1. An attempt at a joke.
Humour is always best when it is based on reality.
Well, it did make me smile to see such a diverse group taking our Blue Prism training last week in New York.
For me this was a great learning experience too.
I go back and forth about whether RPA is really a democratic tool, ready and able to be used by anyone.
Or is it really just a platform that is best implemented and run by developers?
Given that we do so much training onsite around the globe and online, last week I was able to meet the trainees.
I could spend time seeing how they were actually learning – engaging in the class, using our platform, accessing our LMS etc.
Coming out of this were many observations:
- They all found Blue Prism to be very intuitive
- But intuitive is not the same as easy or simple
- They were surprised about how complex it is to automate even basic tasks
- None of them felt overwhelmed or that this was going to be impossible for them
- They recognised that practice was going to be key (and we give them lots of opportunity for that, way after the class has finished).
- Getting the context was very important – they were all aching for real-world examples.
- “How does Blue Prism compare to…?” was asked multiple times.
- And everyone was working out how they’d be implementing this in their organisation.
Do I now think that this is a technical tool or one for “the masses”? I really just don’t know.
But what I have seen happen – with companies like UBS and Walmart – they have recognised that RPA can be learned and used by anyone.
What it takes is time.
And most reassuringly of all, they recognise the value of giving their existing employees the time to learn, to adapt and to embrace the opportunities and freedoms created by RPA.
As we embark on this insane journey, nothing is more reassuring than companies valuing their employees and skilling them to contribute to (and embrace) this inevitable and exciting future.
2. Ever wondered what RPA training in New York looks like?
We’ve started to take more and more pictures of our training, just so anyone else can see what it looks like.
Yes, we have great references, but what does it really look like?
Here’s the answer…
Credit to www.snapped.us for taking such a great picture, capturing the NYC cityscape!
Almost looks unreal.
But ask the guys from KPMG, Prudential, and Synovus.
They will tell you how real it was.
3. First ever New York RPA Meetup last week.
We had local leaders from UiPath, Blue Prism and Workfusion turn up for the first ever RPA Meetup to be held in NY.
See the full gallery here – Snapped/RPAmeetup
4. Real Robots?
These are alive and working around the US, and soon globally. Incredible!
Huge thanks to Knightscope for hosting us in NYC last week.
[BTW – they are raising funds if you want to invest. Last round was at $3 – this one is at $8]