Dispelling process robotization myths

SIMON SHAH | December 6, 2017

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Robotization can be an intimidating word let alone process for any business considering where best to make an investment with the aim of reducing operational costs. In itself, that’s not entirely surprising. Traditionally, labor arbitrage through outsourced services would be the go-to solution - and one that’s simple to comprehend.

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