TECHNOLOGY, OUTSOURCING, AND COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS
NEWS FOR LAWYERS AND SOURCING PROFESSIONALS

Please join us for the next installment of the Morgan Lewis Automotive Hour Webinar series.

This webinar will be hosted by Rahul Kapoor, a partner in our Silicon Valley/San Francisco offices, Robert W. Dickey, a partner in our New York office, Daniel S. Savrin, a partner in our Boston office, and is the latest in a 10-part series covering a variety of topics related to clients in the automotive industry. This session will focus on the impact of automotive joint ventures and alliance issues on the automotive industry.

Robotic process automation (RPA) is here and companies at the forefront of the adoption of this technology are reaping a variety of benefits.

What Is RPA?

As discussed in a previous Tech & Sourcing @Morgan Lewis blog post, RPA offers a multitude of benefits, from speed and scalability of process execution to cost savings, to freeing up employees to focus on aspects of their jobs that are intrinsically “human” in nature.

London partners Mike Pierides and Simon Lightman and Dubai partner Rebecca L. Kelly recently authored the article “Contracting for RPA” in The Oath, wherein they share insights on the deployment of robotic process automation (RPA) for businesses in the Middle East.

Join Morgan Lewis at our Philadelphia office on April 11 for a discussion on hot topics impacting services contracts in the digital economy. Morgan Lewis labor and employment partner Sarah Bouchard, litigation partner Greg Parks, together with technology, outsourcing, and commercial contracts partners Barbara Melby and Michael Pillion, and associates Christopher Archer and Katherine O’Keefe will speak at the event.

Topics will include:

  • Ethical considerations for lawyers working in a digital world
  • Common issues to consider when using vendor cloud agreements
  • Industry updates
  • Contracting for automation solutions

A networking reception will follow the discussions. We hope you can join us!

Register here.

Customers in outsourcing arrangements are coming to expect (or starting to demand) that their providers have the resources, technology, and know-how to leverage automation software—whether robotics desktop automation (RDA) or robotics process automation (RPA) software—to enhance the capabilities and efficiencies of IT and business processes. While the software promises big benefits, such as higher levels of accuracy, scalability, and cost-savings, as with the implementation of any new technology, there are new challenges to consider.

In this post we take a look at the top five issues to consider when contemplating the use of automation software in your outsourcing transaction.

Morgan Lewis will co-host an interactive master workshop on negotiations and contracting geared toward business leaders, sourcing professionals, and in-house counsel who work together on complex transactions such as digital transformations and vendor outsourcing. Edward J. Hansen, Vito Petretti, Donald G. Shelkey and Valerie A. Gross of our Technology, Outsourcing and Commercial Transactions practice will present and lead discussions on topics including:

As 2018 comes to a close, we have once again compiled all the links to our Contract Corner blog posts, a regular feature of Tech & Sourcing @ Morgan Lewis. In these posts, members of our global technology, outsourcing, and commercial transactions practice highlight particular contract provisions, review the issues, and propose negotiating and drafting tips. If you don’t see a topic you are interested in below, please let us know, and we may feature it in a future Contract Corner.

With the increasing use of cloud and mobile platforms, software developers commonly use “containers” to house applications that can run in these multiple environments. The container holds all the components necessary for applications to work, including the operating system, libraries, configuration files, application binaries, and other parts of the technology stack required for the application. The use of containers has become an integral part of managing current IT infrastructure.

Kubernates  is an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. It was originally designed by Google in 2014 as a way to distribute Google applications to other developers. Google established the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) to maintain Kubernates and promote use of the technology.

A recent study found that the keys to successful implementation of robotic process automation (RPA) include carefully selecting the right automation opportunities, being realistic about costs, and building a good support team. The study, published by The Hackett Group, looks at the current status of RPA adoption, common pitfalls in its adoption, and advice on how to address the challenges that come along with using RPA.

As discussed in a recent blog post, many businesses are looking to increase the adoption of RPA in the near term. Indeed, the study found that nearly 60% of finance organizations, nearly half of all global business services organizations, and a third of HR and procurement organizations already have RPA pilot programs in place. However, it can be difficult to optimize the use of RPA.