Showcasing the Ways Intelligent Digital Workers are Powering Innovation and Transformation [Part 2]
By Shail Khiyara, Chief Marketing and Experience Officer for Blue Prism
Just 21 days after Blue Prism World New York, London was taken over by RPA practitioners, experts, thought leaders – Digital Visionaries. As we heard in New York City, the impact of technologies like RPA are transforming how people work by creating new, more fulfilling jobs. The key challenge going forward, will be how organizations utilize humans’ unique qualities, in tandem with intelligent digital workers to create mutually successful outcomes. These were some of the key takeaways from Blue Prism World in London as more digital visionaries shared their insights. Industry experts, world-renowned academics and big brand end-users unanimously agree that digital workers are getting smarter, RPA is now about value creation and new opportunities - not job losses, and is significantly improving the customer experience too.
Lynda Gratton, professor at London Business School, and global authority on people, leadership and the future of work, believes that we are entering a period that’s even bigger than the industrial revolution driven by technologies including RPA - which promise to create as many jobs as those that will be lost. Gratton said, “Both routine and non-routine based tasks are already being transformed by RPA. The key challenge is for organizations to re-skill people by utilizing their unique human qualities of empathy and creativity. Ultimately, we must become more thoughtful about shaping the workplace in which people will be working for longer. We must widen their opportunities within a culture of lifelong learning to ensure that RPA brings out the human in humans.”
Leslie Willcocks, professor of Technology, Work and Globalization at LSE, is upbeat about the potential of RPA and believes that cognitive automation is the next stage in its evolution. “The promise of RPA is very high. In fact, some companies are experiencing a triple win of shareholder value, customer value and employee value. Although enterprise RPA platforms may seem expensive at first, they are delivering the best long-term outcomes for business. Our recent study confirms this -- revealing that Blue Prism’s RPA platform is delivering 96 percent total business value for those organizations surveyed. The key here however, is that RPA must be considered for more than cost savings, or its value can be missed.” – Leslie Willcocks
Phil Fersht, CEO and chief analyst for HfS Research, highlights how automation is needed for digital disruption to generate a better customer experience.
“We must stop thinking about the future of work—the change, technology and attitude are already here. With digital transformation initiatives, there’s a shift from removing headcount to getting more value from staff and RPA is playing a key part in this. In fact, cost reduction isn’t a strategy anymore -- but value creation is much better - with key RPA drivers that include higher quality operations, greater workforce agility and more actionable data for customer insights. However, organizations need to drive metrics that can better measure this.” – Phil Fersht
At the London event, more major brands showcased their RPA use cases—here are some examples:
Jonathan Kidd, head of digital operations and robotics at Bank of Ireland, explains how he’s using robotic digital workforce numbering in the hundreds - powered by Blue Prism technology to manage a wide range of processes. These include reducing time and errors associated with credit card account opening, online notice of withdrawal, pin activation and underwriting case preparation. He said, “It isn’t about replacing people with robots anymore, or savings - it’s about taking the robot out of the person - freeing them to do higher value tasks - to deliver better services that improve the customer journey.”
Paul Sharrock, VP BPI and process automation at ADP, asserts that as a company tasked with paying 39 million people worldwide, process automation was a no-brainer and has led to bottom line benefits and additional capacity. Paul shared, “We used Blue Prism’s RPA technology to scale an international program quickly, allowing us the time to build out a center of excellence. As a result, we expect to save over 400,000-man hours, each year.”
William Hewish, CIO at United Utilities, explains that it’s key for RPA to get buy in at board-level and it now plays a key role in their digital strategy—by helping them deliver great customer service. He said, “Using automation delivers many benefits for us like reducing process time—from days to minutes. But the clearest measure of success is being voted number one in our industry for customer service.”
Vincent Vloemans, global IT head at Heineken said, “With RPA and AI, we’ve been able to handle a change in accounting standards 90 percent electronically—without human involvement. This included over 25,000 operational contracts in 40 languages and 17 data fields. By better using process data, is helping us reduce complexity, and improve revenue and compliance too.”
And again, our CTO and co-founder Dave Moss revealed Blue Prism’s vision of building out RPA technology that will drive more evolved, intelligent, digital workers designed to augment and assist the skills of human workers - rather than replace them.
Moss said, “We are announcing six new intelligent automation skills for digital workers, which will provide a foundation for true enterprise RPA. These include knowledge and insight, planning and sequencing, visual perception, collaboration, learning and problem solving. These mark a clear line of delineation over desktop-based and other automation tools. By coupling our automation capabilities with the most innovative cognitive and AI technologies on the market, we can augment human workers to achieve more and do more. This intelligent digital workforce is being delivered right now.”
While the focus has been to remove the robot from the human, Blue Prism is also helping make humans, human again by introducing human like skills for our digital workforce. In fact, by informing, augmenting, supporting, and assisting people, digital workers are already helping to swiftly deliver greater efficiencies, opportunities and value for shareholders, customers and employees.
We are at the forefront of this global digital workforce revolution. Our work with Google, Microsoft, IBM and leading academic institutions is driving innovation, enhancing the capabilities of the Blue Prism digital workforce with the careful application of more adaptive, specific and business-required artificial intelligence and cognitive solutions.
Missed the news announced at Blue Prism World London? Not to worry, you’ll find them online:
- Avanade First Global Systems Integrator (SI) to Become Authorized Training Partner for Blue Prism
- Blue Prism Technology Ecosystem Gathers Critical Momentum
- Blue Prism Showcases Product Vision and Evolving Capabilities of Digital Workers at World’s Largest Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Conference
- RPAi Further Extends Expertise and Capabilities for Delivering Blue Prism’s Digital Workforce
- 7.ai Partners with Blue Prism to Deliver New AI-Enabled Automation Capabilities for Virtual Agents
- Blue Prism Partners and Customers Receive Honors for Innovation and Remarkable RPA Deployments at Blue Prism World London 2018
Hungry for more Blue Prism World London details, visit the eBook from this second sold-out event. Also feel free to connect with me directly on Twitter @ShailKhiyara.