IT automation provides a simple way for over-stretched technology workers to manage their load effectively.

Writing for, technology writer Linda Musthaler argued that there was “hardly a person in IT that doesn’t have too much to do and too little time to do it.” Workloads such as these, she added, were only worsened by the smaller, routine tasks which take time and attention away from some larger projects. In short, all this means that most IT professionals “are overworked, and some might be overwhelmed.”

The biggest point of note raised by Musthaler was that overworking such as this was entirely preventable. With overwork being a factor in employee stress and even long-term sickness, it only makes sense to lessen the load – something that automation cou ld achieve.

Explaining, Musthaler said how automation tools reside firmly in the ‘work smarter, not harder’ mould, as activities are automatically executed once certain conditions are met, notes.

If automation helps with the smaller, routine tasks, this will leave IT professionals with more time for the difficult, larger-scale projects. As such, this also means that the fear some people have that automation would put IT workers out of a job hold s no water, as it will instead allow them to dedicate time to more involved projects, thus making anyone with tech knowledge and experience more valuable than ever.

Even when automating more advanced systems, IT professionals would still be needed to oversee the work and take action if something goes wrong. Furthermore, it offers real benefits to companies in terms of security.

Musthaler noted: “Taking small activities… off the plate of overworked IT professionals can free them up to work on more important assignments.

“Many companies are finding they can automate more complex activities and even IT security processes to save considerable manhours and to provide better network protection.”

Author: David Howells