Practice Lead – Orchestration & Automation
This rule is applied in many ways, both personally and professionally. It is a Swiss Army knife, the “80 / 20” rule. In many ways, 80% of what we HAVE to do on a day-to-day basis is driven by 20% of what we NEED to do. What if we could use that 80% for things we WANT to do instead? What happens to the other “To Do List” or “Wish List” items that could represent that 80%? It raises the question – are you tired of doing the same ol’ thing?
Now, more than ever, employers want their smart people to be in a position to get to that other 80% that really moves the business forward and brings new value. When I talk with IT teams and ask what keeps them from implementing all the new and innovative technologies available that would make their jobs more efficient and streamlined, their response is often – “we’re too busy doing ‘the same ol’ thing’!” How to change that paradigm seems to be a mystery. Most people feel the best (and only) way to resolve it is to clone themselves!
In most of the mid-market-to-enterprise IT environments that are responsible for driving business or supporting the company’s infrastructure needs, we see the same opportunity over and over again – to orchestrate and automate tasks, processes, and operations that are a part of that necessary 20% of everyday IT life.
Open a new door by automating your repetitive tasks into formulated processes. Automation allows for reliability, predictability, and efficiency in tasks we perform all the time – those that can take up an entire afternoon of work with a single interruption or distraction.
The pairing of orchestration with automation is the next logical step to removing the roadblocks of the dreaded 20%. Most likely, ‘the same ol’ thing’ is done on the same schedule (or as a part of the same loop of tasks) each day or time it is required. With orchestration tools in place to compliment the automation that has been established, you can create a complete response to these and other tasks in your environment.
This will, in turn, begin to remove the 20% from being a roadblock. Now it’s time to explore that other 80% that has been dormant for far too long!
So are you tired of doing the same ol’ thing? If so, let VeriStor’s Orchestration and Automation team help you address the old and embrace the new in an orchestrated and automated fashion!