UiPath has launched the inaugural CIO Automation Council to identify market trends and bolster best practices around the technology
The new initiative will see chief information officers from a range of industries work with UiPath executives to accelerate automation maturity through sharing best practices, and identify new business objectives and market needs.
In addition, the group aims to establish industry benchmarks for automation technology, and provide input to guide industry regulation.
The Council comes as part of UiPath’s broader focus around the CIO, including a CIO Industry Practice dedicated to delivering value to the tech leadership position through education, networking, and thought leadership.
Initial talking points planned from the outset include:
- improving employee experience through automation to retain talent and attract new talent;
- strengthening citizen development and communicating with workers to identify new automations;
- understanding how low code and AI can take on more advanced use cases with high business impact.
“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 organisation,” 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 realise the possibilities of automation to solve complex enterprise challenges.”
From inception, the members of the council will include:
- Fumbi Chima, BECU
- Leslie Sequeira, Patrick Industries
- Lutz Beck, Daimler Truck NAFTA
- Rajan Kumar, Intuit
- Robert Barrios, E. & J. Gallo Winery
- Ryan Kean, Total Quality Logistics
- Scott Kessler, BJ’s Wholesale Club
- Shawnna DelHierro, Visionworks
- Sriram Sitaraman, Synopsys
- Steve McMahon, CrowdStrike
- Steve Miller, Xerox
- Tim Dickson, Generac Power Systems
- Vincent Melvin, Arrow Technologies
- William S. Kehoe, State of Washington
- Dr. Zafar Chaudry, Seattle Children’s
CIO challenges to overcome
As critical decision makers on internal enterprise solutions, keeping up with market trends is crucial for CIOs in maximising return on investments (ROI), while tackling technical debt and enhancing IT governance and security.
However, the position is being widely plagued with macroeconomic challenges such as inflation, supply chain disruption, and labour shortages.
UiPath research has revealed that 78 per cent of business executives are very or somewhat likely to invest more in automation to offset the impact of the labour shortage, in order to mitigate these conditions.
What’s more, IDC predicts that 60 per cent of CIOs will be primarily measured for their ability to co-create new business models and outcomes through extensive enterprise and ecosystem-wide collaboration, by next year.
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