In this digital age, it is almost impossible to escape automation. While this term has been historically used to refer to the use of machines, rather than human labor, in industry and manufacturing, automation is also happening in white-collar sectors, particularly in business processes. Today, many companies utilize their own software and digital devices that operate within a certain network. By using both hardware and software-based solutions, large companies and organizations are able to easily control and manage their processes and improve the availability of network service. This is what is referred to as network automation.
However, in order for companies to fully implement network automation, a test is typically required for the software involved first. Although manual tests may be performed, today it has become increasingly common for even network testing to become automated. This is because they can easily be repeated and can perform tasks that are impossible for manual tests to perform, thus making automated testing the best way to ensure an effective and efficient software test.
Here are some of the benefits you can get from having your testing and business processes automated:
Lower costs and greater savings
Automation reduces the complexities of the infrastructure involved in your business processes, thus also reducing the number of people and person-hours required to perform the same process. As a result, the operations involved in configuring, provisioning, and managing the network and its services can be greatly simplified. This also enables the consolidation of network services and a reduction of the necessary floor space, thus also saving time and effort that could be channeled towards more income-generating activities.
Reduction of the possibility of human error
Unlike manual tests and processes, which need human labor to be performed, automated processes involve only the necessary software and hardware to perform the same repetitive tasks. As a result, the possibility of human error is removed, given that there is no workforce involved in the process. Since automation also results in the given processes being completed much faster and with greater efficiency, it also increases productivity in the company, thus driving innovation and offering newer and more worthwhile opportunities for the available workforce.
Furthermore, when the likelihood of human error is reduced, business processes can be streamlined, and thus performed and delivered at a greater consistency. This makes it easier for companies to keep track of remote operations, which in turn provides an opportunity for them to expand their business. Automation thus helps increase the profitability of the company, and at greater convenience as well.
Increase business adaptability and responsiveness
In this age of digitization, changes are happening faster than ever before. As the business landscape continues to grow and change, companies are going to have to adapt and learn quickly in order for them to remain competitive and profitable. Automation can help in this regard by enabling the use of analytics for information technology applications. The use of analytics allows businesses to gain more visibility into the network to improve understanding of what is occurring in the network. Thus, business leaders will be better able to respond to any bottleneck in the company’s processes and make the necessary changes.
Additionally, automation helps improve the speed and adaptability of the business processes being used. Business leaders are able to add new services and test new applications with much greater ease, thus allowing any improvements or changes to be made much more quickly. This, in turn, makes the company much more flexible and ready to compete in many kinds of environments.