In just a short period of time, workload automation has evolved and adapted from basic job scheduling functions to fully functional, feature rich solutions that cover just about every area of IT operations. Today’s automation tools are quickly becoming a valuable resource for a variety of industries and sectors including DevOps, cloud computing and the all-encompassing world of Big Data. But how do CIOs and other key IT decision makers view the changing role of workload automation? Let’s take a closer look.
Perhaps most telling is the fact that automation software is fast becoming an integral part of so many IT operations, and something that CIOs and other IT leaders say they rely on for everyday use. As organizations continue to shift their focus on areas like digitalization, workload automation will become even more of a core function. This will become particularly important as the diversity of applications and technologies continues to widen, with automation serving as the glue that holds everything together.
As organizations turn more to their IT solutions to help them remain agile and competitive, the adoption of workload automation will inevitably rise as well. Furthermore, the role of automation will extend well beyond the IT department to become an integral part of the everyday operations of the entire enterprise, placing the ability to leverage this technology directly into the hands of the end-user.
For instance, HR can now initiate onboarding of new employees as well as perform necessary changes to existing or exiting workers as needed, thanks to the concept of self service automation. Tasks and workflows such as Active Directory account creation, password resets, system restarts and more can all be shifted to an automated solution, taking the burden off IT and creating a much more efficient, productive environment across the board.
As workload automation adoption continues to increase, its role and capabilities will also continue to evolve. Currently, the creation and management of workflows and IT processes is at the top of the list for most IT departments. The ability to scale and adapt to match changing landscapes in the areas of regulatory compliance and other key business environments will also drive improvements and advances in automation technology.
CIOs are beginning to see the benefits in using workload automation for creative purposes, such as implementing better lifecycle management. Today’s leading automation tools are meeting this and other challenges through robust features, seamless integration capabilities, enhanced visibility and control, and solid security support. DevOps is also jumping on the bandwagon, leveraging workload automation to build and deploy processes more quickly and improve collaboration.
As we move forward into tomorrow’s digital age, it’s evident that even more exciting changes are on the horizon. Without a doubt, workload automation will play a significant role in this changing landscape.