The chief robotics officer role or set of responsibilities brings automation into the executive suite. Whether you’re at a robotics supplier, a systems integrator, or an end-user business, you should understand how the emerging CRO could change how technology is adopted and managed.

In this report, Remy Glaisner of Myria Research describes his recent research on how the chief robotics officer role is evolving. Companies are combining functions from across divisions, but the official title of CRO is not yet common. It’s up to aspiring robotics leaders to define their place in the organization and take charge of corporate policies and procedures.

According to Glaisner, the chief robotics officer role could help companies maximize their investments in robotics and intelligent operational systems (RIOS). The ability to set a high-level direction, manage internal change, and measure returns on investment is critical to successfully growing the use of robots and artificial intelligence.

The high initial cost of implementing any new technology may slow adoption, but competitive pressures and the promise of greater productivity and efficiency have encouraged corporate leaders to build relationships and assemble CRO competencies. It’s critical to get buy-in from others in the C suite, staffers who may be working alongside robots, and partners and customers skeptical of automation.

This report looks at how corporate structures can reflect the convergence of information technology and automated operations. For organizations using robotics as a service (RaaS), the CRO must evaluate the costs, benefits, and metrics, even if the service provider is handling operations and support.

Within the next five to 10 years, more than 60% of Global 1,000 companies in manufacturing, supply chain, healthcare, energy, and agriculture will have some form of the chief robotics officer role, predicts Myria Research. For more details, download this report.

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