Craig Le Clair

Vice President, Principal Analyst

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Predictions 2023: Economic Uncertainty Slows Some Automation Trends

Craig Le Clair October 27, 2022

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Random Acts Of Automation: 10 Pitfalls We Must Avoid

Craig Le Clair August 22, 2022
The trend toward automation is not new. The Industrial Revolution started it in the 19th century, but there has never been such rapid automation progress as today. All forms have accelerated, often without understanding their effect. Humans have become choke points in operations, points of disease and legal liability, and friction to smooth digital pathways, […]
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Forrester To Launch The Frontline Service Worker Automation Series

Craig Le Clair August 16, 2022
Forrester's forthcoming series looks at categories of automation that directly effects frontline service workers and dives into the challenges, successes, and best practice guidance.
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Robot Waiters Will Be Serving You Soon

Craig Le Clair July 25, 2022
I haven’t (yet) eaten her culinary delights, but Raymone Williams gave me a bit of her time to talk robots. She is the owner of the Tastee Spoon, a Caribbean (Jamaican) restaurant and food truck serving up original cuisine in Atlanta. If you’re busy and want to skip the rest of the blog, here’s the […]
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Avoid Random Acts Of Automation

Craig Le Clair May 13, 2022
Learn how to assess your automation decisions for maximum impact.
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Predictions 2022: The Pandemic’s Wake Drives Automation Trends

Craig Le Clair October 28, 2021

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Blue Prism Angling To Merge With TIBCO

Craig Le Clair September 30, 2021
Private equity firm Vista Equity Partners  announced it’s intention to acquire robotic process automation (RPA) software company Blue Prism. Subject to shareholder approval, it plans to merge Blue Prism into TIBCO Software, which it already owns. Forrester’s automation team took a look at this potential merger and had the following thoughts. Our consensus is “thumbs-up.” A […]
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ServiceNow Buys Intellibot

Craig Le Clair March 24, 2021
ServiceNow just announced that it plans to purchase Intellibot and add to its integration and process capabilities. As we predicted in 2020 (graphic below) the major low-code and cloud vendors are starting to move into the robotic process automation (RPA) market. The 2022 snapshot shows cloud low-code vendors such as ServiceNow and specialized domain-focused cloud […]
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Predictions 2021: Automation Becomes A Business Imperative

Craig Le Clair October 22, 2020
In less than a year automation moved from a long-term goal to a short-term necessity. Find out what Forrester predicts for the automation market in 2021.
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RPA And Test Automation Are More Friends Than Foes

Diego Lo Giudice May 20, 2020
If robotic process automation was not on your company’s roadmap before COVID-19, it likely is now to reduce costs, conduct remote business, and improve resiliency.
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Microsoft Strengthens Its RPA Portfolio With Softomotive Acquisition

Craig Le Clair May 19, 2020
Vice President and Principal Analyst Craig Le Clair reviews the three key benefits Microsoft will gain from its acquisition of robotic process automation provider Softomotive.
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Appian Jumps Into RPA Market With Jidoka Purchase

Craig Le Clair January 9, 2020
Appian will acquire native robotic process automation (RPA) capability with the purchase of Jidoka, which will be rebranded “Appian RPA.” It will be an additionally priced feature of the Appian Cloud platform. For 5K a month, enterprises can build as many robots as they need. Relatively small, with 25 employees, Jidoka clients are mostly unattended […]
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UiPath Layoffs Have Little To Do With The RPA Market

Craig Le Clair October 24, 2019
UiPath has reduced its workforce by several hundred employees.[i] The business has grown at an incredible pace, as have several other providers such as Automation Anywhere. Overall, there is nothing we see that indicates a flattening or slowing of robotic process automation (RPA’s) growth. The layoffs have more to do with the challenges of scaling […]
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Architect Your Automation Strike Teams

Craig Le Clair October 11, 2019
In the quest to launch invisible robots into the enterprise, some organizations are realizing the Center of Excellence model doesn't cut it. Find out what they're doing instead.
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Join Me At The EY Intelligent Automation Conference September In Bucharest

Craig Le Clair August 5, 2019
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Invisible Robots In The Quiet Of The Night — See The Video

Craig Le Clair August 5, 2019
I thought it was about time to post something on the recently published Forrester book, Invisible Robots in the Quiet of the Night. As you might expect, it is full of data from Forrester and others. But it’s also rich with stories of people whom automation has affected both positively and negatively — the machinist, […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Brigitte Majewski August 5, 2019
Automation And The Future Of Work Enters The Political Dialogue Andrew Yang is a long shot to make the next round of debates but deserves credit for bringing the conversation about automation and the future of work to the debate stage. To be fair, the impact of AI and automation on work is a difficult […]
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Andrew Yang Pushes The Future Of Work Into The Political Dialogue

Craig Le Clair August 3, 2019
Andrew Yang is a long shot to make the next round of debates but deserves credit for bringing the conversation about automation and the future of work to the debate stage. To be fair, the impact of automation on work is a difficult conversation. Conservatives speak to the unemployed at factory gates, coal mines, and […]
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How Automation Is Impacting Enterprises In 2019

Craig Le Clair April 23, 2019
Forrester predicted in late 2018 that automation would become the tip of the digital transformation spear in 2019, impacting everything from infrastructure to customers to business models. Now that we’re four months in, we’ve evaluated whether our five specific predictions are on track. We first predicted that 40% of enterprises will have automation centers and […]
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IBM Jumps Into RPA Market With Automation Anywhere — Perhaps A Turn To More Practical Challenges

Craig Le Clair July 13, 2017
IBM and Automation Anywhere  (AA’s) today announced a collaboration (note-not a formal partnership yet) to integrate (AA’s) Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platform, used to create software bots to handle repetitive, task-based work, with IBM’s portfolio of digital process automation software, that includes IBM Business Process Manager and Operational Decision Manager. For AA, the partnership is a validation of […]
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