Nov 21 2018
IT automation is the process of automating individual, distinct tasks within your business, while IT orchestration links those tasks together to automate entire processes. With the move of IT infrastructure into the cloud, automation and orchestration are becoming an increasingly important part of cloud services. As part of your business case for cloud migration and expansion, it can be useful to understand the benefits that automation and orchestration bring to your business.
Automation works best for tasks where a human operator would not add much, if any value. These tasks are typically the easily-repeatable, low-level, mundane tasks that most employees dislike. By automating these tasks, you remove the need for employees to have to complete them. This leads to:
When you integrate multiple automated tasks together, you can orchestrate the whole, end-to-end process. This will lead to substantial gains in efficiency, accuracy, and speed. You can expect:
The reduction in low-value tasks will motivate your employees to spend their time and energy creating more value for the business. You can focus their objectives around growing the business, and align employee goals with innovation and improvement, rather than simply “getting through the day.” This will reduce team friction, improve relationships, and make management and support much easier.
Businesses depend on reliability and quality, so automating processes provides much more control over inputs and outputs. Standardization is a long-term goal for businesses across all sectors, especially as they grow. IT automation can also help a business to meet its regulatory and compliance goals, and can assist with quality and other ISO certifications.
Ultimately, automating processes leads to less waste, happier staff, higher profit margins, and an improved bottom line. With the ease of automating and orchestrating in the cloud, it makes good sense to focus on process improvement that will drive business success.