The IT Execs Guide to Automation
The automation of IT processes is achieved through the use of software that limits the amount of human resources needed. If you are looking to transform your organization’s approach to IT, and fully optimize your IT processes, automation is the best path forward.
For many organizations’ IT automation has become essential. This is because there are so many pieces of technology in use, and they are all operating at breakneck speeds. The good thing about this IT necessity is that it comes with some significant benefits.
Boost in Productivity
One of the clear benefits of automating any process is the reduction in manual efforts required to maintain workflow. This will ultimately lead to greater output and clear the plates of your IT staff. With IT personnel available to focus on more important work, you won’t be losing your most talented team members to mundane tasks that are best suited for automation. This means that more can be achieved on any given day.
IT automation can help your organization reduce costs, which almost every business is trying to do. Boosted productivity, more output, reduced human error, and less human resources are some of the many ways that IT automation can lead to more savings for your business.
IT tasks are a necessity; however, they tend to be repetitive and banal. Humdrum functions are actually the most likely to lead to human error, as it is easy to lose focus and slip up. By removing humans from the process, you can significantly improve reliability, and free up your staff from tiresome manual projects in the process.
In order to start automating your IT processes, it is best to pinpoint any work that requires low levels of skills and eats up your time. These types of tasks are the best ones to automate and will definitely yield some early returns for your business.
It is also helpful to study your organization’s current workflows in order to determine additional processes that hold the potential for automation. During this auditing process, ask yourself, where are the most unproductive tasks taking place, and what would require a small amount of effort to automate?
Many executives look at the entire project pipeline and become overwhelmed with the thought of how to start automating processes. It’s for this reason that you should start by looking at tasks that take place early on in the pipeline and apply your focus there at first.
Common IT Automation Mistakes
When tackling IT automation, there are some common mistakes that you should keep in mind so that you don’t fall victim to them.
The first mistake is failing to adequately strategize. A plan needs to be established before jumping in head first, as it can be easy to lose control of the process without a clear roadmap. While assembling this road map, it is helpful to put some substantial thought into the costs involved. A grounding in the finances will ensure that you can determine your ROI and get a sense of long-term goals. It can be easy to move too quickly and start purchasing tools and services without considering the investments required.
Automating Too Many Processes Too Quickly
You may pinpoint a variety of processes that would benefit from automation, but that does not mean that they should all be automated at once. It is more effective to get some momentum going and avoid making multiple dramatic changes to your IT processes all at once. With a steadier shift toward automation, you can demonstrate the value and learn from the process before going overboard.
Keep The End User Top of Mind
Put some substantive thought into how automation will affect those closest to the change being made. If automation doesn’t have a positive impact on those end users, then there isn’t much of a reason to automate that process.
Businesses have a lot to gain through automation. Many executives are quickly realizing this fact and beginning to take the necessary steps to automate some of their IT processes in order to save time, money, and quality of work. If this is something that you’re considering, make sure that you don’t rush the process and always plan adequately.
There is a lot to learn when it comes to IT automation, and we’re here to help. If you’d like to explore what automation would look like at your organization, and avoid these costly mistakes, call at 630-769-8700 or submit the form below.