Businesses that don’t embrace IT automation to achieve digital transformation within the next five years will cease to exist in 10 years, according to a new report from IT solutions provider BMC.

The sentiment above is actually the opinion of nearly three quarters (73 percent) of 654 worldwide IT decision makers surveyed online in April 2017 by BMC. A huge majority of the executives (92 percent) agree that the demands for new sources of revenue, unique competitive advantage, and operational excellence have created enormous pressure to compete digitally in order to earn the trust of customers, trading partners, and employees.

By 2020, automation will spread from IT departments into all areas of business in order for organizations to keep pace with the accelerated digital business innovation race sweeping industries and regions worldwide, said an overwhelming 94 percent of respondents. The top three areas of investment priority in the next 24 months are containerization, workload automation/scheduling and DevOps, the report said.

"As companies continue to incorporate hybrid cloud capabilities across the digital enterprise, they are challenged by the complexity of managing workloads across on premises, public and private clouds," said Gur Steif, president, digital business automation at BMC.

"IT teams must be able to manage the customer value chain in spite of decentralized usage of cloud services,” Steif said. “This is requiring a new level of IT automation to adapt to the challenges posed by increasingly diverse infrastructure, disparate data, and accelerated applications—the critical components of digital business."

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Bob Violino

Bob Violino

Bob Violino is a freelance technology and business writer who covers a variety of topics, including big data and analytics, cloud computing, information security and mobile technology.