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  • A First Look at Blue Prism’s New RPA Initiatives

    Jan 24, 2019, by David Mayer

      Today’s announcement from Blue Prism covers new product capabilities, new service and design support services, and a new go-to-market framework that underscores the importance of automation as a means to enable legacy organizations to compete with 'born-digital' startups. Blue Prism’s announcement is equal parts perspective, product, and process. Let’s exami[...]

  • Get Ready for Quantum Computing: 5 Steps to Take in 2019

    Jan 22, 2019, by David Mayer

      IBM recently announced the first ‘commercial-ready’ quantum computer, the 20-qubit Q System One. The date is certainly worth recording in the annals of computing history. But, in much the same way that mainframes, micros, and PCs all began with an ‘iron launch’ and then required a long pragmatic use case maturity curve, so too will this initial offering from I[...]

  • 7 Blockchain Predictions for 2019

    Dec 04, 2018, by David Mayer

    Blockchain has progressed considerably as an emerging technology during 2018. Many of 2017’s PoCs have become deployed commercial solutions as standards have begun to solidify, and with more organizations beginning to explore the potential of distributed ledger architecture and smart contracting. We are still at the very beginning of the lifecycle of this particular technology, and no[...]

  • Blue Prism Launches "Blue Prism Digital Exchange" to Accelerate RPA Value Realization

    Nov 13, 2018, by David Mayer

    Automation marketplaces are swiftly becoming a standard offering for leading RPA and intelligent automation providers, and with good cause. Automation is coming of age in the era of the ‘appified’ technology space, one in which tech buyers increasingly expect best practices and new capabilities to be offered on an as-needed, storefront basis. Within the space of a single year, such[...]

  • UiPath’s Go! Automation Marketplace Aims to Accelerate RPA Adoption in Enterprise Clients

    Oct 08, 2018, by David Mayer

      UiPath held its 2018 UiPathForward event October 3-4, 2018, in Miami, Florida. The focus of proceedings was the October release of the company’s software and a related trio of major announcements: a new automation marketplace, new investment in partner technology and marketing, and a new academic alliance program. The analyst session included a visit from CEO Daniel Dines an[...]

  • 7 Process Characteristics That Are Key to Blockchain Adoption

    Aug 30, 2018, by David Mayer

      With the rise of every new technology, there is a parallel rush among enterprises to incorporate it into the near-term IT roadmap, and for good reason: new technologies offer cost savings, CX improvement, better risk management, and a host of other benefits that look terrific in annual reports and quarterly earnings documentation. Nowhere is that trend more prevalent than in block[...]

  • IPsoft’s Challenging Vision for Cognitive Automation

    Jun 12, 2018, by David Mayer

      I recently attended IPsoft’s Digital Workforce Summit in New York City, an intriguing event that in some ways represented a microcosm of the challenges clients are experiencing in moving from RPA to cognitive automation. The AI challenge Chetan Dube loomed large over proceedings. IPsoft’s president and CEO was onstage more than is common at events of this type, chai[...]

  • Infosys Announces Blockchain-Powered Nia Provenance to Manage Complex Supply Chains

    May 16, 2018, by David Mayer

      EdgeVerve, an Infosys Product subsidiary, this week announced a new blockchain-powered application for supply chain management as part of its product line. Nia Provenance is designed to address the challenges faced by organizations managing complex supply chain networks with multiple IT stacks engaged across multiple stakeholders. Here I take a quick look at the new application and i[...]

  • The Advantages of Building a Bespoke Blockchain Platform

    May 03, 2018, by David Mayer

      For all the discussion in the blockchain solution industry around platform selection (are they choosing Fabric or Sawtooth? Quorum or Corda?), you’d be forgiven for thinking that every provider’s first stop is the open-source infrastructure shelf. But the reality is that blockchain is more a concept than a fixed architecture, and the platforms mentioned do not encomp[...]

  • 6 Ways to Prepare for Cognitive Automation During RPA Implementation

    Apr 23, 2018, by David Mayer

      2017 brought a surge of RPA deployments across industries, and in 2018 that trend has accelerated as more and more firms begin exploring the many benefits of a digital workforce. But even as some firms are just getting their RPA projects started, others are beginning to explore the next phase: cognitive automation. And a common challenge for firms is the desire to begin planning for [...]

  • Kryon’s Rebranding Focuses on the Business Benefits of RPA

    Apr 11, 2018, by David Mayer

      Kryon has today launched a new brand presence, along with a new strategic perspective on RPA focused on delivering business benefits. The former Kryon Systems (now simply Kryon) will now be organized around a three-pronged approach the company refers to as ‘Discover, Automate, Optimize’. As part of this brand migration, several aspects of Kryon’s go-to-market app[...]

  • Redwood Introduces Disruptive New RPA Pricing Model

    Mar 22, 2018, by David Mayer

      Today, Redwood announced a new pricing model for its RPA software in which users pay only for units of work completed, and on a cost basis equivalent to efficient human work on the same task. As a result, if a Redwood robot sends an email, or retrieves specific data, or performs reconciliation work, the organization is charged on completion for specific amounts relevant to the parall[...]

  • UiPath Gains Unicorn Status with Series B Funding; To Expand into AI

    Mar 06, 2018, by David Mayer

      This morning, UiPath announced that the company will be receiving $153m in Series B funding from a consortium including the company’s existing investors, with two new names involved – Kleiner Perkins and Capital G, the late-stage growth venture capital fund financed by Alphabet Inc. The latter is of note as this arm of Google focuses on profit-centric investment rather[...]

  • 7 Essential Tasks Prior to Any RPA Implementation

    Feb 22, 2018, by David Mayer

      With every new software release from RPA sector leaders, there is always much to be excited about as vendors continue to push the technological boundaries of workplace automation. Whether those new capabilities focus on cognition, or security, or scalability, the technology available to us continues to be a source of inspiration and innovative thinking in how those new capabilities c[...]

  • 7 Predictions for RPA in 2018

    Jan 22, 2018, by David Mayer

      The RPA sector is defined as one of rapid technological evolution, and every year it seems like what we thought to be bleeding-edge capability in January turns out to be proven and deployed technology long before year’s end. With this rapid pace of growth and maturation in mind, where might the RPA sector be by the end of 2018? Here are seven predictions. The first wave[...]

  • CSS Corp’s Contelli Automation Platform Driving Improvements in Enterprise Network Management

    Jan 11, 2018, by David Mayer

      As 2018 begins, the RPA sector is starting to produce more segment specialists from within its vendor base. Whereas just two years ago the sector was still finding its footing in addressing common back- and front-office application automation, enterprise customers today have the luxury of building best-of-breed solutions that often incorporate two or more vendors working in concert t[...]

  • Intelligent Automation Summit Takeaways: Four Alternative Gain Frameworks for RPA

    Dec 14, 2017, by David Mayer

      At the Intelligent Automation (IA) event in New Orleans, December 6-8, snow in the Big Easy air was not the only surprise. As expected, there was plenty of technological innovation on show in the exhibition hall, but the event also played host to some energized discussions on human-centric gains to be realized from RPA implementation – suggesting that we are indeed moving into [...]

  • In RPA Deployment, Slow Down... To Go Faster

    Nov 27, 2017, by David Mayer

      RPA software offers users the tantalizing possibility of being able to simply 'hit record and go' at the beginning of an enterprise automation initiative. But organizations that are seeing the greatest returns are slowing the initial process down, and framing their initiatives as they would treat any major technology migration. At UIPath’s recent User Summit in New Y[...]

  • Nvidia Draws on Gaming Culture to Compete for AI Chip Leadership

    Oct 20, 2017, by David Mayer

      Nvidia faces stiff new competition for the leadership position in the AI processing chip market. But the firm has a significant competitive advantage: a culture of innovation and production efficiency that was developed to address the demanding needs of a wholly different market. Intel and Google have been making waves in the AI processing chip market, the former with the acquisit[...]

  • Fast Data: The Smart Will Get Faster... and the Fast Will Get Smarter

    Oct 05, 2017, by David Mayer

      Fast Data is the emerging hot topic of discussion for business leaders seeking to get ahead of the next wave of data utilization. But Fast Data isn't just an evolution of Big Data; it's a market force unto itself that's asking more of traditional and start-up vendors in both traditional DBMS and AI. I spent a (surprisingly snowy) morning this week talking with AI and B[...]

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