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Low-Code: Collaborator or Challenger for the RPA Crown?

Low-Code: Collaborator or Challenger for the RPA Crown?

Last week was the Largest ever low-code conference ever globally, hosted by Mendix in Rotterdam, it boasted around 5000 visitors across 2 days.  So what is low-code, what has it got to do with RPA, and should I care?

Low-code is an approach to development that uses visual modelling and configuration instead of traditional programming to create applications.  Many RPA tools are referred to as low-code, as are many of the ecosystem products such as Appian or TrustPortal because they follow this same principle.

Reinforcing the similarities even further, the target users for these products are often the business and not IT.  Mendix refers to this audience as Citizen Developers, and similarly to RPA benefit from business experience above a technical background.  

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The Low-Code and RPA markets are similarly buoyant with predictions that low-code alone will reach $21 Billion market size within the next 3 years.  It seems surprising that there hasn't been more recognition of these similarities sooner.

Low-code and RPA also provide high levels of integration between separate applications so you can understand at first why there may be an assumption that they do the same thing.  But, the devil is in the detail and it is at this point Low-Code Application Development Platforms (to use the full title) and Robotic Process Automation diverge and become powerful in their chosen areas of operation.

Low-Code delivers fully developed applications across a variety of platforms, include the ability to build entire databases, and have strong change management, version control and application deployment capabilities as a core component.  Building entirely new applications at 10-times the speed of traditional programming tools is the wheel-house of low-code development.

In contrast, RPA mimics human interactions to provide a digital-human layer (rather than application layer), is focused predominantly on windows and browser-based applications, uses the data only from underlying applications, and orchestrates the actions of your team of digital workers.

While the development approach and target audience have many similarities, there are many benefits from having both low-code and RPA at your disposal to deliver a comprehensive programme of digital transformation.  Utilizing each tool for its own strength will open up new opportunities to develop integrated solutions.

The RPA Academy is here to keep you informed in the rapidly developing ecosystem.  We are continuing to develop new insights and opportunities to further your knowledge.  Contact our team to learn more, check out our newly updated blogs and videos sections on the website or browse our catalogue of training options.

Rob 

Does Learning Path = Earning Path?

Learning Path

We’ve been exploring "Learning Paths" over the last few months.

It gets pretty complicated. 

Just look at the Blue Prism paths we’ve been sketching out.

This is simplistic.

Learning Paths

It ignores the real barriers individuals face.

Everyone has different needs, pressures, plans, objectives, and visions.

All at different times. With everyone moving at different speeds.

The logic is very simple: “Have More Knowledge = Drive More Value = Get Paid More”.

It will happen, either with your current employer or your next employer.

If you can tick the following boxes, you’re going to rocket:

  1. Know what can be done

  2. Know how to do it (or get it done)

  3. Know how to solve or get problems solved

But how do you access that knowledge?

Just within the RPA zone, the platforms are evolving, and Ecosystems are growing up fast. 

The potentials are becoming almost unlimited.

Our Unlimited Live Online Learning model is designed to support you across your learning path (and earning path). You’ll learn what can be done, how to do it, and how to get help when you need it.