Jan 28, 2013

What is IT process automation?

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Business process automation

"Business process automation, or BPA, is the strategy a business uses to automate processes in order to contain costs. It consists of integrating applications, restructuring labor resources and using software applications throughout the organization."

All IT systems have rules and procedures for their correct and efficient operation. Run Books, “Cheat Sheets” or Operations Manuals offer pages of information to the reader on how and when to perform specific tasks and procedures, but that is where they stop.

Many companies spend large amounts of time and effort defining their internal processes, and then hope that employees follow them. But in a world of rapidly changing technologies and fluid company operations, simply defining procedures is not enough.

IT Process Automation (ITPA) takes all this process knowledge and automates it, providing rapid, repeatable and error-free implementation of virtually any operational activities and processes.


There are numerous benefits to ITPA including:

  • Reduced time to market
  • Increased business agility
  • Optimised IT resource utilisation
  • Reduced MTTR
  • Improved efficiency
  • Eliminate human error


If you want more information on the benefits or how to start with itpa take a look at Cortex.


IT process automation (ITPA), also known as run book automation (RBA), is the ability to orchestrate and integrate tools, people and processes through workflow.


Benefits of ITPA include: reduced human errors, faster response to mission-critical system problems and more efficient allocation of resources. However, achieving these benefits isn't always trivial. In complex IT environments - particularly when systems are virtualized or cloud-based - implementing IT process automation can be challenging. 


Ayehu.com explains IT process automation.


It's a way of automating processes between applications, departments or data silos. It's the same thing as Run Book Automation (RBA). Opalis IT Process Automation from Microsoft is one way to integrate System Center with other systems. As Microsoft puts it, Opalis "helps automate, integrate, and orchestrate operational processes across multiple data, departmental and application silos.......and help[s] align IT services with business bjectives through repeatable, reliable, and standardized best practices."

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