Today we live in the world of automation and digitization. A few years ago, automation was a convenient process that allowed businesses to automate mundane daily task and save some time for other important activities. Today, however, automation plays a pivotal role of automating and orchestrating entire processes and workflow.
Now, automation was never intended to be a static one time thing. As a matter of fact, innovation. growth and wide adoption are essential aspects of automation, which means automation was intended to evolve in the first place. And, thanks to the modern technology it did evolve quite a bit. Today, the majority of companies across the world couldn’t even imagine their day-to-day operations without automation regardless of the nature of their business.
Modern technology has elevated automation to the whole new level thus making it an essential component in almost every business operation today. With that in mind, here are a few most notable technology developments in automation this year.
What automatization technology developments are expected in 2022?
One of the biggest trends in automation this year is the increased spending in automation solutions. In fact, around 80% of organization stated that they will continue to increase budget spending in automation in 2022 and beyond. However, executives want to make sure that the money they spend is money well spent, indeed.
After all, they must justify an increase in automation investments so they’re issuing mandates that govern how automated solutions will be developed to ensure security, centralized control, governance and quality, of course. A good example is robotic process automation (RPA) that has seen significant growth and wider adoption across enterprises since 2020.
The main reason is that RPA platforms incorporate enterprise-critical functionalities such as governance, low-code to no-code environments, and support for scalability beating even the iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service).
What challenges will automatization pose for businesses and workers?
The main problem with automation technologies today is that they’re evolving at a rapid pace. This is not an issue per se but technologies that can support this new level of automation are falling behind making it difficult for companies to adjust accordingly. Everyone wants to adopt new audition technologies but they lack the supporting technologies to do so.
Let’s have a look at semantic automation, for instance, which is also one of the newest developments in automation technology. That being said, semantic automation provides an alternative for developers to step away form traditional rule-based approach. In other words, instead of teaching a robot how to perform a task step by step, developers can simply have a robot observe the task so it can learn how to do it on its own.
The robot will thus emulate the process, understand it and determine which date it needs to perform the task, as well as where to find the data it needs. Distributing data is another challenge as the current IoT landscape doesn’t support a lot of connected devices and the hardware requirements are too large. However, there’s a solution and LTE-M is an example of this.
Compared to traditional LTE modems, LTE-M (Long Term Evolution Machine Type Communication) modems are at least 80% cheaper in terms of materials, can support up to 18 dB greater coverage and have battery life that can last more than ten years, thus allowing data to be seamlessly distributed across a wide range of devices.
Which industries will be most affected by these developments?
It’s safe to say that every industry will eventually be affected by these technologies sooner or later. The fact of the matter is that automation is not exclusive to one particular industry. It’s applicable for every process and work flow that requires manual intervention.
In addition to that, multiple work flows can be orchestrated to perform individual and independently form any human intervention whatsoever. That being said, automation technologies are continuing to experience mass adoption across all sectors and industries.
How will these developments improve efficiency and productivity?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as the efficiency and productivity of a given development will vary depending on the specific context in which it is implemented.
As mentioned before, automation technologies are, in fact, experiencing rapid growth and wider adoption but it’s up to companies and sectors to come up with a solution on how to use these technologies and how to leverage their full potential.
As you may already know, adopting new technologies is always disruptive at first. This means a decrease in productivity and efficiency until companies manage to optimize and adjust accordingly. Only then will these developments actually improve efficiency, productivity and overall performance of companies that adopted them.
How will society adapt to increasing automation?
As automation technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence continue to develop, it is likely that their impact will be felt across all sectors of society. This could lead to significant changes in the way we live and work, with potentially far-reaching implications. What’s interesting about all this is that it’s already happening and average consumers are more easily adjusting to the change than companies.
Many firmly believed that automation will result in loss of human labor as people will get replaced by automation and robots. However, that isn’t the case. The main reason is that as valuable and useful robotics and automation may be, human workforce is still necessary to operate other tasks that cannot be automated or to oversee automated workflows and ensure everything is as it should be.
While there are potential risks associated with increasing automation, there are also opportunities. For example, businesses could use automation technologies to improve efficiency and productivity, freeing up employees to focus on higher-value tasks. Automation could also lead to new types of employment opportunities, such as those involved in developing and managing automated systems.
It is clear that society will need to adapt to the increasing role of automation in the coming years. The exact nature of these changes is difficult to predict, but it seems likely that they will have a profound impact on the way we live and work.
The benefits of automation for businesses
There are many benefits of automation for businesses. Automation can help businesses improve efficiency, quality, and productivity. It can also help businesses reduce costs and improve customer satisfaction. But automation is more than that.
In fact, automation leaves more room for innovation. Things that weren’t possible before now are as you don’t need to spend a monumental amount of time and resources to develop or create something. With the help form new automation technologies, businesses can focus on creating new products and new solutions that will reshape the world
Automation technology is expected to continue developing in the coming years, with new applications and higher levels of sophistication. It’s up to companies and industries alike to find the best use for these new developments.