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The Automation Architect: How to Become, and Succeed as, This Emerging IT Specialist

Published: 18 August 2017

ID: G00326356

Analyst(s): Paul Delory


Automation brings agility and many other benefits, but success requires an architect who can overcome key obstacles. This research informs technical professionals about what an automation architect is and how to find one, then suggests projects that will demonstrate immediate, quantifiable value.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Findings


  • Why Do You Need Automation?
  • Why Do You Need an Automation Architect?
  • What Does an Automation Architect Do?
  • What Skills Are Needed by the Automation Architect?
  • Where Do Automation Architects Fit in the Organization, and Whom Do They Work With?
  • Considerations for Technical Professionals Seeking to Fill This Role
  • How Can the Automation Architect Identify Early Projects to Demonstrate Value?
    • Identifying and Demonstrating Value
    • Measuring the Potential Value of Automation
  • What Are Some Good 'Early Win' Projects for the Automation Architect?
    • Routine Data Center Operations
    • Server Provisioning and Management
    • Decision Support
    • User Account Management


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