Back in the second half of 2016, I grew more and more convinced about the challenges of skills and skills shortages in new and emerging technologies. RPA was my first direct exposure, seeing a) the current growth b) the likely future growth and c) how little organizations were doing to address it. The other part of the equation was individuals. Why was it so difficult for them to get training. At that time, for RPA especially, you had to work for a company that was a partner of one of the big RPA platforms or… well, that was it.
So we set about establishing partnerships with the major RPA providers.
My theory, from the viewpoint of the technology firms, was that training is important, but is it “core business”? From their fundraising, market growth and product development were the two priorities. But were they really in the business of training? Or was that an important add-on that they would like to have, but could never be world class at, except with the diversion of essential resources that are better deployed growing and expanding the core business.
Gradually what happened during 2017 was exactly that. A real alignment of the RPA training market into what was core and non-core.
But that wasn’t enough just to get us status as training partners.
What was required was proof of the quality of the training (a kind of chicken and egg perspective), proof of the quality of the training environment, and a commitment to the market.
With Blue Prism we spent significant rounds of work going through our solutions. In the process it was highly educational to us to really get to grips with the Blue Prism methodology. PDDs, ODIs, etc. What was equally fascinating was to hear it in parallel with the stories of how Blue Prism evolved. From the first days, through to now when they have almost single-handedly defined a market.
Truly, nothing was easy. As a start-up we didn’t have banks of systems to build training around. We didn’t have huge resources. And we were juggling different roles to stay alive while going through the evaluation process, never sure that it would happen.
Along the way our team got hit by pneumonia, flooding, power outages, and bronchitis, with little to carry us forward except a belief that this was the right thing to do. After over a year of collaboration, we became an Authorized Blue Prism Training Partner.
In parallel, we managed to build a global team of experienced Blue Prism practitioners who are also passionate about training. That has enabled us to run online and onsite classes around the world, training individuals and corporations. We continue to build out our training and expand our library of materials every single week.