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Here are three easy ways to fix Apache's ServerRoot Must be a Valid Directory error. Any of these remedies will get your Apache HTTP server running again.
We see examples of the principle of least privilege everywhere in our daily lives. What does the principle of least privilege mean as applied to security in software development and DevOps?
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New technologies like automation and artificial intelligence are often intimidating to company executives – some may shy away from adoption, whether because of complexity or perceived lack of value. Through its software platform, UiPath is leading the way in helping companies over the hump and ultimately, taking the necessary steps in technological innovation. This month, I spoke with Ashim Gupta, chief customer success officer at UiPath, about the benefits of implementing automation software, the need for basic coding skills, and the opportunity technology provides business professionals.
Jeff Thomson: Earlier this year you were appointed chief customer success officer at UiPath, an enterprise robotic process automation (RPA) software company. In your former life as senior vice-president and chief information and automation officer for GE’s Finance and Shared Services Group and CFO of GE Water, you used UiPath’s products to help Improve operational and financial performance. From your direct experience with the product as a customer, what do you plan to apply to your new role? How does your background in finance relate to spearheading digital transformations within companies?
Ashim Gupta: My role as UiPath’s chief customer success officer means providing post-sales support for our customers. I assist UiPath in its mission to accelerate automation adoption by removing technical obstacles, making sure integrations run smoothly, driving operational expertise and creating a broader dialogue around RPA so that our customers are educated and can share that education with their peers. I run a 170-person team that includes customer success managers, partner success managers, technical experts, RPA developers and solution architects.
Many people who come into a software company for the first time might look at the product solely through a technical lens, thinking only of capabilities and features. However, because of my experience as a customer, I look at it from both a technical lens and a lens for how it can be practically applied within business operations. My time as a UiPath customer allowed me to better understand the way our customers view and digest our product. I’m able to recognize when a customer has a clear understanding of the value RPA can provide, or when they require more insight to obtain the maximum value out of their RPA journey. My time as a customer has also helped me to better articulate the language of our business to prospective customers and help current customers apply features to achieve real, tangible outputs.
Outside of assisting our customers’ automation journeys, I also contribute to our product roadmap. We have some exciting developments on the horizon as we further integrate artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning into our advanced RPA capabilities. Offering the customer perspective has been helpful to our product team – not only in providing insight on what capabilities they should prioritize but also on creating a product that will be easy for our customers to integrate into their existing systems. Whether it’s assisting a customer automating a contact center, core services work, or something more niche, my time at GE Water provided me with a good foundation for operational processes so I can anticipate customer challenges and help our team overcome them.
Thomson: RPA is a technology described as in its infancy by some. What are the low-hanging fruits that are achievable by RPA regarding accounting and finance? What are the more long-term accounting and finance functions you see as being impacted by RPA?
Gupta: The technology itself is not in its infancy, but adoption and general understanding of how RPA can be used is still growing. There are so many manual processes – like journal entries, reconciliations, and document processing – that can be automated with RPA. These tedious processes do not make for inspired work for the people who are tasked with doing them. It’s also work that – without the proper tools in place – is subject to human errors and/or non-standardization. Bringing in RPA to streamline these efforts and remove the possibility for error can help.
For example, RPA can automate the extremely time-consuming processes related to foreign exchange rates, such as scouring hundreds of websites without doing application programming interfaces (API)s. It can also be used to interact with customers on processes such as proof of delivery validations and reducing concession claims. In terms of more advanced solutions, RPA will eventually be able to assist with external audits and intelligent documentation by scanning 50 contracts to retrieve data, processing the claims and helping to validate terms and conditions more efficiently than ever.
Thomson: A recent Deloitte survey found that only 53% of executives have initiated efforts to embed RPA into their enterprises. Are there obstacles in the way for these executives? Financial or otherwise? What is potentially holding them back?
Gupta: The first obstacles executives face are existing assumptions about RPA. Some people will write the technology off or relate it to low-tech macros, which is not the case. It’s crucial that executives start with zero assumptions.
Secondly, business leaders in the organization need to make sure they are collaborating with IT. While RPA is a powerful technology tool that will require strong support from the IT team, it also requires functional individuals who understand the processes being automated and who can describe them in a way that will make it easy for the RPA to adopt. This is essential for the technology to not only be supported but easily integrated into the existing workforce.
Finally, most executives are jaded regarding new technology adoption and the costs required to experiment with its impact in their organizations. However, when it comes to RPA, experimentation is low cost – all that is required is a time investment to get the tool up and running. At UiPath, it’s our mission to transform how executives feel about technology adoption by democratizing RPA. We encourage free downloads of our enterprise RPA platform by individuals, small business and educational entities to test the software. We’ve also been offering free online training courses through our first-of-its-kind RPA certification program, UiPath Academy, for more than a year. Since its inception, more than 104,420 users have enrolled in UiPath Academy. Our UiPath Community also boasts more than 200,000 global users who convene online to share best practices for RPA implementation.
Thomson: As new technologies like RPA or artificial intelligence transform accounting and finance, what are the basic technology skills all professionals in this field should know? What is the best way for them to learn?
Gupta: I think that every professional – not just those in finance – will need to learn basic coding terminology, and it’s something we’ll expect to see infiltrate every school curriculum going forward. While RPA is fairly low code, having a baseline understanding of the terminology helps, and coding is a skillset that will become increasingly important as the technology develops.
When it comes to AI and machine learning, most people are unsure of how to even define them, let alone explain what they’re capable of. As a society, we need to do a better job of exposing individuals to what technology is available today and what it’s capable of doing. This will help people understand not only how the technology works, but also that it’s attainable and not just a far-off dream.
The rise of automation and RPA specifically is no different than 20 years ago when Excel was introduced and completely revolutionized how we compiled and analyzed data. Being an expert in Excel back then meant you were a hero in finance, and everyone had to learn those skills to build upon them and become advanced users.
Thomson: Company officials have claimed that UiPath will have 1,500 enterprise customers by the end of 2018. However, there are still too few companies that are qualified to implement RPA platforms. What can companies do to be ready for adoption? At GE you were recognized for implementing RPA at scale. Do you recommend companies look at adopting the technology on an enterprise-wide level first, or start smaller?
Gupta: UiPath has exceeded 1,500 enterprise customers mid-way through 2018 – which is a true testament to the rapid growth of the industry as more and more enterprises experience the operational and financial benefits RPA provides.
That being said, education is still a priority as more companies explore RPA. To be ready for adoption, companies need to arm themselves with teams who recognize the value of RPA, rather than resist it. Those who view RPA as a job replacer rather than a job augmenter will severely hinder adoption and cause immediate internal barriers.
Additionally, companies should network with peers who have already implemented RPA for information-sharing purposes. All too often we see businesses trying to re-invent the wheel instead of learning what works and what doesn’t.
Once they have a better understanding of what’s possible with RPA, I’d recommend companies start small, but with scale in mind. Automating single processes “just because” isn’t the way to go; instead, companies should think strategically about which parts of their existing operations could benefit from automation and develop a framework for implementing the software that will make it easy for them to expand and achieve longer-term goals. Starting with a few desktops is one route to take, though after a few months I’d recommend they evaluate and see how they might be able to scale that project to eventually become an enterprise-wide initiative.
Neste RPA COE together with various RPA hubs in businesses and functions drive Neste IPA/RPA automation journey forward by developing, operating and maintaining automations across the organisations and processes. Are you passionate about RPA devops work? Are you eager on learning and adapting new IPA/RPA technologies into your devops scope? Are you inspired by the value of sound, high quality and reliable RPA operations for maximal business output?
We are looking for two permanent
RPA developers / RPA process automation specialists
to join our RPA COE team within the Business Processes unit in Espoo, Finland.
We are expanding our existing RPA COE support and cooperation with Neste RPA community and organisations by ramping up a centralised RPA devops team to support RPA automation's production operations (initially selected scope of automations) as well as to provide additional development capacity to Neste organisations. As a RPA developer / RPA process automation specialist you will be a key player in the new centralised RPA devops team securing the quality and reliability of RPA automation operations on a daily basis via error and incident solving, as well as via development of new IPA/RPA automations.
Your main responsibilities in creating a sustainable future are
You will work closely with the Neste RPA community, business and functions stakeholders and specific SMEs and service providers related to RPA development and production maintenance. Our work combines accountability of production operations, cooperation with our stakeholders, and eager desire to develop and renew. Working safely at all times is essential to all of us..
The best combination to success in this role
We also value
In accordance, we believe in people who find new ways of doing things – people for whom safety and sustainability are part of their professional skills. Customer mindset is essential to all of us at Neste and we work hard to find the best solutions for our customers. We believe everyone is a leader and share a natural desire for collaboration. If all this, as well as our values “We care, We have courage and We cooperate” resonate with you, you are the talent we are looking for.
Please submit your application by August 17th, 2022.
If you have any questions regarding the process or the position, please get in touch with Ulf Kurten, Team Lead for RPA and Process Architecture Governance, tel. +358 40 020 2357, on Aug 8th during 13:00-14:00 EET or on Aug 11th during 13:00-14:00 EET.
The recruitment process will include interviews and aptitude assessment. The first interviews are preliminarily scheduled to take place on week 34.
The person selected for the position must pass a health examination including a drug test. A security clearance is obtained with their consent.
Join us in creating a healthier planet for our children.
Our success is based on our people who are the driving force behind Neste’s transformation to become a global leader in renewable and circular solutions. We are also committed to carbon neutral production by 2035. The passion that we have for creating a healthier planet for our children is what makes us unique.
We have set high standards for biodiversity, human rights and supply chain. We have consistently been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies.
To carry out our strategy and business growth, our values guide our work. We support, develop and take care of the wellbeing of our people to enable them to grow, innovate and build our future.
We care. We have courage. We cooperate.
At Neste we want our people to feel good and do good. We provide clear and transparent targets, development opportunities, empowering leadership as well as rewards based on role and responsibilities.
Neste’s strategy is called ‘’Faster, Bolder and Together‘’. It reflects the understanding that there is no time to lose in combating climate change or helping to tackle the waste plastic challenge. In order to succeed, we need to act, innovate new solutions and deliver them faster and bolder than ever before – together.
In the end, it is the people who make the company. We are Neste.
For more information, please visit neste.com.
NEW YORK, Aug. 1, 2022 — UiPath today announced it has acquired Re:infer, a London-based natural language processing (NLP) company for unstructured documents and communications. Founded in 2015 by Ph.D. scientists from the AI research lab at University College London, Re:infer uses machine learning (ML) technology to mine context from communication messages and transform them into actionable data with speed and accuracy.
“Automation and AI are a powerful and natural pair that together empower the vision of the fully automated enterprise,” said Ted Kummert, Executive Vice President, Products & Engineering at UiPath. “Our customers are awash in documents, communications, and data that they need to understand the meaning of and process efficiently. Combining Re:infer’s NLP technology with our Document Understanding and AI products expands the breadth of our current AI-powered automation capabilities and unlocks new automation opportunities for our customers.”
“Automating the interpretation of documents and communications data bridges the gap between humans and information technology systems, and structured and unstructured data to supercharge digital transformation efforts in the enterprise,” said Dr. Ed Challis, CEO and Co-Founder of Re:infer. “We have spent the last seven years building an innovative technology and believe UiPath will take us to another level. We couldn’t be more excited to access UiPath’s power of scale and introduce Re:infer to a new global audience. We’re joining the leader in enterprise automation and it’s an incredible day for us.”
Re:infer allows users to deploy custom machine learning models to analyze documents and communications data generated by a typical business each day – data previously lost or ignored due to processing limitations. Their no-code interface allows business users to train their own AI models for greater specificity and flexibility. The self-learning capability continuously improves model accuracy to assist customers in identifying bottlenecks and inefficiencies. Today, this is helping many of the world’s leading enterprises – including large banking, insurance, and e-commerce organizations – scale their services, enhance customer experience, and drive process improvement. This includes Deutsche Bank, Hiscox Ltd., and Farfetch.
“By using UiPath and Re:infer together, we have driven significant business impact through automation, enabling automated cataloguing, triaging, and responding to tens of thousands of email-based requests per month,” said Marco Rodriguez, Head of Automation at Hiscox Ltd. “With UiPath and Re:infer, our insurance brokers get instant, automated responses to email requests. Our service-level agreements have been reduced from days to just hours, and we have true, organizational visibility into business conducted over email.”
“Businesses are increasingly turning to platforms that combine intelligent automation technologies and solutions to resolve entrenched business problems. Mining for value in the thousands of interactions between a business and its customers each day is an attractive proposition for organizations that want to enrich customer experience, generate new revenue streams, and optimize operational efficiencies,” said Sneha Kapoor, Senior Research Manager, Analyst, and Technology Advisor for IDC Financial Insights.
Re:infer’s product capabilities are available to UiPath customers in private preview. Further details will be announced at the UiPath FORWARD 5 conference taking place at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas September 27-29, 2022. To register for the conference, please visit: https://www.uipath.com/events/forward/register.
Read more about the acquisition on the UiPath Blog.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
UiPath has a vision to deliver the Fully Automated Enterprise, one where companies use automation to unlock their greatest potential. UiPath offers an end-to-end platform for automation, combining the leading Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution with a full suite of capabilities that enable every organization to rapidly scale digital business operations.
Soho Rep has announced that writer and social commentator Roxane Gay, Global Head of Intelligent Automation at Spotify Sidney Madison Prescott, and artist Carmelita Tropicana have joined the organization's Board of Directors.
Cynthia Flowers, one of Soho Rep's three Directors (alongside Sarah Benson and Meropi Peponides), said, "We are deeply honored that these three incredible people-who are each highly accomplished, passionate, innovative leaders-have chosen to join our Board. They will each bring to the theater new ideas, connections, and resources, which are critical for fulfilling our mission. I know that Roxane, Sidney, and Carmelita will challenge our thinking in new ways, and that they also care deeply about supporting the staff and bettering the lives of artists at Soho Rep and across the field."
Roxane Gay's writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney's, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women, and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She has several books forthcoming and is also at work on television and film projects. She has a newsletter, The Audacity, and a podcast, The Roxane Gay Agenda.
Roxane said, "I'm excited to join the board of Soho Rep because I believe in the theater and theater-makers they support. Great art needs to be nurtured, and I am invested in supporting that nurturing in any way I can."
Amber Tamblyn, a Soho Rep Board Member and the Co-Chair of its Nominating Committee, said, "I've known Roxane for more than a decade and believe her experience as an artist across mediums and genres coupled with her abundant love for theater will make her an excellent fellow board member for Soho Rep. We're so thrilled to be working alongside her in the name of bold and daring theater."
Sidney Madison Prescott is the Global Head of Intelligent Automation (Robotic Process Automation, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence) at Spotify. She led intelligent process automation for a leading global investment firm immediately prior to joining Spotify, and early in her career was Vice President of Intelligent Process Automation at BNY Mellon. In addition to her enterprise technology expertise, Sidney is an Executive Board Member for three global non-profit organizations where she contributes automation insights to enhance overall program objectives. Sidney was recently elected to the board of the Habitat for Humanity, New York City Young Professionals organization. She is an active champion of women in technology and is former head of the East Coast chapter of the global non-profit organization Women in Tech. In January 2020, Sidney was awarded the prestigious 2020 Top 50 Tech Visionaries Award. In 2019, she was nominated by the USA Women in Payments awards committee and a group of her peers for a coveted "Rising Star in Payments" award. Also in 2019, the global organization Women in IT nominated Sidney for the Silicon Valley "Rising Star in IT" award. Sidney co-authored the book Robotic Process Automation Using UiPath StudioX: A Citizen Developer's Guide to Hyperautomation and the article "Responses to 10 Common Criticisms of Anti-Racism Action in STEMM," in the academic journal PLOS Computational Biology, among other published writings.
Sidney commented, "The mission of Soho Rep emboldens action inside and outside of the theater, which is critical at this juncture. The passion and foresight of the organization in support of artistic and cultural exploration is nothing short of astonishing. I am honored to add my insights to Soho Rep's collective effort to instill a sense of curiosity and scrutiny about the world around us through artistic expression."
Carmelita Tropicana is an acclaimed theater artist whose performances and plays have been presented in theaters, museums, alternative performance spaces, and galleries worldwide. She was a member of the inaugural cohort of Soho Rep Project Number One, which brings artists on as salaried staff members to experiment and collaborate on new work, and to join Soho Rep in imagining a more sustainable, ethically sound, equitable theater. Carmelita's writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, and a collection of her scripts, short stories, and essays appear in her book I, Carmelita Tropicana, Performing Between Cultures. Carmelita co-edited, with Holly Hughes and Jill Dolan, the Lambda Award-nominated book Memories of the Revolution: The First Ten Years of the Wow Café Theater. She has received a Mellon Foundation Latinx Artist Fellowship, a United States Artists Fellowship (2021), a CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies José Muñoz Award (2021), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2017), Creative Capital award (2016), an Anonymous Was A Woman grant (2005), and an OBIE (1999). She has served on the Board of Directors of Performance Space New York (PS 122), and currently serves on the New York Foundation for the Arts Board of Directors.
Carmelita reflected, "I was part of a play practicing at Soho Rep in 1991, but my real connection to the theater came when I saw Blasted, written by Sarah Kane and directed by Sarah Benson, in 2008. It took my breath away. I was hooked and kept coming back and experiencing many plays including two more masterpieces, An Octoroon and Fairview, and the stellar productions that made up the theater's 2021-22 season. My involvement with Soho Rep deepened when I was chosen to participate in Project Number One. During the COVID shutdown, it was a much-needed life line. Not only did it pay a salary, but I got to meet other amazing artists and get to know Sarah, Cynthia, and Meropi as extraordinary professionals-talented, thoughtful, civic-minded creatives who let us into the process of how the organization runs. As an artist who has served and serves on the executive boards of different arts organizations, I know the importance of a company that advocates for artists and produces compelling work. I find it an honor and a privilege to join the Board of Soho Rep, a theater with an outstanding legacy, doing work that is innovative and vital to New York's theater landscape.
Jackie Sibblies Drury, a Member of the Soho Rep Board and its Nominating Committee, and Co-Chair of the Soho Rep Writer Director Lab, said, "I'm thrilled that Roxane, Sidney, and Carmelita Tropicana are joining us. Obviously, Roxane is one of the foremost thinkers of our time, and, as such, I've been so moved not only by her joyful advocacy for art and artists, but also by her inclusion of theater in larger cultural conversations. Sidney is an incredibly intelligent Black woman who has achieved so much success in a traditionally white male space, and Carmelita's work has inspired an entire generation of performance and theater artists. So I'm very much looking forward to seeing the ways these three incredible humans and theater lovers will help shape the future of our theater. "
Roxane, Sidney, and Carmelita join Soho Rep as it gears up for its 2022-23 season, which consists entirely of large-scale works by early-career artists that have been commissioned by the organization: Kate Tarker's Montag, directed by Dustin Wills, with original music composed by Daniel Schlosberg (October 12 - November 13, 2022); Shayok Misha Chowdhury's Public Obscenities, co-commissioned and produced with the NAATCO National Partnership Project, originating in Chowdhury's time in Soho Rep Project Number One, and directed by him (February 15 - March 26, 2023); and Jillian Walker's play with music The Whitney Album, directed by Jenny Koons (May 24 - July 2, 2023). Additionally, Soho Rep's celebrated production of Hansol Jung's Wolf Play, directed by Dustin Wills and in collaboration with Ma-Yi Theater Company, plays at MCC Theater starting January 2023. Soho Rep's Project Number One continues in the 2022-23 season, bringing artists Hahnji Jang and Kate McGee into the organization.
Soho Rep provides radical theater makers with productions of the highest caliber and tailor-made development at key junctures in their artistic practice. The organization elevates artists as thought leaders and citizens who change the field and society. Artistic autonomy is paramount at Soho Rep; the organization encourages an unmediated connection between artists and audiences to create a springboard for transformation and rich civic life beyond the walls of its theater.
Critics continue to herald Soho Rep as a go-to theatre destination for new and original works. New York Magazine says, "this indispensable theater offers more excitement per chair than any space in town," Time Out New York says, "Soho Rep is the best theater in NYC," and The New York Times describes Soho Rep as "form-twisting, boundary-breaking, and acclaimed" and says, "The downtown powerhouse... regularly outclasses the work done on many of the city's larger stages." The Village Voice named Soho Rep the "Best Off-Broadway Theater Company," and the company was listed in Travel Magazine's "10 Essential Off-Broadway Theaters."
Soho Rep has also been honored with a Drama Desk Award for Sustained Achievement. Over the last decade, Soho Rep productions have garnered 21 OBIE Awards; the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical; 13 Drama Desk nominations; two Kesselring Awards; The New York Times Outstanding Playwriting Award for Dan LeFranc's Sixty Miles To Silverlake; and a special citation in The New York Drama Critics' Circle's 2012-13 awards. Jackie Sibblies Drury's Fairview, commissioned by Soho Rep and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In recent years, Soho Rep has presented plays by established and emerging theater artists such as David Adjmi, Annie Baker, Alice Birch, Debbie Tucker Green, Aleshea Harris, Lucas Hnath, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Daniel Alexander Jones, Richard Maxwell, Sarah Kane, Young Jean Lee, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, and Anne Washburn.
Executives from 17 companies comprise inaugural council focused on the future of automation
NEW YORK, July 11, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UiPath (NYSE: PATH), a leading enterprise automation software company, today announced its inaugural CIO Automation Council comprised of pioneering and innovative CIOs from across industries. Together with leaders from UiPath, the CIO Automation Council endeavors to accelerate automation maturity through sharing best practices; identify new business objectives and market needs for automation; and establish industry benchmarks and provide input to guide industry regulation. The Council is part of UiPath’s broader focus around the CIO, including a CIO Industry Practice dedicated to delivering value to CIOs through education, networking, and thought leadership.
"The CIO Automation Council is designed to deepen relationships that help propel the automation industry and strengthen the CIO’s influence both within and outside their organization," said Bobby Patrick, Chief Marketing Officer at UiPath. "The CIO Council members are visionary leaders who will contribute tremendous insights that will directly benefit their peers. We are taking an outcome-based approach to help CIOs realize the possibilities of automation to solve complex enterprise challenges."
CIOs are critical decision makers on enterprise solutions and are responsible for maximizing return on technology investments. While CIOs pursue digital modernization, reducing technical debt, and enhancing IT governance and security, they are also facing macroeconomic conditions such as inflation, supply chain disruption, and labor shortages that add difficulty to their roles. In fact, a recent UiPath survey of business executives revealed 78% are very or somewhat likely to invest more in automation to offset the impact of the labor shortage. In addition, a report by IDC predicts that by next year, 60% of CIOs will be primarily measured for their ability to co-create new business models and outcomes through extensive enterprise and ecosystem-wide collaboration.
Among the syllabus the CIO Automation Council will seek to address are expanding and strengthening citizen development and communicating with workers to identify new automations; improving the employee experience through automation to retain talent and attract new talent; and understanding how low code and AI capabilities can take on more advanced use cases with high business impact.
The members of the CIO Automation Council include:
Vincent Melvin, Arrow Technologies
Fumbi Chima, BECU
Scott Kessler, BJ's Wholesale Club
Steve McMahon, CrowdStrike
Lutz Beck, Daimler Truck NAFTA
Robert Barrios, E. & J. Gallo Winery
Tim Dickson, Generac Power Systems
Rajan Kumar, Intuit
Leslie Sequeira, Patrick Industries
Dr. Zafar Chaudry, Seattle Children's
William S. Kehoe, State of Washington
Sriram Sitaraman, Synopsys
Ryan Kean, Total Quality Logistics
Shawnna DelHierro, Visionworks
Steve Miller, Xerox
Join the UiPath Automation Council members along with other automation leaders and experts at the largest global gathering of automation professionals by registering for UiPath FORWARD 5.
UiPath has a vision to deliver the Fully Automated Enterprise™, one where companies use automation to unlock their greatest potential. UiPath offers an end-to-end platform for automation, combining the leading Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution with a full suite of capabilities that enable every organization to rapidly scale digital business operations.
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Over four years, the bank has automated over 250 critical business operations and saved more than 400,000 hours
NEW YORK, July 19, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UiPath (NYSE: PATH), a leading enterprise automation software company, today announced that Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited has deployed the UiPath Platform, resulting in savings of more than 400,000 total hours in labor-intensive tasks. Over four years, the UiPath end-to-end automation platform has enabled the bank to successfully automate more than 250 critical business operations.
As the largest trust bank in Japan, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank manages the property and investment assets of a wide base of individual and corporate clients. Given its diverse and complex business scope, the bank saw the potential in using robotic process automation (RPA) technology to Improve the efficiency of its high-mix low-volume operations. In 2018, the bank embarked on a journey with UiPath to streamline and automate time-intensive tasks, Improve risk management and enhance customer experiences.
Empowered by the UiPath platform, the bank has successfully leveraged enterprise automation across multiple workflows and business operations to support the rapidly changing and unique demands of its customers. Together, UiPath and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank have enabled:
Automation of over 250 business operations and 500 workflows with UiPath Orchestrator
With UiPath Orchestrator, an automated workflow management tool, the bank has created over 500 workflows and automated more than 250 operations, enabling its employees to work more efficiently and productively. Over 400,000 hours have been freed up for employees to work on more value-added tasks. This allows the bank to easily manage heavy workflows without deploying additional resources.
Sustainable scaling of automation with UiPath Test Suite
Recognizing the value of RPA technology in automating existing processes, the bank plans to automate more labor-intensive tasks. With UiPath Test Suite, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank is currently working on a plan to proactively test applications before deployment and ensure that existing workflows are consistently improving. Apart from RPA needs, the bank is also leveraging UiPath Test Suite to develop overseas accounting system, enabling enterprise-wise automation.
Improved business process standardization and enhanced risk management
Trust banking is very complex and often not covered in manuals. To support the complex business processes, the bank uses UiPath Process Mining, an automation discovery tool, that analyses and tracks these unique business processes, and simplifies compliance requirements. The tool delivers end-to-end visualization of business processes for each user, enabling the bank to identify bottlenecks, risks, and other workflow inefficiencies, zoom in on opportunities to optimize processes, and enhance risk management.
Swift collection of survey results
Having shifted towards online seminars during the COVID-19 pandemic, the bank needed a swifter method of collecting survey responses after each seminar. With UiPath, the bank is automating the collection and dissemination of large quantities of survey results to the relevant departments, reducing time taken from five hours to just 30 minutes.
Looking ahead, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank plans to further leverage the power of automation for targeted distribution of marketing materials and proposals to customers. In doing so, the bank hopes to establish a single integrated process for data acquisition, formatting, processing, accumulation, and analysis, utilizing artificial intelligence and business intelligence technologies.
UiPath has a vision to deliver the Fully Automated Enterprise™, one where companies use automation to unlock their greatest potential. UiPath offers an end-to-end platform for automation, combining the leading Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solution with a full suite of capabilities that enable every organization to rapidly scale digital business operations.
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