Cyber-physical systems and manufacturing’s new frontier

The real world and its digital twin are collaborating to bring forth something called “mass customisation”, a new manufacturing culture which, as the term suggests, will be the basis for the most diverse ecosystem of engineered products ever seen. 

To understand and articulate some specifics about what’s being called “the new frontier of manufacturing”, one of the world’s largest management consultancy firms, Deloitte, partnered with the Singularity University, a forum for technology futurists co-founded by Ray Kurzweil, to organise a conference called Exponential Manufacturing, featuring many thought leaders working in the industrial sector.  Continue reading Cyber-physical systems and manufacturing’s new frontier

Beyond Moore’s Law: Human-plus-machine computing

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By Adam Devine, vice president of marketing, WorkFusion

How do we move forward in a world where Moore’s Law no longer holds true? For five decades, Gordon Moore’s famous prediction about processing power doubling about every two years held firm.

It was a reliable sort of constant as innovators continued to increase the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits.

But all good things must come to an end, and Moore’s Law has been confounded by another, more immutable law: physics.  Continue reading Beyond Moore’s Law: Human-plus-machine computing

Accenture makes business life easier with automation

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Interview with Manish Sharma, senior managing director and group operating officer, Accenture OperationsThis article is republished from the original source, em360tech.com

If business was easy, everyone would be doing it. Running a business is a complex and sometimes difficult thing to do.

The more experience one has, the more they can make it look easy. But no matter how experienced you are, and how much you can “routinise” your workload by yourself, a robot and software could probably do those things better.

That might sound disheartening for some, but for others, it provides an opportunity to become more productive, and in ways that are more creative and rewarding.

Here, we speak to Manish Sharma, senior managing director and group operating officer, Accenture Operations, about how the company itself uses automation to streamline its processes. 
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Robotic process automation and artificial intelligence will ‘drastically transform modern workplace’, says IQPC

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Forget the hype, robotic process automation and artificial intelligence are both a reality, says event organiser

Robotic process automation and artificial intelligence will drastically transform the modern workplace, according to IQPC, the organiser of the Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence Summit.

Will you embrace this technological change to make cost reductions, improve performance and enhance real-time decision making? When you think about it, this all adds up to massive competitive advantage, says IQPC.  Continue reading Robotic process automation and artificial intelligence will ‘drastically transform modern workplace’, says IQPC

Don’t believe the hype: Three steps to guide the automation software decision process

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By Adam Devine, vice president of marketing, WorkFusion

In general, the decision-making process regarding enterprise software has been difficult – and made more so by the inflated promises of slick marketing. But business process automation has proven difficult in particular, and for three particular reasons.

The first is that providers over-sold the capabilities of the first generation of process automation solutions. Second, it’s problematic to do an apples-to-apples comparison of automation products because no two are exactly alike.

Finally, since most enterprise operations are in the early phase of automation adoption, case studies are hard to find. However, enterprises are finding ways to sort the wheat from the chaff and gladly adopting this technology. Below is a more detailed discussion of these challenges, along with three steps to help in that sorting process.  Continue reading Don’t believe the hype: Three steps to guide the automation software decision process

Oh no… Not another sub-optimal robotic process automation implementation!

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Make your robot perform like a rock star: achieving the remaining 15 per cent. An article by the head of transformation at Genfour, Rita Brunk, who has been involved in hundreds of robotic process implementations 

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen back-office robotics implementations that are functioning about 85 per cent as well as they should be.

Companies often get robotic process automation running perfectly in say, 7 of 9 sub-processes, but when it comes to that remaining 15 per cent, many companies are in the dark as to how to get the robot to perform like a real rock star. 

From experience, I’ve learned that there are several quite clear cut reasons robots underperform: lack of process documentation, lack of “the human touch”, or simply development teams that don’t video record processes or hold them up to high enough standards.  Continue reading Oh no… Not another sub-optimal robotic process automation implementation!

Robotic process automation can drive billion-dollar savings in healthcare, says Alsbridge

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Advisory company Alsbridge predicted that deploying smart robots to improve the efficiency of claims processing could generate billion-dollar savings for the healthcare industry. 

“Robotic process automation (RPA) offers a cost-effective strategy to significantly increase the rate of healthcare claims automation and drive cost savings,” said Rod Dunlap, a director in Alsbridge’s RPA practice.

“Insurers struggling to update aging, inflexible legacy systems or grappling with the price tag of new technology platforms now have an alternative option.”  Continue reading Robotic process automation can drive billion-dollar savings in healthcare, says Alsbridge

50 ways to love your robot – by Genfour boss

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Genfour has signed a pact with the robot

To celebrate National Robot Week, Genfour has compiled 50 reasons to respect and welcome our robotic companions to the workplace. Article, published exclusively on Robotics and Automation News, courtesy of James Hall, CEO of Genfour

Technological change is surging at unprecedented new speeds, and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are at the forefront of this development.

As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, the working relationship between man and machine is becoming ever more intertwined, creating new jobs and reshaping the traditional structure of the workplace.  Continue reading 50 ways to love your robot – by Genfour boss

Virtual robots maker Blue Prism debuts on London stock market

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Blue Prism, a developer of enterprise robotic process automation (RPA) software, is to debut on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market, making it the first developer of software robots to trade on public markets, according to the company. 

Blue Prism says it grew 35 per cent last year and has deployments with more than 74 customers, including a number of the world’s largest banks, insurers, utilities, healthcare, telecommunications, service providers and other regulated industries.

The initial public offering (IPO) will allow Blue Prism to support its global growth plans and enhance its profile within the RPA marketplace, the company said.

“Today’s milestone follows a successful year for the company, and marks a shift in acceptance for software robots as a mainstream choice for the enterprise digital workforce,” said Alastair Bathgate, co-founder and CEO of Blue Prism.  Continue reading Virtual robots maker Blue Prism debuts on London stock market

Xerox launches robotic process automation reseller program

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Xerox has launched a global reseller agreement with Top Image Systems that the companies say will give customers end-to-end robotic process automation solutions for industry-specific, content-driven procedures.

Content processing solutions from TIS will be integrated into Xerox’s workflow automation suite, which helps simplify end-to-end processes for a range of industries including financial services, healthcare and government.

The solutions will help Xerox customers in large enterprises improve their day-to-day effectiveness and streamline content-driven tasks, such as customer onboarding, manual data entry, claims administration and invoice processing.  Continue reading Xerox launches robotic process automation reseller program