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ServiceNow Acquires Element AI for $500 Million

December 1, 2020

I had a better experience opening the WellCare replacement account, although the very nice agent kept telling me he was copying data into two different systems. He was intrigued to learn that products like ServiceNow can automate that sort of thing, although of course he wasn’t in a position to buy one. ServiceNow itself just bought Element AI, which will add more AI capabilities to their workflow automation. Price is estimated at $500 million.

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IT Teams Build Sloppy Automations: TeamDynamix Survey

August 17, 2022

IT teams spend lots of time on repetitive requests from business users, finds this TeamDynamix survey.  You might think the implication is IT should let users do more for themselves.  But the main time-wasters are things like password resets, employee on-boarding, and managing credentials, which can’t really be delegated.  And here’s the kicker: IT professionals automate those tasks by building sloppy, insecure, undocumented scripts, just like the non-professionals.   Fun fact: 53% of teams manage 100 or more applications.

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