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Automation at Work


Automation at Work

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On a case-by-case basis, There is a place and a time for automation at work. The daily repetition of checking the logs, reviewing the available disk space, verifying backups give me the foundation for actually knowing my databases and how they function from day to day. Correct, effective automation makes me lazy. Imperfect automation misses upcoming problems. Give me a half year or so, and then I'll start crafting the daily routines that best suit our databases.

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We need to figure out some automation for our deployments but don't have the resources to spend on it. I know once we have something implemented it will introduce new tasks to monitor but ultimately it will free up some valuable time for other important efforts.

Any suggestions on where to begin would be welcome.

thanks



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Another programmer went to great lengths to conceal the contours of his fully automated $50,000 per year job from his boss.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/10/agents-of-automation/568795/


What's sad is that this petty little schmuck could have easily been earning 2x his current salary as an automation engineer. His employer probably knew he showed up to work each day and did nothing, but they figured it was worth the money just to keep him around on retainer.


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For every job I get, I do my level best to eliminate it. I combine processes, improve efficiencies, eliminate redundancies, increase automation. Every time I do this, instead of getting rid of my job, they give me more work. I get a reputation as a cost cutter and problem solver. About every five years, I hear that automation is going to take my job. I have been hearing that for a quarter of a century. Instead of that, the new technologies make me faster and more efficient. At the same time, clients want more IT and they want it better, faster, and cheaper. I don't see any change to this anywhere in the near future. There is plenty of work for us to do.
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GeorgeCopeland - Friday, December 7, 2018 7:36 AM
For every job I get, I do my level best to eliminate it. I combine processes, improve efficiencies, eliminate redundancies, increase automation. Every time I do this, instead of getting rid of my job, they give me more work. I get a reputation as a cost cutter and problem solver. About every five years, I hear that automation is going to take my job. I have been hearing that for a quarter of a century. Instead of that, the new technologies make me faster and more efficient. At the same time, clients want more IT and they want it better, faster, and cheaper. I don't see any change to this anywhere in the near future. There is plenty of work for us to do.

This is more often the case than not. There are still a few in management who think the guy who slogs through a 60 hour work week doing everything manually is a hard worker but that mentality is dying out.

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Great Article! I wholeheartedly agree with this work philosophy and have lived it for many years. The KEY IS to find a manager / company who is philosophically compatible, otherwise you are bucking large forces that can wear you down. It is a win-win situation for both employer and innovator - and the status quo is the only thing that is at risk. While I am not at all ignoring the threat to people who want to cement their positions with existing roles and responsibilities - a certain amount of soft skill is required to demonstrate that you are releasing impacted people from mundane tasks - to perform higher level work. To address the impacted - I list the new tasks that are now available, that pay better, that contribute more, and that make a person more valuable to a variety of employers. (Note: My suggestion for more value added work was not for any severed employees, but for people the work would impact that remain in place...)
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deb_bee - Friday, December 7, 2018 5:51 AM
We need to figure out some automation for our deployments but don't have the resources to spend on it. I know once we have something implemented it will introduce new tasks to monitor but ultimately it will free up some valuable time for other important efforts.

Any suggestions on where to begin would be welcome.

thanks


Azure DevOps might be the place I look at it's become easy to use, free, and doesn't requite many computing resources from you. I'd actually start with a Hello World in GitHub and they have a task there to set up a pipeline

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jarick 15608 - Friday, December 7, 2018 7:47 AM

This is more often the case than not. There are still a few in management who think the guy who slogs through a 60 hour work week doing everything manually is a hard worker but that mentality is dying out.


I hope so. It's silly to have people doing basic things, and it's rare I find someone that couldn't be doing more thinking work if they have time.

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https://xkcd.com/1319/

That said I have seen manual processes that existed solely because noone thought to try to improve them, I've also deployed said automations and that straight up cost people their jobs Sad
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