Automation in software development is transforming the industry with more companies making a significant investment in artificial intelligence. According to State of Artificial Intelligence for Enterprises report by Teradata, 80 percent of companies already use some kind of AI with 30 percent expecting to expand their investment.

Putting more money into AI means that companies assume it will make processes more efficient and quicker, with less need for human interaction. But how does this impact developers?

How Roles are Changing

As machines “learn” and become able to make decisions, they become an increasingly more valuable part of the software development ecosystem. This has some in the field concerned about the future of their career. Smart systems could soon manage infrastructure instead of people. However, developers should welcome this because it means machines can do the tasks that do not require creativity and innovation.

This is a huge disruption to an industry that once depended on minds to configure complex codes and commands. What is for certain is that the workforce is transforming into a hybrid one—a mix of both human and AI.

It is critical for leadership in companies that embrace AI and automation to reshape the course of their employees. Software developers have to be prepared to change and finding their role a bit differently than when they began.

The software industry will need to learn how to adapt to managing automated processes versus time management of workers based on their manual output. This is, of course, a considerable shift in strategy and operations, but it’s necessary for the worker and company to succeed with the introduction of automation.

What Automation Means for Software Professionals

Can software professionals accept automation? First, they have to really change their perception of AI and automation. They shouldn’t fear it or believe it to be the end of their profession. They should stop focusing on how machines may take over some parts of their job, and instead, think about how machines and humans can work together. There is no human versus machine. It is human and machine working together for the greater good.

Professionals need also to consider that their skills will evolve over time as well. Injecting AI into the mix accelerates this change. Each new innovation from a software company opens up the opportunity for more jobs. Automation and AI can actually usher in this new opportunity. New roles may include things like Chief Data Intelligence Officers, data scientists, and additional analyst roles that monitor and measure automation to then find insights.

Fundamentally, the change for the average software employee is they can take their eyes off the day-to-day operations that can now be facilitated and monitored by machines. They then have the freedom to focus on strategy and what comes next.

What’s Next?

The biggest mistake a software company, or any company really, can make when it comes to automation is ignoring it. Not embracing it or properly using it to be more effective could mean that the company loses out on evolving and becomes irrelevant.

The bottom line is that yes, automation will disrupt the typical job in the software industry. But to look at this as a negative is wrong. It is really opening up a world of possibilities. Leaders in the industry need to share this type of vision with employees so that they trust their jobs are safe and see them instead as transforming for the better.

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