Led by OpenAI and its ChatGPT software, a new era of consumer use cases for artificial intelligence is here. These exciting new tools have made AI more accessible to more users than ever before. No longer is this technology the exclusive domain of wealthy corporations.
However, while the world is now focused on the potential use cases for AI in consumer applications, it’s important to remember that this technology has been part of the business world for years. Behind the scenes, AI has quietly been powering solutions that companies of all sizes have harnessed to improve business outcomes. These technologies have specifically been used by IT teams in the form of artificial intelligence for IT operations (AIOps) to help modernize their companies and operate more efficiently.
By leveraging AIOps-powered solutions in use cases like observability, overworked and understaffed technology teams are improving their ability to manage complicated, hybrid and multi-cloud IT environments, automate processes and optimize their businesses. As companies prepare for a potential economic downturn and a reduction in resources, these solutions and AIOps are more important than ever.
Here are four ways that AIOps is helping businesses overcome today’s IT challenges.
Providing Unified Visibility Into Complicated Networks
Companies have accelerated their digital transformation efforts in recent years. This has included migrating workflows to public and private clouds, implementing new productivity tools and adopting next-generation technologies. The average business now relies on geographically dispersed workforces and IT environments that use 2.6 clouds and leverage more than 200 apps!
The result is that organizations lack visibility into these environments. A recent SolarWinds survey found that 54% of technology professional respondents stated they only have visibility into about half or less of their apps and infrastructure. This lack of visibility can lead to problems that negatively impact the return on investment for projects.
AIOps helps overcome this challenge by providing comprehensive visibility into an organization’s systems, regardless of whether those environments are hosted in on-premises, hybrid or multi-cloud environments. AIOps automatically collects and integrates insights and information across geographies, apps and infrastructures into one dashboard. This provides technology teams with single-pane-of-glass visibility into the state of IT environments.
Automating Processes & Remediating Issues
While the visibility provided by AIOps and observability is integral to managing today’s complex IT environments, the technology goes a step further.
With AIOps, teams can automate processes including the identification and remediation of issues. Given the stakes, this is critical. Companies must ensure their environments are always available and that their performance meets and exceeds customer demands. Even short service outages can lead to frustrated users and a damaged customer experience.
This is challenging, as an IT anomaly often results in many alerts and a flood of log messages, making the problem difficult for a human to understand and address. AIOps quickly ingests massive amounts of information, provides rapid root cause analysis, data/event correlation and incident management which allows for fast and automated remediation of issues as they arise.
Additionally, since this technology is always observing and gathering information on potential incidents, it can predict and prevent future issues proactively. By implementing AIOps, companies are taking a step toward autonomous operations or environments that can manage themselves without human involvement.
In the face of an uncertain economy, every organization is taking steps to protect its revenue. With AIOps, enterprise technology companies have a powerful tool in this fight.
By implementing AIOps and observability, companies can quickly resolve and prevent IT issues before they arise. This ensures that IT environments are operating at maximum efficiency.
With AIOps, organizations can reduce downtime and prevent outages. This ensures that business-critical applications and infrastructure are available and functioning. These capabilities are more important as even short service outages have reportedly been capable of causing millions of dollars in damages.
Freeing Up Employee Time for Innovation and Efficiency
Over the last few years, companies have experienced severe staffing challenges, with many organizations finding it difficult to fill critical technology roles. This has led to smaller teams with more responsibilities and less free time. The result has been overworked technology professionals who spend far too much time on manual and menial tasks that do little to support the business’s bottom line.
By implementing AIOps, organizations can streamline workflows by automating repetitive and routine tasks. Doing so can cut down on the amount of overwhelming metrics technology professionals are required to analyze and, instead, empower those individuals and teams to again focus on innovating and completing projects that support key business objectives.