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Automation is certainly a top theme in networking. Virtually every networking vendor has automation as a key pillar in their stated strategy. Tools companies, typically oriented around server and application side automation, are seeing traction in the network engineering space.
Most of the industry dialogue around automation focuses on tools. There are countless examples of people touting this API or that framework. There are templates and recipes and playbooks. We have libraries and GitHub repositories.
But until we talk more directly about the role of integration in making useful automation, we will have unnecessarily limited the potential impacts of automation.