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IDC: Digital Transformation Not Possible Without Automation Strategy

The latest report from IDC looks at designing automation strategies to drive digital transformation

Chris Boorman
Chris Boorman, January 19, 2017 1:30 pm
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IDC has delved into the key drivers behind digital transformation and the necessary automation tools you need to kick-start your own initiative. At the heart of the report is the notion that an integrated suite of of workload management, service orchestration and application release automation is paramount to ensuring you can take advantage of recent innovations in Cloud, Big Data, DevOps and social media technology. No longer can digital transformation and automation exist independently of one another if your organization is to remain competitive in 2017.

Rethinking Strategies

Digital transformation, the report argues, is dramatically affecting IT strategies and the way companies are spending their budgets. At the top of most companies’ list of goals is to increase business agility, but to achieve this a rethink in the way automation is implemented is required. It requires unification and standardization; no longer are disparate tools appropriate and downtime is not an option where speed is essential. Different departments need to be integrated, both from an operational standpoint and from a user interface perspective. As such, both automation and orchestration are becoming increasingly vital – you cannot have one without the other.

In the digital age, accelerating change is a product of DevOps practices, initiatives and techniques. Naturally this rapid progress has created issues around security, compliance and managing data protection. As such, an integrated automation offering is now a prerequisite, providing greater visibility so that managing the process becomes easier and less time-consuming.

Selecting the Right Tools

Clearly, a shared platform is the best approach to automation, bringing a number of benefits including consistent, integrated configuration and performance with regards to both the Operations and Development teams, as well as the company’s use of workload placement and the public cloud. Self-stack provisioning and workload placement can become more efficient, as can IT Operations on a broader level.

From a business point of view, IDC argue that such fine margins can be the difference between success and failure in the digital age. The increased speed of operations improves agility, performance, quality and time to market. The scope for manual error is removed, while at the same time the compliance monitoring and reporting is easier.

For the people involved in selecting an automation tool, it is therefore key to consider how the tool will work against the backdrop of your company’s digital transformation. Complete integration is essential to ensure speed and agility across different teams and different departments.

Automic v12

So how does Automic v12 meet these requirements? Automic’s platform hosts a portfolio of automation and orchestration products that can address the varying automation needs of your business. IDC examine the key features introduced with v12 that differentiate Automic from the rest of the market.

The features they address include:

  • Zero downtime upgrades
  • A unified interface
  • Intuitive, blueprint-driven provisioning
  • Unified reporting and analytics
  • SLA management
  • Secure sharing of automation artifacts

Ultimately, IDC persuasively argue all sectors are being disrupted by the wave of new technologies associated with digital transformation and success will depend on innovation, speed and agility. The report demonstrates that the success of your digital transformation is inherently linked to your automation tool. A unified automation platform such as Automic’s, they conclude, will facilitate digital transformation across interdepartmental development, deployment and operational processes.

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Chris Boorman

Chris Boorman

Dr. Chris Boorman is Chief Marketing Officer at Automic. His doctorate in Physics and Engineering drives his strategic thinking by always looking to understand the stories data can reveal. Chris is passionate about the impact automation and technology can have on business.