May 17, 2020

'Text neck' is affecting mobile phone addicts

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Cases of 'text neck' are increasing
Spending large amounts of time looking down at mobile phone screens and hunching over computers is increasing the number of people who are suffering fr...

Spending large amounts of time looking down at mobile phone screens and hunching over computers is increasing the number of people who are suffering from a condition dubbed as ‘text neck’.

Chiropractors believe tablet computers and smartphones are responsible for the rise in text neck cases, as games and the ability to go online increases the amount of time people spend using their gadgets.

They have also warned text neck can be a precursor to more serious conditions and could eventually lead to permanent arthritic damage. 

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Text neck is the term used to describe incidences when muscles in the neck become over-flexed, making straightening the neck painful and uncomfortable.

As well as a creating neck pain, headaches and pain in the shoulder, arms and wrists can also stem from too much gadget use.

Rachael Lancaster, a chiropractor from Freedom Back Clinics in Leeds, UK, has reportedly experienced a number of clients coming to her with problems caused from text neck.

“Text neck is caused by the neck being flexed for a prolonged period of time,” she explained.

“Sufferers are increasing as the use of smartphones and tablet computers become more popular.

She added: “If people continue to put their necks in these positions, the body will gradually adapt to the stresses.

“Because the head and neck move forwards, it will eventually lead to a reversal of the natural curve of the neck. Postural changes will then occur, which can lead to serious problems in this area.”

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May 12, 2021

OMNI: First-ever platform to launch citizen RPA developers

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OMNI is empowering employees to become ‘citizen RPA developers’, democratising automation and other AI technologies

Robotic process automation (RPA) is the fastest growing segment of the enterprise software market due to its many benefits - from reducing manual errors to processing tasks faster. For businesses to truly benefit from this technology, RPA needs democratisation, and this is where citizen RPA development comes in. 

Gartner describes a citizen RPA developer as "a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT.” This could be anyone using IT tools and technology, not limited to IT specialists. 

The work citizen RPA developers do spans from identifying automation opportunities to developing RPA architecture and solution proposals, focusing on scalability and extensibility. By deploying citizen RPA developers, organisations can enable enterprise automation and digital transformation on a much larger scale. 

This is particularly beneficial for businesses struggling to undertake digital transformation, as a citizen RPA development programme can help drive adoption of automation as a strategic growth driver at multiple levels. With increased adoption, the cost of digital transformation becomes lower, increasing RoI. 

Technology needs to be democratised – right from low-code and no-code platforms, business process modelling and identifying automation opportunities to decision-makers at all levels, creating a pool of early adopters. This group could comprise people across different functions, especially those who are aware of customer preferences, industry trends and end user experience.

But how can organisations harness the power of citizen RPA development? Step forward AiRo Digital Labs, a Chicago-headquartered global tech company. 

AiRo provides innovative digital and automation solutions for the healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. In 2021 they launched OMNI, a subscription-based, SaaS platform to help clients accelerate their citizen RPA developer program and build digital centres of excellence (COE) within their organisation. 

OMNI provides a personal RPA coach and virtual digital playground that helps enterprises rapidly build and scale automation, removing the risk of failure or talent gaps. The latter is key as research has shown that digitalisation is far more successful when championed by internal employees. 

This has the added bonus of empowering employees - who will self-learn technologies including robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence, machine learning, chatbots, and natural language processing (NLP), reducing the lead time for new applications and technology, as well as reducing technical gaps, making up for skills shortages and enabling their business to respond faster to critical market challenges. The virtual sandbox within OMNI gives access to all the major intelligent automation platforms where citizen RPA developers can build DIY digital prototypes. Additionally, they can access more than 150 digital assets within OMNI marketplace. 

The platinum helpdesk of OMNI acts as your personal coach and is available 24 x 7 to address issues during the digital learning, prototype building, and digital governance journey.  

Another key benefit is that it enables digitalisation to be bespoke to each organisation, compared to off-the-shelves initiatives plugged into the enterprise. Individual organisation's objectives decide the scope and size of the process. 

As Gartner state, in today’s world of SaaS, cloud, low-code and “no-code” tools, everyone can be a developer. 

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