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Survey: IT Pros Say Automation Is Necessary for Transformation

IT leaders are embracing automation, saying that it is absolutely necessary for digital transformation. They believe in automation so much, in fact, that nearly three-quarters of them say that businesses that fail to automate will fail within 10 years.

Alison DeNisco writes, “Automate or die seems to be the message for IT leaders. Some 89% of tech pros said that IT automation must be used in new ways to achieve digital business objectives, according to a new survey from BMC Software.

“Further, 73% of IT decision makers said they believe that businesses that do not embrace IT automation in digital transformation strategies within the next 5 years will no longer exist in 10 years.

“Half of respondents said that digital transformation is the largest item on IT’s agenda, and 45% said it represents the largest investment of any IT program. Demands for new sources of revenue, competitive advantages, and operational excellence have created enormous pressure to compete digitally in order to earn the trust of customers, trading partners, and employees, 92% of tech professionals agreed.

“The survey included responses from more than 650 IT decision makers across 12 countries. Some 94% of these professionals reported that they expect automation to spread from IT departments into all areas of business by 2020, to keep pace with the digital business innovation race that every industry is currently competing in.”

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