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Leveraging IT Automation to Drive Business Growth

Leveraging IT Automation to Drive Business GrowthBy now you’ve probably seen the correlation drawn between IT automation and increased efficiency. In fact, automation in its inherent design is meant to help businesses do more with less and many companies across the globe – from small businesses to large enterprises – have leveraged automation technology for this very purpose. What you may not have considered, however, is that today’s ITPA platforms can actually go well beyond this and be used to drive overall growth of the business. Let’s take a look.

Invest in a quality IT automation product. It all begins with the selection of a high quality automation and orchestration platform that offers robust features and can integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of existing systems and tools.

Develop an automation strategy. The ability to not just automate routine IT tasks, but also streamline complex workflows is paramount to leveraging ITPA as a catalyst for business growth. Develop a strategy that will include what processes should be automated and in what order.

Embrace virtualization. The end-goal is to develop and implement a singular, seamless workflow and in order to achieve this goal IT automation must be leveraged in both a physical as well as a virtual infrastructure. CIOs must consider and embrace virtualization in order to maximize ITPA’s fullest potential.

Start small and build gradually. Most businesses invest in IT automation to help reduce costs and streamline certain operational functions. That’s a great place to start, even just by focusing on one silo at a time. The eventual goal, however, should be to bridge the entire infrastructure so that there are no more isolated processes, but rather an all-inclusive, “big picture” automation strategy. Start small and work your way up from there.

Include IT automation in data center consolidation. To fully realize efficiency and cost-savings benefits of IT automation, it must be incorporated into any and all data consolidation projects.

Think beyond ROI. Certainly measuring return on investment is an excellent tool for gaining executive buy-in for ITPA. CIOs must resist the temptation to stop there and instead be willing to explore the more far-reaching and ongoing benefits, such as continual cost containment. In other words, don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

If you consider how the process of ITPA truly works, and its many benefits, it’s easy to see how this tool can also be a catalyst for business growth. When internal processes are streamlined, efficiency is maximized. This improves both internal and external service levels. It also frees up key personnel to be able to focus their talents and expertise on strategic business objectives, including growth. As a result, employees and customers are more satisfied, workflow is completely optimized and talented personnel are more tuned into driving the business forward.

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The Future of IT Automation What’s in Store for 2013

The Future of IT Automation – What’s in Store for 2013?With the increase of IT complexity, organizations are managing more applications, databases, technologies and people than ever before. IT relies on scripting and home grown applications to integrate between the above. But scripting isn’t good enough; it is time consuming, error prone and expensive. IT automation is going to change that picture in 2013.

Here are 5 things we can expect to see as we navigate into the New Year.

A change in the way workload automation works – Over the coming months, we will begin to see a more proactive and reactive approach with “what if” scenarios. IT personnel will be able to plan, design and execute workflows that allow them to forecast and plan workflow execution across various systems. When combined with the ability to tie workflows in with human decisions, the “what if” workflow capability will provide IT departments with more a flexible and simplified way of managing their jobs across the organization.

The ability to plug in IT automation to the cloud – Bringing IT automation into the virtual and cloud resource management will allow for improved allocation of resources based on capacity and workload demands. There will be several ways to accomplish this, as highlighted in our recent how to plug IT automation software into the cloud.

Streamlining business with IT through automation – Business and IT are becoming two sides of the same coin. As business relies mostly on technology to deliver high quality services and business growth, business processes automation (BPA) enables businesses to design, execute and continuously improve business processes. IT automation solutions will play an increasingly critical role in enabling IT organizations to deliver the more robust, faster and efficient services that the businesses are looking for by enabling business process automation to execute more complex IT processes.

‘Big Data’ and IT automation will become almost interchangeable – There’s no doubt about it – the shift to Big Data is happening, and it’s becoming increasingly evident that traditional data management methods will simply not be adequate to handle all of the changes that are in store. So, what’s the solution? Automation will provide the answer by allowing IT managers to maintain control over the entire data management, access, classification, authorization processes and entitlements, making Big Data much more manageable.

The adoption of self-service automationSelf-service automation is the process of delivering high quality services with minimum cost of IT operations, where the end-user can choose from an online service catalog and initiate a process request or workflow themselves, without involving someone from IT operations. This shift toward empowering the end-user while also freeing up IT personnel to focus on more critical business matters will not only significantly improve operational efficiency, but it will ultimately improve IT service levels and user satisfaction.

As we close the books on 2012 and shift our focus toward the future, it’s clearly evident that there are a lot of changes in store, particularly in the area of IT automation. These are just a few of these changes, but expect to see a good deal more as we continue to learn and develop new ways to use automation to drive the success of our organizations.

Conclusions – IT Automation become a vital solution for business and IT – To insure IT continuity, efficiency and scalability, business will increasingly adopt IT process automation in 2013.

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