Humans have been trying to automate what they do for as long as there have been humans. Since the Industrial Revolution the pace and extent of this behaviour has been increasing exponentially, and we now have factories around the world producing goods around the clock with hardly any human interference. In fact, here in Canada as much as 40% of the workforce currently faces being outmoded by recent advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence (Source: CBC). Automation has its limits, however, and business owners need to know when and where to employ it, and in what proportions.

Modern factories are amazing things, and any segment of “How it’s Made” will feature at least two or three automated machines churning out dozens of items per second. But take a closer look and you’ll notice not everything is automated; you’ll often see some poor worker surrounded by giant machines doing some mundane, repetitive task. Why didn’t they just build a machine for that, too? In that particular instance, it was simply more cost-effective to have a human than build an expensive, purpose-built machine. This is more common for tasks that involve creativity or judgement.

Automation can create efficiencies, but only if it doesn’t cost too much to achieve a fully automated process. How much do you really need to automate your service offering? What’s the real power you need? In today’s fast-evolving ecosystem, if you try to deliver a fully automated process you risk being too late to market. In order to get value out of Automation of cloud services, it’s important to be aware that you don’t have to automate EVERYTHING. If you’re a strategic leader, you can look critically at your business and find where you can have the most value. Use the guiding principle of doing the 20% of effort that generates the 80% result.

As automated tasks increase in complexity, they actually become less reusable and less agile as a whole. Simplicity is about keeping your automation clean and therefore effective. You need to really think about what processes you can automate without adding complexity to your system. This is where the strategy comes in to play. Overcomplicating things just means there’s increased risk of the process failing altogether, or having something so purpose-built that not enough people can even take advantage of whatever magical things it can do.

AirSembly can help you automate your business without adding needless complexity. On average we can get customers up and running 60% sooner than traditional practices. This means you can get your products to market faster, and get them provisioned for your customers quicker than ever before. Automated provisioning shortens order fulfilment times, saving you operational costs. Deep integration with vCloud Director and vCenter means you don’t have to spend time and money developing your own solutions. Metering and chargeback happens automatically as well, so even your Finance Team can become more efficient.

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When examining your business for ways to be more efficient, it’s important to think strategically about what automation is necessary and what is not. It isn’t necessary to automate everything in order to be successful, and in fact trying to attain 100% efficiency is an expensive and wasteful proposition. When it comes to automating cloud services, you need to find the “just enough” balancing point that makes you the most efficient without keeping you tied down. Find the things that are easiest to automate that will bring you the most value, and you greatly increase your chances of success.

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