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AI-Powered Cybersecurity: The Need of the Hour

by Prerna Lal

In her article, Prerna Lal discusses the use of ML techniques to address cyberthreats and explores the benefits of AI-based cybersecurity solutions.


Drones: Enterprise Mission Ready

by Helen Pukszta

Helen Pukszta outlines several potential enterprise applications of drones in different industry sectors with illustrative real-world examples. She briefly highlights how Part 107 of Chapter 14 of the US Code of Federal Regulations redefines commercial drone use and the risks drones pose. She also discusses the challenges and limitations of today’s drones and how those concerns are being addressed. The barriers to employing drones for business are quickly melting away, and it’s time to pursue the opportunities that drones present, she advises.


Living at the Frontiers of Automation

by Paul Clermont

Paul Clermont discusses the adoption and impact of AI for automation. After a brief history of AI, Clermont discusses the dangers AI poses. Though technologists have perceived the dangers for some time, he notes that only now are the dangers starting to draw the attention of ordinary citizens and politicians. On a positive note, he outlines the measures that government, the tech industry, regulatory agencies, and the public are taking to address major dangers that AI and its applications present. He emphasizes government’s role in tackling the issues surrounding the use of AI and identifies a few specific areas that government should address.


Blockchain for Automation: Assessing and Seizing the Opportunity

by Thomas Costello, by Phil Laplante

Thomas Costello and Phil Laplante focus on the use of blockchain technology in automation appli­­­cations. Following a brief outline of the benefits of using blockchain technology, they discuss blockchain’s potential to provide transformational improvements in business process automation (BPA) in several industry sectors. They also highlight how blockchain could improve trust in, and the dependability of, BPA and examine the challenges in practical implementation of blockchain technology. Furthermore, they present a set of customizable questions to help implementers decide whether a business process is suitable for, and can benefit from, a blockchain implementation.


The Next Frontier in Automation: Opportunities, Challenges, and Impact — Opening Statement

by San Murugesan

We feature eight articles in this issue that cover a range of topics of interest — from technologies that drive and support new frontiers in automation, such as blockchain, AI, and security, to automation strategies and design considerations.


What’s Driving AI in Banking and Financial Services?

by Curt Hall

It is little wonder that banking and financial services rank at the very top today among the industries AI will impact greatly, according to findings from a recent Cutter Consortium survey examining the adoption and application of AI technology in the enterprise. This Advisor explores the various trends and industry developments that are driving AI adoption in banking and finance.

Executive Update

AI & Machine Learning in the Enterprise, Part XI: Success of AI Application Development Efforts

by Curt Hall

Here in Part XI of this Executive Update series, we look at how responding organizations view the success of their AI application development efforts to date, including whether they are deriving any benefits from their deployed AI applications and whether such applications are, in fact, actually changing how their organizations operate. 


Preparing People for Digital Transformation

by Karine Roy

Although some jobs will disappear during the AI transformation, AI was not created to eliminate jobs but to automate mundane or time-consuming tasks. This will complement and empower humans to be more effective and efficient at jobs that require human insights and judgment. Organizations that fail to pay attention to the AI digital transformation are putting themselves at risk. Employees need to understand this reality and view this required personal transformation as an opportunity to grow and tackle new opportunities. Today it is no longer a matter of what you know, but how fast you can learn and adapt.