New Automation Business Touts 'No-Shoring' Potential

Updated:
Ed Hawkins is president of Indianapolis-based Agilify. Ed Hawkins is president of Indianapolis-based Agilify.
INDIANAPOLIS -

An Indianapolis-based subsidiary of the country's largest nonprofit health system is branching out with Wednesday's public launch of its own commercial division. Ascension believes Agilify will compete in a market that could swell to more than $2 billion in a few years. The company sprouted from robotic-process automation work at the Ascension Ministry Service Center in Marion County over the last seven years and has grown to more than 60 employees.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Agilify President Ed Hawkins believes the business -- and its presence throughout the state and beyond -- will grow in a big way. "Our expectation is that this business will grow to be in the neighborhood of $60-$70 million and we feel strongly that -- with the initial intelligent automation being the foundation -- we will see things like machine learning and artificial intelligence being the add-on businesses to this. But we'll grow as the technology changes and evolves with becoming more and more complex in our services. And I expect our organization to grow and the jobs in Indianapolis to grow as a result of that," Hawkins said.

So far, Hawkins says some 20 "blue chip" companies have already reached out to Agilify for training through an academy it has set up. It offers mentoring and certification testing, as well as consulting on implementation and strategy of automation. Agilify says its services make processes more efficient and boost productivity so its customers can "take off-shoring of manual, repetitive tasks to no-shoring."

St. Louis-based Ascension employs thousands throughout the state as the parent of Agilify and St. Vincent. It is considered the world's largest Catholic health system.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Agilify President Ed Hawkins believes the business -- and its presence throughout the state and beyond -- will grow in a big way.
  • Perspectives

    • Want A Guaranteed Negative Return?

      Here we go again! On Wednesday, August 14th, we watched the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) drop over 800 points.  The previous Monday the Dow ended down over 700 points. But what you may have missed is the sharp downward move in interest rates that has intensified with the recent stock market volatility. What does this mean for your portfolio?

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Forbes Ranks Top Colleges; 3 Indiana Schools Make the Cut

      Forbes released its 12th annual ranking of America’s Top Colleges based on direct benefits a university or college provides its students. Several Indiana universities made the list in some “sub-categories”, like Grateful Graduates Index, but the University of Notre Dame was the only school in the state to break the top 20 overall rankings.

    • ‘Transformation’ Continues in Westfield

      Indiana’s fastest growing city is showing no signs of slowing down.  Mayor Andy Cook says now that Westfield has established itself as a destination for family sports with the Grand Park Sports Campus, the $35 million Grand Junction Plaza will transform the city’s downtown into a destination, a place “where people want to be.”   Cook says the project, more than a decade in the making, is an example of a place making strategy necessary for Midwest...
    • (photo courtesy The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      Hammond Pulls 135 Jobs from Illinois

      A Hammond factory recently vacated by Michigan-based Lear Corp. didn’t sit empty for very long. Midland Metal Products has taken over the former seat factory, having relocated from Chicago after 95 years. 

    • (courtesy Wes Mills)

      Purdue: Farmland Values Decline Fifth Straight Year

      The value of top-quality farmland in Indiana has declined continuing a five-year trend, according to the latest data from Purdue University.  The statewide average of the best cropland is $8,212 per acre, down more than five percent, or $456 per acre, from the same period last year. Purdue’s survey shows average and poor-quality farmland values also dropped, but not as much. Average quality farmland declined by 0.9 percent. Purdue says the poor...

    • (photo courtesy of TriCore Logic)

      Fort Wayne IT Firm Expanding

      TriCore Logic has announced plans to expand its office space and staff at its downtown Fort Wayne headquarters. The company plans to invest over $200,000 in the expansions. The 2010-founded company moved to the Anthony Wayne building in 2013, and now plan to grow their staff of five employees by up to eight over the next four years.