RPA weekly for Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
Fortress makes a Virtual Process Analyst (VPA), which as their CEO explains “basically replaces high-level human consultants who perform time and motion studies. The cloud-hosted tool captures videos of processes, and AI tools watch the videos and transcribe them into software interactions. Data mining ensures that if the person whose actions were captured became distracted by another task, the noise can be filtered out automatically.”
Microsoft's venture arm, M12, led the round.
Their focus is building RPA bots for the supply chain industry that “work out of the box”. The round was led by Schematic Ventures (SF) with participation by PSA unboxed (Singapore), both supply chain focused venture firms.
A nice quick write up by Daniel James on things to consider before jumping into a career in RPA.
Weekly Feature: A look at Open Source RPA
This week we’re going to take a look at open source RPA tools. While many of the larger RPA platforms have money to spend on marketing, open source tools often get overlooked. However, that’s changing as open source RPA companies take venture funding and start to gain traction in the enterprise.
Let’s start with Nandan Mullakara’s list of the top 5 open source RPA tools. But what’s better than a top 5 list? A top 6 list of course. And if that’s still not enough, we’ll finish it off with a top 10 list that stretches the definition a bit.
Ken Soh, the creator of TagUI, walks us through how it works along with some videos of it in action.
A demonstration using Robin to extract web data and how to build automation script in C#. Official Robin Docs here, and the source can be found on Github. Also check out this video interview with the Robin product owner, James Papadimitriou.
OpenRPA is based on Microsoft Workflow Foundation so it resembles commercial RPA tools. While many other open source RPA tools focus on coding, OpenRPA takes a different approach and tries to compete with more low-code offerings.