Business Process & Workflow

Professor Leslie Willcocks is a Professor of Work, Technology and Globalisation at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a global thought leader and author on automation and the future of work.  Prior to arriving in Australia and New Zealand for a series of high value seminars in August in association with Blue Prism, he gave IDM a glimpse into his thoughts on what the impact of next generation automation will mean for the public sector.

Buying a process intelligence software startup may not seem a natural move for ABBYY, an established vendor of content IQ and document processing solutions. However, the company claims the purchase of TimelinePI is a natural extension of its successful drive to expand its integration with leading robotic process automation (RPA) platforms.

The past few years have shown a remarkable transformation in the document capture and data extraction market. With the rise of Robotic Process Automation (RPA), and the desire to automate labor-heavy, document-centric workflows, document capture and data extraction applications have had to morph to meet a broad variety of needs. Here are a few observations from my daily interactions with partners and customers, and a few trends that are transforming the market.

Smile has released PDFpen and PDFpenPro 11.1, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for Mac. Version 11.1 improves column and table data selection and adds automatic page rotation options for scans.

Fastman has launched two new digital signature and OpenText read-only license compliance solutions.

Litera Microsystems today has announced its acquisition of Workshare including its products used for document comparison, protection and sharing.

Human Resources and Finance departments are the worst offenders in Australian companies when it comes to relying on paper files, according to a new study of Australian workers.

Melbourne-based start-up Software Company, Konnect eMail, has announced the launch of an innovative drag and drop email management solution to enable better email management and records compliance.

Spinal Life Australia, a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider, has implemented a capture solution from EzeScan to streamline the process of administering plan management and invoice payment for its clients.

DocsCorp has published a new report into PDF editing workflows for portable devices. Nearly 300 people were surveyed about how they digitally edit and review documents on different devices to try to pinpoint why the demand for paper continues to increase – suggesting most organizations have not been able to go completely paperless.

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