Automation has become the most important keyword in the content of future business models. Enterprises are recognizing the potential of growth through automation and are investing in it rapidly. A recent study by the US Department of Treasury shows a relatively strong connection between the degree of automation and growth in revenue. Organizations that have automated their business processes are more likely to have high revenue growth. Moreover, they are twice as likely to surpass their internal financial goals.
While automation of different business processes it is taking over organizational goals, but the leading amongst them is IT automation. The speed at which enterprises now operate and the rise of implementation Of DevOps in working processes are fueling the need for IT Automation. It provides higher scalability, and less effort per resource which enables faster processes of IT environment says John Allessio VP of Red Hat Global services.
Modern businesses are moving forward to complete infrastructure automation; however, the old strategies still lack the cutting-edge to service the rapidly changing market. Most automation strategies only address a single infrastructure domain, which often reduces the potential value of automation to the organization. Enterprises need an improved IT automation strategy to drive greater business value. Below stated are some tips to create a better automation strategy.
Pre And Post Execution Activities
Most of the organizations focus on the execution stage of automation while forgetting the other stages. However, they must understand that there are three stages of automation tasks.
Enterprises can choose to automate their tasks which are repetitive, thus substantially reducing cost, time and effort of their resources. They can also factor the realistic estimates of their prioritized project processes so that they can focus on automating tasks with greater impact.
Reduction Of Tool Proliferation
With a higher number of tools organizations face the major issue of integrating them into business processes. Linking subtasks to larger use cases become increasingly difficult with the introduction of different automation tools. Enterprises need to try and standardize and minimize needless proliferation. For instance, different teams use different automation tools to solve similar problems. Enterprises can pull these isolated teams and reduce the needless proliferation and duplication by agreeing to use some standard tools.
Orchestration Across Tools
Process orchestration is another effective solution to tool proliferation for enterprises. Orchestration tools are the fastest way to link automated subtasks into macro-tasks. The tools simplify processes by supporting a variety of subtask interface procedures like; SSH to command line interfaces, web services, API’s and others. The user can select an action from the list and complete the process with having to understand the complexities of the process. Automation executives can manage tools and processes easily without the need for Advanced skills and knowledge of automation.
Automation Of End-To-End Business Services
Organizations only automate small portions of their process and refrain from automating the complete services due to the absence of automation specialists. When complete processes are not automated, manual work is required to compute, store and find a resource on the request of a user. With automation, the enterprise can identify use cases and prioritize them according to the value to the business. They can use process management and orchestration to align all the running processes. Moreover, if the end-to-end business process requires some non-automated steps, manual help can be used.
Before And After Measurements
Developing a benchmark before starting IT automation is important. It helps in articulating the value of automation to enterprise after the completion of the process. After the development of automation, measurements to quantify cost savings and time is necessary. An ideal way to do this is to add graphs and counters to self-service interfaces where users access automation services. By doing this everyone gets information on time and cost savings every time they access automation. The measurements also help in strategizing the future planning for the automation processes in the organization. With the numbers enterprises can:
The global automation as-a-service market is growing with a CAGR of 28.1 per cent. Enterprises need to act fast in implementing automation in their business processes if they wish to survive in the coming time. Strategies and innovation to utilize automation to its full potential will be the deciding factors in the revenue growth of organizations.