Task Automation Trends for 2019
With every network, there are tasks that have to be performed.
In a manual system, the tasks will have to be performed individually for every device on the network. For example, if an administrator has to be added to the system, every device needs to be updated with that administrator’s login details. When the network is small, this does not take too much time when done manually. However, for larger networks, it can be very time-consuming to perform each task across the network manually.
Automation of network tasks speeds up the process, simplifies it to a single click and decreases the chances for error and of devices being overlooked. As tasks get more complex, it is more and more important to have them automated so that they can be carried out with minimum downtime to the whole system.
Every year, developers work on ways to refine the task automation process. With rapid technological developments in other areas, it is important that the task automation processes are also updated regularly. As networks grow more complex, the solutions used in task automation also need to adapt to the changes.
Here is what is happening in task automation this year:
Increasing the task to be automated:
In the attempt to make task automation more efficient, developers are hoping to increase the number of tasks that can be automated. So far, a good deal of tasks like upgrades and configuration backups are already automated, but as networks continue to get more complex and use newer technologies, the type of tasks will also increase.
Cloud-based backups are becoming more common, and automating the task makes it a lot easier to perform at regular intervals or even when there are network changes like a new device being added. With more tasks being automated, administrators have a much easier time keeping the network running smoothly.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA):
Using RPA in task automation is another area that is being looked at. RPA is a more sophisticated system of automating tasks and uses elements of AI to carry out its functions. With these new developments, getting tasks done across the whole network could be as simple as giving a voice command. The technologies are also being developed so that they can be scaled up as and when the network grows.
With every network upgrade, the task automation process also needs to be upgraded. If the task automation software has already been built to be scaled up easily, this could save a lot of time and get operations underway much sooner after each upgrade.
Incorporation of AI:
Task automation is getting smarter with the incorporation of AI into the processes. AI is able to gather information and learn from past events to perform tasks more effectively and efficiently. AI is also able to predict when a task might be required and be prepared to launch performance as soon as possible.
From taking a device and connections inventory after an upgrade to predicting security threats, AI can oversee automated tasks and ensure that each task happens when it’s supposed to. Integration of AI in task automation is like having a watch over the network 24/7 and letting nothing go unnoticed.
Hybrid technologies use elements from AI, RPA, and machine learning to make highly sophisticated tools for task automation. Developers are looking at this possibility so that in the future, almost every mundane routine task can be carried out solely by machines that have been programmed once. The aim is to get a system that is so advanced that it learns and adapts with every change in the network.
The technology is still being developed, but what it equates to is a house-cleaning robot that not only cleans the house routinely at a set time every day but also is able to recognize if something has been spilled on the floor and clean it up when required without needing further instruction. A task automation system so advanced would free up a lot of other resources of an organization and run on high efficiency.
Another area that is constantly being developed for task automation is better security. When connected to the internet, a network is always prone to attacks from viruses and malware. Task automation to quickly identify these threats and take the required security measure can save an entire network. If a security breach in a single device is detected, the system should have the capability to automatically quarantine that device and prevent the other devices on the network from getting affected.
Because everything happens in milliseconds on a networked system, it is important that security fixes also respond as quickly. The quick response is only possible with task automation. With new developments in the technology, application of network patches and hotfixes can also be automated and counter threats as they are happening in real-time.
Improved device management:
Device management involves keeping track of license validity, software upgrades, configuration backups and so on. Keeping track of all the schedules manually is virtually impossible without some errors occurring. Task automation software keeps track of all these processes and ensures that each task is carried out at the right time. This is the very basic function of task automation, but it is constantly being improved so that every new device on the network can be managed effortlessly.
Task automation is a basic requirement in this day and age where networks keep growing, technologies are constantly being upgraded, and new security threats emerge on a daily basis. When the majority of tasks involved in device management, security protocols, backups and so on are automated, it eases the workload of the users and also increases efficiency.
The latest trends in task automation all look towards making the process even faster than before, reducing the need for human supervision for extended periods of time, and being adaptable to unexpected changes in the network.
The future of task automation for networks is a system that can be programmed once and do its job regardless of what gets thrown at it.