Intelligent automation (IA), sometimes also called cognitive automation, is the use of automation technologies – artificial intelligence (AI), business process management (BPM), and robotic process automation (RPA) – to streamline and scale decision-making across organizations. Intelligent automation simplifies processes, frees up resources and improves operational efficiencies, and it has a variety of applications. For example, an automotive manufacturer may use IA to speed up production or reduce the risk of human error, or a pharmaceutical or life sciences company may use intelligent automation to reduce costs and gain resource efficiencies where repetitive processes exist. An insurance provider can use intelligent automation to calculate payments, make predictions used to calculate rates, and address compliance needs.
Intelligent automation is comprised of three cognitive technologies. The integration of these components to create a solution that powers business and technology transformation.
The integration of these three components creates a transformative solution that streamlines processes and simplifies workflows to ultimately improve the customer experience.
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Intelligent automation platforms provide many benefits across industries as a result of the use of large amounts of data, precision of calculations, analysis and resulting business implementation. Key benefits include:
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Intelligent automation streamlines processes that were otherwise comprised of manual tasks or based on legacy systems, which can be resource-intensive, costly, and prone to human error. The applications of IA span across industries, providing efficiencies in different areas of the business.
The value of intelligent automation in the world today, across industries, is unmistakable. With the automation of repetitive tasks through IA, businesses can reduce their costs as well as establish more consistency within their workflows. The COVID-19 pandemic has only expedited digital transformation efforts, fueling more investment within infrastructure to support automation. As remote work also surges, roles will continue to evolve. Individuals focused on low-level work will be reallocated to implement and scale these solutions as well as other higher-level tasks. Middle managers will need to shift their focus on the more human elements of their job to sustain motivation within the workforce. Automation will expose skills gaps within the workforce, and employees will need to adapt to their continuously changing work environments. Middle management can also support these transitions in a way that mitigates anxiety to ensure that employees remain resilient through these periods of change. Intelligent automation is undoubtedly the future of work, and companies that forgo adoption will find it difficult to remain competitive in their respective markets.
Whether you want to automate complex operations that span your entire organization, such as procure to pay, or automate repetitive tasks, IBM AI-Powered Automation can help reduce your manual business processes and improve decision-making by combining core automation tools such as business process management and robotic process automation (RPA) chatbots with artificial intelligence.
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The combination of AI-powered automation technologies and services allows business and IT teams to easily discover how processes run, decide what to automate based on insights from structured and unstructured data, prioritize business process automation and continuously improve workflows that run centrally, in networks and all the way to the edge. Watch the case study video to learn about automation and the future of work at Pearson.
If you are just starting to discover your underlying processes and determining where best to apply automation tools, or are interested in optimization of your existing automations, the IBM Cloud Paks for Automation can help accelerate and scale automation AI across your entire organization to drive digital transformation. Explore the IBM's vision for intelligent automation
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