With the advancement of technology, more tasks are becoming automated. This frees up time spent on banal tasks, which can be directed into more creative activities. The automation industry has witnessed great success in the last couple of years. As a result, many IT companies have developed solutions for full automation.
2022 is believed to be the year of hyper-automation. Businesses are critically examining their work processes and seeking out ways to eliminate tasks that can be fully automated. It is predicted that the automation industry will be worth around $46.4 billion by 2031.
As more work shifts from humans to machines and software, 2022 is expected to be a year of dynamic never-seen-before changes.
This article will explore some of the automation trends in 2022 that impact the business sector.
Automation trends in 2022
Here are some automation trends in 2022:
RPA will become the strongest technology in the automation platform convergence
Robotic process automation (RPA), Business process automation (BPA), artificial intelligence (AI) platforms, low-code application platforms (LCAPs), and integration platforms as a service (IPaaS) are the top platforms that seek to take center stage in the automation industry.
The subtle war between these platforms will soon come to an end because Chief Information Officers (CIOs) are looking toward using a single platform for coordinating automation in their companies. And from available statistics, it seems like RPA will be the winner when this happens.
RPA adoption is on the rise. According to Gartner, it was the fastest-growing segment of the enterprise software market in 2022. Thanks to RPA’s hybrid strategy known as RPA-plus, functions of other platforms will also be incorporated into RPA, making it the focal point of automation technology.
Democratization of automation
Democratization is vital to unlocking the full potential of automation. In the past, automation was limited to IT specialists in organizations. But this is fast changing.
In a situation where every employee has access to robots they can use to automate tasks, an organization will witness rapid growth in productivity. Repetitive and rule-based tasks can be weeded out so employees can focus on tasks that require critical thinking and an innovative approach.
Use of physical robot workers
Several businesses now integrate mobile robots into their business operations to speed up processes and level the playing field. For example, in Dawn Avatar Robot Cafe, a Japanese restaurant, robots are used to move food to and from the kitchen. The robots can also perform automatic replenishment of items. This shift towards technology has also enabled the creation of more jobs for disabled people who can control the robots from their homes.
Experts believe that 2022 is the year when robots and humans will work side by side in hybrid work environments. This new work model will span various industries like healthcare, manufacturing, and hospitality.
Introduction of timely task-based workflows
The average employee in an organization has to shuffle through several applications to get things done. However, with the help of AI-powered robots, things are about to change for the better. Instead of going back and forth with different applications, robots can be programmed to deliver timely workflows to employees.
The approach will free up time spent on opening and closing various applications and help employees focus on important work.
The rise of Chief Sustainability Officers
Chief Sustainability Officers (CSOs) —not to be confused with Chief Security Officers— are tasked with the role of reducing an organization’s carbon footprint and waste. Research published by Weinreb Group reveals that the number of CSO roles among Fortune 500 companies has increased by 228% since 2012.
CSOs have embraced automation in a bid to achieve their tasks. Automation can turn off data centers and machines when not in use, leading to energy conservation and reduction of carbon emissions. There’s no doubt that in 2022, more companies will be employing CSOs who’ll continue to adopt automation in response to cutting down waste and carbon emissions.
The automation industry is fast-paced and is not showing any signs of slowing down. Hyper-automation is gradually introduced in the industry. The industry has also witnessed exponential growth as more organizations discover the freedom and productivity that automation brings.
Early adopters of automation technologies will lead the space as many organizations will only adopt automation technologies when they see the benefits it’s yielding for others.
In automating processes, organizations must avoid causing confusion in the workplace by adopting a myriad of technologies that make it difficult to keep track of things. They must also devise ways to keep costs to a minimum through rationalization.