Technology adoption is accelerating exponentially. Today, new technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and blockchain are being integrated into service offerings. Because of this, business units are demanding real-time data collection and massive data analytics. However, technology infrastructure needs to be flexible, scalable, and adaptable to meet this acceleration. So I challenge you: Will your business survive if you don’t have business aligned infrastructure?
Historically business aligned infrastructure has been challenging
Over the years, enterprise technology has grown fragmented. IT departments have strained to include new hardware, incorporate the latest software tools, and manage the sprawling IT estate. In fact, uncoordinated strategies and technology silos have hampered efforts to automate infrastructure management. The result is an increasing focus on the IT minutiae.
Standardization supports speed and efficiency
To deliver business aligned infrastructure, IT must first focus on infrastructure goals. Platform and IT teams should build end-to-end automation with standardized automation workflows. This enables them to provide modern platforms and new technologies to the business in a fast, efficient manner. In turn, the business is able to provide creative solutions that enhance the customer experience. Moreover, they can efficiently scale resources to meet sales demands.
Leveraging existing tools and experience has advantages
Secondly, infrastructure automation should allow for the integration with existing tools. This enables the enterprise to take advantage of the knowledge and experience of the IT team members. Also, it takes advantage of current IT investments. In other words, building composable automation provides the flexibility and extensibility needed to incorporate existing tools and scripts into the automation workflow.
Flexibility accelerates innovation
Finally, when IT automation meets the needs of a distributed, heterogeneous, environment, the business can innovate fearlessly. This is because the business builds on an extensible, flexible, modern, and vendor-neutral foundation. By applying the rapid development and deployment concepts from the Agile framework to infrastructure, automation can accelerate innovation. This process will allow the development and adoption of best-of-breed offerings to the ever-changing business landscape.
As we can see, gone are the days of home-grown automation. It cannot adapt to new technologies, scale with the business growth, or support business objectives.
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