Process automation is most often leveraged as a tool to replace the need for humans to perform routine, repetitive manual tasks. Beyond this, however, intelligent automation powered by machine learning capabilities can be leveraged to continuously optimize work and improve business outcomes. Imagine what your organization could do if all the simple but necessary daily tasks were shifted from humans workers to software robots. Now imagine how you could scale up or down instantly based on workflow demands, without the expense or hassle of adjusting personnel numbers.
Regardless of where you stand on the concept of intelligent automation, it is widely acknowledged by experts across every industry to be a central component of the future of work. Business leaders and decision makers view intelligent automation as highly beneficial due to its ability to maximize output while also minimizing costs. On the other side of the coin, however, many front-line workers are resistant to automation as they view artificial intelligence as a threat to their future and livelihood.
The biggest question that plagues businesses still remains whether or not intelligent automation will eliminate the need for human workers altogether. There is no easy or straightforward answer to this question. In reality, some jobs will inevitably be eliminated. In fact, there are certain industries, such as banking, in which AI has already had a significant impact on staffing levels. The fact is, job elimination is not the goal of automation. Rather than replace humans, this technology should be viewed as a tool for augmenting them (more on that here).
The goal of intelligent automation is to create a better user experience at every level. From an employment standpoint, it’s about leaving the grunt work for the computer to handle and leveraging artificial intelligence to analyze and use data for improving operations. Increased internal efficiency leads to cost savings and ultimately a higher level of employee satisfaction. Externally, tools like virtual support agents, proactive problem solving and faster resolution will dramatically improve customer engagement and happiness.
For now and well into the foreseeable future, intelligent automation should not be seen as a threat, but rather something that will free up intelligent and experienced workers to be able to apply their creativity and problem-solving skilled to more important issues that cannot (yet) be handled by technology alone. Beyond this, the increased adoption of automation will also open up new roles that did not exist 10 or even 5 years ago. So while some jobs will become obsolete, other opportunities will replace them.
In today’s highly-competitive world, organizations of every shape, size and industry are battling to stay ahead of the curve and remain profitable. Intelligent automation provides the solution, allowing businesses and their employees to work smarter, thereby improving their chances of achieving continued success well into the future.
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