The New Dawn For Automation

Shravya Ajila
Published in
3 min readJan 18, 2021
Automation leading to Smart City

For years, Industry 4.0 has been a term that has grabbed the attention of not just business leaders, but political leaders too. Offering increased interconnectivity and networked intelligence through the Internet of Things (IoT) or other cyber-physical systems, Industry 4.0 is far more interlinked than revolutions before. Automation forms a core part of Industry 4.0, replacing laborious tasks with automated processes and in doing so up skilling the workforce. The automation trend is only gaining momentum. Some observation suggests that workplace automation will lead the economy in future. Every process in the company is on the table for automation, especially as technology becomes more sophisticated. No matter what the outcome, automation will undoubtedly change the workplace and, indeed, the wider economy. The only question is how much will it drastically transform the workplace?

Productivity contributing Growth

Productivity is a fundamental economic issue that is influenced by automation. The productivity of a process is traditionally defined as the ratio of output units to the units of labor input. A properly justified automation project will increase productivity owing to increases in production rate and reductions in labor content. Over the years, productivity gains have led to reduced prices for products and increased prosperity for society.

Remote working technologies

In 2020 we saw automation continue its path to dominance in offices and workflows, but now we see automation breaking out into homes as well, making it only few streams untouched. As the technology continued to impact lives in 2020, it will inspire a greater push for automation. Companies that invested more in automation before the pandemic have weathered the crisis better than other. They have had fewer disruptions in the productivity of their workforce. Due to pandemic more technology companies plan to automate their activities and of late their employees continue working remotely.

Digitization of work

Earlier automation required expensive servers and employing a team of experts to maintain them. For many small businesses, this was a cost-prohibitive measure that simply put automation out of reach. With the development of cloud-based platforms, however, automation tools are now accessible to even the smallest companies

Intelligent process automation (IPA)

As more and more areas of work are digitized, the automation trends will have heightened appetite for efficiency. We would also expect to see more SME’s starting their automation journeys with traditional business process automation tools. Many small business owners already use at least one common form of automation: email marketing. Intelligent process automation (IPA) is the latest buzzword in the automation technology.

An era leading to automation

Society has been savoring fruits of automation since well before the pandemic and even if you are skeptical, the gains in everything from leisure to health have been vast. What’s certain the upcoming year is that automation technology will continue to grow and would intend to spread all corners of business.