Lean Robotics, Dublin
Duration: 3 days + 1 day for RPA Sponsor Training
Many organisations have already started their RPA (Robotic Process Automation) journey while others are planning for the first implementation of RPA. As a Senior Consultant, there is need for me to be updated about the new developments in Finance and Accounting field. That is why I took it upon myself to spend one of my summer vacation weeks of 2019 in Dublin, to meet Paul Gillen and TJ Scally who are both highly professional and friendly. With over 20 years of experience in Mechanical Engineering & Computer Technologies, Lean and Six Sigma and Financial Services Industry, they held two courses in RPA (RPA Sponsor Training and RPA Business Analyst Training). These two courses entail the contents below;
- The Digital Workforce provides the competitive edge – background to RPA
- Protecting your investment – alignment of RPA with other transformation and change levers
- Business and IT considerations (front and back office)
- Typical applications of RPA and sample case studies
- How to design, create and build an RPA Centre of Excellence
- Typical roles within an RPA Centre of Excellence
- Understanding common challenges with RPA and how to avoid them
- Overview of the Top 3 RPA software products – UiPath, Automation Anywhere and Blue Prism
- The Future of Intelligent Automation – iOCR, ML and IA
- General understanding of Robotic Process Automation
- Selecting the appropriate lever – alignment of RPA with other transformation and change levers
- Organisation – BA’s role in the end-end solution design, build, test and deploy
- Framework for selecting and prioritising processes and tasks for automation
- Designing an RPA Business Case
- Mapping an RPA candidate process (Value Stream Mapping overview)
- Completing the Initial Process Assessment (IPA) and Process Design Documents (PDD)
- Understanding Attended versus Unattended Robotics
Pros of the RPA Sponsor Training and the RPA Business Analyst Training
- Although they are two different courses, I would highly recommend you take both of them as they complement each other very well. Especially if you are new in the RPA world. While the first course (RPA Sponsor Training) gives you general ideas about the background and the future of RPA and common challenges with RPA and how to avoid them, the second course goes in-depth with its real case studies and gives you some tools that you can use in your organisation.
- I’d highly appreciate this kind of training because this is where you take some useful tools with you from training and apply in your job. It is this kind of practice training which makes you feel like you have learned something, not situations where you just sit in a classroom and trying to listen. We had real-life case studies, both individual and group assignments. For example, we were asked to choose the best vendor and solution based on a company’s needs and some real numbers (from RPA vendors like Blue Prism, Uipath, Automation Anywhere, Kofax, etc). Another example of a real case study we had was to choose a restaurant, coffee shop or any other company close to the course location, and use it to solve the assignments we were given.
- I read many articles, books and participated in many RPA/AI courses but this one is without an argument the best. This course is not only focusing on the RPA tool itself and its future, but also people in the Enterprise. The RPA Business Analyst training takes the organisation and the implementation of RPA tools as a whole and showed them to us. When implementing RPA, we see who is doing what in the different areas (Business Analysts, Project leaders, Developers, etc.) and how they interact with each other for a successful implementation.
- Although this training was called RPA Business Analyst, some RPA Developers were participating. Participants were from large enterprises (e.g. Coca Cola), mid-sized enterprises and self-employed consultancies. I was very anxious about my first trip to Ireland and the course but my colleagues and the trainers, Paul Gillen and TJ Scally were very friendly and made sure that I understood everything and didn’t miss any valuable information. TJ and Paul didn’t hesitate for a second to ask me if I understood them when they noticed that I lost them, they did it in a very friendly and professional way. I felt like I understood everything they went through without inconveniencing the other course participants. They succeeded in finding a tempo that fits us all and the content that interested both business and IT people. Besides, TJ´s long experience in the financial service industry made the training extra interesting and relevant for me, as he used examples from the financial sector. I could relate to these examples and it allowed me to compare to how it would work in the firms that I have consulted for. The last day of the course, Paul showed us how to build our first bot in UiPath. It was amazing, I never imagined that I would be able to build a bot after only one hour of theory, but I did it! It was fun and not as difficult as I thought. I had been to a VBA Excel course and I would say that writing a VBA codes was far more difficult than building my first bot.
Cons of the RPA Sponsor Training and the RPA Business Analyst Training
The only disadvantage of this training is that the cost of living for 5 days in Dublin is pretty expensive. However, training fee itself is affordable, compared to what they charge in Sweden for similar training, just that the cost of flight and hotel bookings plus other expenses throughout the 5 days of staying in Dublin will hike the amount of money you’ll have to spend.
If you and some of your colleagues (they should be many enough) are interested in taking an RPA Business Analyst Training or a UiPath Developer training, then you can contact TJ Scally or Paul Gillen as they told me, upon request, that they would love to come to Sweden if there are many people interested in taking their courses.