire operations could come crashing to a screeching halt. But password resets are also a huge drain on time and valuable resources which could, again, be focused on more important issues. This is why password resets are one of the first tasks most organizations that are new to automation choose as their starting point. You’ll probably be amazed at how much of an impact something so simple can make.
System Monitoring and Diagnostics – How much time does your help desk personnel spend monitoring systems and working to diagnose the cause of issues that crop up on a regular basis? Now, imagine if most or all of that effort could be shifted over to IT process automation. Not only would the work be done faster and without the risk of error, but it will also free up skilled employees to focus on more business-critical tasks.
Incident Management – When it comes to handling incidents, the more proactive your IT group is, the better. But they’re human, which means they can’t be in all places at all times, leaving plenty of room for costly problems to take root. By automating the incident management process, issues can be identified and addressed automatically, before they have the opportunity to cause major damage. Imagine the time and money you’ll save by not having to put out fires after the fact.
Free Up Disk Space – Low disk space is something most busy IT professionals dread. In fact the entire process of monitoring and making room for more space is horribly cumbersome, yet completely necessary. IT process automation, however, provides the ability to monitor multiple servers, automatically deleting files when necessary as well as archive, copy and move files to other locations as needed. Again, this is a huge savings of time and money for your organization.
Active Directory Management – The larger the business, the greater the impact employee turnover can have on the IT department. Waiting for the help desk to set up a new employee within the company’s internal systems can also significantly impact productivity on both sides, as can having to remove access as needed. Shifting these tasks and workflows over to IT process automation, on the other hand, speeds up the process and makes everyone’s lives easier.
While automation is certainly not a new concept, many organizations are still just beginning to dip their toe into the waters. As such, getting started can seem downright overwhelming. For situations such as this, we recommend starting with the five things listed above. They may not be the simplest, neatest or prettiest of tasks, but given their overall impact on staffing and productivity levels, doing so will provide the most significant, measurable results.