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[July 14, 2020]

IT Decision Makers Will Increase Investments in Automation as a Result of COVID-19, Finds New Study by Opinion Matters and Inference Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO, July 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly two-thirds of US IT decision makers plan to increase their investments in automation technology over the next year as a result of COVID-19, noting that intelligent self-service has been key to remaining agile during the crisis. These are some of the findings from a new survey conducted by market research firm Opinion Matters and commissioned by Intelligent Virtual Agent (IVA) platform provider Inference Solutions.

The study, Intelligent Automation Post-COVID, explores how IT leaders in mid-sized businesses and enterprises across eight industries are evolving their digital strategies in the wake of the pandemic, and how they have used automation to tackle challenges driven by shutdowns and social distancing. Significantly, 71% of IT decision makers agree that intelligent self-service automation has helped their organizations remain agile, and 64% expect to increase automation investments over the coming year as a result of the crisis. More than a quarter (26%) of organizations will increase their investments by 10% or higher.

When asked which automation technologies and practices they expect to play a significant role in their organizations' resilience over the next two years, 69% of respondents selected customer service automation, 54% chose employee service automation, 39% named supply chain automation, an 37% flagged Robotic Process Automation. Increasing employee efficiency and productivity topped the list of priorities in respondents' automation strategies, followed by reducing costs and improving the ability to meet customer demands.

Three-fourths of IT decision makers agree that tools that allow them to build and manage their own applications are also key to their automation strategies. Additionally, the survey identified cost, reliance on professional services due to implementation complexity, and time to development as the top three barriers to adopting automation solutions.

"Cloud-based, self-managed platforms that give businesses more control of their customer-and employee-facing self-service applications will be key to overcoming the barriers to adoption flagged in our research," said Callan Schebella, Inference Solutions CEO. "We are pleased to see that IT leaders plan to use automation not only to lower operating costs, but to better support their employees as they navigate the challenges of doing business in a post-pandemic world."

For more information about the research, including trends in banking, enterprise tech, government, healthcare, home delivery, home entertainment, insurance, and retail, download the full Intelligent Automation Post-COVID report.

Methodology

From May 22 to June 1, Opinion Matters conducted a survey of 503 US-based IT decision makers working in companies employing 100+ employees in government, banking, insurance, healthcare, retail, enterprise tech, home delivery, and home entertainment. The survey was designed to ensure each sector includes a robust sample.

About Inference Solutions

Inference Solutions is a global Intelligent Virtual Agent platform provider that enables businesses to leverage the latest conversational AI technology with unmatched choice and flexibility. More than 550 organizations across every vertical use Inference's code-free platform to rapidly design and deploy advanced self-service applications over voice, chat and messaging. Inference is resold through leading telecommunications carriers, Unified Communications and Contact Center providers, and is the trusted choice for dozens of service providers seeking to drive more revenue and differentiate themselves with value-added-services. For more information, visit COVID.inferencesolutions.com/.

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