The digital era has led to an explosion of new technologies that can enhance daily life and significantly improve business processes.
These technologies are causing a rapid evolution in the workplace, which is now largely remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it is essential for organisations to embrace them to remain competitive into the future, according to Konica Minolta.
Several emerging technologies can be used to enhance or replace existing internal business processes.
- Robotic process automation (RPA)
- Artificial intelligence (AI)
- 3D printing
These technologies can add real value across all industries and can let businesses work smarter and faster.
Businesses worldwide are embracing RPA to mimic how humans interact with technology.
RPA learns from existing processes and existing software systems to identify patterns and extract knowledge.
Assuming their input logic is flawless, the robots make zero errors and RPA can take care of repetitive manual tasks, such as data entry, that consume thousands of working hours every year. This provides workers the time and opportunity to focus on activities that add more meaningful value to businesses.
Likewise, AI and machine learning is increasingly being used to outsource and augment decision-making using big data.
Improving operational efficiency
AI augments business processes through a curated mix of capabilities, including predictive modelling, data discovery tools and mining techniques, and data analytics. These tools can provide deep, powerful insights to internal business reporting and user experience journeys which businesses can review and upgrade using other forms of AI.
Organisations that leverage AI technology strategically and appropriately can transform their business by improving operational efficiency, enhancing customer journeys, accelerating automation, and optimising performance.
“This technology creates opportunities for individuals and teams to restructure work processes that change the dynamics of an organisation and can let managers steer employees’ efforts towards higher value tasks, says Shane Blandford, chief marketing and innovation officer, Konica Minolta.
“RPA and workflow automation ultimately lead to a more engaged workforce that is free to collaborate, share knowledge and discuss new ideas without having to waste time completing mundane, data-driven tasks, he says.
Increasing organisational productivity
“The rapid-fire evolution of technology is continuing to take virtually all business models by storm.
“Signalling the end of traditional business practices, these emerging technologies are ushering in new ways to train, learn, and produce work.”
Mr Blandford says new technologies can streamline internal business processes and increase organisational productivity and employee education to help businesses make smarter decisions.
“An organisation’s ability to leverage emerging technology to improve efficiency and allocate resources to more valuable tasks is an increasingly important determinant of business success,” he says.
“Organisations that embrace disruption and prioritise investment in these technologies will reap the benefits and be able to work smarter and faster in the digital age.”