IT Automation is Key to Your Company’s Success – Here’s Why
In a previous post, we talked about how IT teams are at capacity. This is a challenge if companies want to maintain a competitive edge in today’s rapidly-expanding digital landscape. Companies need to speed up the development and delivery of their applications. This constant need for speed means IT teams have to scale faster than ever before.
The solution? IT automation.
IT automation is the use of software to create repeatable, automated processes and tasks that reduces and/or replaces the manual effort required to operate and manage an organization’s infrastructure. It enables IT teams to overcome the limitations of manual processes and time-consuming work while drastically improving speed, efficiency, and security.
- Service and change request systems/management
- Processes and workflows (build, deployment, and management)
- Server health checks
- System backups and batch reporting
- Network monitoring and testing
- Incident response and resolution
- Provisioning and configuration management
- Patch deployment and management
- Security and compliance processes
- Managing access and file systems
- DevOps pipelines
And that’s barely scratching the surface.
Automation is at the center of IT’s continuous evolution and, therefore, a necessity for any business operating in the digital space. It reduces the manpower needed to maintain and scale IT efforts, while creating flexibility to continue its evolution with more speed and less error.
While there are many IT services that can and should be automated, two of the most important include security and DevOps.
IT teams can seamlessly tighten up security efforts by automating things like incident investigation, security configuration and orchestration, threat containment and resolution, as well as patch management.
For example, you can validate, investigate, and resolve threats with significantly greater speed and precision by implementing an automated process that automatically collects data from multiple sources.
What are some examples of security processes that can be automated?
- Threat monitoring and remediation
- Collecting, consolidating, and analyzing log data
- Audit reporting
- Malware and insider threat detection
- Early breach detection
- Compliance analytics and reporting
- Log and event data collection
- Incident response
- Intrusion detection
- Identity and access management
- Mitigation functions
Automation is vital to optimizing an organization’s DevOps efforts. By automating testing and deployment processes, for example, DevOps teams can achieve a faster time to market. Automation in DevOps shortens the software development lifecycle and increases the speed, reliability, and consistency of your efforts.
What are some examples of DevOps processes that can be automated?
- Identity and access management
- App deployment
- Management, distribution, and scheduling of containers
- Infrastructure configuration and management
- Data testing and validation
- Provisioning and application deployment
- Compliance and audit processes
- Build server and deployment process
- Development, testing, and production infrastructure
- App maintenance, upgrades, and transitions
- API testing (unit tests, functional tests, integration tests, end-to-end tests, regression tests, mock tests, etc.)
- End-to-end response
- SAP processing
- Integrated file transfers
- Disaster recovery
- Workload automation
- External data integration and analysis
Automation is one of the key drivers of digital transformation. It creates a more scalable IT environment by increasing productivity and collaboration, minimizing errors, and allowing more time to dedicate to meaningful work and innovation.
Manual IT processes are often labor-intensive, prone to error, complex, not repeatable, and have a slow time to value. IT teams spend most of the workday on these routine, day-to-day tasks just to keep the engine running. Automating those manual processes results in a more streamlined, accurate, simplified, and standardized process with a fast time to value. And there is no shortage of available technologies that can fulfill any automation need for any type of company across the board.
It’s not a trend – it’s a necessity.