if any of you fellas want to get into computery machines - free training (RPA)

sickmint79

I Drink Your Milkshake
Joined
Mar 2, 2008
Messages
18,675
Reaction score
91
Location
grayslake
hey nerds, and wannabe nerds, some free training out there now for uipath in the area of robotic process automation (rpa):
https://www.uipath.com/rpa/academy?

this is one of the fastest growing fields/companies in history now apparently. the ROI on it is pretty quick. so what happens when you have a field blowing up, super quickly? you don't have enough people to do the work. thus free training is being offered online to create a labor force that can actually execute it. i know multiple companies in the chicagoland area using it just in a circle of friends, some noting they can't find people to do the job.

for the most part, you are automating doing some work that is probably done by a person today, but can be done by computers. example:

100 people in a processing center get documents from which they read info and copy the info into a website form, and based on the info, may fill out different pages or forms.

but now today, a computer can just read the forms and get the info. what next? it's actually probably more work and effort to write a program that directly does something that replicate and triggers all the backend things from that website - so with RPA, you just code a 'robot' to enter the stuff into the website. which as far as i can tell, is download a local fat client development environment, then take that data, and say where/when/how to interact with the website.

once you're done, those 100 people drop down to 20 for specialized cases. the other 80 are given something else to work on... or maybe are out looking for a job... probably would be good for them to take some RPA training themselves.

i gotta say my guess is the minimum you would make starting this job is 65k a year. most of your competition doesn't really exist cuz there's not enough bodies - and the people who are 'experienced' in the field have only been using it 1-2 years anyway. it looks like independent contractor jobs (no benefits) are 75/hr. uipath and automation anywhere are big players.
 

sickmint79

I Drink Your Milkshake
Joined
Mar 2, 2008
Messages
18,675
Reaction score
91
Location
grayslake
#Learn to code.
on that note maybe i should note that it is not code. you are basically making 'robot hands' and the most *actual code* you may write is probably simple rules. if you had something more complicated you might slot in a robot brain (like the product i work with.) otherwise the development environment is gui based. it is in this video (1:30).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSCI-0LLuaE
 

quikturbo

Well-known member
Joined
Dec 24, 2004
Messages
340
Reaction score
25
I actually passed on a job at UiPath, thinking I should have taken it lol. I have a friend at Blue prism and they've been doing well.
 

blakbearddelite

I'm not one of your 'shit-hole' buddies!
Donating Member
Joined
Jun 28, 2007
Messages
24,982
Reaction score
209
Location
South Elgin, IL
My company wants me to look into RPA for our accounts receivable and payable transaction processing. It sounds cool, but we need to understand what it will do for us and how much it will cost.
 

Sprayin

Public Enemy #1
Donating Member
Joined
Oct 8, 2008
Messages
17,480
Reaction score
302
Location
Chicago, IL
Interesting concept. I'm very surprised that this is the first I've heard of this.
 

sickmint79

I Drink Your Milkshake
Joined
Mar 2, 2008
Messages
18,675
Reaction score
91
Location
grayslake
Interesting concept. I'm very surprised that this is the first I've heard of this.
it's one of, if not the, fastest growth areas ever; because you get to automate stuff but still use your legacy software. i was surprised because i had not heard of it either. i encountered it because our software integrates and compliments it. ie. your bot follows 'normal' simple-ish rules you could write to process insurance claim data. but what if you could have it 'think' and recognize an insurance claim looks like fraud, because it looks similar to past fraudulent ones? that sophisticated thinking is something our stuff would provide.

real hot area though. our referral bonus is double for referring someone in to our company with these skills. i found 0 people on my decent sized linkedin network who had it listed. on facebook i found some guys at fortune 500 companies using it, noting they are doing so a lot, and there is more work than people to do it.
 

tinfoilhat

TCG Conspiracy Lead Investigator
Donating Member
Joined
Jul 8, 2007
Messages
38,698
Reaction score
993
Location
Riding the Hubble
Interesting. I do this on a small basis on my own pc to automate redundant tasks. Might look into this
 

GLADIATOR

Are you not entertained?
Donating Member
Joined
Mar 29, 2004
Messages
21,104
Reaction score
485
Location
New Lenox IL
How computer savvy do you have to be? I have never coded.
 

sickmint79

I Drink Your Milkshake
Joined
Mar 2, 2008
Messages
18,675
Reaction score
91
Location
grayslake
How computer savvy do you have to be? I have never coded.
i think anyone motivated with interest could learn to do this. you don't necessarily need 'to code' but you do need a logical mindset.

one part of this will be learning the tool - where is this thing you want to do located in it? what if you want to do A or B at this point?

the other is going to be the logical process of capturing someone's work and using the tool to build out that whole workflow - since you are essentially replacing this person with it. so you will have to have a good mind for understanding and capturing all they do, and all the different paths that work may take, then building it out in the application. then running a test to simulate whether what you built/captured actually 1. works at all and 2. does what it is supposed to to completion.

i think it may be somewhat tedious work myself, but after you get something working 100% you move on to new parts or new projects. i think anyone motivated can pick it up pretty quickly, you can try out the training and see what you think. i am really curious of your opinion if you try out the first few hours of training. you definitely do not need a computer science degree and should not feel intimidated to try it out.
 

GLADIATOR

Are you not entertained?
Donating Member
Joined
Mar 29, 2004
Messages
21,104
Reaction score
485
Location
New Lenox IL
I am just looking to do something else. Hustling beverages on the streets is getting old as well as my body. Beverage companies will cut you loose at any time if budgets aren’t met. Need something else since sales people are a dime a dozen. I became the administrator for several web based sales and support software when I worked at Budweiser. I always wanted to continue pursuing an IT role. This is interesting.
 

tinfoilhat

TCG Conspiracy Lead Investigator
Donating Member
Joined
Jul 8, 2007
Messages
38,698
Reaction score
993
Location
Riding the Hubble
same, i'm looking for something new to do that can be done remotely. this seems like it would be remote work
 

sickmint79

I Drink Your Milkshake
Joined
Mar 2, 2008
Messages
18,675
Reaction score
91
Location
grayslake
same, i'm looking for something new to do that can be done remotely. this seems like it would be remote work
mm i don't think so. a typical role needs someone to gather the requirements, build and test the bots, are both (there are other jobs, like infrastructure for the bots).

let's say you went to a car insurance company. for the first part, you/someone on your team would need to watch/ask/capture all the steps someone is doing when a document comes in to get processed. oh it's an x claim, i go here, then click this, fill this out. ah but it has this modifier so i need to go to this screen, blah blah.

then actually building the bot itself; it's using their internal web software. plus in this role there's probably a 75% chance you're a consultant. so you're going to be on site, (you'd need to be at least on vpn) to develop this bot against their internal software.

you are much more likely to be traveling than working remotely. ie. i think you could start at accenture, deloitte, etc. pretty easily with this. they would expect you to wear business casual and be customer facing and be on a client's site and probably with 50-80% travel. that could be weekly ohare flights monday morning out thursday friday evening home.

or it could be local consulting, your own indy consulting, or working for an employer too. but remotely working, i think low chances.

for remote work, you are better off trying to get skilled up in a cloud. amazon is the biggest, but microsoft has a lot of growth... maybe more competition for talent (most people i know tend to be on aws/only work on aws) - you can take acloudguru (not that expensive) of courses to get certification prepped. not a bad route to go either, but pretty different from the RPA route. i would think RPA a bit easier for a non-IT person to get into and get some traction in as well.
 

Sprayin

Public Enemy #1
Donating Member
Joined
Oct 8, 2008
Messages
17,480
Reaction score
302
Location
Chicago, IL
To pique my interest I looked on Indeed and most of them say like 80% travel required.
 

quikturbo

Well-known member
Joined
Dec 24, 2004
Messages
340
Reaction score
25
Have you looked into Blue Prism? I'm doing some research as I know people at both there and UI Path, and thinking about making a move. Likely still in sales, I just can't seem to get off the hamster wheel.
 

LikeABauce302

5.0 ftw
Joined
Aug 27, 2013
Messages
1,670
Reaction score
96
Location
South suburbs
Hmmm. I will look into this later when I have some time. I have more of a mechanical background, but I often get pulled into conversations related to manufacturing process. Just having more background knowledge of RPA would be valuable.
 

GLADIATOR

Are you not entertained?
Donating Member
Joined
Mar 29, 2004
Messages
21,104
Reaction score
485
Location
New Lenox IL
I actually signed up and checked it out. The problem is time, not enough of it to actually take the classes, do my reg job, and be father of the year. Was going to try the first class maybe this weekend.

Edit: also I forgot you have to download a special program so your computer can capture your screen and my POS 15 year old laptop is not up to the task.
 

sickmint79

I Drink Your Milkshake
Joined
Mar 2, 2008
Messages
18,675
Reaction score
91
Location
grayslake
Have you looked into Blue Prism? I'm doing some research as I know people at both there and UI Path, and thinking about making a move. Likely still in sales, I just can't seem to get off the hamster wheel.
it seems to be a 3rd to what i have encountered. we seem to be working the most with uipath for when its simple brain "do x, then y, then z" needs to think more in depth "does this look like fraud?"

nothing wrong with sales - i've only done sales once in my career, as sales engineer (tech nerd on sales team) - was pretty much the best money i've made. if you have a good product then hey, things should go well, and you actually get commissions.

i no longer get those, i definitely help out the sales team, but the real in the weeds data geeks i think get the commissions, although my team does not. even at my prior job though, the tech contributions were always lower - i think 2.5 to 1%? vs. the sales account guys getting 5% generally. on one hand they did plenty of stuff i never would want to or imagine would be all that enjoyable to do, on the other, without the tech nerds you can't really prove out even a magic product is able to do its magic without a magician in the room.
 

sickmint79

I Drink Your Milkshake
Joined
Mar 2, 2008
Messages
18,675
Reaction score
91
Location
grayslake
Gartner finds RPA is fastest growing market in enterprise software

If you asked the average person on the street what Robotic Process Automation is, most probably wouldn’t have a clue. Yet new data from Gartner finds the RPA market grew over 63% last year, making it the fastest growing enterprise software category. It is worth noting, however, that the overall market value of $846.2 million remains rather modest compared to other multi-billion dollar enterprise software categories.

RPA helps companies automate a set of highly manual processes.The beauty of RPA, and why companies like it so much, is that it enables customers to bring a level of automation to legacy processes without having to rip and replace the legacy systems.
...

The biggest winner in this rapidly growing market is UIPath, the startup that raised $568 million on a fat $7 billion valuation last year. One reason it’s attracted so much attention is its incredible growth trajectory. Consider that UIPath brought in $15.7 million in revenue in 2017 and increased that by a whopping 629.5% to $114.8 million last year. That kind of growth tends to get you noticed. It was good for 13.6% marketshare and first place, all the way up from fifth place in 2017, according to Gartner.
 

Create an account or login to comment

You must be a member in order to leave a comment

Create account

Create an account on our community. It's easy!

Log in

Already have an account? Log in here.

Top Bottom