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It's a Kinda Magic

Gartners' Magic Quadrant

Last week Gartner released their Magic Quadrant for RPA and those vendors happy with the findings went crazy to celebrate the recognition of their success. While others quietly shuffled it under the carpet, hoping no one would notice.

If you'd like to read the full report it can be downloaded from Blue Prism on this link. The Magic Quadrant is your typical four-box grid, the x-axis tracking 'completeness of vision' and the y-axis 'ability to execute.' It's the y-axis that really sorts the wheat from the chaff, capabilities are no good if they are difficult to deliver!

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The report pulls no punches and no one really escaped completely free of some criticism, but as you fall lower down the y-axis, there were some harsh words and a sincere reality-check delivered. Credit to the Authors Derek Miers, Marc Kerremans, Saikat Ray and Cathy Tornbohm for not watering down their output. Anyone wanting to learn more about the RPA market should find a quiet hour and digest this report now.

The leaders - UiPath, Blue Prism and Automation Anywhere - will probably come as no surprise to anyone. I'm pleased to see EdgeVeve and NICE sitting in the Challengers quadrant, worthy recognition in both cases for organisations that are sometimes overlooked by the hype around the big-3, despite a strong pedigree in this market. Personally, I was surprised to not see Pegasystems in this quadrant, a solution that seemed to have more in common with the Challengers than the Visionaries.

Visionaries is perhaps the most oddly named quadrant. It doesn't quite conjure the right impression of the vendors in this section; a complete vision but lacking in the ability to execute is too much theory and not enough practice in my mind.

Finally, we have the Niche Players, and this is a real mixed bag of results. Congratulations to Kofax, Servicetrace and Softomotive; they're still in the game and need to keep pushing forward. For the others, the battle is on, and there will be winners and losers!

With some visionary thinking of our own, The RPA Academy is a training partner with all of the Gartner RPA Leaders! Starting this week we have a new curriculum of Blue Prism Live Online training beginning so now is a good time to jump in for just $349 and begin your RPA journey.

Best,

Rob King

The RPA Academy



Knowledge as a Service, Learning as a Skill

This week, we have been promoting our new subscription service:  RPA Unlimited. Providing unlimited access to our curriculum of RPA technical and business skills for $349/month. Training has evolved, it's now knowledge as a service.

Having a groundbreaking new service is one thing, but it's actually only half of a broader equation. Accessing continuous learning is really a state of mind, a receptiveness to new information.  

Students need to learn how to learn continuously, exercising their skills across increasingly broader domains. During the design of our RPA Unlimited service, we considered whether to specialise along the lines of specific technologies. It became very clear though that many RPA developers (who have the right mindset) are skilled in multiple disciplines. This influenced our final decision to provide access to the whole curriculum and continuously grow that curriculum to meet the demands of our community.

Knowledge is a service, Learning is a skill. Students who continuously challenge themselves to learn more will be in greater demand, learn faster, innovate more and stand out from the specialists by provides broader understanding over remembering facts.

For businesses or individuals, our RPA Unlimited Service provides:

  • Blue Prism Foundation

  • Automation Anywhere Basic and Advanced

  • UiPath Foundation and Advanced

  • RPA Knowledge for Analysts, Project Managers and Exec

Check Out Next Weeks classes ↓↓

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Edward Brooks
Founder of The RPA Academy

Bridging a Gap or Leaping the Chasm?

Last week the London RPA and AI meetup gathered together representatives from Automation Anywhere, Accenture and IBM to discuss how to bridge the gap from RPA to AI.

The collective experience of the panel immediately challenged that back-office automation is simply going too slow, giving examples of industrial robots with automation capabilities being around for over 30 years, why is RPA moving so slowly?

Another view cited consumer AI, where products like Alexa have become commonplace and the use of AI in our shopping, smartphones, or TV viewing is prevalent. If AI has moved so quickly at how, why is it so difficult for businesses to move at a similar pace?

Answers and excuses came thick and fast...some thought it was ignorance of the opportunity provided by RPA and AI, the misguided belief that automation was only for large businesses and doesn't apply to SMB's. Other cited change fatigue and no energy to look at another wave of technology change. All agreed that getting started was easy, but scaling up and sustaining the program is difficult.

The panel all agreed that the technology is mature, affordable and capable, whatever your needs, but warned that the technology alone will not solve your problems. Without a doubt, the new wave of Intelligent Automation (RPA + AI) is providing digital transformation opportunities for businesses but the success of these programs relies on the people and processes, not the technology.  

Processes need to be reimagined, the nature of work changed and this requires forward thinking skills not just technological ones. The panel referenced a study that suggested that 80% of the value of RPA came from businesses being forced to review and optimize their legacy processes!  

For many, this is not a gap to be bridged, but an impossible chasm to leap, but if businesses wait too long to start they will now be left in the dust.

If you're wondering where to begin with RPA, then check out our RPA Unlimited offer which provides both business and technical skills.


Rob King
VP Product at The RPA Academy

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Edward Brooks | Founder of The RPA Academy

Meetups Rock!

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Business Side of RPA

Personally, I am a big fan of Meetups. Specifically, those relating to RPA and AI, they're my guilty pleasure. If they involve beer and a few slices of pizza too, what is there not to like?!

Last week I happened to be speaking at the RPA Meetup Milton Keynes (UK) and that has made me think a little more about why I like them so much. Firstly, they are all very different, and that part of the appeal; whether auditoriums or just the local bar, they all have their own tone and approach. 

They are full of like-minded individuals, and you are guaranteed to find some interesting stories, challenges and solutions from those around you. Now, this may sound a little crazy but while I love public speaking, I find networking quite difficult. I'm sure many people can sympathize with this challenge and may feel a bit daunted by the prospect of networking with a bunch of strangers. Don't be. Meetups are always on the right side of informal to make this a natural, relaxing and entertaining thing to do. If conferences are intimidating, start with a few meetups to warm up to the idea of networking.

There are also some amazing speakers, this week I heard about the results of market research in RPA recruitment and a brilliant AI practitioner from UiPath describing the impressive AI Roadmap for 2019. This could be a wild ride (as the lyrics say) and 2019 is already lining up to be an exciting year.

The recurring theme of the technology skills gap raised its head again, but pleasantly, the solutions and opportunities for resolving these problems were discussed. This week we have a webinar entitled The Growth Mindset, which continues this exact conversation: solutions all exist, but a mindset of continuous learning is needed for it to be successful.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, our Business Side of RPA online training has reached the halfway point, technical training, online and classroom, is running for all three of our main product partners: UiPath,  Automation Anywhere and Blue Prism.Also, check out our home page for details.

And remember to take some time for yourself, May is Mental Health Month, find out more about it here.

-Rob King | The RPA Academy

Disrupting Recruitment

Here at the RPA Academy we often get questions from students about their career development and recruitment. It's not surprising, like most technology-driven industries, everyone focuses on the tech! But what about the people side of all this?

Our pure focus is on getting people knowledge. As you’ll see more and more in the coming months, this is about:

· showing people what you can do (awareness),

· teaching them how to do it (training)

· and being there to help when they hit issues (support).


However, this still needs you to find the right people, for the right roles - either full time or contracting.

Traditional recruiting still accounts for the vast majority of the market. Done well, it is a value add. But most of the market is just relying on an old database or their interpretation of what a LinkedIn profile says. And just because it mentions “RPA,” it doesn’t make you a developer.

Plus it slows down the market. When projects need to move fast, the recruiting model has to go at the right speed and add value immediately. Larger companies are also losing out to nimble operations able to scoop up the good candidates first. The traditional way isn't working.

Let us introduce you to RPA Talent. Super-simple on many levels. These guys are focused on the RPA Market and coming at it from a people perspective. However, don’t be surprised if you see the same thing pop up for other niches. This is a highly transportable model. Whether you are an individual looking to develop your personal brand or a company looking hire professional staff, RPA Talent has a new model for you to try.

Recruitment needs disrupting. And transparency helps any market. That can be hard to do, but seeing clear feedback on the candidate and the employer is a revolutionary area that RPA Talent does not shirk away from addressing.

You’re changing the way the world works in your daily job. Now help change the way the recruiting world works. It is free to do so take a look!

For more details check out our latest blogswebinars, and training.


Edward Brooks | Founder, The RPA Academy

When you need some information, what do you do?

When you need some information, what do you do? For most people, the answer to this question is “Google it,” our new fountain of wisdom for everything from David Bowie trivia to the meaning of life.

There are 1.15 billion answers to the meaning of life, I’m glad we’ve sorted that one out.

When google works, it works great, and it should always be our first port of call, but when it doesn’t work, it includes lots of superfluous information that is not needed.

This is a signal to noise ratio: it’s difficult to hear the valuable signal because of the level of noise. This problem translates directly into our own RPA world, where there is a mountain of materials, but the quality varies greatly. At the RPA Academy, we curate well-researched knowledge to share with our members on the entire RPA ecosystem.

One size never fits all, and our flexible ‘learning path’ approach allows you to target the knowledge needed at the point of need for you and your team. The RPA Academy team have launched an innovative new brand called The Beacons, providing ongoing training for all your team. Our online subscription service starts from just $349 per month, contact our team to learn more.

Your best employees are made, not found

The World Economic Forum emphasizes that it is crucial for employers to support their current workforces through training in order to address the skills gap. Within the next five years, it is expected that over 50% of employees will require significant reskilling and upskilling.

Meeting this demand through traditional recruitment methods is simply impossible, there are insufficient skills on the market to tap-into in the first place. Developing your existing talent is the only option to keep up to date and achieve your business goals.

This will require some bold steps and new ideas.

Do you agree that the US should consider taxing robots who replace human workers?

I do not.

The complexity of how such a tax may be calculated fairly in the first place is incomprehensible. Never minding the fact that the definition of ‘robot’ is unclear.

Also, productivity growth is in decline [1] so slowing the progress through taxation could have even greater negative economic impact, rather than the reverse perhaps implied by the question.

Governments have to function, true, but a simpler manner of taxation is needed than the blunt instrument of ‘robots’ and this gets even more complex if you add AI into your question

Rob King (VP Product, UK Country Director at The RPA Academy)

https://www.quora.com/Do-you-agree-that-the-US-should-consider-taxing-robots-who-replace-human-workers