Every year, the National Retail Federation (NRF) puts on a convention and expo in New York City to focus on trends and technologies in the retail industry. For 2020, the theme was VISION. With an opening keynote by idol Satya Both artificial intelligence and automation was a common topic in almost all of the sessions that I attended and in the products showcased by many of the vendors. Following are ...

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Steve Ballmer, then CEO of Microsoft in 2008, famously chanted "Developers! Developers! Developers". In 2014 the new CEO, Satya Nadella, emphasized a cloud-first commitment. Microsoft is converging those visions to empower any business user to be a developer....and they just re-emphasized the commitment to Automation in that vision. The Microsoft Power Platform is a trifecta of tools designed to empower both IT and business users to analyze data and build dashboards ...

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Calculating RPA Efficiency and Process Execution Cost

It's tempting to assume that automation is better and more cost effective, but do you have the numbers to truly assess the underlying value of each automation? If you're using a charge-back model, do you have a means to distribute your costs fairly amongst processes? As a strategist, can you articulate the economies of scale and efficient usage of a shared digital workforce? Inspiring Automation's RPA Efficiency and Cost Calculator can ...

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"No one goes beyond the reef. A rule that keeps us safe." - from the film Moana (2016) Automation tool vendors, while growing in their niche, are quickly trying to redefine the automation market within the walls of their individual capabilities. A quick glance at one of the leading RPA vendor's website markets the product as: "The only automation software for today’s enterprise" If you're not laughing yet, consider that is the equivalent ...

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The Importance of Questioning Marketecture

In any given year, there are a number of strategies and technologies that rise to the level of buzzword, and with them often comes the logic that if those strategies or technologies are present, the solution is automatically better. But is it? Things like object-oriented programming (OOP), service oriented architecture (SOA), open-source, Agile, Cloud, BlockChain...and in the automation realm we are seeing this with Machine-Learning and Artificial-Intelligence. This is often Marketecture hype, ...

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People often ask me, what is Inspiring Automation? Traditional automation efforts are often led with a cost-savings question: "How much can I save with this automation?" As a result, people globally are concerned that robots are coming to take their jobs and humans will be reduced to data points by machines. In comparison, Inspiring Automation philosophy leads with a question of empowerment: "what do you wish you were empowered to do?" ...

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Advancements in technology have been driving change for humans since the dawn of time, with each new discovery inspiring growth, opportunity, and evolution. From the harnessing of fire to the agricultural revolution to the commercial availability of the lightbulb, technological developments have been spurring change and inspiring innovation for a millennia. While many of these advancements are often accompanied by growing pains and trepidation surrounding a shift in the way ...

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