Replaced By a Robot Wizard

Turns out the robots may actually replace you sooner than you think.

Global consulting firm Accenture has rolled out an artificial-intelligence powered automation platform, dubbed Accenture myWizard, designed to analyze data, identify patterns and guide their human co-worker counterparts.

The AI platform brings together several Accenture industry assets, including analytics tools and methods, as well as technology and information from across Accenture's alliance partner ecosystem. Organizations can use Accenture myWizard to become up to approximately 60 percent more productive (based on an Accenture's own internal analysis) by automating task-related work which enables them to focus on more strategic work.

The platform mines Accenture's knowledge base of vertical industry operating models, process flows and key performance indicators, giving Accenture myWizard a set of business domain experience that can identify and support tangible business results.

myWizard has several virtual agents that use machine learning to collaborate with human co-workers to manage projects, apply analytics to support business goals, and even advise on a range of judgement-based tasks. For example, the "Virtual Testing Savant" agent provides advice to human testers on a wide-range of tasks such as test planning, test coverage, prioritization and even staffing.

"IT organizations and leaders are under intense pressure to operate with greater speed and manage increasing complexity - challenges that cannot be sustainably addressed by simply increasing headcount," said Bhaskar Ghosh, group chief executive, Accenture Technology Services.

"We need to enable people to do more with technology, to achieve greater speed and scale. That's why we believe intelligent automation is the essential co-worker for the digital age. Accenture myWizard supports our people-first automation strategy by helping humans do more complex and creative problem-solving."

Over the past six months Accenture myWizard has been deployed to more than 100 clients globally. Accenture is training approximately 3,000 professionals in Accenture myWizard and plans to deploy the intelligent automation platform to more than 200 clients by the end of August 2016