Automation: the solution to the tech talent shortage
Early in my career, I enjoyed a front-row seat to the power of workload automation. As a system administrator for a Fortune 500 company, I was responsible for managing complex systems across a diverse enterprise environment. The company was growing rapidly and resources were always at a premium, so we applied workload automation to a variety of different processes across the enterprise.
Eventually, the division I worked for was sold to a new parent company. We then acquired two additional firms and implemented SAP, all at the same time. The only way we were able to achieve success and scale the business in that journey was through automation.
Later in my career I joined a large credit union as CIO. Our first task was to modernize all the credit union’s systems, and automation again became critically important – we implemented SMA’s OpCon solution and within a very short period we realized we had something special.
After experiencing the benefits of workload automation firsthand during my decade of technology leadership in financial services, I joined the advisory board at SMA. I later came on board as Chief Technology Officer, and eventually President and CEO.
For highly transactional businesses, modern orchestration solutions enable the fast, easy automation of manual tasks. They are designed to seamlessly coordinate and manage workloads within and across functions and departments and various IT software and hardware components without draining resources. Flexible, powerful workload automation and orchestration solutions like OpCon empower businesses to scale—quickly, securely, efficiently, and effectively.
As an early and passionate advocate for the power of workload automation, I have seen it work live daily in industries ranging from manufacturing to financial services. Today, I consider myself to be the “Chief Evangelist” of this remarkable and under-the-radar technology. But I am not alone in this.
At SMA, we are fortunate to have dozens of workload automation evangelists like myself among our ranks. These are people who learned the unique power of automation from their time working on the front lines at other organizations – whether in financial services, manufacturing, the non-profit sector or elsewhere. And their ranks are growing.