All about Automation in short E-book

All organizations communicate their vision and road-map of big events each year; some achieve them successfully. If you or your company is working on such large programs and would like to use automation to improve your process and create larger programs, please read on.

Any large organization faces the same challenges throughout trying to make a big initiative more or less. The following are the two main challenges affecting such rollouts.

1. Cost

2. Time

These challenges are not new, but small and large enterprises have been impacted by it. Unfortunately, the problem is still there and its side effects are big enough to push any company to its limits. Every initiative that requires technology comes with built-in unknowns and these unknowns, throw a wrench into any and all projects.

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Most technical teams that are damaged by unknowns during big rollouts look to break up the unknown by alternatives, which are, unfortunately, a series of manual / semi-automated stages. The luxury of going back to technical teams and solving these manual alternatives is rare.

Leaders in organizations should focus on small automation issues, as these do not only drain on the resources that are deployed throughout the organization but are also barriers to the allocation of resources to the productive roll-out of future programs. When technical leadership makes a conscious decision to minimize these manual tasks, they free up more resources to solve manufacturing problems.

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Because these tasks are mundane and repetitive, the solution is straightforward, these tasks are automated and help in freeing up critical resources that help deliver larger programs faster and on time.

Automation, fortunately, is improving in technology, speed, scale, and cost. Smart technologies such as process automation, AI services, ML, NLP provide effective opportunities for organizations to improve performance and processes.

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Small automation projects that address specific issues can be implemented in multiple sprints, in a simple way, and on multiple technologies that enable new levels of productivity on a rolling basis.

When building automation at the enterprise level, we need to drive authentication and centralized processes. Enterprise-level automation can be incorporated into smaller parts in rolling sprints to maintain greater efficiency and reduce risk.

Small automation improves the productivity and efficiency of processes and tasks by over 75%. The Financial Effectiveness Benchmark Report says that 46% of the time and key processes cost on finance function automation, thus saving economists more difficult to perform than mundane repetitive tasks. This ability to financially solve problems at the team or task level represents a significant shift in business technology.

Using Automation to Be Simple

Small automation is not a re-establishment of big automation, but a series of steps to help us move on to larger automation. It relies on multiple technologies to rely on data and standard processes already established by enterprise-level technology. The small automation process helps to pivot/to adapt to the challenges faced when trying to achieve a larger automation goal while enabling process improvements.

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Small automation solves a specific problem at once and is easy to implement at a low cost. Comparison is the cost of two sprints with the cost of the full implementation of automation.

This helps in making connections and collaboration at the bite-sized level, making it easy to understand and adapt to the team working in automation while learning the organization’s processes. For example, the automation team understands how the sales team works before automating their system in a bite-sized manner.

Small automation is much simpler than large automation. This helps everyone in different teams come on the same page and prioritizes automating solutions that give the big bang for the buck.

The technologies that enable small automation are easily configured and dynamically learned. This enables companies to implement small automation in an environment where input and output are highly variable and require appropriate responses.

If the work is repetitive or mundane, a machine can do the work efficiently and relieves the team of doing the work that requires human and emotional intelligence.

An Attitude to Automation

Technical leadership must realize that automation is not just a process change for your teams. This is a change of mentality and how you will face small challenges as a team that will lead you to solve a larger puzzle.

Small automation can solve specific problems, and the leadership team should be able to identify and guide the team not only from a monetary perspective but also the challenges that give the biggest bang for the buck.

The goal is to make a big difference by taking small steps. Technical leadership must support its team to take the initiative on a large scale using small automation.

This means improvements not only in the process but also in the thought process. Once your team takes these small steps, you can start laying out more sophisticated technologies with automation. For example, you can use automation and AI to create smart cybersecurity systems.

P.Venkat Vajradhar
Author

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