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This article is part of the Modern Infrastructure issue of November 2017, Vol. 6. No. 10
As a technology evangelist and professional IT systems optimizer, I see the benefits of IT automation and can only champion trends that increase it. When we automate onerous tasks and complex manual procedures, we naturally free up time to focus our energies higher in the stack. Better and more prevalent automation increases the relative return on our total effort so that we each become more productive and valuable. Simply put, IT automation provides leverage. So it's all good, right? Another IT automation benefit is that it captures, encapsulates and applies valuable knowledge to real-world problems. And actually, it's increasingly hard to find IT automation platforms that don't promote embedded machine learning and artificially intelligent algorithms. There is a fear that once our hard-earned knowledge is automated, we'll no longer be necessary. So, of course, I need to temper my automation enthusiasm. Automation can eliminate low-level jobs, and not everyone can instantly adjust or immediately convert to higher-value work. ...
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