Category: RPA

Designing Blue Prism Processes for Human in the Loop

Blue Prism is well known as an enterprise grade, unattended Digital Workforce Platform.  Given Blue Prism’s strength in unattended RPA, there’s a misconception that Blue Prism cannot do attended RPA as well.  In fact, Blue Prism is perfectly capable of supporting Human in the Loop automation. It just requires Solution Designers to consciously design user interaction into their Blue Prism...

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RPA Processes – Pets vs. Cattle

In DevOps, it’s common to think of your IT infrastructure as either Pets or as Cattle. RPA Process Selection and Design should be thought of in terms of Pets and Cattle as well. What are Pet Servers? Pet servers are often: Highly specialized and few in number Indispensable and cannot tolerate downtime Setup and changed manually by hand Scaled vertically...

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RPA for Startups?

I’ve now worked at Blue Prism for ~1.5 years, taking part in one of the fastest growing trends in technology and business transformation: Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Thinking back on my career for 2020, I’ve developed a clear idea of how I would have used RPA to automate operations at a startup that I co-founded in 2015, and how other...

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Effective RPA Development Team Composition

What do the most effective RPA development teams look like? As an RPA consultant, I’m exposed to tons of RPA teams and projects and the best teams do have something in common. The ones that do the best are primarily 70-80% non-technical, with the remaining members having some technical (programming or software development) background. If the development team is primarily...

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RPA Market Research Reports

[Updated Feb, 2020] If you’re wanting to read about the different RPA products and where they stand, you can take a look at various RPA market research reports. There’s four big marketing research reports that are commonly cited in the industry by RPA vendors for sales and marketing reasons: Forrester Research Everest Group Gartner Horses for Sources You’d normally have...

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Towards Intelligent Automation

Intelligent Automation is currently one the hottest topics in Robotic Process Automation’s (RPA), but there’s little to no information on how to implement it in a practical manner. If you’re a part of an RPA team, you’re likely wondering how you can get started with integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) into your RPA platform. Having worked in...

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Robin – The Open Source RPA Language

So this has been making the news headlines in the RPA community a few months ago: https://robin-language.org/ Its a programming language purpose designed for RPA. Not much information is available online at the moment, and it doesn’t seem like many online articles have tried it out, so I’ve gone ahead and actually installed it, and used it to give you...

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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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