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The Relationship Between Robotic Process Automation and Workload Automation By Tony Beeston Robotic process automation (RPA), a concept that has emerged over recent years, is still in a state of rapid evolution, existing without a clearly defined end-state or direction. As such, vendors are experimenting and pushing their products into uncharted waters - successfully or otherwise. Nonetheless, we can be sure that artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to develop and impact on automation solutions as whole, even if at the moment these capabilities do not frequently exist within the RPA space. Indeed, it is worth noting the ‘robotic' tag is something of a misnomer and refers primarily to the tool's ability to carry out repeatable executable tasks, not a form of AI. RPA is in fact most commonly used to emulate keystrokes; it runs through the applica... (more)

Do Robots Have Karma? | @ExpoDX #AI #ML #DX #DigitalTransformation

This month, an AI (artificial intelligence) system passed a medical exam in China for the first time. I wonder how its bedside manner will be?  In addition, Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a robot named Sophia. With all these rapid advancements, I think it is time we explore the spiritual life of robots. Up till recently, programmers coded and configured algorithms, AI, automation and machine learning systems and took personal responsibility for all the code. Today, however, AI has escaped the confines of human oversight and has been empowered and employed to self-program, self-optimize, self-test, self-configure and self-learn. David Gunning writes, "Continued advances [in AI] promise to produce autonomous systems that will perceive, learn, decide, and act on their own." That's a problem, not only with me, but with Karma. A simplistic definition of Karma is a s... (more)

Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition Winners Announced

SAN FRANCISCO, March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition winners were announced Thursday, March 1, at the Digital Media and Learning Conference. The Competition links designers, entrepreneurs, technologists and educators with leading business and industry organizations to build digital badge systems and explore the ways badges can be used to help people learn, demonstrate skills and knowledge, and unlock job, educational and civic opportunities. The Competition is held in collaboration with Mozilla and is part of the 4th Digital Media and Learning Competition supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and administered by HASTAC. Learning happens everywhere and at every age. Traditional measures of achievement, like high school diplomas, GEDs and college degrees, do not adequately convey the full range ... (more)

The Rise of the Cloud-Enabled Autonomous Robots

On the IEEE Spectrum Robotics blog, I came across this blog post, “Cloud Robotics: Connected to the Cloud, Robots Get Smarter” written by Erico Guizzo. It’s an interesting read on the possibilities of leveraging the Cloud in the field of robotics. Robotics has long been plagued by all the processing capacity required to mimic human capabilities, though emerging technology like Cloud computing is creating new possibilities. A single human brain has a greater switching capacity than all the computer switches on earth as discovered by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and covered by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, a member of the CNET blog network, in her post. If you’re interested in the ultimate computer, the human brain, I highly recommend reading it. You may also be interested in the awe inspiring video so I’ve included it below for your conven... (more)

M2M and Embedded Mobile Devices: Topical Round-Up

Welcome to M2M News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market. Social media has seized on the potential of RFID tags to log visitors to certain amusement parks. Once they pass through the gate or pass by an RFID scanner, their presence will be beamed to Facebook or another social media site announcing they were there and what they were doing. Read Original Content According to ABI Research the compound annual growth rate of global insurance telematics subscribers will grow by 90 percent from 2010 to 2017. That's an increase from 1.85 million telematics users... (more)

December 2011 Research on Enterprise Mobility

I am sitting in my leather reading chair with my coffee next to a warm, early morning fire reading about enterprise  mobility.  I am re-reading Aberdeen Group's Mobility in ERP 2011, which is one of the best reports I have read all year, and Cognizant's whitepaper, Enterprise Mobile Apps.  Here are some of the insights I have gleaned this morning. Aberdeen Group's paper: Best-in-Class companies spend 25% of the work week trying to access information, all the others spend almost 40% of their time trying to access information. Cognizant's paper: Millennials (i.e. generation Y) - will increasingly be unwilling to accept the idea of being bound to a desktop computer in their work lives either as employees or customers.  In their minds, productivity, communications, collaborations and decision-making are all dependent on having a mobile device with which they can access th... (more)

Mobility News Weekly – Week of February 20, 2012

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly A new study by Forrester found that business spending on mobile projects is expected to grow by 100 percent by 2015, and spending on mobile apps is predicted to hit $55 billion in 2016.  Read Original Content According to AT&T, smartphone use has risen to 85 percent of small businesses, up from 80 percent last year. Also, even though the tablet market is not yet two years old, tablet use by small businesses was at 67 perc... (more)

The rise of IT-industrialization

A few days ago I attended the analyst summit of one of Europe’s large service providers and the theme of industrialization rang through very clearly in many of the presentation and interview sessions. Those of you who followed my earlier writings know that applying the lessons of modern manufacturing to today’s IT, is a topic near to my heart.  Back in 2004, long before joining Gartner, I wrote an article on IT-dustrialization in CFO magazine , followed by many blogs, later bundled in “Lean and the art of cloud computing management”. At Gartner IT services industrialization is covered in my area under the topic of IUS (Infrastructure Utility Services) and I am currently working with two of my European colleagues - who have been covering IUS for several years - on a market map and compass for this IT industry area. But, as mentioned earlier publishing in many cases p... (more)

Fujitsu Laboratories of America Hosts Fifth Annual Technology Forum

Fujitsu Laboratories of America announced that it is hosting its Fifth Annual Technology Forum in Santa Clara, California tomorrow. The theme for this year’s event is “From Sensor Networks to Human Networks – Turning Big Data into Actionable Wisdom.” This invitation only event will feature keynote talks and panel discussions on how “big data” is transforming our daily lives and will showcase innovative new big data based solutions from Fujitsu companies worldwide. According to industry experts, as a result of broad adoption of new technologies for personal communication and online interaction including smart phones and social networking, 2.4 zettabytes (2.4 billion terabytes) of unstructured big data will be created in 2012. These new layers of data about people, places, and things are emerging in real time from many directions, providing context around our content... (more)

CA Technologies Achieves High Functionality Marks in Independent Research Firm's Comprehensive Evaluation of Application Performance Management Market

ISLANDIA, N.Y., Jan. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CA Technologies today announced it received high functionality marks in Forrester Research, Inc.'s December 2011 report: Market Overview: Application Performance Management, Q4 2011. The report evaluated 26 vendors on APM functionality based on Forrester's APM Reference Model. CA Technologies achieved the highest marks possible for functionality in eight out of ten categories and the second-highest marks for functionality in the other two categories. Vendors were evaluated in ten categories of APM functionality: 1) End user experience monitoring using a passive appliance; 2) Response time monitoring using a scripted robot or active agent; 3) Transaction tracing and mapping; 4) Application monitoring (Java and .NET); 5) Packaged application monitoring (Oracle, SAP etc.); 6) Infrastructure monitoring (including virtualizat... (more)

Scalpel? Check. Swabs? Check. Open source robotic surgeon? Pardon?

Robotic surgery specialists at the University of Washington, in Seattle, are scrubbing up a new team of mechanical medics in the shape of the new "Raven" machines. With wing-like arms, the Raven handles many of the same extreme precision movements that the more expensive da Vinci Surgical System has been used for, but at a much lower price i.e. somewhere around US $250,000 for Raven as opposed to US $1.8 million for da Vinci. Why do we need robotic surgeons? Because tiny incisions cause less tissue damage and so patient recovery is faster. Raven is also the first surgical robot to use open-source software as it runs a Linux-based operating system. The theory here then is that researchers (and perhaps even students) can work to modify and extend the original code with the aim of improving the system itself. Reports suggest that there has been talk of spinning off R... (more)