First, the great and exciting news.
There has never been a more exciting time to be in technology - in fact, in business full stop.
On the one hand, the pace of innovation is so strong in every single area of the economy - from agriculture to space travel. We’ve got fruit being picked by machines and journeys to distant planets being actively pursued.
Maturing platforms, such as RPA, are growing arms and legs, either on their own, or with ecosystem partners plugging in to them.
As my favorite phrase goes - "the world will never move this slowly again”.
On the other hand, the big economies are strong and there is super-low general unemployment. Dig in to the technical niches that will deliver the innovation, and there really is almost no one available.
So we can take risks and still know that there is a fall back. A start-up doesn’t work, and you can always get your old job back. A project doesn’t work and your employer will still keep you.
Add to this all that there is increasing top-down demand for the application of technology - from Boards, Shareholders, Active Investors.
Top down, bottom up, sideways or whatever direction, none of this is going to do anything apart from speed up.
But. But. But…
With all this new “stuff”, workforce size limited by immigration policies and legacy low childbirth rates, who is going to do the work?
Even if it is the existing workforce, how are they going to know:
What to do?
How to do it?
And where to get help?
This is the biggest issue we see in the market. The one thing that can slow the pace of innovation - and certainly the pace of application of that innovation.
Skills are short.
Expertise is scarce (and busy - delivering projects or selling projects).
Knowledge (as much as there is) is fragmented.
There will always be some degree of pioneering, and that needs to be encouraged.
How quickly we can can learn from pioneers and disseminate their knowledge will be the single biggest determinant in how fast we can all go.
Disseminated of knowledge - quickly and effectively. That’s the issue to be looking at - not the empty, unsolvable issues around “the future of work”.
We just don’t know what is going to happen and when, so stop going on about an unknowable future.
All we can do is ensure that we - you, me, our colleagues, our organizations - have access to the knowledge that they need, when they need it. There has to be a conduit for all of that. And the market can do the rest.
This is where we are focusing our next steps:
Easy access to new ideas and application of existing technologies
Active training on how to follow through and implement them at the coal face
And providing support, when it is needed, when you hit real problems/issues
Also, keeping the price at level that you or your organization can afford to invest and keep investing in this incredible, exciting, totally unknowable, and long road ahead.
We’re taking immediate steps to open up knowledge around RPA.
You can learn ALL the core RPA platforms (Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, and UiPath - with more to come) for $349 a month (cancel any time).
It also includes the Business/Analyst training. No longer will there be a divide between the “technical knowledge” and the “business knowledge”. That in itself has been an unhelpful barrier to the deployment and ramp-up of RPA.
All of this is live, online and expert-led. Yes, the recording will be there if you miss a class.
The idea is that you can start immediately, access the on-demand training to get started, then join the next live classes. You can do one class or all the courses on all the platforms - all for $349.
But it revolves around connecting you with the experts - no matter where you are or at what level your RPA skills.
The full details are here.
And spread the word!
Edward Brooks - Founder, The RPA Academy