When I was a child, my mom would ask me if I could do the same thing. I figured, “If I can’t do it, why do I have to do it?” After a few weeks of saying no, my mom would ask me what I thought about the project. I would then say no, but my dad would say yes to a few other things so I would be able to do it.
Automation personnel services are a growing industry and one that is expanding at a rapid pace. According to Gartner, there are now over 2,000 automation service providers in the U.S. alone and the most popular ones are in retail, construction, and manufacturing. The biggest reasons for this growth are that the ability to automate and use more efficient processes is becoming more and more important to the success of business in general.
The big idea is that these companies are trying to eliminate the cost of human-managed labor by automating the processes so that each employee is using the same set of tools but has the ability to automate parts of it.
Automation in general has been around for quite some time. However, the last decade saw a huge increase in automations for the most commonly used tasks. For example, the majority of the software that automates the production of the vast majority of products that we use in our daily lives (from milk to air filters to cars) is built on the basis of simple, highly automatable tasks. Automation is more efficient than manual labor, so the costs of employing any worker are far lower.
This does not mean that all employees should become automation robots. For example, many salespeople have become very good at selling our products via phone and electronic forms. However, if you’re not a salesperson, you can still use automation to do a lot of the repetitive tasks that automations do, but your tasks are more complex and therefore more expensive, which is something you should avoid if you want to make a living.
Automation is great for a couple of reasons: you save on costs, you save on time spent doing repetitive work, and you can now reduce the number of people you need to hire. But as with any automation process there are many downsides, which I will discuss below.
The automation I described above is the one that I learned the hard way around when I started out. I had been using automation for some time because of the huge amount of time that you took to build your own computer, and I didn’t see a single major point of failure in that process. So I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like that. I am a bit confused about the point.
The point is, while I learned a lot of the hard way, automation has the potential to be the most efficient way to build computers. And if you follow the process you will avoid a huge amount of downtime.
It’s just that the automation process has always been such a mess. Ive seen a lot of great things happen in my time as a sys admin for a well-known (for-profit) company. Like the entire sales force moved from one computer to another on the same shelf while all the rest of the company was still using a single PC. Or how the entire customer service process was moved to a new computer system. Or how there were two different computer systems for each department.
The main difference here is that the automation process is so convoluted that it was impossible to automate everything. And the company I work for is the exact opposite of an automator. We don’t have any “automation personnel services,” but we do have people who are “automation specialists.” These specialists are tasked with doing things the humans can’t, or won’t, do. They are responsible for anything that involves the use of computers in any form.