Automation Is Not DevOps


Nor is any technology or product.

I should remind a famous quote:

“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”

Bill Gates

It may sound counterproductive from an Automation specialist to reveal the limitations of his job, but I have seen a wide range of inefficiencies, and many failed attempt to fix them.

To be clear from the outset, I do think technology and automation are a mandatory milestone in a company’s DevOps journey, but they are no more than tools or enabler to achieve something bigger: help delivering the business value people expect when you mention that term: DevOps.

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