Automation in Information Technology

By Ritu Goel August 1, 2018

 

According to Bill Gates “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency”.

Automation is the process by which the tasks are performed by machines entirely, which were previously done by humans.

Every industry has a set of accompaniments and processes that undergo adaptation and advancement over time. Humans have been combining information technology with automation technologies to improve the productivity of accompaniments and processes. Just think about the smartphones and laptops that we use every day to do multiple tasks. Think about the vehicles that we drive to take to work. Think about the gadgets that we use for entertainment purpose. Think about the different brand clothes that we wear; and appliances you use to store, prepare, and clean them. Without automation, these technological advances would never have occurred and future innovations would be impossible.

The era of automation began about 45 years ago when IBM introduced the OS/360 operating system. Like other early operating systems, OS/360 was a supervisory program that managed system resources and provided an automatic transition from one job to another. That was just the starting now we see automated tools everywhere. According to a survey, industrial automation market is expected to reach 153.83 $ Billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 5.10% between 2017 and 2022.

Industrial automation has traditionally been a fairly conservative discipline, one that evolves steadily over time. Automation has changed the IT industry drastically. It automates an IT professional’s manual work. Software tools, schemas, frameworks, and gadgets conduct the tasks within the fraction of seconds and with minimum individual intervention.

According to study the benefits of automation cited most often were productivity, cost reduction, availability, performance, and reliability. Automation is going to hit the market tremendously.

Automation in the IT industry also makes us more secure. Safety Automation systems like ESD (Emergency Shutdown Systems), F&G(Fire and Gas Systems) are wonderful achievements that can only be possible only because of automation.

In the process of the software development life cycle, one of the most important functions is testing. While developing mobile apps, websites the chances of malfunctioning are very high. Software test automation offers a wide variety of benefits apart from ensuring accurate and in-depth testing. One of the biggest benefits of automation in testing is that you can save a lot of time as well as money.

According to the market study, approx 35% of the organizations have already implemented automated testing strategies into their testing procedures. And, 29% of the companies have plans to implement it by the end of this year.

Why use automation

  • Reduction in production time.
  • Increase in accuracy and repeatability.
  • Less human error.
  • Fewer employee costs.
  • Increased safety.
  • Higher volume production.