Eventually, automation should help enterprises improve their operations, but it won't be easy for everyone. The way companies do IT will be totally different in three to five years, Lippis said. New software and APIs will handle some things that engineers do now.
"At least a third of IT operational staff won't make this transition," Lippis said.
Those who do will be "infrastructure dev-ops people," with higher-paid, higher-skilled positions -- but ones with fewer openings, he said.
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