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 automation – Self-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.