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With automation everywhere, do you think every process will have some type of automation in the future?
Jim Sinur
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It is a pretty safe bet to say that most processes have automation opportunities in them unless they as too small and isolated. Now the question is "Will Organizations Invest in Automation in the Near Future?" I think a majority of companies will invest in automation to automate the simple tasks in processes. The innovative organizations will invest in stronger forms of automation to handle even complex tasks in 2019 - 2020. Automation is a huge opportunity for operational excellence while saving money. As the world economy slows, automation will become an even hotter. Just my two cents
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To a large degree probably yes. I agree with Jim Sinur that most companies will only automate the obvious tasks, maybe even whole processes.

IN addition, if a process has no automatable tasks in it, it will probably be supported by automation. For example, the process of drafting and visualizing the strategy of a company is a process for which I envision there will hardly be any opportunity to automate any part of. However, the way that this process receives its input might be supported by automation.

I also still strongly believe that automation is not the goal, but merely the mean, a potentially effective at that, but just a mean. So, there will always only be a partial demand for automation, but probably in almost all processes, certainly in 3-5 years from now.
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I eventually would argue from the angle that many of the present and most of future business platforms and applications will sport some sort of automation engine. The mere existence of such features wont warrant, of course, that these always will translate into process automation itself. As mentioned often in previous posts however, an increased ease of use and access on all levels, will cause an increased adoption of process automation as well.
An important catalyst that will determine the degree of process automation across industries, regions and technologies will likely be the conceptual umbrella, representing process improvement bodies of knowledge that contain not only the presently trending flowchart annotations but also "benchmarkable" measurement frameworks as well as indicators themselves. The then resulting homogeneity of the evolving "gold standards" for common processes (or portions of it) should, in theory, open the doors to a more precise and scientific approach for creative, outside-the-box process solutions.
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I think that even today it's hard to find any process that does not already benefit from some sort of automation (apart maybe from purely physical tasks).

The degree of business process automation will only increase as more and more machines become business actors, either adding new functions or replacing human ones.

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As the focus moves to the frontline of business where people work and need support from digitisation so the rise of automation in business processes will be inevitable. This needs avoid expensive tinkering with legacy but will include automation in use of legacy data as required. The investment to build the new adaptive processes should be low and future proof with low code no code which should encourage faster adoption than the understandable fear of another "IT" project with its associated high cost and failure rates. One of the useful benefits of such digitisation is the automation of reports in real time of activity which will enable real empowerment of users and informed decision making by management.
I suspect "automation of reports in real time of activity" often gets called "predictive analytics". Agree/disagree?
I never really understood what predictive analytics did but as a business person much of IT jargon flies past me!!!! I would understand that delivery of real time info in flexible forms must be sound base to enable predictive thoughts...?
@Davud ,, Sorry, I think I gave you a bad comparison.

A proper example of "predictive analytics" is "if you go this way, you are likely to get to this state of affairs", "if you go that way, you are likely to get to this, different, state of affairs"

I see "real time reporting" as nothing more than "real time reporting'' - some reports will include predictions based on analytics, others will not.
Karl maybe not so different as related to processes. The base of analytics must rely on factual data on which the decision is made try a new way. Real time monitoring of the new way provides the evidence of the outcome good or poor in timely manner to allow adjustments etc as appropriate? This may open doors to new business models without the old IT barriers?
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I am convinced that most of the processes of an organization will be supported through some degree of automation since the business environment becomes increasingly challenging and the entrance barriers for using automation approaches to address this become lower and lower: lower cost, easier to use and more and more automation functionality. The question becomes how to chose the right automation approach for a process to address the specific needs as efficiently as possible. Applying an intelligent approach to automation becomes an important process management skill.
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