Making IT more effective and efficient should always be a goal. When implemented correctly, automation can increase speed and accuracy, and can lift mundane operational tasks from the shoulders of IT personnel, freeing them to tackle higher value and more interesting problems. While discrete automation targets can always be identified, adopting an automation-first methodology will light the afterburner on your efforts.
An automation-first mind-set changes the discussion about what’s possible with automation. It reframes business requirements and expands the scope where automation is possible. It also embraces continuous improvement by codifying a cycle of data collection, analysis and ongoing refinement of the automation ecosystem.
The three keys to succeeding with automation first:
- Show, don’t tell. Don’t spend months in meetings planning and talking about how great automation is. Instead, pick a few low-hanging targets, automate them, and share the results with the organization.
- Take sacred cows out to dinner – literally and figuratively. We’ve all experienced the challenging team or platform that “can’t be automated.” Spend time building personal relationships with those stakeholders. Show them how their jobs can be easier and more fulfilling in an automated world, and get them involved in hands-on learning with the tools. If all that fails, throw them on the barbecue and automate the tasks anyway. As they say, beef: it’s what’s for dinner.
- Build a framework that solves the general problem. Rather than pick a platform that solves one specific automation challenge, focus on finding the right general platform that can be used for a variety of tasks.
Putting automation front and center can increase your velocity, and Rule4 has the practical knowledge and approach to help you establish a strategy and make it a reality within your organization.
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