automation

Surviving The Robot Aftermath?

Last week the RPA Academy interviewed Harrison Goode, co-founder of Edge Tech Headhunters where we discussed the state of the robot job market. See the full video here

There were some terrific questions from the audience, including which products are most in-demand, where are the most opportunities and which industries have the greatest levels of adoption (see the webinar here). Then came the question...

"There are talks that RPA is dying... How many years you see RPA going strong?"

Oh dear, I love HfS but their 'RPA is dead' story simply refuses to die. Ironic really, especially since the main point of the article was in fact that intelligent automation platforms (the combination of RPA, Machine Learning and Analytics) was significantly expanding the number of processes now suitable for automation.

RPA is here to stay for a good while yet, the expanding ecosystem of new AI capabilities is adding new opportunities previously not possible with RPA alone. I do wish people would read beyond the headline, no matter how catchy it is.

On the topic of the ever-expanding ecosystem of AI capabilities, I'm excited to announce that our next Webinar will be held on 16th July and is with Celaton, a leading provider of Machine Learning directly into business. We'll find out more about the capabilities now possible to solve business problems. Sign Up Here.

Gartner claim that the RPA Software Market grew by 63% in 2018, so we're not facing the RPA Apocalypse anytime soon, but there is a need to understand more than just RPA, but also the growing list of solution providers who have found the opportunities to extend the capabilities of RPA and solve a wider range of business problems.

We have recently completed 6 weeks of Automation Anywhere training and 2 weeks of Blue Prism training for our customers. If you looking to grow your skills internally then we can provide the capabilities and support you need, accelerating your delivery path. Contact us here for more information.

Automation Anywhere - Customer Feedback

We often get the question, "why do you sell RPA training when you can get it all for free?" Well, let me debunk of few of the myths behind that statement now!

For starters, you can't get it all for free. You can only get some knowledge for free though on-demand videos. We occasionally sell courses in this format ourselves, but it's not our preferred approach and it doesn't suit everyones training style. The rigid structure and forced learning paths are not the most effective use of time, the materials can age quickly and for many platforms there is a lot of poor quality material out there.

The combination of online training with a live instructor addresses many of the problems companies face when planning training. It provides always up-to-date knowledge, the answers to your specific questions when you need them, and training delivered at a convenient time in short bites that are easier to accommodate into a typical working pattern. It's the best of both worlds in terms of flexibility and formality.

Classroom training is still the best option for many, and we provide this too when needed. Most of our training is live online, and all sessions are recorded so if a refresh is needed then students can revisit a video of the course they attended. An option not generally available with classroom training.

Medium and Large Organisations value the practical knowledge provided by a live trainer with practical experience to accelerate their path to effectiveness; the trainer is a coach and mentor throughout their learning programme.

The structured virtual classroom of students - or cohort - often work together on exercises and practical homework assignments which are reviewed and discussed in groups in the following session. Believe it or not, some students ask for extra homework once they get started! This provides practical experience and reinforcement of knowledge that is impossible to achieve through one-way on-demand videos.

But, you don't have to just take my word for it, here's some incredible feedback from our latest Automation Anywhere online training course:


"We asked The RPA Academy for a lot and they delivered!

As RPA remains on the leading edge of automation technologies within firms worldwide, we had a need to have as many people as we could find to be trained to develop such tool.

The RPA Academy worked with us to accommodate an aggressive schedule of training classes for 60 trainees over a 6 week period. The trainers were RPA experts that were willing to take the time to work with the trainees on everything from explaining basic programming terms to pushing advanced programmers to think of new creative possibilities with such a powerful tool.

I recommend, and plan to use, The RPA Academy for future RPA training needs as they arise.”

Intelligent Process Automation Program Manager - Aetna

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The RPA Academy is an Accredited Automation Anywhere Training Partner, providing technical, iQBot and Analytics skills, in the classroom or online. We can also tailor our training to meet specific corporate needs as we did with Aetna, provide coaching and support, and accelerate the path to productive and efficient delivery. Contact our team to learn more.

A Change of Pace

The last three weeks newsletters have been packed to the brim with news from several conferences, large and small, with groundbreaking news on current and future developments in RPA, AI and the growing inter-connected ecosystem of solutions.

This week is a change of pace as I write this from an apartment balcony in Cyprus overlooking the blue Mediterranean Sea and reflect on this weeks newsletter.  It's a location that provides a welcome reminder that it is the customer interactions, the level of  service, the banter and the entertainment that will remain untouched by automation, even if it were possible to do so.

Looking back over the last few weeks it's been great to see the technology roadmaps of all vendors advancing, but on reflection this opens up two new challenges.  First, the business skills needed to develop and grow an automation program are still scarce; Second, the RPA ecosystem is growing at such a pace that it's difficult to keep up.

We've already started to develop the business skills: check out our Executive Briefing webinar and the new live-online Business Side of RPA course, which will help you to cut through the jargon and deliver the insight needed to start, scale an sustain a successful automation program.

Meanwhile the ecosystem is already huge, and all vendors are announcing an ever-growing list of technology partners.  Here at the RPA Academy we're seeking ways to help you all navigate these new opportunities, expand our technical training to include these topics and build a program of webinars to help raise awareness.  To whet your appetite, here are a few areas we'll be exploring in the coming months:

  1. Process Mining and Discovery

  2. Document Identification and Classification

  3. Natural Language Processing

  4. Dealing with Unstructured Data

  5. Computer Vision

  6. Orchestrating the Human and Digital Workforce


You'll be pleased to hear that normal service will be resumed next week as I'll be investigating whether RPA and low-code development platforms are competitors or collaborators!  For now though, I'm off to enjoy the sun and a bottle of local brew.  

Rob King

The Skills Gap Threatens Progress

According to a survey by PwC, 77% of CEO’s see the availability of key skills as the biggest threat to their business.

Furthermore, 80% of business and IT Executives expect skills and knowledge in 10 years to have little resemblance to their organizations today; there is an urgent need to implement a continuous learning model into today’s operations simply to survive.

Successful enterprises of the future will become learning businesses, where lifelong learning is becoming part of the culture and the natural way of working within the organization.

The Rate of change continues to accelerate, keeping pace with the change requires a new model where knowledge is available at the point of demand and the point of need. A knowledge as a service model which delivers the company needs.