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Automation Anywhere Announces Strategic Collaboration with Microsoft to Advance Intelligent Automation

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Automation Anywhere, a global leader in robotic process automation (RPA), today announced a strategic collaboration with Microsoft that will help thousands of enterprises of all sizes across multiple industries improve business processes through automation.

Customers will now be able to access Automation Anywhere bots from Microsoft Azure to help manage large, unstructured datasets, decrease time-to-market and lower operating costs.

The expanded relationship is anchored in a strategic product collaboration leveraging Automation Anywhere’s RPA platform and Azure that will enable joint product integration, co-selling and joint marketing between the two companies to benefit mutual customers. A multi-million-dollar investment by Automation Anywhere will help to advance the adoption of RPA and provide a scalable, secure and reliable way to manage customer migrations to the cloud for companies globally.

Automation Anywhere has also selected Azure as its preferred cloud provider enabling mutual customers to have access to automation technology from anywhere, at any time and for any user. Organizations can host Automation Anywhere’s RPA platform on Azure, on-premises, in a public or private cloud to help drive productivity, increase innovation and boost ROI.

Automation Anywhere pioneered the concept of an intelligent digital workforce, which leverages software bots that work side-by-side with employees to automate repetitive tasks and processes – liberating people to focus on higher level business initiatives that only humans can do.

Combining sophisticated RPA, AI and embedded analytic technologies, Automation Anywhere customers span continents and industries, including 90 percent of the world’s top healthcare companies, 85 percent of the world’s top technology companies, more than 85 percent of the world’s top banks and financial services companies, and 80 percent of the world’s top telecommunications companies.

This collaboration will also enable mutual customers to:

  • Leverage software bots to automate complex business processes and provide deep integrated capabilities with Microsoft products, including Microsoft Power Platform, with a single click enabling increased speed and ease of use.
  • Leverage the award-winning Automation Anywhere Bot Store – the industry’s first online market for preconfigured downloadable RPA bots – which will feature new Microsoft-enabled bots and Digital Workers, in addition to more than 60 Microsoft-specific bots already on the platform.
  • Access Automation Anywhere products on the Azure Marketplace beginning next quarter. This version is optimized for the Azure environment and includes the Express Install feature for fast, easy installation and deployment.
  • Deploy Automation Anywhere’s Express Install feature to help facilitate, simplify and expedite RPA in the cloud and quickly creating requisite Virtual Machine (VM) and SQL environments.

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Frank Della Rosa, IDC Research Director, SaaS and cloud software:

“Cloud computing provides the foundation on which to build a digital enterprise. Digital enterprises rely on innovation accelerators like AI-enabled automation to increase agility and disrupt markets. The combination of Automation Anywhere and Microsoft Azure creates an intelligent digital workplace, where software bots operate with maximum efficiency and accuracy enabling enterprises to unlock the value of intelligent automation in the cloud.”

John Cottongim, Director of Automation, Mars:

“Leveraging Automation Anywhere in combination with Microsoft Azure’s Infrastructure-as-a-service and cognitive capabilities allows Mars to move with speed to deliver greater business value and improved customer experience across our organization.”

Alysa TaylorCorporate Vice President, Cloud and Business Microsoft Business Applications and Industry:

“Digital transformation has revolutionized the modern office. Microsoft is one of the leaders of this revolution, and we’re excited to partner with Automation Anywhere as they take digital office technology to the next level. Automation Anywhere’s vision aligns with ours, which is to infuse data and intelligence into all of its products, applications, services and experiences.”

Mihir Shukla, CEO and co-founder, Automation Anywhere:

“Organizations are seeing the multiple benefits of RPA – allowing companies to become more efficient, reducing costs through automation and freeing up employees to focus on what they do best – to be creative and innovate. Our expanded relationship with Microsoft will help more businesses achieve these advantages much faster.”

Microsoft will feature Automation Anywhere’s automation products in its Executive Briefing Centers (EBCs), around the globe. This will allow customers to see hands-on demonstrations of Microsoft products as they are enabled by Automation Anywhere technology.

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RBC and Microsoft Launch New Program to Accelerate the Digital Transformation of Canadian Businesses

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To help Canadian businesses unlock greater business value and capitalize on advancements in smart technologies and cloud solutions, RBC and Microsoft today announced the launch of RBC’s Go Digital program. The program is designed to remove key barriers which businesses have cited as preventing or delaying their digital transformation. Go Digital offers a suite of turnkey technology solutions leveraging the power and security of the Microsoft cloud and skilled Partner Network, as well as innovation financing and tailored advice from RBC to help businesses embark on their digital transformation journey with greater ease and confidence. The program is currently available to Canadian food manufacturers and will continue to expand to other industries over time.

A recent IDC report found that while Canadian executives acknowledge the importance of embracing new technologies to digitally transform their business, the majority have yet to take action. A similar report found that 29 per cent of Canadian organizations are lagging in digital transformation and have not yet started their digital modernization. The most common barriers identified by Canadian companies include the challenge of finding the right solution, sourcing the right provider and securing capital.

“Technology is disrupting customer expectations and traditional business models everywhere, and businesses need to adapt to these historic changes to differentiate and lead in the market,” said Greg Grice, Executive Vice-President, Business Financial Services, RBC. “RBC is committed to creating more value for clients and helping them along this journey. That’s why we’re coming together with industry-leading partners like Microsoft to deliver tailored solutions that will help accelerate and simplify their digital transformation.”

RBC & Microsoft design tailored solutions to fuel business growth
The manufacturing sector in Canada accounts for approximately $174bn in GDP, more than 10% of the total GDP of the entire country.1 The adoption of advanced smart factory technologies can help fuel the next wave of business growth by way of significant cost savings, increased productivity and enhanced quality which ultimately results in delivering greater value to customers and employees.

Despite these benefits, mid-market Canadian manufacturing firms are falling behind when it comes to the digital transformation of their business, making Canada one of the worst performers in the Organization for Economic Co-Operation & Development (OECD)2. Fifty-five per cent of manufacturers do not use advanced technologies and one-fifth have no plans to invest in them in the next three years, naming cost and uncertainty as deterrents for digital transformation3.

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https://canadianvisa.org/life-in-canada/key-industries/manufacturing, Canadian Visa Org, 2019

Industrie 2030: Accelerating Adoption of Advanced Manufacturing TechnologiesCanadian Manufacturers & Exporters, 2017

2018 Management Issues SurveyCanadian Manufacturers & Exporters, 2018

Given this significant opportunity, RBC’s Go Digital program is now available to Canadian food manufacturers as part of its initial launch with plans to extend the program’s reach to additional industries.

“This strategic partnership with RBC demonstrates our strong commitment to helping companies across Canada have greater access to digital technologies,” said Kevin Peesker, President of Microsoft Canada. “By leveraging the breadth of Microsoft’s trusted cloud platform, tapping into the skilled expertise of our Partner Network and maximizing RBC’s sector-specific business and financial expertise, we believe this program will give organizations in Canada the confidence to truly embrace the next wave of computing, and expand that reach to more businesses across North America in the longer term.”

Optimizing food manufacturing operations powered by Microsoft
RBC and Microsoft co-designed a curated suite of technology and innovation financing solutions tailored to food manufacturers. Leveraging a group of industry-leading partners from Microsoft’s Partner Network, RBC’s Go Digitalprogram offers access to digital solutions that are powered by artificial intelligence, cloud business applications, data analytics, blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT). These solutions include, but are not limited to:

  1. Environmental monitoring (i.e. temperature, humidity, air quality) leveraging the scale and intelligence of Microsoft’s Azure Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled sensor technology to reduce waste, drive efficiency and realize cost savings;
  2. Food transparency and traceability leveraging blockchain technology to meet regulatory requirements and standards, from farm to table;
  3. Production variability monitoring using Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Azure IoT capabilities to reduce equipment downtime, increase output forecasting accuracy and improve quality control; and
  4. Cloud-Based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) leveraging Dynamics 365 to address food safety and compliance, quality and production, recipe development and management, and food recall traceability.

 

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Resulticks Welcomes Sophie Pibouin as Executive VP of Sales of the Americas

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Real-time omnichannel marketing solutions provider Resulticks has announced the expansion of the company’s leadership team with the hire of Sophie Pibouin as Head of Sales, U.S. Resulticks’ AI-powered platform provides users with segmented data and consumer behavior analytics, allowing marketers to create highly targeted and individualized campaigns across telecom, healthcare, banking, hospitality and other diverse industries.

Sophie Pibouin brings a global perspective, deep understanding of the market and unparallel expertise in propelling business growth. With two decades of executive experience including roles at IBM, SDL, Chronicle Solutions and CA Inc., she has led the strategic evolution and exceptional expansion of Fortune 500 and VC-backed high-tech companies, achieving record increases in sales and uplifts in competitiveness.

“The addition of Sophie to our executive team comes as we see strong opportunities across the region, which will play a significant role in Resulticks’ forward growth strategy,” said CEO and co-founder Redickaa Subrammanian. “Bringing deep marketing and global technology experience that complements our existing capabilities, she is well-positioned to be an integral asset to our U.S.-based clientele.”

In her new role, Sophie will lead efforts to expand Resulticks’ U.S. footprint and identify new opportunities for accelerated growth.

“I am delighted to be joining a rapidly growing organization that is delivering a holistic solution to its users,” said Sophie Pibouin, Resulticks Executive VP of Sales of the Americas. “Resulticks’ all-in-one cloud-based platform helps marketers understand and reach their audiences in a truly integrated way, and I am eager to bring that value to even more U.S.-based brands.”

Prior to joining Resulticks, Sophie was the Worldwide Sales Leader at IBM Watson. A graduate of the University of Flaubert in France, she is based in New York City.

 

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5-Star Destination, Tokyo Station Hotel, Adopts Bebot, Bespoke’s AI-powered Travel Concierge

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Bespoke, creators of the world’s first AI-powered chatbot developed for travelers, today announce Tokyo Station Hotel, an independent 5-star hotel in Tokyo, has adopted Bebot to serve guests. Through Bespoke’s unique travel-focused AI, Bebot provides hotel guests with an intuitive, responsive and friendly channel to ask any questions that arise during a hotel visit. Guests can make requests for recommendations, reservations and services, or ask specific questions related to their travel experience – all through chat. With Bespoke’s recent launch into the US Market, Bebot is now available for US-based hotels and travel destinations.

Bespoke’s world-leading, unique travel-focused AI is augmented by on-the-ready, seamless, human chat to continuously improve, teach and optimize their AI technology, providing customers and travelers with a no-compromise, reliable source of information. Bebot’s advanced AI was developed to provide travelers with essential information and tips in an intuitive and familiar, yet powerful chat service – providing essential and inspiring tips and information to improve guests’ visits, while relieving hotel staff.

“Tokyo Station Hotel is one of few independent 5-star hotels, and we’re honored they choose Bebot to serve their guests,” said Akemi Tsunagawa, founder and CEO of Bespoke. “Our unique AI was developed from the ground up to serve the specific needs of travelers providing them with the timely info, tips and guidance they need to have a comfortable stay wherever they go.”

In addition to providing information about services, rates, amenities, menu options and directions, Bebot provides travelers with vital details about nearby attractions, destinations and more. Travelers access Bebot by scanning a QR code found on a placard or by visiting a url provided by the hotel – no additional downloads are necessary.

 

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