Work that Machine

Getting the max out of processes, by augmenting them with cognitive and powerful problem-solving capabilities

“Taking the robot out of the human” is a powerful first step in applying automation to work processes. But what if we bring machine intelligence into the equation? Cognitive systems can mimic human behavior and, perhaps better still, augment human intelligence; this is visible in their mastery of natural language and their understanding of audio, video, and images. Deep learning enables these systems to observe processes and their broader context, detecting complex patterns that humans might not be able to see or absorb. They are starting to watch how users interact with applications, so they can automatically generate robots to deliver the work items. They continuously learn from applying these patterns to daily practice, improving their models, augmenting the workplace with ever-increasing, automated intelligence. Such a symbiotic relationship between man and machine changes the way we work, get ourselves organized, and do business.


  • Cognitive systems can master the typical human ways of communicating and analyzing through, for example: natural language processing where interpretation and understanding of textural content takes place, natural language generation where narratives are created to represent and describe raw data and the ability to recognize images or analyze video footage. These capabilities enhance existing processes, either by augmenting human work, by replacing parts of it, or more frequently both.
  • AI has utilized (unsupervised) deep learning to win games – such as Go or Dota 2 – just by observing how it is played and won, without even knowing the rules. The same technology can be applied to processes by learning from the way humans do their work and then providing them with automated, highly intelligent support.


  • A European mobile communications retailer leveraged cognitive technology to radically improve back office processes, leading to a 70% reduction in operating costs and up to 80% improvement in operational efficiency.
  • A trade finance organization digitized and categorized unstructured documentation and extracted relevant data with thousands of complex daily transactions managed by cognitive software and bots.
  • Capgemini Business Services works with Celaton, leveraging its inSTREAM AI software to automatically handle incoming structured and unstructured correspondence through a variety of digital channels improving efficiency by over 50%.


  • Boosting work productivity and effectiveness through automated decision-making and the availability of real-time, predictive insights
  • Improved customer experience by adding human-like, cognitive capabilities to end-to-end processes
  • Mitigating the risks of an attrition, an aging workforce and dependencies on specialized or scarce knowledge
  • Enabling new, previously unthinkable processes to very complex, data- and event-intensive contexts, gradually approaching the era of autonomous processes and even the autonomous enterprise


  • Cognitive and AI solutions and platforms

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Lee Beardmore

I have spent over two decades advising clients on best strategies for technology adoption.<br...