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The World of Connected RPA

Blue Prism World arrived in London last week and it was big! Really BIG! Claiming almost 3000 attendees at its peak, the two-day conference was undoubtedly the largest RPA event Europe has hosted so far.
The morning of day 1 focused on partners, providing advance information and a partner-only awards ceremony. The theme of connected-RPA is just another way of describing the growing importance of the partner ecosystem providing tailored capabilities not included in the core platform. Here are some of the highlights from across the two days:

The digital exchange (dx) which provides an open library of shared modules (or skills) features prominently at the centre of the growing community with plans to open it up app-store like in order for developers to sell their work.  

A new browser-based interface really gave the whole thing a new polish, and an updated architecture which now facilitates a centralized view of multiple environments is a welcome step for global operations.  

BP Decipher was announced, providing a new ML engine to convert unstructured data into structured, an overdue addition to the portfolio that disappointingly concluded with the reality that the product was still in development and an invitation to join the invoice processing trial would be coming soon.

A new Success Accelerator program has been soft-launched to help customers overcome the hurdles in scaling up and share good practices. This is a great step, but reading between the lines, it’s also a step to make sure customers stay in the fold and don’t stray to competitors. The market is getting tough and looking after existing customers is a positive step.

The announcement of a cloud-based trial version was a bit of a let down with many in the audience looking for a simpler set up for customers interested in dabbling for themselves that was more similar to community editions provided by other vendors. It's not entirely a surprise that they didn't go quite that far but we can dream.

In the end, it all comes back to the partners and the ecosystem, connected-RPA linked together almost every presentation, and it’s clear the future developments are going to come from the combination of core RPA and partner capabilities.

If you’re interested in learning more about the ecosystem look out for upcoming webinars as we introduce ecosystem training into our core curriculum. The RPA Academy is an accredited Blue Prism Training Partner; we continue to provide flexible, tailored and innovative approaches to learning. Check out The Beacons, for cost-effective training when you need it or contact the team to tailor an on-site course to your specific needs.

As Blue Prism would say: "Automate Together, Automate Better, Automate More"

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Some words of advice - for Developers, COE leads, and Recruiters.

Most companies don’t really have a grasp on the skills they need to implement RPA. 

As a result you’ll see recruiters with long wish-lists in their postings. 

This is only creating the RPA equivalent of the duck-billed-platypus.

You’ll see people post lists like this:

  • 3+ years of Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere, UiPath or Workfusion [Just a weird combination as a starting point]

  • 10+ years of .NET, VB, C++ or similar [Ok - not that bad]

  • Experience establishing a Center of Excellence [are they looking for a technical developer or a consultant]

  • Able to analyze and prioritize processes for automation [ok, now we’re looking for a business analyst]

  • Can work with the process owner to redesign processes for automation [Arg - now you’ve got to have Lean Six Sigma skills]

  • Experience of the PharmafinancialinsurancebankingdefenseBPOITOandtherest sector is a plus [Hmmm!]

  • Available to start immediately [Like I’ve got all of the above skills and am just waiting around until this job vacancy popped up]

  • $5 an hour [Great - finally I can afford to eat]

  • Corp to Corp or W-2 considered. GC holder or US citizen [Darn - I ticked all the boxes until this. I curse my parents for letting me be born in Scotland and not migrating before I was 18.]

Your options are:

  • Laugh and move to the next opportunity

  • Apply and try to educate the recruiter along the way that no one has this combination of skills

  • Recognize that the recruiter doesn’t have a clue, so has just parroted a fantasy list from their client [but it is their fault - recruiters should advise their clients]

  • Apply knowing that you are sub-superhero and tick 2 of the boxes

  • Apply, get the job (yay!), and then suffer as you’ve obviously bluffed about your superhero capabilities.

Let’s just help the market. 

That’s what we spend much of our time doing.

We are not HR folk, but we are always talking about the HR issues - change management, resource/skills planning, job descriptions, succession planning, reward structures etc. 

While much of our work is around technical training on Blue Prism, Automation Anywhere and UiPath - online and onsite around the globe - RPA success requires people with the right skills at the right time.

Without that, none of this is going to work.