Blue Prism, provider of the world’s most successful digital workforce, today announced a new offering that features “out of the box” API integrations with AWS, Google, IBM and Microsoft to enable operational AI (Artificial Intelligence) at scale. Coupled with Blue Prism’s Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platform, enterprise users of AWS, Google Cloud, IBM Watson and Microsoft Cognitive can now access a variety of AI-powered digital workers, also known as software robots, to automate and complete increasingly complex tasks through a single platform.
Blue Prism’s Digital Workforce simplifies the adoption of AI within business processes, and enables the practical use of AI within the enterprise, via a simple “drag and drop” approach. Blue Prism’s Software Robots can run on premises or in public clouds, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and IBM Cloud.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is an ever-expanding market and demand for intelligent robots that can automate back-office work has never been higher. Forrester forecasts the RPA market to reach $2.9 billion by 2021, a subset of the $48.5 billion broader AI enterprise spend.1 However, a predominant limitation enterprises are confronted with is that the scale and variety of tasks these robots can automate is dependent on the limited amount of process data at their disposal.
“Many enterprises currently face the challenge of moving artificial intelligence beyond the experimentation phase and into operationalization,” said Sarah Burnett, Vice President at Everest Group, one of the world’s largest and leading global services and RPA analyst firms. “What’s been setting these companies back isn’t a lack of vision or ingenuity, but the absence of a platform that can enable AI solutions at scale. Blue Prism’s new API integrations with leading cloud providers helps to fill this void. By giving organizations access to the enormous quantities of process data collected by public cloud providers, Blue Prism is helping its customers unleash the full potential of software robots.”
With the availability of Blue Prism’s new cloud integrations, joint customers now have access to key automation tools including natural language processing, translation and visual recognition, all available via RESTful APIs that vary in capability based on the cloud provider that provides the API and toolset.
These APIs provide the ability to process unstructured data from any source – for example an email, or document. Newly supported features include the following:
Microsoft Cognitive Services: Text Analytics API – Sentiment Analysis, Key Phrase Extraction, Language Detection
Computer Vision API: Extract Text (OCR), Handwriting Recognition (English only), Landmark Recognition
Translator Text API: Language Detection and Translation
Google Cloud Platform: Cloud Natural Language API – Syntax analysis, Entity Recognition, Sentiment Analysis, Content Classification
Cloud Translation API: Language detection and translation
Cloud Vision API: Detect objects, inappropriate content, extract text (OCR), Label detection, log detection, Landmark detection, image attributes
IBM Watson: Natural Language Understanding API – Extract concepts, entities, keywords, categories, relations and semantic roles. Sentiment Analysis. Multi-language support.
Language Translator API – Detect and translate text. Customize translations using your own terminology and language.
Visual Recognition API: Analyze images for scenes, objects, faces, colors or inappropriate content. Extract text (OCR). Customize Watson for your own use case.
Amazon Web Services
Rekognition Service: Video and Image analysis. Detect objects, faces, people, unsafe content. Extract text (OCR)
Comprehend: Extract key phrases, sentiments, and topics across domains including Finance, Health, Media, Telecom, education and Government.
Users can also manage automation of these intelligent software robots from a single platform that includes non-repudiation functions for all collected logfiles, making this centralized control of all RPA processes well suited for regulated industries.
“Automation and artificial intelligence are becoming deeply embedded within the day-to-day operations of the modern workplace,” said Dave Moss, CTO and Co-Founder at Blue Prism. “Industry leaders are now realizing that Intelligent software robots are no longer a luxury but a integral part of most organizations’ digital transformation strategy. Blue Prism’s API integrations with AWS, Google Cloud, IBM Watson and Microsoft Cognitive take this technology to the next level and open the door to a myriad of new, and more sophisticated use cases for RPA. This access to top cloud providers’ capabilities gives Blue Prism customers a significant competitive advantage with a higher degree of success and faster rate of return on their digital transformation initiatives.”
These new API integrations come as a result of Blue Prism’s Technology Alliance Program (TAP) which provides reference architectures for Microsoft Azure, AWS, Google and IBM Cloud (MAGI-C) to support enterprise investments in Cloud, virtualization, analytics and emerging AI platforms. They also increase the value of existing RPA integrations for joint customers by allowing more complex workloads to be more efficiently automated.