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July 07, 2016
Learning Robotic Process Automation
By: Justyna Sabinicz

Hi there!

Last time I described my first project at Accenture which actually turned out to be very short. This time I will give you some insight into a new technology that I was lucky to be given an opportunity to learn.

Once I had rolled-off the project at the insurance company, I talked with my line-manager to get some feedback on my performance. He was happy with my work so he also offered to help me find the next project. He was a part of the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) practice within Accenture. He forwarded my CV around the practice and soon I was contacted about an opportunity in RPA.

Robotic Process Automation is one of the new emerging technologies. The term was introduced by Blue Prism who were the pioneers of RPA. Nowadays there are more RPA software companies on the market like Automation Anywhere or UiPath nevertheless Blue Prism remains most popular solution.

RPA software – as the name suggests, enables us to automate processes. When I tell people that I work as an RPA developer many imagine that I build physical robots. Unfortunately that’s not the case… The robots are virtualised. The software enables to create process flow programs and business objects which are then introduced to virtual machines. The virtual machines act as robots and perform the actions like a human would do. The actions may include logging into applications, browsing them, extracting data, moving the data, creating new Ms Office files, sending e-mails and many, many more.

For our clients, the introduction of RPA means a reduction in overheads as robots will replace or at the least significantly reduce the work normally performed by human employees. Moreover robots don’t get tired, don’t require comfort breaks and will work 24 hours a day. Finally robots will perform quicker and will not make mistakes as humans would. These are just basic features and capabilities of RPA and they make it desirable solution.

I did not have any knowledge of RPA. Nevertheless that was not an issue – I was provided with full training in this area. The software I was trained in was Blue Prism. Unfortunately the project which I was supposed to join has been postponed. But I took advantage of the free time and further explored Blue Prism and its capabilities. The RPA practice was and still is rapidly growing with the demand. I was requested to assist new trainees in their training. I was happy to take on this responsibility as it was also a test of my Blue Prism knowledge as well as a great opportunity to contribute to the practice.

I hope this post has given you a little bit of insight into RPA and its place within Accenture. Next time I will write about the exciting training to which graduates aligned to the Technology Analyst Group were invited to.

Thank you for reading!

Justyna

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