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The Bottom Line of Adopting Automation Is to Boost Your Bottom Line
April 15, 2022 Blog


There are considerable benefits to automation, like eliminating mundane, repetitive tasks, streamlining operations and reducing human error. But one, in particular, that business leaders are sure to understand and be on the lookout for is how automation impacts the business’s bottom line in a positive way. And given the boost the technology gives to various aspects of operations, that effect can be considerable.

Consider these findings by IDC in the business value white paper it crafted for Red Hat:

In its study, the IDC surveyed several organisations in the US and the UK, including some large companies that had upwards of 30,000 employees supported by an IT staff of a few hundred. Among the IDC’s key findings is that the Ansible Automation Platform automated various tasks that enabled system users to “control their infrastructure with role-based access control and automation tools that include analytics and certified, reusable content.” Automation, in this case, translated to a 30% boost in the overall productivity of IT infrastructure teams, as said teams were able to work on their other projects while machines helped them out. According to IDC’s computations, this 30% boost in productivity equates to an average annual salary savings of USD $1,248,000 per organisation.

The savings do not stop there. Take a look:

Another benefit of deploying the Ansible Automation Platform is that it expedites security patching and remediation and simplifies machine provisioning and application. These benefits enhance network management and ensure across-the-board consistency, but with routine tasks automated. Automation in network management, in turn, results in as much as a 29% efficiency gain, which then translates to an annual salary value of USD $333,000.

Between having annual salary savings of USD $1,248,000 from automating IT management and raising annual salary value by USD $333,000 through automated network infrastructure management, it is clear that automation’s bottom line benefits are significant. But there is more, as this table shows:

Automation can be implemented in various aspects of the business—and one of them is app development, which is considered one of the key drivers of a modern business in this era of digital transformation. When the Ansible Automation Platform is deployed in this aspect of the business, the result is as much as a 25% boost in productivity, along with a 39% increase in new app productivity. Perhaps even more impressive,               automated app development enables a team of 52 FTEs to accomplish the same amount of work as a team of 65 FTEs. The result is better support for the business’s app development, but in less time and using less manpower. This combination translates to annual salary savings of USD $1,308,000.

Yet another key benefit of automation is minimising not only the frequency of unplanned downtime but also its impact. This greatly reduces service disruptions, allowing the business to be up and running at the soonest possible time in the event of an outage. Said benefit is shown in this table:

Put simply, automation using the Ansible Automation Platform reduced the number of unplanned outages by a whopping 58%. And even when there was an outage, it was remediated 44% faster. Hours lost to an outage were, thus, decreased by 4.3 hours—from 5.7 hours before deploying the platform to only 1.4 hours after Ansible was deployed. In all, this benefit yields an annual average productivity-based business value of $2,513,000.

The above, though, are just a few of the business benefits of automation. There are certainly more, and an organisation will only find them out once they deploy the Ansible Automation Platform. But the bottom line in all this is that automation can do wonders to the bottom line of any business.

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