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Automation Trumps Tools

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Automation Trumps Tools

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With the influx of DevOps-related products and services on the market, today’s application delivery toolchain has become complex and fragmented. Watch Avoiding the DevOps Tax to learn best practices for integration and automation to realize a faster DevOps lifecycle.

It's true that tools can make a difficult task faster, easier, and more accurate, but the point of automation is to make your life even easier by eliminating most of the manual intervention needed for a task.  That's the opinion of Tom Limoncelli, the Everyday Sysadmin, in his most recent post:

While I encourage the creation of tools to make sysadmins tasks easier, the creation of systems that eliminate tasks is much more important. While automating our tasks often involves creating tools, writing tools does not automate our work.

There's a difference.  -- Tom Limoncelli


There can be conflicts sometimes between the admins who are used to using tools and not automation.  If they keep using their old process, they will confuse the automation.  It's important to keep sysadmins informed about changes to the automation if they're not making them on their own.  Check out Tom's full post for further detail and insight.

Source: http://everythingsysadmin.com/2011/11/tools-vs-automation.html

Automation and collaboration are critical to increasing operational efficiency, accelerating delivery, and innovating products. Watch Overcoming Barriers to DevOps Automation to gain insight on ways you can automate your processes with CI/CD and overcome common obstacles to developing a faster DevOps lifecycle.

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