- What is robotic process automation (RPA)?
- The RPA vendor landscape
- Differences between RPA and other tools
- Best practices at the process and enterprise levels
- Identifying opportunities for automation
- Prime opportunity areas for automation
- Key stakeholders in your RPA journey
- Tips for success from the front lines
Skill Level Beginner
- If you've read a newspaper, a magazine, or a book recently, it's hard to miss that robots seem to be popping up everywhere. You see robots playing in our personal lives in the form of anything from virtual assistants to vacuums and you see an explosion of references to robots in our professional lives. This course will focus on a particular type of robot that's getting a ton of coverage. I'm referring to Robotic Process Automation or RPA for short. We'll go into a more detailed definition soon, but at the highest level, RPA is software-based robotics that emulates work that people do.
It's also important to clarify that it is not the same as physical, shiny, metal robots. You'd be surprised how often I'm asked this. While the concept of RPA and its underlying technologies are not new, the application in today's business environment is relatively new and it's extremely exciting to see how it's encouraging enterprises around the world to assess, transform, and digitize what they're doing. Hi, my name's Ian Barkin. I'm co-founder and chief strategy officer of Symphony Ventures, a firm that enterprises apply RPA and AI to their front, middle, and back office functions to digitize operations.
From my experience, one of the most important things a company can do at any stage of their RPA adoption journey is to educate the key stakeholders. Creating a shared baseline of understanding is imperative. We've designed this course specifically to help any organization achieve this sort of alignment. And with that in mind, this course serves as a primer for enterprises and individuals. It's our hope that you'll share this widely amongst your transformation teams before you get started and revisit it often as you go.
I guarantee that the investment in time will be well worth it. In this course, I'll be speaking to a broad set of stakeholders including executives, operational leadership, delivery, IT, and other teams that find themselves involved in your RPA initiatives including information security, human resources, risk offices and more. We'll go into detail on many topics including the definition and benefits of RPA, what makes for a well-designed enterprise-grade RPA solution, and the important strategic elements the business must consider when adopting RPA.
We'll also explore lessons learned and best practices that I've gathered over the years helping enterprises succeed at digital transformation. I'll provide examples from global companies implementing RPA across numerous industries and business functions. Thank you for joining me. I hope you'll take away from this course a set of unique perspectives, tips, and skills that you can apply in your next RPA project and beyond.