An increasing number of businesses are prioritising IT automation as a core component of their business technologies as access to cloud-based systems becomes more commonplace.
As outlined by Stonebranch in its 2023 Global State of IT Automation Report, 99% of survey respondents said they had planned at least one cloud initiative in 2023, such as the adoption of cloud infrastructure or SaaS applications.
The report also showed that 81% of respondents plan to expand their automation projects, with 86% aiming to support this by replacing or adding new platforms.
This growing popularity is likely due to the complexity of modern businesses and their integrated cloud-based technologies.
Most cloud-based and SaaS platforms feature multiple types of software with additional modules and integrations and are usually managed from a single dashboard to allow for a consistent, all-in-one approach to the management of key business processes.
With so many systems working in unison to manage vastly different processes across global organisations, the sheer workload can often only be effectively managed with the help of automation.
Which technologies take advantage of automation?
Business Intelligence (BI) software
BI software lends itself greatly to automation, with business insights and analytics being gathered from across the organisation and reports being automatically generated for a clear overview of data.
Cyber security solutions
From firewalls to cloud backup systems, cyber security solutions use automation to boost the speed and accuracy of functions like threat detection and response.
Accounting and financial management software
Accounting software takes advantage of automation to process invoices, manage transactions in multiple currencies, and provide financial insights.
What Does This Mean for My Business?
The growing market for cloud automation indicates that there is a demand for systems taking advantage of this functionality.
As automation features become more advanced and more commonplace among IT systems, buyers should determine whether they require this functionality and if so, how they will implement it within their existing business processes.
One way to realise this is with the help of an internal IT team that can manage automation across the business and determine the best tools and practices to achieve effective automation – the Stonebranch report detailed that 77% of surveyed businesses had a centralised team to handle their IT automation.
Automation can provide major efficiencies when implemented correctly, so businesses would also benefit from working alongside a software partner that can help them maximise the potential of their automated systems.
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