Automation is changing the way business operates and IT operation management.  It is also becoming an increasingly important technology enabler for businesses to remain competitive and efficient. If you’re ready to take advantage of automation to maximize efficiency, reduce cost, and stay ahead of the competition consider applying these five best practices:

  1. Develop a clear automation strategy. Before implementing any automation solutions, developing a clear strategy in order to maximize efficiency is essential. This strategy should include an analysis of the current process, an understanding of the desired outcomes, and a plan to implement the automation. Additionally, it is essential to identify the potential risk associated with automation and develop a plan to mitigate those risk. By taking the time to develop a clear automaton strategy, businesses can ensure that they are able to maximize the benefits of automation while minimizing the risk.
  2. Start small and scale up. IT automation can be complex and challenging, and it is often difficult to predict the results of automation. To minimize risk and maximize the chances of success, it is best to start small and scale up. This can be done by automating simple, repetitive tasks and then gradually automating more complex processes as the organization becomes more familiar with the technology. This approach will help you maximize your potential and reach your goals more quickly and effectively.
  3. Use a standardized automation toolset. Standardized automation toolset can be a great asset to any organization. It can help streamline processes, reduce manual effort, ensure consistency, and simplify maintenance. It is essential to choose a toolset that is well-supported, widely used, and easily integrated with other systems and processes. By using a standardized automation toolset, organization can save time and money, while increasing the quality of their product and/or service.
  4. Automate security and compliance processes. Automating security and compliance processes can help organizations streamline their security and compliance operations, reduce manual errors, and gain greater visibility into their security and compliance posture. The automation of security and compliance processes will help the organization by reducing the time and resources needed to assess and remediate security and compliance issues which intern protects the organization from security breaches and data loss. This includes automating security scans, monitoring, and alerting, as well as automating compliance processes, such as auditing and reporting.
  5. Monitor and evaluate the results of automation. Once an automation solution has been implemented, monitoring and assessing the effects is essential to ensure that the automation process is running efficiently and effectively. This can be done by tracking key performance indicators (KPI) of automated task, measuring the accuracy and speed of the process, and analyzing the data collected to identify any areas for improvement. Regularly reviewing the results of automation (KPI) can help to identify any potential issues and ensure that the automation process is meeting the desired goals.

IT automation is essential for improving efficiency and reducing errors in IT operations. To maximize the benefits of automation and minimize the risks, it is necessary to follow best practices for IT automation, such as developing a clear automation strategy, starting small and scaling up, using a standardized automation toolset, automating security and compliance processes, and monitoring and evaluating the results of automation. By following these best practices, organizations can ensure that their IT automation efforts are successful and sustainable.

Verinext can help organizations implement IT automation best practices. Our team of intelligent automation experts has the knowledge and experience to support organizations on their automation journey, from strategy development to implementation and ongoing management. Contact us today to learn how we can help you take your IT automation to the next level.