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Webinar Recap- Exploring the Latest Innovations IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation

By Melia Weeks posted Tue January 23, 2024 02:00 PM


In the rapidly evolving world of business technology, IBM's Cloud Pak for Business Automation (CP4BA) stands at the forefront, offering cutting-edge solutions for businesses seeking to streamline their operations. A recent webinar on January 9, 2024, headlined by IBM experts Bill Lawton and Bob Spory, contextualized CP4BA within IBM’s larger strategy, provided insights into the latest developments, and previewed the future trajectory of this powerful tool.

The Growing Need for Business Automation

The webinar underscored the increasing necessity for business automation, highlighting that labor productivity has been slowing down for decades. With a shrinking global workforce, particularly in developed markets, there's an urgent need to boost productivity per employee. Automating knowledge work could be a game-changer, potentially generating a whopping $6.7 trillion per year in global economic impact.

IBM's Strategic Investments in AI and Hybrid Cloud Platforms

IBM’s strategic focus on AI and hybrid cloud platforms indicates a commitment to an AI-first approach. This includes investments in Watson AI, Red Hat Software, and SaaS partners, emphasizing the importance of AI and data platforms in transforming business operations. IBM’s business automation suite covers a range of capabilities from document processing and workflow automation to decision management and content services, all designed to be more accessible and efficient for users.

Highlights of the New Features in CP4BA

The latest version of CP4BA introduces several enhancements. Notably, it includes entitlement to IBM Storage Fusion Essentials, meets FISMA security standards and has operational intelligence improvements. The trial version, updated to V23.0.1, surfaces additional capabilities like the Operational Decision Manager in Expert Mode and offers an improved trial experience with a more consistent UI and extended trial options.

Flexibility with CP4BA as a Service

A significant highlight is the flexibility offered by CP4BA as a Service. Users can choose how to deploy their Flexpoints, a feature that simplifies consumption of the platform, allowing businesses to start small and scale over time. This service model includes various components like Workflow on Cloud, Content Services, and Robotic Process Automation, all under a single subscription.

Operational and Support Model

The operational and support model of CP4BA provides options for both IBM-operated and client-operated environments. This flexibility caters to different business needs, offering everything from application development to disaster recovery and feature updates.

Looking Ahead: The Future of Business Automation

As IBM continues to innovate in the realm of business automation, the potential for transforming the corporate landscape is immense. The integration of AI in understanding content, authoring workflows, and making predictive decisions marks a significant leap in how businesses can optimize their operations. In 2024, we’re continuing with our Red Hat OpenShift version compatibility objective and our commitment to providing extended support. With ongoing updates and a focus on user accessibility and efficiency, IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation is poised to redefine the future of business productivity.

For More Information

To learn more, watch the recording of the session and download the slides, or learn more about CP4BA here. And keep an eye out for future sessions to ensure you can stay in the know about what’s happening with CP4BA!