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Open Source RPA Platforms

One big factor in choosing an RPA product is cost, so here is an overview of all of the Open Source RPA software that I can find on Google. Summary of Findings I’m putting the summary up top in case you don’t want to read further. As of now, I wouldn’t recommend any of the Open Source RPA solutions to...

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RPA Development Testing

Tips for Business Owners or RPA Project Leads Require Test Cases as a Deliverable Insist that whomever is helping you automate, provides a full set of test cases to you as a deliverable. A business process can change over time, or the application GUI/interfaces that you normally use can change as well. This will force rework on any automation that...

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RPA vs. RDA

One of the choices that a business should make before starting their RPA journey is whether they want RPA vs. RDA. Robotic Desktop Automation (RDA) Another name for RDA is “attended automation”. This is what people call a “digital assistant”, where the bot lives on the same computer that the employee uses. As the employee uses their computer, they can...

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Using AI as Decision Paths Inside your RPA Processes

Right now, I’d separate AI into two broad categories: Off the shelf (OTS), generic AI that doesn’t need any specialized knowledge to understand. The functions that this AI provides is something that a child could probably perform, such as categorizing/identifying things in images, reading (doing OCR), text sentiment analysis, etc. These types of AI services are provided by all of...

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Blue Prism Technical Architect Exam Notes ATA01

This exam is pretty easy if you’ve passed the Installation Engineer exam. There is around ~70% overlap in terms of the documentation that you need to read in order to prepare. It makes sense to schedule the two exams to be taken in close proximity. I found it significantly easier compared to the Installation Engineer exam, and the recommended reading...

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Blue Prism Installation Engineer Exam Notes AIE02

Here’s the notes that I made to prepare for this exam. Provisioning a DB Collation: Key is codepage 1252 and CI Latin1_General_CI_AS, SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS Recommended to install every single part on a different drive: OS, sql server, tempdb, data file, log file Enable Instant File Initialization. This feature typically benefits the speed at which transaction log files can be grown automatically...

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AI and RPA together

This a post to help sort out my thoughts on how to use AI and RPA together. Right now I see two main ways in which RPA and AI interact. Using AI based solutions as intermediate steps in an RPA process for non decision making reasons, for example using OCR to process an invoice Using AI to actually replace some...

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Getting Started with RPA

As of 2018, there are three players in the RPA software market that take up the most marketshare.  In no particular order: Automation Anywhere Blue Prism UI Path All three of these products are positioned a bit differently in terms of target customer, pricing and feature set. If you are a consultant, you’d be better served knowing how to use...

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Blue Prism Developer Exam Notes AD01

Here are the notes that I created to study for the AD01 exam. No guarantees that any of these actually appear on the exam but hopefully someone will find these useful. • Detailed understanding of Blue Prism native functions and their correct application. • Date Functions: DateAdd() DateDiff() FormatDate() MakeDate() Now() Today() DateAdd(interval, number, date): interval 0 1 4 5...

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Starting DUP

I haven’t taken the time to follow up on new developments in weightlifting/training since starting 10+ years ago.  I recently started looking into daily undulating periodization (DUP) and have decided to give it a go.  Part of the beauty of the program is that you tailor it 100% to your needs, but I’ve gone on reddit and found a template...

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