The wall separating IT and line-of-business units began to crumble decades ago, around the same time that the role of chief information officer (CIO) \u2013 an executive responsible for bridging the IT-business gap \u2013 first emerged.\nToday, IT and business are inseparable, if not indistinguishable, and CIOs are seen as critical leaders in crafting business strategy as well as in driving business execution. Part of the CIO\u2019s role remains making good and timely decisions about how to upgrade different elements of the IT infrastructure, from servers to storage to networking equipment. In today\u2019s world, however, the most impactful initiative CIOs and IT departments can drive is the automation of the many manual processes that occur on top of, and across, the ubiquitous IT foundation.\nPervasive process automation can reshape and power the business environment in ways even more sweeping than earlier IT advances such as software-as-a-service and other cloud computing initiatives. That\u2019s because automation can do more than just make employees and their organizations more efficient. Among its many additional benefits, automation can allow workers to engage in more meaningful and higher-value tasks, it can facilitate improved customer intimacy and loyalty, and it can drive increases in innovation enterprisewide.\n\u201cEnterprisewide\u201d is arguably the most critical aspect of realizing automation\u2019s promise. Every department\u2014including finance, sales and marketing, procurement, manufacturing, HR, legal, IT, and even the C-suite\u2014performs hundreds, if not thousands, of tasks that could benefit from partial or full automation. One of the biggest challenges organizations face, in fact, is identifying the most promising tasks to automate first, and then setting up an automation pipeline for continually expanding automation\u2019s reach and benefits.\nAs noted in an earlier post, robotic process automation (RPA) has evolved and diversified significantly in recent years. RPA has now established itself it as the primary technology for eliminating much of the labor-intensive drudgery still occurring across organizations.\nIn addition to freeing employees\u2019 time by eliminating many of their manual and repetitive tasks, RPA can also equip workers with digital assistants\u2014personal software robots\u2014to help them do everything from submitting expense reports to setting up out-of-office messages. But, again, the challenge for organizations isn\u2019t so much the now-simple process of automating individual tasks, it\u2019s in operationalizing and scaling automations across every department.\nWhile an automation pipeline is an essential element for achieving this objective, it is just one of several disciplines and tactics required. Others include establishing automation centers of excellence; addressing governance, compliance, and security needs; and implementing an effective change-management program.\nIdeally, a comprehensive RPA platform will facilitate all these requisite and complementary initiatives as well as the automations themselves.\nUiPath offers a multifaceted RPA platform as well as the institutional expertise needed to help organizations realize the full potential of this pivotal technology. Among the most critical capabilities UiPath can deliver is the ability to operationalize automations at scale. For further information about how the company and its RPA platform can help you drive automation enterprisewide, go to https:\/\/www.uipath.com\/rpa\/scaling-automation-journey.