As many of us enter the fourth year of hybrid and remote work, it’s now widely accepted that the digital & connected era is truly here to stay, and the need for agile solutions and resilient strategies has become more evident than ever before. We also now know that new digital appetites have transformed economies worldwide, and are continuing to evolve at a breakneck speed.
“Everything digital, everywhere” — the notion has its implications, be it on the way businesses are run, or are managed and scaled. In this new world, companies are quickly realising that if scale has a good partner, it’s automation. Whether it’s to navigate successfully through large-scale changes with agility, or managing pressures around customer expectations that have emerged during the new norm, automation has emerged as a transformative force that’s critical to seizing the day.
How can we stay ahead of the curve and thrive amidst uncertainties? The answer lies in embracing automation as a transformative agent, revolutionizing operations, driving innovation, and scaling with confidence. A vital step towards facing these changes and uncertainties with confidence, is recognizing the enterprise-wide evolution of automation practices and technologies into what we now call Automation 2.0.
Transforming operations with Automation 2.0 and event-driven automation
Automation 2.0 presents a new era of possibilities for businesses to operate at scale with a consistent automation platform. By embracing event-driven, orchestrated, and AI-augmented automation, we can achieve faster Mean-Time-To-Resolution (MTTR), increase operational productivity, and enhance consistency and predictability in their IT environments. Event-driven automation is a potential game-changer for digital enterprises seeking highly resilient and consistent customer experiences. It enables IT executives to respond proactively to incidents, complementing existing observability solutions. Implementing event-driven automation allows businesses to rapidly execute key IT actions and address issues before they escalate.
As businesses get used to an ever-evolving, and oftentimes uncertain future, event-driven automation will be a crucial enabler of success, unlocking new opportunities, fostering innovation, and enhancing customer experiences. Towards that, technology leaders need to step up and align IT spending with the changing landscapes, and different automation use cases, such as network, disaster recovery & hybrid cloud automation.
Now for another question — exactly how does Automation 2.0 help us in real-world use cases?
Network, disaster recovery & hybrid cloud automation
When the global economy faces ever-growing uncertainties, managing scale requires technology leaders to align IT spending around different automation use cases, such as network, disaster recovery & hybrid cloud automation.
Today, network operationshave become increasingly complex, requiring organizations to streamline their processes and enhance efficiencies. Network administrators also face challenges in managing diverse devices and applications while maintaining security and reliability. Automation offers the key to future-proofing and driving innovation in network operations, empowering administrators to automate repetitive tasks, eliminate human errors, and focus on critical work that drives progress.
Speaking of disaster recovery, businesses today must innovate and deliver rich features in order to capture and retain customers, making operational shifts and collaborative efforts necessary, and that’s another instance where automation plays a vital role by simplifying disaster recovery preparations, reducing manual work, and enhancing continuity arrangements.
Finally, there’s cloud computing that’s continually evolving and gaining popularity, where operators are finding themselves not only migrating workloads to the cloud, now they must also maintain both on-premise and public cloud environments — something that’s often complex and difficult to manage. To keep up with these increasingly complex environments, system administrators are also frequently struggling to streamline operations across multi-hybrid cloud environments. A strong automation platform enables them to handle outages, fix issues rapidly, and keep apps running smoothly at the click of a button — helping them not only provision for hybrid multi-cloud automation, but also ensure optimal post-provisioning to create streamlined workflows.
Truth in numbers
The growth of mobile applications offers new revenue opportunities. According to a study by data.ai1, the app industry witnessed a remarkable 11% YoY increase, confirming that exponential mobile application growth remains undeniable. In 2022 alone, iOS, Google, and 3rd Party app store spends reached an astounding $167 billion, with users spending an average of 5 hours daily on mobile applications, and downloading 255 billion new apps. What’s more, just 1419 mobile applications generated over $10 million in revenue, with 225 of them surpassing the $100 million revenue mark.
With the increased volume of apps, and growing organisational necessity to get to market faster with products, Ansible is all the more relevant to support resilient infrastructures and app stability.
The State of Mobile Applications Survey – by data.ai
Embracing Automation 2.0 with Ansible
Automation instills confidence in any organizations’ ability to recover rapidly from disruptions, and Red Hat® Ansible® Automation Platform is designed to serve a variety of use-cases and more specialized situations where automation can help businesses tap into the potential of Automation 2.0.
We discussed the transformative power of automation with event-driven Ansible, and curated informative on-demand videos by experts, along with supporting materials that can help propel your understanding of the evolving concepts and technologies in Automation 2.0.
Find proven use cases and Red Hat’s latest automation thinking at Ansible Automates 2023. You can also talk to our Ansible specialists, who are always ready to address your specific automation needs. Whether you have questions, require guidance, or seek tailored solutions, they’re well-equipped to support you on your automation journey. Additionally, you can experience Ansible firsthand through interactive labs that provide hands-on knowledge in immersive, real-time scenarios – with a dynamic and engaging environment to learn, experiment, and master the art of automation.