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Achieving End-to-End Automation: A How-to Guide

Robotic process automation (RPA) promises significant gains to many areas of operations. The benefits of using RPA technology include reduced costs, improved workflows, better resource management and even happier employees. But for all its hyped benefits, actual digital transformation with RPA has proved to be more elusive. Many businesses recognized the value of RPA early on, automating various tasks and processes along the way. However, this siloed approach soon bred problems of its own, contributing to unstable tech stacks and technical debt.

In our latest white paper, we address these challenges head-on, discussing how to do more with automation, and how to implement thoughtful integration that considers your business processes end-to-end.

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find inside the paper:

Understanding the Process Landscape: Learn about all the critical components of business process management and how to make the most valuable changes to improve it.

Role Identification: Stay in complete control of every aspect of your business process. Learn how to create efficient workflows by assigning specific areas to humans and others to bots.

Process Mining: Dig deep to find the most value. Learn how to systematically capture all the details in your processes, and how to leverage tools that can make smart recommendations for improvement.

Business Process Design: Explore workflow design tools that allow you to build from scratch, or redesign your existing workflows.

Setting Automations Live: Discover how to create hybrid workflows (which include both people and automation), and how a single-pane view can make all the difference.

Managing Day-to-Day Automations: Read about the importance of service orchestration, and how the idea of hyper-orchestration is becoming the standard.

Plus… Exclusive DOs and DON’Ts about automation for today’s business leaders.

In addition to these topics, the white paper also discusses how today’s automation approach isn’t necessarily linear. Start where you are and go from there, then cycle back through, adding more automation, more orchestration and more optimization. Then…repeat.

If you have questions about RPA, end-to-end automation or the hybrid workforce, don’t miss this free automation white paper.

Download your free copy today: Achieving End-to-End Automation.

Center for Research in Geospatial Information Sciences (CentroGEO), Aguascalientes

CentroGEO is a public research SEP-Conacyt. Its main objective is to carry out scientific research activities, high-level academic programs, technological and innovation from a Geospatial Information Sciences. In September 2014, CentroGEO arrived in Aguascalientes with an initial staff of six researchers and professors, dedicated to scientific research and technological development. Nowadays, CentroGEO offers a variety of academic programs such as master and Ph.D. in Geospatial Information Sciences, Computational Geointelligence, Urban Planning, among others (see https://www.centrogeo.org.mx/posgrados for more information). In Aguascalientes we are looking for offering both the master and doctoral Geospatial Information Sciences program with an emphasis on Intelligent Systems, we are working on it, and we hope this becomes a reality soon.

Also, CentroGEO Aguascalientes is part of the National Laboratory of GeoIntelligence, which is an initiative of CONACYT to facilitate that the capacities of the Public Research Centers, (in this case CIMAT, INFOTEC, CENTROGEO, and IPICYT), are applied to the generation and transfer of knowledge to the public, private and social sectors, through the development of new products and services specialized in Geospatial Information Sciences (CIG) and Geointelligence. Today, CentroGEO is conformed of 10 professors and researchers, specialized in a variety of Computational, Engineering, and Social Sciences areas. Our researchers collaborate with CIDE, CIMAT, and INFOTEC research centers, to do multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research in several fields of knowledge. Our work is concentrated in these particular areas: machine learning and AI applications, remote sensing and agriculture precision, Industry 4.0, and the security of society.

Machine Learning and AI Applications

Here, the work of several of our researchers is focused on the development of machine learning, image processing, and artificial intelligence algorithms and applications. Such is the case of Dr. Guillermo Ruiz due to his research includes the study and design of algorithms for searching on big data collections. Some applications of that are web search engines, pattern recognition, data mining, multimedia collections, speech recognition, among others. He also studies artificial intelligence algorithms using deep learning for automatic object detection on images and videos. Together with Dr. Daniela Moctezuma, Dr. León Dozal, and Dr. Tania Ramírez, are working on a project of video surveillance to describe the content of a video using natural language. That means a human being could describe the content of a movie or any kind of video. For that, the objective of this project is to scan the videos and automatically generate a text report containing the actions present on the recordings to have better control and accelerate decision-making. Also, we are working on improving intelligent algorithms for the classification, detection, and description of objects within a semantic context in images and scenes.

Remote Sensing and Precision Agriculture

Here, some of our researchers are working on the design of algorithms for capturing and processing images acquired remotely, mainly through unmanned aerial vehicles (better known as drones) and from satellite platforms. One of the main applications that are being developed are focused on the analysis plants, if they are still sick or what their condition is. This project comprehends the use of several kinds of sensors such as temperature, humidity, conductivity, along with the usage of thermal and multispectral cameras for monitoring and management of diverse crop production processes. This real time data analysis allows for the early detection of problems such as plagues and plant diseases. Specifically, this project has been developed since 2017 by Dr. Jesús Antonio Sosa Herrera, Dr. Nohemi Álvarez Jarquín, Dr. Daniela López Araujo, and Dr. Néstor Cid García, in CentroGEO-Aguascalientes.

Another research area that is working in CentroGEO Aguascalientes is developed by Dr. León F. Dozal, which consists mainly of Genetic Programming, which is a technique used to emulate computers, the learning capacity that living beings have. Currently, he addresses problems related to Remote Sensing, such as detection of clandestine graves in hyperspectral images and detection of pests in forests using multispectral aerial images obtained also with drones.

Internet of Things and Industry 4.0

This is another research area that we are working on. The main feature of Industry 4.0 is the creation of smart factories capable of more efficient and less prone to failure production. To accomplish the latter multiple technologies are integrated across many production stages. In CentroGEO Aguascalientes, a research team is developing control strategies for autonomous ground vehicle navigation in unknown environments, they also seek to achieve cooperative work to reach a common goal among some (or all) vehicles in the presence of partial communication loss. The projects they are developing make use of data collected remotely by sensors to improve performance or make decisions that affect the future behavior of the system.

Also, as an example of the Internet of Things project, an intelligent system is being developed to monitor pollinators in plants and generate databases that allow knowing the behavior of these beings so crucial in the sustainability of the ecosystem; the above is done in collaboration with colleagues INFOTEC.

Citizen Security

This area of research aims to provide analytic, theoretical, and methodological tools for understanding public security, in order to establish, strengthening, and protecting the democratic civil order and eliminating the threats of violence in the population. Hence, favoring a safe and pacific coexistence. The geography of violence has contributed to strengthening public security from the academic framework.

As you can see, the diversity of CentroGEO Aguascalientes is great, looking for good and optimal solutions from a computational and engineering point of view, but also looking for research solutions on social aspects so important as security.

If you are interested in any of our research projects, you could look at our site http://ags.geoint.mx/ or send an email to our academic coordinator to dmoctezuma@centrogeo.edu.mx

Nearshore Outsourcing Technology: 5 benefits you needed yesterday

As you may know, there are many benefits of outsourcing your technology development. You may need additional resources, a specific skill, or coding language, and you need it now.
This article examines the benefits of nearshoring your software and IT development.
Read on to learn about cost savings and reduced traveling times. And how language & culture isn’t a barrier when you choose the right team.

What Is Nearshore Outsourcing?
Technology outsourcing means hiring a third-party to work on your tech projects. That includes cloud computing, building apps, cybersecurity, and software development.
There are three recognized types of outsourcing:
1. Onshore outsourcing – hiring companies based within the US
2. Offshore outsourcing – using a team in a different continent
3. Nearshore outsourcing – hiring a technology provider that’s geographically close to the US

Nearshore is often seen as the best solution and to explain why we’ve outlined 5 benefits below. We’ve used Mexico as the perfect example of a country that offers excellent nearshore development.

1. Cost Savings
Android developers in the US have an average salary of $92k per year. In contrast, qualified developers in Guadalajara, Mexico earn $45k.
The cost of living is relatively less expensive in Latin American countries too. Combine that with reduced overhead and the result is massive savings being passed on to you, the client.

2. No Time Zone Restrictions
Mexican Pacific Standard Time works one hour ahead of Pacific Standard Time. That means when you need to contact your outsourcing team they’re always available.
The same can’t be said of hiring someone from a different continent.
With nearshore, you don’t have the hassle of waiting for things to get done due to time differences.

3. Quality Software Development
A report by CodersLink highlighted why Mexican developers are topping the list for outsourcing teams.
The Mexican government continues to pour millions into technological development programs. Each aims to attract US investment by providing a highly skilled labor force that offers quality IT / technology development.

4. Reduced Travelling
One benefit of onshore outsourcing is the ability to hop on a plane for a face-to-face meeting. That also applies to nearshore outsourcing.
For example, a flight from Dallas Fort Worth to Aguascalientes International Airport averages $220. There are similar cultural affinities and flight times average 3 hours.
That wouldn’t be possible if you needed to travel to India or Estonia.

5. Wealth of Available Talent
Mexico’s qualified workforce has grown x3 faster than the US. The outcome is a wealth of talent that is immediately available to take on any type and size of a project.
Axer Strategies works in partnership with nearshore technology agency DigitalHype in the Aguascalientes.
Both agencies are bi-lingual, which means being fluent in English and Spanish, and bi-cultural. Axer Strategies is also lead by Mexican American Marketers. This allows the group to service a consumer in language and in culture.

Outsource Your Technology With Axer Strategies
Nearshore outsourcing is the best option to outsource your technology projects.
You’ll see major cost savings and get access to a diverse pool of available talent. There aren’t the hassles of different time zones and traveling for an in-person visit is a viable option.
Use trusted Mexican partners Digitalhype who will blow you away with the quality and value they bring to the table.
Contact us to discuss your requirements. Then take advantage of the benefits you needed yesterday with nearshore outsourcing.

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