What happened at
Cognitive Business Automation 2018?

Cognitive Business Automation 2018: Beyond the hype

The first edition of the Cognitive Business Automation in Frankfurt was unanimously characterised as a successful conference. The 100+ attendees put the success down to great networking, inspirational presentation content and the interactive sessions throughout the 3 day event.

With case studies covering implementing RPA, the challenges of RPA, how to run successful RPA piloting programmes, transforming your RPA journey and much more, the event generated some great insights and discussions.

Entering a new world of AI & automation again in 2019

Cognitive Business Automation will be returning to Frankfurt on September 18 – 19, 2019. Be part of the cross-industry forum and learn more about robotic process automation in business, operations, technology & strategy.

Register your place – www.cognitive-business-automation.com/book-now

Highlights 2018

Cognitive Business Automation 2018 key topics

  • Cognify how applied robotic process automation (RPA) and AI leads to use & business cases
  • Discuss discuss the future in light of AI slowly taking over more functions in finance, HR, procurement, customer service, and much more
  • Learn how to use intelligent / cognitive / smart automation for your Shared Service Center (SSC), Global Business Services (GBS) strategies and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) operations
  • Find out how to improve all corporate activities in HR, procurement and
  • Finance & Accounting (F&A) including Order to Cash (O2C), Purchase to Pay (P2P), Procurement, Customer Service and back office processes, such as Payroll or Controlling
  • Discuss how to identify which processes to automate and how your proof of concept can harness digital behavioural change
  • Discover current trends with the application of robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive tools and the impact on the short and mid-term
  • Control & steer your RPA program with effective RPA governance strategies to achieve maximum benefit from your virtual workforce
  • Discuss the opportunities of advancing methods in intelligent automation and their impact across the industries
  • Learn how to develop change management strategies to guide your business through RPA and AI developments
  • Discuss how to make the most of Artificial Intelligence (AI) & RPA technologies and how to establish a Center of Excellence (CoE) and which governance model will work best for your company.
  • The don’ts of RPA and cognitive technologies: How to avoid pitfalls from the start and which investments need to be done to guarantee the most value?
  • Cover the full scope of cognitive technologies, market research and market players
Interesting insights on a very focused topic
Jan Stolper
Siemens AG
Great insight over what the industry is doing and where it’s heading with the RPA initiatives
Pedro Falcão
Great discussions in a great atmosphere
Dominik Bernhardt
EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
The speakers and the content were very interesting
Rainer Schuster
adidas AG

Cognitive Business Automation in numbers

Leading Experts
% Buyer : Seller
% Decision Makers / Senior Influencers
% said the event was very good / excellent
% said they would join the event again
Hours of dedicated networking

We caught up with a few speakers at the event...

Click here to see the complete Attendee List

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What is the unique networking experience at Cognitive Business Automation?

We know that networking, ideation, knowledge sharing and getting this „little detail I didn‘t know so far“ is one of the most important reasons to participate at our events. To guarantee the best networking experience, various sessions has been created, tailored to your needs and curated from the industry – we call it Multi-Touchpoint Concept!


Top speakers, trendsetters, evangelists and experts in the field share their personal experience.

Case Study

Selected brand new case studies from the industry offering insights into strategic approaches, project planning and operative realization. Learn from the most successful practices and use these real business results for benchmarking with the competition.

Networking Dinner

Wind down, enjoy great food and drink in a relaxed atmosphere to absorb all the new stimulations from the day.


Round tables on the evening before the first conference day. The Icebreaker is a first informal networking.

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Tweetback & Connect

The unique interactive live feedback system! Note down your thoughts on comment cards which will be pinned on walls in the networking area for further discussion.

World Café Session

Be part of several thematic conversation rounds with changing topics and team constellations.

Say Hello

Get the show on the road. Discover who is joining the conference and why. To warm you up for the conference we invite you to get to know your conference peers. Have your business cards ready.

Meet! Cognitive Business Automation

Discover who else is participating at Cognitive Business Automation. Our unique Polaroid Picture Wall will help you identify who you want to meet at the conference.

What were the
key takeaways...

New RPA and AI solutions and tools

Best practices on setting up the RPA structure

Examples from relevant real life cases

Industry IT requirements

RPA should be driven by business

Audience Facts

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of Attendees are Decision Makers with direct or indirect Budget Responsibility

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of Attendees join to evaluate new services, technologies and products

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of Attendees have budgets ranging over 1M €

Audience Profile

Industry Split

Automotive: 22%
Banking & Finance
Banking & Finance: 15%
Manufacturing: 13%
Healthcare & Pharma
Healthcare & Pharma: 10%
Technology: 10%
Retail: 6%
Energy: 4%
Chemicals: 3%
Telecommunications: 3%
Other : 11%

The Community

Manager / Senior Manager
Manager / Senior Manager: 36%
Head of / Director
Head of / Director: 28%
CXOs: 10%
VP: 6%
Other: 21%

Geographical Split

Germany / Austria / Switzerland
Germany / Austria / Switzerland: 71%
UK: 9%
Europe: 16%
ROW: 5%

Business Partner 2018

Primary Media Partner

Cognitive Technologies Voice explores and encompasses the impact of cognitive technologies, AI and its subfields and related areas, such as Machine- & Deep Learning, Computer Vision, Imaging Systems, NLPS, Neural networks, Cognitive Robotics, Automated Reasoning and a lot of more, on organisations and helps leaders make wise strategy and technology choices.


Media Partners 2018

Get in Touch

To Sponsor

James Duke-Smith

Business Partner Manager
T: +44 (0)20 3941 5623

To Speak

Alexander Rumpel

Product Manager
T: +49 (0)30 52 10 70 3 – 41

To Attend

Martyna Michalska

Project Leader – Enterprise Social Network Series
T: +49 (0)30 52 10 70 3 – 75

We look forward to seeing you in 2019!

Cognitive Technologies Event Series

I’m AI
September 16 – 17, 2019
Maritim proArte Hotel, Berlin

Big Data Minds
September 16 – 17, 2019
Maritim proArte Hotel, Berlin

Cognitive Business Automation
September 18 – 20, 2019
Westin Grand Hotel, Frankfurt

Cognitive Finance
September 18 – 20, 2019
Westin Grand Hotel, Frankfurt

September 30 – October 01, 2019
Titanic Chaussee, Berlin

Cognitive Health
November 18 – 20, 2018
Maritim proArte Hotel, Berlin

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