All automation is not alike, and if you are taking an Elemental Approach to your automation, you will miss out on the time and cost saving benefits that an Architectural, Layered Approach can provide. An approach to automation that allows you to manage your Workload Automation, IT Process Automation, Managed File Transfer Automation, Big Data Automation, and more, can enable you to streamline processes, coordinate and consolidate silos of automation, and scale and adapt to changing organizational requirements.
At a recent conference, Tracy Fleming from Avaya touched on both "digital transformation" and "automation." But in terms of helping IT make better technology decisions, there's more to consider. Not only must they be properly understood at face value, but also for setting broader strategy around new technology adoption. Making these plans should always be closely tied to business objectives, and that's actually where the difficulties lie. I've written before about how amorphous the term "digital transformation" can be, and the conversation easily gets muddier when loosely connecting it similarly amorphous terms like "cloud" and "Unified Communications."
In early 2017, President Obama's top economic and science advisors wrote a report entitled, "Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy." The report is a cleared-eyed collation of current data and predictions pertaining to the accelerating pace of adoption of automation and AI technologies starting from around 2010. The full report is worth a look, but the top line findings are probably familiar. The analysts found that the day when robots will replace all workers is still remote, and any timeline for that happening is speculative at best. But the transition underway in the global economy due to automation technologies is undeniable and unstoppable.