Due to the speed of innovation in digital technology within business, the role of the CIO has seen numerous changes over the last couple of decades. Now, however, it is seeing a total transformation.
It’s estimated that there are already 23 billion devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) in use worldwide, and it is estimated that the figure will swell to anywhere from 31 billion to 200 billion by 2020. With experts saying that 60% of the market will consist of corporate devices, IoT in the workplace is surely set for an imminent explosion.
Recent years have seen automation technologies like Robotic Process Automation (RPA) being implemented across every industry. While this technology has many business benefits – such as boosting efficiency and productivity and saving costs – there are growing concerns that workplace automation will make human labour redundant; leaving employees without work, and businesses without consumers.
Since its inception over the last ten years, the process of digital transformation in a corporate sphere has been slowed somewhat due to the ongoing battle between the IT and finance departments. With CIOs prioritising the strategic value of technological innovation and CFOs often only concentrating on cost discipline alone, the two have historically been at crossed purposes. However, the tide may now be turning.
With RPA being such a powerful tool that solves many business problems, it is understandable that people have many questions and with the abundance of information out there we realised it could feel like a bit of a mine field. We therefore wanted to offer delegates a platform on which to talk freely and directly about RPA in an open, face-to-face setting, see how the software works first-hand, discuss the business drivers and, most importantly, ask those probing questions that search engines can’t answer.
2018 has been marked by revelations that Cambridge Analytica used millions of Facebook users’ data to manipulate elections. While Big Data has steadily grown more omnipresent in people’s lives, and concerns about privacy and autonomy with it, this event marked a tipping point in global consciousness – people have started to second-guess the benefits of many technologies.
Velocity, a digital technology services firm based in Milton Keynes, has recently become a member of the Silverstone Technology Cluster (STC), reinforcing its position as an innovative and collaborative organisation. With offices in Milton Keynes, South Africa and India, Velocity collaborates with other technology organisations such as K2, Mendix and Microsoft to provide business customers with superior quality digital business solutions.