Imagine pushing a button to send an army of unseen bots to handle the drudgery of your job. Filling out forms, passing information among groups, handling sign-offs, that sort of thing. Then imagine that you could buy such an army as a service from another agency that has to follow the same regulations and receives the same kind of oversight as yours.
If this sounds tantalizing, then be ready this fall when the NASA Shares Services Center unveils its financial services bot or bots. The center, which already conducts Simplified Acquisition Threshold purchasing for all of NASA, will first launch its bot to improve processes for its own financial management, funds distribution, agency funds control and Office of the Chief Information Officer. Bot building support will come from Automation Anywhere and Deloitte.
Could procurement bots be next? Imagine them loosed on requisitions!