They are two very simple words, but especially in the world of IT, automation and compliance often scare the living daylights out of people.
The reasons behind this are vast and varied, but they generally form part of a vicious circle – if you're a Data Administrator for example, you need to ensure you're complying by the regulations for audit purposes and automation can help you do that effectively. But by automating processes, you could risk putting yourself out of a job. If you don't do it, however, you're not going to be able to comply with the regulations as needed, which could lead to job losses anyway.
Complicated, worrying, confusing and frustrating, right?