Fortunately, workforce safety software has emerged to help organize and manage the return-to-work process.
All established organizations must deal with their legacy IT, with decades of hodge-podge implementations, custom development, and little appreciation for the bigger picture. But the good news is that broken processes that became painfully obvious this year will put business transformation in play for the better. Using RPA systems to hit the organization’s head against figurative brick walls are but a symptom of the work that is ahead of us.
Whenever we discuss trends, the conversations inevitably turn to the future of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) in process automation and robotic process automation (RPA). Frankly, I’ve found that most vendors latch on to the idea but have very little substance behind their words in terms of strategy and product roadmaps.
Increasingly, my colleague, Alan Pelz-Sharpe, and I are finding substantial convergence and common ground in our coverage areas. (Alan covers blockchain, content, compliance, and AI/ML, and I cover digital process automation, RPA, process mining, and customer experience.) The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing this trend even harder as companies struggle to get their arms around documents, tasks, processes, commerce, and customers so they can deliver products and services more rapidly across ever-morphing supply chains.
Have you ever wondered where all the Lean, Six Sigma, continuous improvement, and operational excellence practitioners have gone? When the BPM (methodology + software) conversation turned toward digital process automation (software and very little process methodology) much of the continuous improvement conversation went away. Poof–it disappeared, to be replaced by a lot of technical talk.
COVID-19 has turned the world upside down, changing the lives of individuals and deeply impacting how businesses, governments, and even countries operate. The closest equivalent is how 9/11 changed the world. But the permanency of changes from this pandemic could be even more pervasive than those caused by 9/11.
I just got off an informative and compelling webinar by SAP about its robotic process automation (RPA) offering. The bottom line is that SAP sees RPA and BPM (aka digital process automation) as belonging together.[i] Two direct quotes were “RPA by itself does not do the trick” and “RPA and BPM are two sides of the same coin.”
I recently attended a women’s event at ASG Technologies’ Evolve conference. Women in Technology always grabs my attention. I’ve participated in and led many such panels and am currently writing a research series about Women Leaders in Technology that will be published over the next few months. In these research notes, I will interview senior …
For the past six months, I’ve taken a deep, research-driven look at the state of the market for digital process automation. The result? Take a look at our newly published report, The State of the Digital Process Automation Market: Current Assessment 2019 which offers a broad view of the digital process automation market and vendor …
Most of the process automation vendors are still having that same business applications conversation with prospects and customers. With the exception of Pega, and to a certain extent Appian, they are no further along on delivering packaged solutions than they were three to five years ago. Why this long fascination with out-of-the-box process applications? It’s because an application sale is much quicker, easier, and potentially more lucrative than a platform sale, which takes much longer to close and involves selling to multiple stakeholders. Selling business applications also gives the process automation vendor much greater competitive differentiation in its target markets.
My colleague, Alan Pelz-Sharpe, and I spent time with Alfresco at its annual analyst event. The product updates and customer examples were interesting, and the talk turned downright compelling when CTO, founder and visionary, John Newton, took the stage to describe how AI will remake content and process automation, freeing workers who are mired in …