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16 08, 2018

Robotic Process Automation and Application Programming Interface. A match made in heaven or not?


Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is surface level automation software which can be used for Applications to talk to each other. Application Programming Interface (API) on the other hand are standardized layer of software integration code which allows applications to talk to each other. Many of our Clients have asked the question about RPA vs API [...]

28 06, 2018

Can Automation & AI be a Corporate Function just like HR and IT?


As Automation & AI Technologies evolve, we see different Operating models being utilized in many Organizations. At a high level these are the Operating Models we see; Business Unit aligned Automation Projects (Some may call them "Shadow IT" or "Rouge IT" Groups) Business Unit aligned Automation Projects with IT Governance Automation Projects within IT Groups [...]

13 06, 2018

To Chatbot or Not! That’s the question!


Chatbots are a hot topic everywhere. Everybody wants one, but some are not sure about the Technology since hearing the story about Microsoft Tay Robot. Like anything else in the world of AI, Chatbots are not something that anyone should rush in to deploy in production without proper analysis and training. We will talk about [...]

28 05, 2018

Are your Business Analyst highly paid interns?


Authored by Rafael Chac, Sr. Automation Consultant at Accelirate Over this past year I have had countless conversations with Business Analyst (BA) Unit leads and they all seem to share a common pain point, they are spending well over half of their time inputting and manipulating data across multiple platforms. I recently had a conversation [...]

21 05, 2018

Why you need a Head of RPA from the Beginning not the End


When a company first embarks on their Robotic Process Automation (RPA) journey, 99% of the time Joe from Finance, Sarah from Process Optimization, or Tom from IT is assigned to investigate RPA. They probably raised their hand at the monthly meeting, and just like every good suggestion, the person that makes it gets to do [...]

2 05, 2018

Types of Roles required to build world class AI and RPA Teams!


In our previous articles, we talked about different types of AI Technologies and how and where they can be used in the Enterprise. It is also important to understand different types of skill sets and organizational structures that can support Business with these types of initiatives. A typical lean Organizational structure we see emerging is [...]

30 04, 2018

AI is not Scary!


Not a day goes by that you hear about the dire predictions about Artificial Intelligence taking most of the Human jobs away. When you look around yourself and hear about self-driving cars, Alexa, Siri etc. etc. it feels like Humans may not have much to do after a few years. The reality however is not [...]

3 04, 2018

RPA can save you 15% or MORE on car insurance…everybody knows that


Well maybe not your car insurance, but in the world of back office, many different types of insurance companies face the same efficiency issues. Whether your business is car insurance, property, travel or health, the back office is overwhelmed with a high volume of repetitive processes and frequently changing regulations that make more long-term automation [...]

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