Craig Le Clair

Vice President, Principal Analyst

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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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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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Operating Models Must Evolve To Address RPA Gaps

Craig Le Clair June 5, 2017
The search for “quick” solutions to fragmented business applications has pushed RPA investment. I've taken over 200 inquiries on RPA in the past six months and attended Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, NICE, and other vendor conferences and spoken to their customers. About half the enterprises I have talked with are just starting out either in vendor review […]
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RPA and the Future of Work: Dystopian Views

Craig Le Clair May 31, 2017
In the past several months, I’ve given 10 talks on robotic process automation (RPA), its relationship to AI, and its future effect on jobs. These talks were mostly at tech conferences where the audience is a mix of corporate and government technology and business leaders. The industries represented are diverse, as is the process focus […]
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Confusion And Vendor Adolescence Stalls AI Innovation In Financial Services

Craig Le Clair January 6, 2017
  AI is a hot topic in financial services. And its easy to see why. Increasing margins on transactions, decimated by compliance costs and low interest rates, reaching new market segments, and automating routine tasks, makes AI innovation attractive. And in one sense, FinServ has always been about algorithmic innovation. There is no higher potential […]
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Is IBM Watson WorkSpace The Answer To Our Digital Disorder?

Craig Le Clair October 27, 2016
Bouncing among cognitive sessions and weaving though the crowds, it’s not clear what hurts the most, my feet or my brain.  How much of this are we to believe? What is actually deployable, affordable, and usable by mere humans, and when?  The cognitive exuberance at World of Watson (WOW) was certainly exhausting and even by […]
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Top Reasons The OpenText Acquisition Of EMC’s ECD Will End Up As A Positive For Customers

Craig Le Clair September 12, 2016
EMC purchased Documentum in 2003 for $1.7 billion, a very high price tag at the time, and did not grow the core business. Today, the Enterprise Content Division (ECD) business unit consists of Documentum, next-generation content platform Project Horizon, and the archiving solution EMC InfoArchive. Core Documentum products include the Documentum platform, xCP and D2, midmarket […]
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Pega Buys OpenSpan: Watch Out – RPA Vendor Landscape Is About To Change

Craig Le Clair April 12, 2016
Enterprises, in their quest to reduce labor costs, are applying RPA technologies. Yet they do not have a well-defined set of principles and best practices, including how to position RPA with other process tools and initatives. Today it may have become a bit more clear. Pega is the first tech provider, and only BPM market […]
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Seven New Buying Patterns Reshape The 2017 Enterprise Collaboration Market

Craig Le Clair March 9, 2016
The enterprise collaboration (EC) landscape is rife with innovative products that begin with a narrow feature set (e.g., Box for document collaboration or Slack for group messaging). Viral growth and company value often follow — along with competitors that target the newly identified market. A fragmented and overlapping landscape results as newer entrants pursue broader […]
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The Blind Spot For Man-Machine Collaboration

Craig Le Clair March 9, 2016
We are kicking off a research series on the future of work for "production services," with a focus on administrative and customer service jobs where a high degree of automation is projected. Basically, cognitive computing may do to white-collar jobs what robotics did to blue-collar jobs. This may lead to radically different work patterns and unintended consequences. Enterprises risk blindly […]
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Nintex To Purchase Drawloop — Enters Emerging CCM Cloud Market

Craig Le Clair July 8, 2015
Nintex is expanding into the emerging cloud-based workflow market — by acquiring Drawloop, an Irvine, California-based document generation provider: http://www.nintex.com/company/news-press/news-archive/2015/nintex-acquires-drawloop. Drawloop is one of the top 10 paid apps in the Salesforce AppExchange, with more than 1,000 customers, yet relative to the core customer communications management (CCM) market that has matured in a batch world driven by large-print […]
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Lexmark Acquires Kofax- Becomes A Major Force To Help Companies Digitize Operational Processes

Craig Le Clair March 24, 2015
This latest Lexmark move is harder to assess than previous major acquisitions. Give  the Perceptive acquisition an  A, Brainware  a B -,  and Pallas maybe a  C+. The Kofax merger, on the other hand, has two legitimate views and lets start with the positive. Kofax has indeed assembled a range of complimentary components that fit well with Lexmark's […]
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Business Agility Drives Tech Companies To Divide And Innovate – At 60 Billion Are The HP Companies Small Enough?

Craig Le Clair October 20, 2014
Somewhat lost in the discussion of HP splitting into two is whether breaking into smaller companies is an unstoppable trend in the tech sector.  HP plans to break itself apart, creating two approximately $60 billion, publicly owned, global companies. No one would consider these small. Companies at a certain size just can't execute at the speed of […]
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E-Delivery Adoption Despite Mobile Mind Shift Is Still Abysmal

Craig Le Clair September 8, 2014
  During the internet bubble of 2000, many of us predicted E-delivery of business content would reach a 40% to 50% adoption within a few years. Here we are now almost 15 years later and it still hovers around 20%. How can this still be true in 2014? Enterprises want print to become a secondary […]
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Kofax Acquires SoftPro, Enters Growing E-Signature Market

Craig Le Clair September 3, 2014
There are a few well-engineered products out of Stuttgart, Germany — Mercedes-Benz, an oft-visited tourist stop, is one. Another good Stuttgart product: SoftPro’s E-signature solution. Its strengths lie in its use of biometrics for image verification, particularly the SignAlyze product, a signature verification tool used extensively by German banks. SoftPro has a strong global presence […]
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