Automation drives agility, speed & revenue
The report illustrates automation’s impact on businesses’ strategies. These results provide business decision makers with a real-world understanding of the rate at which their industries are becoming automated, and its overall effect on productivity and revenue growth.
According to the report:
The successful implementation of automation also varies widely across industries, with retail showing the highest level of maturity (70 percent) and manufacturing the least mature (35 percent).
Anticipating Automation’s Future with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Businesses believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will only further increase automation’s value to their processes:
“As companies continue to embrace AI and automation, it’s imperative that different industries and departments understand their respective priorities and bottlenecks in adopting and implementing these technologies,” said Dan Twing, president and COO at EMA.
Additional key findings from the report include:
The research also indicates that many organisations have struggled with a large number of task-specific tools, and many others have the benefit of the experience of those who have gone before them as they start down the path to automation. Participants stated that they are looking to broader, multipurpose automation tools, such as workload automation (WLA) on the IT side of the house, or robotic process automation (RPA) for business processes. Both approaches are broad, and while WLA is generally thought of as an IT operations tool, the research demonstrates that it is now increasingly being applied to business processes.
The RPA Conundrum
According to the research, many participants are using RPA on a limited basis for some IT process automation. While 88 percent of respondents have deployed RPAs, or plan to deploy, RPA usage is very low, with most organizations having less than 100 bots. Thirty-five percent of respondents believe RPA will become more important as it becomes AI-enabled.
Responding to this, CA Technologies is the only vendor that supports clients as they work to get their bots smarter, supporting their need to keep up with the speed of the business, which requires continuous updates. With new integrations with leading RPA vendors, CA Continuous Delivery gives customers the business agility to deploy bots faster into production.
“This research shows that business automation is clearly recognised as a key enabler for business success. Organisations that fail to embrace modern automation solutions risk becoming industry laggards. Never has the phrase ‘Automate or Die’ become more relevant,” said Kurt Sand, general manager, CA Technologies. “CA offers enterprises the reliable, secure solutions needed to enable a business to become efficiently automated.”