The Automation Problem: As Tools and Systems Become Smarter, Will They Replace the IT Workforce?

Are robots really coming to take your job? Probably not. In fact, AI and automation offer a lot of advantages that can help businesses and workers expand their capabilities. 

One of the hottest topics of discussion when it comes to the job market is the widespread fear that artificial intelligence (AI) and robots are going to make certain jobs obsolete—especially in IT. The internet is overrun with headlines like, “Your Job Will Be Automated,” and “Here’s How to Figure Out When A.I. Could Take Over”—there’s even a website called “Will Robots Take My Job?” that claims to calculate the likelihood of robot takeover in your line of work. With so much content fueling these fears, it’s important to take a step back and consider just how real the threat of automation is to your IT career.

 

Why Increased Automation Is Actually a Good Thing

The conversation around the impact of increased automation on job availability is far more nuanced than these articles and websites may lead you to believe. In reality, change has always been an integral part of progress, and automation and AI are just the latest technological advances that are driving change across businesses and industries. 

While there’s no denying that AI, machine learning, and automation are decreasing the manual effort required for a number of tasks, this shift isn’t necessarily a threat to your career. In fact, it’s actually a good thing for the IT workforce. At the most basic level, it’s expected that increased automation will create more jobs than it will destroy. Estimates by the World Economic Forum indicate that while roughly 75 million jobs might be lost over the next few years due to automation, 133 million new jobs will emerge in their wake—resulting in a net gain of approximately 58 million jobs. 

By automating the tedious parts of IT and other fields, AI and robotics will free up employees to focus on more value-adding tasks. Instead of replacing workers, these technologies will simply change the nature of their jobs to focus on something different—and in many cases, more enjoyable. The businesses and IT employees that come out on top will be those that embrace change and find ways to take advantage of the power of AI. 

 

AI-Powered Products That Can Make Your Life Easier

When people think about AI and automation in the abstract, they often picture humanoid robots that serve as 1-to-1 replacements of human workers. While robots can certainly be involved in automation, those in the IT sector know that the reality is much more subtle. Much of the AI that already exists in the IT space consists of computer programs, sensors, and even cameras.

To give you a sense of the AI-powered products already on the market that can transform how your IT team works, here are a few examples:

  • Palo Alto Threat Intelligence: These AI-powered tools help businesses protect their network and endpoints from attacks, including everything from phishing and malware dumps to DDoS attacks. With new methods of cybercrime constantly cropping up, an AI-powered cybersecurity tool is your best chance of staying ahead of both existing and emerging threats. With insights gathered from over 14 billion security samples, this threat intelligence software can help detect suspicious activity and automatically alert you to ensure nothing slips through the cracks. 
  • Aruba ESP: This AI-powered platform is making edge computing a secure option for businesses who are interested in reducing latency, alleviating bandwidth issues, boosting reliability, and even reducing costs by processing data at the edge. By making edge computing a secure and viable choice, Aruba ESP utilizes AI to help businesses gain a competitive advantage.
  • Verkada Smart Cameras and Sensors: Verkada’s products minimize manual effort by offering real-time monitoring and detection of your environment—from motion to noise, temperature, humidity, and even air quality. Automatic notifications let you know when something changes so you can act immediately, and intelligent offerings like facial recognition and archival search make it easier to put your data to work.

 

Embracing the Advantages of Automation with TTI

The changes that AI and automation will bring shouldn’t be feared. Automation offers incredible advantages for growth and progress for the employees and businesses that are able to harness them effectively. At Turn-key Technologies, Inc. (TTI), our experts can help you do just that, allowing you to use AI to your benefit instead of worrying about it replacing you in the workforce. 

With nearly three decades of experience at the cutting edge of IT infrastructure design, implementation, and monitoring, TTI is excited to help businesses embrace the future through AI and automation. If you’re interested in learning more about how TTI can help you start harnessing the power of AI in your organization, contact us for a free consultation today.

By Craig Badrick

December 16, 2020

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