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Building an Automation Roadmap to a Seamless Cloud Strategy

Posted 7.1.22 by
Tommy McShane
Blog

Are you looking to create a seamless cloud strategy? One that will save you time and money? Then you need an automation roadmap. Like most businesses, you’re looking for ways to automate your operations and improve efficiency. Moving to the cloud is a great way to do this, but it can be tricky to figure out the best way to make a move.

Building an automation roadmap is key to success for any business, especially those in the cloud. Businesses can save time and money by automating tasks and processes. However, building an automation roadmap is not always easy. There are a number of factors to consider, including which processes to automate, what tools to use, and how to implement automation seamlessly and effectively.

But what exactly is an automation roadmap? And how do you build one? Keep reading to find out.

 

What Is an Automation Roadmap?

An automation roadmap is a plan that outlines the steps necessary to automate your organization’s processes and move to the cloud. It can help you assess which processes can be automated, identify potential risks and challenges, and develop a strategy for implementation.

It’s important to have an automation roadmap before beginning any automation. It will ensure that all tasks and processes are automated in a way that makes sense and is efficient. In addition, an automation roadmap can help you navigate the transition to the cloud. Moving to the cloud can be disruptive, and an automation roadmap can help you plan for and manage this change.

How to Build an Automation Roadmap

Building an automation roadmap may seem daunting, but it’s pretty simple. Follow these steps to create your own:

 

Define Your Goals and Objectives

What do you hope to achieve with automation? Do you want to improve efficiency, quality, or speed? Are you looking to reduce costs? It is essential to be clear about your goals from the outset. Define responsibilities for tasks and create a timeline for each step of the process. This will help keep everyone on track and ensure that the project stays on schedule.

Here are some of the possible of objectives and goals you may want to achieve:

  • Cut costs by automating manual tasks.
  • Speed up processes by automating workflows.
  • Improve accuracy and consistency of data entry and output.
  • Free up time for employees to focus on more critical tasks.

Once you know what you’re trying to achieve, you can start outlining the steps needed to reach those goals. Every business is different, so your specific roadmap will vary depending on your needs. But here are some general tips for getting started:

  •  Define the business processes that could be automated.
  • Assess the feasibility of automating each process.
  • Prioritize the processes to be automated based on factors such as cost savings, time savings, and impact on productivity.
  • Draft a high-level plan for implementing automation in each process.
  • Start small and gradually roll out automation to other processes over time.

 

Assess Your Current Infrastructure and Automation Capabilities

The next step is to assess your current infrastructure and automation capabilities. This will help you understand what you have in place today and where there are gaps that need to be addressed. It is also important to assess your team’s skills and knowledge to ensure they are prepared to implement and manage the new automation roadmap.

Once you know what you want to achieve, it’s time to start brainstorming which tasks and processes you need to automate. Write down everything that comes to mind, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. Automation might include backups, disaster recovery, provisioning, scaling, monitoring, or anything else that doesn’t need human intervention.

Once you’ve identified the tasks to automate, you need to decide which ones are most important and should be given priority. You may also want to consider what’s feasible soon versus what will require more planning and development time.

 

Set Dates for Implementation

Create a step-by-step plan. Once you know which automation you want to implement and in what order, it’s time to create an action plan. Outline each task that needs to be completed to implement each automation. This plan will serve as your guide during the implementation process. Depending on the complexity of the tasks involved, you may want to roll out automation gradually or all at once. If you’re starting small, you might want to focus on automating one process at a time.

It will allow you to get comfortable with the technology and ensure everything works as expected before moving on to the next task. If you’re implementing automation on a larger scale, you’ll need to plan carefully to ensure a smooth transition. You may need to train employees on how to use the new system or make changes to your infrastructure. It’s important to have a clear timeline and communicate regularly with everyone involved in the process.

 

Evaluate the Potential Benefits of a Cloud-Based Strategy

There are many potential benefits to a cloud-based strategy. By moving to the cloud, you can reduce your infrastructure costs, increase flexibility and agility, and improve scalability. It is important to carefully consider the potential benefits of a cloud-based strategy before making the decision to migrate.

 

Execute and Monitor Your Automation Roadmap

After you’ve implemented your automation roadmap, it’s important to monitor the results regularly. It will help you identify areas that need improvement and ensure that the automation achieves the desired results. To effectively monitor your automation, you should track metrics such as cost savings, time savings, and productivity gains.

You should also solicit employee feedback about their experience with the new system. Tracking these metrics ensures that your automation roadmap is on track and positively impacts your business.

 

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a partner to help you automate your infrastructure and move to the cloud, look no further than Otava. We have the experience and expertise to help you every step of the way, ensuring a smooth transition and seamless operations. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals.

 

About Otava

Otava provides the secure, compliant hybrid cloud solutions demanded by service providers, channel partners and enterprise clients in compliance-sensitive industries. By actively aggregating best-of-breed cloud companies and investing in people, tools, and processes, Otava’s global footprint continues to expand. The company provides its customers in highly regulated disciplines with a clear path to transformation through its effective solutions and broad portfolio of hybrid cloud, data protection, disaster recovery, security and colocation services, all championed by an exceptional support team. Learn more at www.otava.com.

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