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Automation Is Good For The Business And IT's Career Prospects
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JasmineMcTigue
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JasmineMcTigue,
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4/5/2013 | 3:23:25 AM
re: Automation Is Good For The Business And IT's Career Prospects
It's getting to the point where automation is easy. For example: I installed MS's Orchestration Manager 2012. In 25 minutes I had a workflow that cycled critical machines in the night, checked for and deleted log files, monitored them throughout the day and sent me emails, and then put it into production. Microsoft's products are usually hard to use. I shudder at how easy some heavily integrated solutions may work!
ayehu
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ayehu,
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2/22/2013 | 11:52:01 AM
re: Automation Is Good For The Business And IT's Career Prospects
As Glenn O'Donnell said "Be The Automator and not the Automated!" if you don't get to understand the benefits of IT Automation for your job you better learn it now, someone else will take your place even if he has no IT skills as you may have! after all you need someone to create, manager and operate these tools, you better hurry up and get the necessary skills required to do your job better and more efficient, the new IT guy is not just a system or command line expert, he should be able to understand business goals, coordinator between IT and business needs and create cross organisation processes to build the right solutions! get ready today and start leading towards IT automation (small) projects!
Gabby Nizri, Founder and CEO, Ayehu.
Andrew Hornback
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2/21/2013 | 3:37:13 AM
re: Automation Is Good For The Business And IT's Career Prospects
One of the organizations that I'm familair with is in the process of automating things in concert with adding a systems management platform. Improving the efficency of the IT department while also increasing the ease of overall administration is a win-win.

But, as you mentioned, the price can be steep. Given their existing systems management platform, it's often easier to have a technician take over an application to install rather than trying to queue it on the platform and hope that it works.

I think one of the things that's missing is an answer to "How?" - rank and file IT folks know the "Why?" but how seems to be the big hurdle.

Andrew Hornback
InformationWeek Contributor
lgarey@techweb.com
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2/20/2013 | 3:55:12 PM
re: Automation Is Good For The Business And IT's Career Prospects
When I saw "no perceived value to decision-makers" as a top reason for not automating in the new Virtualization survey, my first thought was, "well, maybe that's because IT's not doing a very good job explaining it." Fear of being made obsolete is a reason, as you mention, but can that really be true for 43%? What else could make us undersell the benefits? Lorna Garey, IW Reports


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