As an IT professional of many years, one of the things I've found is that time is becoming more heavily utilised with tasks that I should really automate, this will in turn make me more efficient but also allow me to get some time back for other things.
VMware have produced a document called A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR AUTOMATING IT
"In this practical guide, learn to embrace an approach that fully automates the delivery and management of infrastructure and application components, including network and security services. With automation, you’ll be better positioned to respond faster to the dynamic needs of a digital business."
It's a short document, only 8 pages. to download just follow the link