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The Role of Chief Automation Officer in Digital Transformation

Today’s savvy business leaders recognize the need to adapt to changing technology or risk being left behind. And while we may not be able to control what that technology will be or which direction it will take us, we can take advantage by responding quickly and making the necessary adaptations before our competitors. That’s why the role of Chief Automation Officer is becoming much more necessary.

A recent study by PMG revealed that the biggest obstacle to successful adoption of automation was the lack of a holistic approach. In fact, 59 percent of respondents agreed that automation implemented on an ad hoc basis leads to incompatibility and subsequent inefficiency. Most organizations today require not only a unification of silos but also the ability to align automation strategies between different physical locations, some of which may be situated half a world away.

How can one expect to effectively align IT functions with the business as a whole when automation – the very technology that’s designed to enable better business decisions – is not adequately represented in the C-Suite? A CAO brings valuable perspective with the ability to see automation from a global viewpoint. As a result, automation becomes a critical component of the overall strategy rather than just a means to deliver it.

Organizations with multiple technology centers located worldwide recognize the importance of globaThe Role of Chief Automation Officer in Digital Transformationl collaboration to the forward progress of the company. There is little overall business value if you’ve achieved continuous process improvement in just one office but not the others. You may have certain specialists deployed across the globe who are highly skilled at managing automation technology, but if there’s no central strategy and one leader, their abilities cannot be maximized.

The CAO’s purpose is to drive this type of simultaneous widespread orchestration. While automation specialists focus on their specific IT departments, managing the day to day operations, the Chief Automation Officer spends his or her time looking outward and forward. This role is absolutely essential to achieving rapid, sustainable transformation, as the ability to orchestrate automation on a global scale and unify strategies is what ultimately enables businesses to adapt at the speed of thought.

Automation is critical to an organization’s ability to reallocate capital from today’s business operations to the needs of tomorrow. It allows IT to shift from reactively putting out fires to taking a more proactive approach, which is necessary for successful digital transformation.

The good news is automation is evolving at relatively the same pace as the complexity it is designed to simplify. Disruption that would otherwise be overwhelming is now becoming entirely feasible thanks to automation and orchestration solutions that provide a competitive edge. Deriving business value from the IoT, for instance, is made possible by automation strategies that process and analyze the data being procured. Automation essentially frees up funds that can then be used to fuel innovation.

The CAO is responsible for taking optimized workflows and applying them wherever feasible throughout the entire organization. This creates more compliant and easily auditable processes. And because this approach eliminates repetition and duplication of work, the entire operation can run more consistently and efficiently. Furthermore, by evaluating how automation is utilized throughout the company, the CAO is also able to optimize the allocation of human resources, removing bottlenecks and improving productivity across the enterprise.

Another area where the CAO can be highly beneficial to the company is in his or her ability to seek inspiration from the rest of the workforce. One company was able to uncover nearly 300 innovative ideas simply by asking employees to suggest processes to automate. In the absence of this communication between upper management and frontline workers, these suggestions, and the positive changes they brought about, would have remained private.

In conclusion, automation remains a catalyst for change, driver of innovation and procurer of productivity. With the overarching visibility and control a CAO provides, automation strategies will have the flexibility and scope needed to stimulate disruption and achieve digital transformation.

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IT Process Automation Survival Guide

Which IT Jobs Will Survive Automation?

Which IT Jobs Will Survive Automation?Automation brings a host of benefits to businesses, including improved efficiency, elimination of errors, reduced costs and enhanced productivity (just to name a few). As this technology is finding its way into more and more industries, however, it has brought with it a growing concern that human workers will inevitably become obsolete. We’ve touched on this many times in the past, sharing our vision that while automation will, indeed, make some jobs redundant, it will simultaneously create opportunities.

But where will those opportunities lie? And which roles are most likely to remain once the dust settles? In the absence of a crystal ball, projections are being made about which IT jobs will survive (and possibly even thrive) in the wake of the automation age. Let’s take a look at a few of the careers that experts believe will be future-proof.

  • Product developers
  • Data scientists/analysts/visualizers
  • AI/robotics leads
  • Information security analysts
  • Mobile engineers
  • Gamification designers
  • QA analysts
  • Network Engineers
  • Research and development
  • IoT managers

How to stay relevant….

So, what if you’re not particularly skilled in any of these areas? What if you work in IT, but your role involves many of the tasks and workflows that are quickly being shifted to automation? Will you find yourself without a job in the not-so-distant future? That will ultimately depend on the steps you take to remain relevant.

There are plenty of options for those whose roles are being made redundant. For instance, you could take this as an opportunity to increase your skillset and learn what’s necessary to manage the automation being implemented. Many organizations are already investing in upskilling programs to keep their engaged, skilled and motivated mid-skilled employees onboard. Or, you could take things a step further, building on your foundation of basic IT knowledge and pursuing additional education to transition into one of the above careers.

For lower-skilled individuals, such as those in entry-level IT positions, there will be other opportunities in various industries to apply the on-the-job knowledge already gained and remain employed. For instance, experience in IT process can be leveraged for roles like data experts, quality analysts, logistics or even technical writing. Many industries, such as banking, transportation and health care and, of course, startups are always looking for qualified individuals who are capable of adapting and applying their IT skills to help them achieve their business objectives.

In short, while automation will definitely change the current IT landscape as we know it today, with the right attitude along with a willingness to adapt and learn, even those whose livelihood seems threatened by the adoption of intelligent technology can make it through unscathed.

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IT Process Automation Survival Guide

Ayehu Listed as a 2016 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Company

Ayehu Listed as a 2016 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 CompanyAyehu, a leading provider of enterprise-grade automation and orchestration solutions for IT and Cyber Security Incident Response Automation, today announced that it has been named as one of Israel’s fastest growing companies on the 2016 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 List.

The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 program recognizes the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Israel, known as “start-up nation,” based on percentage of revenue growth over the last four years (2012-2015).  With ongoing momentum in North America, Asia and Europe, Ayehu recorded a growth rate of nearly 200% during the four-year period. As part of its global expansion, the company recently opened a new office in Palo Alto, California, and is looking forward to continued advancements in 2017.

“We are thrilled to be included in this prestigious international ranking as it points to our rapid global growth,” said Gabby Nizri, CEO of Ayehu.  “Automation technology is becoming increasingly essential as it quickly eliminates many specific business pain points and delivers dramatic results in efficiency, service levels and cost reduction. Our platform is helping IT professionals around the globe realize great benefits, and we look forward to an exciting 2017 as we continue to create even more value for our customers through innovation.”

Ayehu’s IT process and cyber security incident response automation solution helps organizations deliver superior performance by automating manual, repetitive tasks and orchestrating workflows between critical IT systems. The automation and orchestration platform is easily deployed, agentless, and comes with seamless integrations to nearly all leading ITSM platforms, network monitoring systems and SIEM tools including Intel-McAfee, Splunk, HP ArcSight, IBM Qradar, ServiceNow, VMware, AWS, JIRA and more. It is available on-premise or as a service through Ayehu’s partners.

“The Deloitte Fast 50 measures sustained revenue growth over four years, being recognized as one of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Israel is an outstanding achievement,” said Shally Tshuva, Technology, Media & Telecommunications Industry Leader at Deloitte Israel. “Ayehu deserves much respect for its superb growth.”

The list of the Deloitte Israel 2016 Technology Fast 50 can be viewed online at: https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/il/Documents/technology-media-telecommunications/fast50/Deloitte_Fast50_2016_Dirog_biz.pdf

About Ayehu

Ayehu helps IT and Security professionals to identify and resolve critical incidents, simplify complex workflows and maintain greater control over IT infrastructure through automation. Ayehu automation and orchestration solutions have been deployed by major enterprises worldwide and currently support thousands of IT processes across the globe. For more information, please visit www.ayehu.com and the company blog.  Follow Ayehu on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Christy Kemp

Dahlia Public Relations

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Automation and Orchestration Firm Ayehu Moves Headquarters to Silicon Valley


IT and Cyber Security Incident Response Automation Solutions Driving Triple-Digit Growth


Ayehu Software Technologies Ltd.
, leading provider of enterprise-grade automation & orchestration solutions for IT and cyber security incident response automation, today announced that it is expanding its operations and has relocated its headquarters from Tel Aviv, Israel to Palo Alto, Calif.

“We are thrilled to be growing the business and joining this community of highly successful technology innovators that call Silicon Valley home,” said Gabby Nizri, Co-Founder and CEO of Ayehu. “This is a perfect location from which to recruit top talent, expand strategic vendor partnerships and cultivate new channel relationships that will further accelerate our business.”

Over the past year Ayehu has achieved triple-digit worldwide revenue growth and increased its North American customer base by 30 percent with the addition of many large enterprises in a range of industries including financial services, healthcare and retail. Demand for its solutions continues to rise as more organizations are realizing the value of automating IT processes and mitigating the risk of cyber security incidents such as ransomware.

“The current innovation landscape is ripe for new companies to emerge and displace incumbents by creating value from the ground up,” said Eric Benhamou, founder and CEO of Benhamou Global Ventures and Chairman of Ayehu. “We see Ayehu as an organization that is bringing the right kind of technology to a very large and hungry market. This gives them the potential to be a truly disruptive force.”

The Ayehu executive team, including co-founder and CEO Gabby Nizri, will be based in the new office located in Palo Alto. Research & Development will remain in the original office in Israel and the company’s New York City location continues to grow its sales and support services staff.

“As we expand our reach in the cyber security space, we are planning ahead for 2017 and beyond, which will bring exciting next-generation products featuring advanced technology such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. Also on the horizon, we anticipate new technology partnerships and even greater channel distribution opportunities,” concluded Nizri.

Recently named a 2016 Cool Vendor in IT Automation by Gartner, Ayehu’s IT process and cyber security incident response automation software helps organizations deliver superior performance by automating manual, repetitive tasks and orchestrating workflows between critical IT systems. Its flagship solution, eyeShare, is an easily deployed, agentless solution that comes with seamless integrations to nearly all leading ITSM platforms, network monitoring systems and SIEM tools including Intel-McAfee, Splunk, HP ArcSight, IBM Qradar, ServiceNow, VMware, AWS, JIRA and more. It is available on premise or as a service through Ayehu’s partners.

About Ayehu

Ayehu provides IT Process Automation solutions for IT and Security professionals to identify and resolve critical incidents and enable rapid containment, eradication and recovery from cyber security breaches. Ayehu provides customers greater control over IT infrastructure through automation. Ayehu solutions have been deployed by major enterprises worldwide, and currently support thousands of IT processes across the globe. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., the company has additional offices in New York and Tel Aviv, Israel. For more information, visit www.ayehu.com.

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PR Contact:

  • Christy Kemp
    Dahlia Public Relations
    303-898-3390