An automation roadmap has pre-requisites and implicit costs that have an impact on TCO: integration with existing systems, infrastructure, testing.
Two costs components drive the TCO and its evolution: the automation/orchestration software cost and the service modeling costs.
A business case is the best way to convince your executives. Hence it is important to ensure a good TCO calculation prior to the project kick-off.
Most automation applies imperative programming as they execute in a specific sequence. This complicates the automation of multi-domain service delivery.
Multi-domain use cases are the new normal and require an end-to-end automation solution. Most tools in the market have a specific focus and do not suffice.
Ansible got very popular for network automation, but why is there still a large backlog of semi-manual network engineering and service provisioning tasks?