Automation has emerged as a transformative force in the IT industry, revolutionizing the way businesses operate and achieve efficiency. From streamlining workflows to reducing manual tasks, automation offers a plethora of benefits.
IT automation involves using instructions to replace manual work with automated processes in data centres and cloud deployments. This automation can range from single actions to complex sequences and even autonomous deployments that respond to user behaviour and event triggers. By minimizing administrator intervention, automation software tools, frameworks, and appliances enhance operational efficiency and productivity.
Different Types of Automation:
IT Automation and Service Automation
IT automation focuses on automating specific IT tasks, such as provisioning storage or managing virtual machines. Service automation, on the other hand, uses technology to deliver services in an automated manner. While they have distinct purposes, IT automation and service automation are often used interchangeably.
Process automation optimizes workflows, particularly in repetitive tasks occurring in factories and similar environments. By automating these tasks, businesses can achieve higher efficiency and consistency.
Business Process Automation
Business process automation applies IT automation to achieve specific goals, such as improving worker productivity and reducing operational costs. It involves automating entire business processes, streamlining operations, and eliminating bottlenecks.
Robotic Process Automation
Robotic process automation (RPA) utilises software robots (bots) to automate digital tasks. These bots mimic and execute business processes, reducing manual intervention and improving efficiency.
The Future of Automation:
Studies suggest that 2023 is poised to be a pivotal year for automation, encompassing a wide spectrum of advancements.
Augmenting Tools with Intelligent Automation
Core software platforms are incorporating intelligent automation capabilities to provide stronger same-platform capabilities. For instance, Salesforce acquired an automation stack to enhance its CRM and integration focus. Grenke can help businesses leverage such automation by offering equipment leasing solutions for IT infrastructure and AI technology.
Next-Generation Evolutions of RPA Tools
Traditional RPA vendors have evolved beyond basic automation. They now offer intelligent capabilities, such as process intelligence and task mining, on a single platform. Examples include UiPath, SS&C, Automation Anywhere, and Microsoft, which have expanded their automation offerings to address complex projects and legacy systems.
A Fragmented Marketplace for Intelligent Document Processing
Intelligent document processing (IDP) has become a crucial component of automation. Leading vendors like ABBYY, Kofax, UiPath, SS&C Chorus, and others offer OCR, IDP, and NLP capabilities to manage unstructured data effectively. Grenke can support businesses by providing equipment leasing options for these automation tools.
Automating Enterprise Workflows
End-to-end process automation and workflow orchestration have gained prominence in intelligent automation. Intelligent business process management suites (iBPMS), such as Camunda, SS&C Chorus, Workato, Appian, and Pega, enable seamless integration of RPA, AI, and human interactions through low-code workflows or specialized software.
Advances in Cloud-Native Capabilities
Cloud-native providers like AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure offer intelligent automation capabilities through cognitive services and pre-built components. Leveraging cloud-native capabilities enables organizations to quickly deploy and utilize artificial intelligence and machine learning models on a pay-as-you-use basis.
Grenke understands the significance of automation in driving business growth. Equipment leasing and finance options for IT infrastructure, AI technology, and automation tools can help can empower businesses to embark on their automation journey.
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