Kryon Automation Olympics Recap: Innovation, Inspiration and Lots of Magic

We can’t help but be proud. The Kryon Automation Olympics smashed records and all our expectations, bringing together the best-of-the-best in RPA from across the globe. More than 6,000 people registered to participate in the half-day event filled with automation innovation and insights, fun and entertainment, and a healthy dose of friendly competition.

Olympic ideals have a lot in common with robotic process automation (RPA): productivity, agility, performance, and a constant drive to surpass boundaries and outpace the competition, just to name a few. The Kyron Automation Olympics honored these goals, as well as the spirit of freedom and unity.


A Magic-filled Event
We were joined by big names in automation. But it’s safe to say that no one loomed larger than NBA Hall of Famer and Olympic Gold medalist Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who was the Games’ keynote speaker. Magic brought his trademark smile and affable personality, but also seriousness about how he has achieved his goals and aspirations, including unwavering self-belief and determination to do what’s right - on and off the court. He shared personal anecdotes, from his rivalry with Boston Celtics Larry Bird and how competitors can make you better to stories of grit, hard work, and risk-taking. It was both inspiring and joyful to watch Magic and Kryon CEO Harel Tayeb spar over business, sports, and life. Magic made his journey relatable and inspirational for all of us. Watch Magic Johnson’s full keynote here.

The day’s sessions were a mix of automation inspiration including success stories from Kryon customers, best practices from global partners and analysts, and thought leadership by Kryon experts. We were fortunate to be joined by renowned analyst Phil Fersht from HfS Research who shared market insights, exploring concepts like the new “have-to-have” economy—where RPA has moved from nice-to-have to essential—the hyperconnected enterprise, autonomous supply chains, and much more. Watch Chief Analyst’s Phil Fersht’s session on-demand.

Top-notch presenters shed light on the barriers to RPA adoption and what’s needed to overcome them, noting research that shows while many enterprise decision-makers fully believe in RPA and the value it can deliver, they also feel it hasn’t fully delivered on its promise. Siloed and uncoordinated initiatives, too much implementation time, and misaligned deployment models have all limited RPA’s adoption. At Kryon, we’re well aware of these challenges, and our solutions, like automated Process Discovery and Kryon Full-Cycle Automation, directly mitigate many of these issues. Check out the complete demo of Kryon’s Full-Cycle Solution.

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Topics: Robotic Process Automation, RPA, Olympics, Kryon Automation Olympics

Kryon Automation Olympics 2020 - From Inspirations to Aspirations

Without a doubt, 2020 will be remembered for many reasons. And for those of us who are sports lovers, there was grave disappointment that the Summer Olympics and all its fanfare was cancelled. No opening ceremony spectacle. No thrilling wins or heartbreaking defeats. So, Kryon has picked up the torch with the inaugural Kryon Automation Olympics on Tuesday, September 8. Now more than ever, it’s time to come together to recognize standout achievements in RPA (robotic process automation), and have some fun doing it!

Olympic sports and RPA share many similarities: determination, agility, performance, and a constant drive to be the best and outpace the competition. Every second counts. This half-day virtual event gathers the champions in RPA, so prepare to be inspired! Analysts and technology partners will bring the future of work into the here and now. Kryon customers will share their stories of success and how they overcame resilience to transform business through automation, achieving exceptional productivity, efficiency, and greater ROI.

Kryon Automation Olympics is designed for everyone, no matter what your role, expertise or experience. This event is so much more than a series of webinars – it’s an RPA experience with entertainment and surprises throughout the day. So, explore the schedule and grab a front-row seat.

Slam Dunk with Keynote Speaker Magic Johnson!
It doesn’t take a basketball uber-fan to be excited about hearing from Earvin "Magic" Johnson. He is an LA Lakers star, two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame and a member of the legendary "Dream Team" that captured U.S. Gold at the 1992 Summer Olympics. In conversation with our CEO Harel Tayeb, Magic will share how life often imitates sport, rewarding those with grit and self-determination. He’ll share personal experiences, on-the-court highlights, and his transition to business leader and community activist. See how Magic’s megawatt smile and dominating presence endure.

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Topics: Robotic Process Automation, RPA, automation, Olympics, Kryon Automation Olympics

Kryon’s Full-Cycle Automation Drives 352% ROI - Forrester Total Economic Impact Study Highlights RPA’s Potential

While enterprises worldwide are embracing robotic process automation (RPA) and process discovery in their digital transformations, many organizations are challenged to quantify the value of their investments. To determine the potential ROI of Kryon’s Full-Cycle Automation Suite—the only enterprise solution encompassing both proprietary AI-driven Process Discovery and RPA— Kryon commissioned a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study from Forrester Consulting. The results speak for themselves.

You can listen to the webinar with Forrester Vice President and Principal Analyst Craig Le Clair, Forrester consultant Josphine Phua, and Kryon Corporate Intelligence Lead Vita Zlotova talk about how the pandemic is affecting the market, the study findings, and what they mean for enterprises.

Shifting Priorities
Though the pandemic has significantly stressed many sectors of the global economy, it’s accelerating RPA planning and strategies. Digital transformation has been discussed for years now, but in reality, progress has been slow. Then the pandemic hit, and suddenly everyone was working from home, using collaboration platforms, and scrambling to conduct remote business. There was a tremendous surge in digital transformation to help workers stay productive, which is positively affecting the RPA market.

At the same time, current events have caused a shift in roadmaps. Rather than transformational initiatives, the focus will be on producing more at lower costs, which is one of RPA’s “sweet spots.” Smaller banks want the ability to handle mobile deposits; companies want to onboard customers remotely. While discretionary IT (information technology) spending will dip as a result of the pandemic, there is a surge of interest in RPA and intelligent automation.

The Scale Conundrum
As our experts discussed in the webinar, interest in RPA is high but scale remains a challenge. In fact, according to Forrester’s Q2 2019 Global Robotic Process Automation Services Forrester Wave™ Online Survey,  only 52% of firms using RPA have grown their digital workforce to more than 10 bots, illustrating the apparent difficulty of scaling.

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Topics: Robotic Process Automation, RPA, Forrester, Full-Cycle Automation, Forrester TEI

Women and Work-Life Balance in the COVID-19 Era

Working women are keenly aware of the juggling and multiple-hat-wearing that must be done in the face of the current global health crisis. Professional women in RPA (robotic process automation), whose careers are built around transforming business through efficiency and productivity, are now finding themselves working to maintain productivity, lead teams, and meet KPIs while managing households, children, and other personal responsibilities.  

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Topics: Robotic Process Automation, RPA, Women In Tech, Women in RPA, COVID-19, WFH

Re-thinking Your Next Career Move? Consider Training in Robotic Process Automation

It is a sad reality that huge numbers of individuals around the globe have found themselves unemployed or on an unexpected leave of absence. Work routines have been severely disrupted, and even those who were able to continue to work remotely were likely to encounter technical complications and changed business processes.

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Topics: Robotic Process Automation, RPA, Digital Transformation, Kryon Academy, RPA Training, Digital Workforce

Does Size Matter (in RPA)?

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is the ideal way to create dynamic virtual workforces that cut costs, boost operational efficiency, increase employee satisfaction, and deliver a superior customer experience.

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Topics: Robotic Process Automation, RPA, Partner Program, automation, Virtual AI, Full-Cycle Automation, FCAaaS

Sidney Madison Prescott: Embracing Disruption, Dismantling Silos

Achievement is baked into Sidney Madison Prescott’s DNA. Her education was marked by distinction (magna cum laude and honors designations) that extended to her career, which included a post heading intelligent process automation for a leading global investment firm. Last month, she joined digital music powerhouse, Spotify, where she’s now creating and managing the company’s global Intelligent Automation program, encompassing RPA (Robotic Process Automation,) Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence.

Sidney is also a prolific champion of women in technology. She is a founding member of Chief, a career network that connects and supports female leaders, and currently heads the east coast chapter of Women in Tech. Yet, she still finds time for another passion: snowboarding. This overachiever seems to balance it all perfectly. 

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Topics: Robotic Process Automation, RPA, intelligent automation, Women In Tech, Women in RPA

Maria Teofanidu: RPA Hype, Playing the Bad Cop, and Leading with Integrity

It takes someone bold to transition from a chosen career path to a completely different one. Bold is just one word that describes Maria Teofanidu, who after a decade working in finance at Coca-Cola Hellenic, moved to robotic process automation (RPA). Colleagues also call her bright, driven, hard-working, and loyal.

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Maria used all of those attributes to establish Coca-Cola Hellenic’s RPA operating model. Now she leads a team managing transactional processes automation for efficiencies across the business, which last year sold 2.3 billion cases of product, reaching 615 billion people in 28 countries. And did we mention she speaks four languages fluently? It’s tough not to be just a little bit jealous and a lot impressed.

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Topics: Robotic Process Automation, RPA, intelligent automation, Women In Tech, Women in RPA

Debby de Gelder: Championing Diversity, Innovation, and Collaboration

Debby de Gelder is all about driving business, creating efficient operations, and prioritizing human capital. That’s her job, but lucky for her, those are also her passions. At Visma|Raet, a leading European supplier of business-critical software to companies, organizations, and the public sector, she focuses on continuously improving customer and employee experiences and achieving customers’ human resource goals and strategic business objectives.

Debby brings a generalist perspective with the ability to acquire in-depth knowledge around specific businesses and technologies quickly. It’s this combination that makes her value modern approaches to work—lean, agile, and collaborative environments—a lover of innovation, including robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and a champion of diverse and inclusive teams.

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Topics: Robotic Process Automation, RPA, intelligent automation, Women In Tech, Women in RPA

6 Simple RPA Hacks for Greater WFH Productivity

The concept of working remotely was already becoming an increasingly popular model across many industries even before the appearance of the coronavirus on the world stage. The proliferation of ever-evolving technologies like Skype, Teams, Zoom and Confluence meant that large numbers of workers could finally say a welcome goodbye to the dreaded commute and say hello instead to a more flexible and productive future.

A New Urgency
The advent of the coronavirus pandemic at the beginning of 2020, along with unprecedented lockdowns and the consequent economic shutdown, was a massive vindication for those progressive enterprises who had long championed the work from home approach. But more importantly, the new reality has forced businesses who had previously been resistant to the idea to take a long, hard look at the very real benefits of working remotely. It’s fair to say that these companies have faced a stark choice as COVID-19 has swept the globe: adapt or fall. As a result, millions of employees around the world now find themselves working from home, a state of affairs that requires a great deal of logistical planning to ensure optimal productivity so that businesses stay where they want to be – in the black.

The Quick and Easy Way to Higher Productivity
To make the most of this new normal, forward-thinking enterprises with their fingers firmly on the pulse of the latest developments are turning to innovative technology and embracing the digital transformation like never before. Robotic Process Automation (RPA), where bots allow the quick and easy automation of repetitive and time-consuming processes, is exactly this type of technology, offering effortless routes to boosting work from home productivity without wasting valuable time and money on expensive IT contractors.

Let’s check out just 6 of the many ways that bots can help make remote working a win-win situation for businesses and employees alike.

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Topics: Robotic Process Automation, RPA, intelligent automation, automation, Digital Workforce, COVID-19, coronavirus, Corona Virus, RPA Platform, Automation Platform, RPA Tools, Workflow Automation

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