There’s tremendous pressure to respond to critical business needs faster than ever before. At the same time, you need to monitor and manage new technologies and applications both on-premises and in the cloud. To get the job done, IT operations are renewing their focus on automation. Reducing time spent on repetitive tasks through automation allows IT to focus on more business-critical projects. For example, this includes optimizing applications to improve performance and lower costs. This whitepaper outlines approaches to automate IT operations across your application stack, service desk, and security practices.