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The Value of Automation in IT

Realize significant savings over time by reducing repetitive efforts that are devoted to developing, testing, deploying and maintaining applications

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The Value of Automation in IT

By Stuart Phipps, Relayware IT Operations Manager

Today, IT is under pressure to reduce development, operations and maintenance costs. As a result, IT finds itself releasing applications quickly – too quickly. This creates problems and undermines the initial business objectives of managing costs.

While, using a purely manual software development process can be useful when starting out and processes are not yet concrete. However, at a certain point, you hit scalability limits around traceability and throughput. This affects product quality. Tests increase over time as applications become larger and more complex, causing testing capacities to reach an upper bound slowing testing throughout. This creates an urgency and a rushed release-to-market, which results in a product not being fully tested.

In order to reduce maintenance costs, increase product quality and improve project productivity, focus on instrumentation and integration when implementing your Automated Application Development (AAD) tools. Instrumentation focuses on your tools’ execution, and integration refers to the movement and acceptance of development artifacts.

Now, don't try to automate, if you don't have a good foundation based on quality and traceability first. Otherwise automation will make matters worse by amplifying gaps in your foundation. Assess your current development process for people, process, and technology gaps before deciding to implement AAD.

You will realize significant savings over time by reducing repetitive efforts that are devoted to developing, testing, deploying and maintaining applications. This will also free up your time to proactively optimize processes and tools or take on innovation projects to help boost business initiatives. IT and the business can accurately measure the success of the development, testing, and deployment of the application to determine the need for future optimization projects to further reduce costs and improve productivity.

With this approach innovation, a historically nice-to-have, will be an integrated part of IT directives and mantras.

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