Changing the world with automation

Written by Jordan McMahon in Changing the world with automation on September 9, 2014

robots journeyIn the post-apocalyptic Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (and more familiarly, the Blade Runner movie), citizens in the wake of a nuclear war are persuaded to leave the city by being offered an android to do their bidding. The rest is a classic story of “robots gone wild,” assuming human identities and trying to work themselves back into the general population.

Written by Jordan McMahon in Changing the world with automation on September 4, 2014

c-level-positionWe’ve already seen it with the Chief Information Officer (CIO), the Supply Chain Director, and other roles that have made it to boardroom status. When a function becomes important enough to an enterprise, it becomes elevated to C-level. IT underpins most of what businesses do. Supply chains are one of the few means left for a company to generate competitive advantage. But what if there was a further role, one that potentially covered every business process in the organization, one that could stimulate massive savings of time and effort, not to mention improvements in corporate reliability and responsiveness? Shouldn’t that role be represented at the top, as well? Here’s why system automation and the Chief Automation Officer could be next in line.

Written by Jordan McMahon in Changing the world with automation on September 3, 2014
RPA-the internet of thingsImagine your fridge hooked up to the Internet. Or your lawn sprinklers. Or the smoke detectors in your mom's kitchen. The interconnected future is what people are calling the Internet of Things. Today, we’ve linked computing and networking devices. Tomorrow, anything that can house a processor (and most things can) will be a candidate for connection. However, trying to manually keep tabs over the net on whether your fridge is cool enough or if your lawn sprinklers are, well, sprinkling is likely to be a challenge. Robotic process automation software could be the answer. The Internet of Things is forecast to develop from RFID tags available today to global networks of smart machines.