Today when we talk about automation, multiple things will come to our mind. Some of us relate automation with AI, ML some with IoT, RPA like things. But automation is a lot more than that. Nowadays the demand for Automation is growing rapidly in every domain including Manufacturing, Construction, Information Technology, etc.
So, what is automation?
Automation is any process that can reduce human efforts in any way. It could be software automation, machine automation, process automation. Building software is automation, for example, any of the IDE which simplifies coding for developers, A machine which manufactures a product is automation, nowadays you can see advertisement of the fridge in which you can easily prepare yogurt is the kind of automation. Artificial intelligence, Machine learning, Robotic process automation are subsets of automation in the software industry.
How to start with Automation?
Step 1: Identify things which requires majority of peoples efforts
Step 2: Find whether there is existing solution or not?
After identifying the thing or process search whether the solution is already existing or not. Someone somewhere has faced the same problem or not.
Step 3: If solution is existing. Will it be able to solve your problem?
1. Is that solution is solving your problem entirely? And if not entirely how much in percentage?
2. Can you afford the cost of using that solution if you need to purchase it?
3. Do you have the infrastructure to accommodate the solution?
Step 4: If solution is not available, think about how and who will be developing it.
In other case, if it not existing then who will develop it? How to build the solution?
This is depending on the industry type in which you found a problem.
Step 5: Identify right users to use the solution
The most important step is who will be using that solution. The User or Customer. From them only you will get an exact problem they are facing and the type of solution they want.
Step 6: Gather information on need, feasibility and ROI
Before start developing, you must gather information such as requirements, solution feasibility in terms of cost, time, infrastructure. And of course, return of investment.
Step 7: Identify correct tool and technology to create solution
After deciding critical factors in step 6 choose the correct tool and technologies to create a solution so that it will never create issues while developing.
Step 8: Test solution
Test your solution so that before giving it to the user you will need to check on how easy for the user to use it as well as check that all requirements are fulfilled.
Step 9: If successful make it generalize so it will solve many other problems too if possible
The solution should be generalized to solve the overall industry problem so that it will benefit others too.
Step 10: if Failed start from step 5 again
Keep trying till it gets successful. fill the gaps. if your analysis in choosing process is correct you will get success.
Human is a genius creation we should give out time and intelligence to a more complex and creative task that machine cannot do. This will lead to an increase in ROI, lower cost saves time, and will bring intelligence to the work humans are doing. Again, from other perspectives, it will also add some momentum to Digitalization, Innovation, and Intelligence.
Automation starts where humans, intelligence, and innovations are combines.
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