Two simple reasons; multiple more complicated ones.
Simple reason 1. There is very little business-focussed RPA training. 99% of all RPA information out there is either selling a product or training developers.
Simple reason 2. Most business leaders, operations leaders, project managers and Lean Six Sigma practitioners already have 90+% of the skills to do RPA. With a small bit of education and knowledge they can be driving RPA faster and with confidence.
How am I qualified to do this?
I've been living in the RPA space for three years now.
At the start, I actually just thought RPA was a “no-brainer” - RPA was so obvious that all organisations would quickly adopt RPA.
So there would no need for anyone like me, helping, advising, consulting, driving.
But actually, despite lots of talk and hype, the penetration of RPA is still very low.
Yes, it is growing incredibly fast but I reckon that RPA alone - not anything beyond RPA - is at a maximum of 1% penetration. [I talk about that in part of the course.]
This will change, but I saw two issues emerge that were holding the market back.
First, a huge lack of real, detailed knowledge in the market place.
Second, most people did just not know where and how to get started.
So I started to spend more of my time purely educating people and helping them to cross the starting line. More and more - away from The RPA Academy - that is where I spend most of my time.
There Are Limited Sources of RPA Information
Reflecting on my RPA experience, I started to wonder why it was so difficult to get hold of the core knowledge.
There is no book. If there was it would be out of date.
Big consultancies are stretched thin - and most of their staff don’t have that much experience.
Smaller consultancies are just amazed at how low the barriers to entry are, and that they can earn well as a result.
I actually find good recruiters and BPO/ITO sales directors are better informed about the market than many consultants.
Conferences are great for generating awareness and enthusiasm, but really never allow you to dig deeper. You’ll come back to your desk after taking 3 days out, still not knowing where and how to start RPA.
In short, there are very few sources of knowledge. And especially knowledge you can act upon.
Which is why I created the RPA Master Course - a methodology and a series of videos you can apply in any sector or operation.
It is built around the fact that any experienced business or project leader will have been through similar implementation and transformation projects - but just not in the RPA space.
So you will already have the scars and lessons learned - you just won’t have the RPA knowledge. The Master Course adds that RPA knowledge.
If I can give people the confidence that they already have 85+% of the skills, then that should help get the market to move even faster.
Faster adoption means that more developers are needed sooner (and, yes, I hope we get to train them)
Getting through the initial stages of RPA sooner means that “digital” is embedded within the culture a lot sooner.
If we get that digital culture, then everything after RPA will be a lot easier to understand and implement.
So, just by getting over the initial barriers to starting RPA means faster transformation.
It is all recorded, so you can learn at your own pace. (Note - we will also be doing onsite Master Courses in 2018).