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Five Things Robotic Process Automation is Not

Posted by James Hall on 07/07/16 11:22

As robotic process automation continues to grow rapidly, we are seeing some confusion about the key features of RPA software and how it differs from other ‘automation’ tools. So, in order to help dispel some of these myths, here are five things that robotic process automation is not:

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Topics: Operations & SSC, Perspectives, HR, IT, Finance, Technology, Non-specific to a Sector

Forrester and the Cognitive Tipping Point

Posted by James Hall on 01/07/16 05:32

Will the robots replace us? A new report released by Forrester predicts a collaborative future for man and the machine.

As the automation market continues to grow, the report, titled The Future Of White-Collar Work: Sharing Your Cubicle With Robots, investigates the role that artificial intelligence will play in white-collar jobs in the future.

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Topics: Strategy, Innovation, Perspectives, Technology, Non-specific to a Sector, Non-specific to a Function

Management and the Machine: Staying one step ahead

Posted by James Hall on 22/06/16 04:46

As machine learning hits the vertical part of the exponential curve, what will it take to be an effective executive?

The rise of ‘soft-skills’

There’s no doubt that the workforce will need to reskill in order to adapt to the workplace of the near future, and executive leaders in particular will need to refine one specific skill set: soft skills.

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Topics: Strategy, Innovation, People, Perspectives, Technology, Non-specific to a Sector, Non-specific to a Function

The ABC of Robotic Process Automation

Posted by James Hall on 10/06/16 09:22

Genfour is writing The ABC of Robotic Process Automation, for Robotics Tomorrow. The ten-part blog series will answer a series of questions in order to provide an introduction to RPA and AI to business leaders, employees, and anyone with an interest in the rapid progression of automation. Click on the links below to view the series:

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Topics: Non-specific to a Challenge / Theme, News & media, Perspectives, Non-specific to a Sector, Non-specific to a Function

To Robotize, or not to Robotize - That is the Question

Posted by James Hall on 03/06/16 10:43

Having deep, well-rounded shared services experience, I tend to chuckle to myself when I meet with peers at other companies whom tell me their back-office is fully automated. That is a great goal to shoot for, but very easy to disprove.

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Topics: Strategy, Change, Perspectives, Non-specific to a Sector, Non-specific to a Function

Moore’s Law and the Road to Robotic Process Automation

Posted by James Hall on 27/05/16 04:14

Just over 50 years after Gordon E. Moore proposed a measurement to predict the rate of technological transformation, Genfour takes a look at whether Moore’s Law still stands today, and if it can be applied to Robotics Process Automation (RPA).

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Topics: Data, Strategy, Innovation, Perspectives, Technology, Non-specific to a Sector, Non-specific to a Function

AI: Already In (our lives)

Posted by James Hall on 17/05/16 08:23

While luminaries in the fields of technology, robotics and innovation such as Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk have sounded caution around advances in machine learning and the impact it might have, there’s little doubt that artificial intelligence has the capacity to change the world.

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Topics: Strategy, Innovation, Perspectives, Non-specific to a Sector, Non-specific to a Function

Robots, Bunting and the Brave New World

Posted by James Hall on 11/05/16 09:36

As we enter into the fourth industrial revolution, many fear that robots will take over our jobs and render us Luddites. While fearing the unknown is understandable, the reality is that robots can go a long way to helping businesses and their employees, by taking on repetitive, mundane tasks, and thus freeing up people to be better deployed elsewhere. So, how can robots help businesses and their employees?

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Topics: Strategy, Change, News & media, Non-specific to a Sector, Non-specific to a Function

Robots and the Future of Humanity: Highlights from the FT’s special series

Posted by James Hall on 06/05/16 10:48

At the beginning of May, the Financial Times launched a special series on robots and their impact on the future of humanity. Over the course of the series, titled ‘Robots: Friend or foe?’, the FT team meet the robots, talk to people who are already living and working with them, and consult some of the best brains in the field. We take a look at a few of the highlights from the series:

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Topics: Strategy, Innovation, Change, Perspectives, Technology, Non-specific to a Sector, Non-specific to a Function

esure Project Manager Recognised with Automation Champion of the Year Nomination

Posted by James Hall on 21/04/16 11:02

Genfour is delighted that esure Project Manager, Michael Brady, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the National Outsourcing Association (NOA) Professional Awards’ ‘Automation Champion of the Year’ category. Michael is the only end client to be shortlisted for the award, amongst a number of RPA consultancies.

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Topics: Non-specific to a Challenge / Theme, Announcements, Non-specific to a Sector, Non-specific to a Function

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