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Dublin Tech Summit: Automation encourages business to become self-driving

Posted by  Stephanie Richards

The Dublin Tech Summit, held earlier this month, is “where today‘s leaders meet tomorrow’s technology”. Of course, Artificial Intelligence ran through all four of the Summit’s main themes, with discussion around how AI is transforming the way we work, how it is forcing us to review business operations, and how it is propelling enterprises toward becoming self-driving.

The way we work is about to fundamentally change

We are currently experiencing an evolution in automation. This evolution is impacting business processes, and paving the way for the adoption of cloud computing, natural language processing and other sophisticated autonomous operations. Machine intelligence and connectivity to the cloud brings accelerated, outstanding potential for large-scale implementation of digital technology across sectors and industries.

For the majority of organisations, change isn’t a luxury, or a nice-to-have; it’s a necessity. Customer expectation and the rate at which technology develops means that legacy business processes, and tradition on-premise ERP just can’t keep up. Instead, a unified, accessible cloud ERP suite is essential in facilitating emerging technologies and innovation.

Efficiency across the organisation

From supply chain and manufacturing, through to ERP and applications, AI and machine learning are becoming fundamental components of business functions. Transforming productivity across finance, procurement, HR, and customer experience, the way that sales, marketing and services operate together is streamlined and transparent.

Integration through ERP encourages continuity and the sharing of data; data that does not rely on manual entry and so is therefore more accurate. Resource planning has many necessary-but-boring administrative tasks, which can be handled by automation, allowing more time for more worthwhile contributions from the workforce.

The automatic management of data means records are kept in order, can be located within minutes, and are constantly report-ready. As well as improved communication and being less prone to error, business processes can be broken down and analysed efficiently, with up-to-date information at the fingertips of those who need it, when they need it.

Big change means big adjustment

When they’re used to the legacy framework, the workforce can be hesitant in the adoption of a new, integrated ERP solution. For many, it will feel like learning the new processes, policies, and procedures, only adds to workload, negatively impacting productivity.

When they are ready to transition their solutions to the Cloud, Unit4’s “Cloud at your speed” approach means customers benefit from the latest cloud advances at a pace and time that suits them. Software becomes accessible anywhere, at anytime, with more flexible scalability and disaster recovery, combined with the highest standards of security, compliance and data privacy.

An evolution in automation

Mundane admin and siloed processes hold businesses back. The working world will continue to change beyond recognition in the coming years, and automation is instrumental in this change. The adoption of self-driving technology in business means each member of the workforce is able to better focus on the work that really makes a difference, improving business operations and job satisfaction.

Stephanie Richards

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