2011 Prediction: Automation Enters the Industrial Age


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You may have read my six Predictions, which envisage a very cloudy 2011.

In contemplating these and other predictions, I realize I probably fell short of characterizing the necessary side-effect of enterprise cloud’s coming of age in 2011.

Which brings me to prediction #7, offered as an addendum to the first six:

Automation Enters the “Industrial Age”

Complexity, economics and the need for speed drove an evolution from the stone age of manual labor to the enlightenment of custom scripts. As enterprise IT embraces self-service, on-demand computing models, these old approaches to automation will break down under the weight of speed, scale and the need for consistency and predictability. This will thrust automation into the industrial age, where inscrutable scripts will be traded for blueprints that enable pushbutton deployment and change. IT will look like a factory, where the supply chain and the construction pipeline are modeled and automated for speed, scale and consistency.

It’s the only way forward in the age of speed and scale.

Republished with author's permission from original post.


  1. Considering everyone wants things yesterday – I’m also thinking everyone that has big business will be automated

    Thank You for the article.


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