RPA and the Horse Carriage

Training In RPA, part 2 - RPA and the Horse Carriage

Posted by Julie Shafiki on Aug 14, 2019 11:51:00 AM

This is post 2 of 4 posts about Training in RPA. See also: Be Your Future

Perhaps RPA (robotic process automation) can be compared to the introduction of the automobile. You can argue its advantages or worry about its disadvantages. But you can’t deny that the elimination of the horse carriage and invention of the automobile had a disruptive, almost ubiquitous impact on society and on the workplace – changing people’s jobs and creating new positions. True, you no longer needed coachmen. But you began to need bus drivers and conductors. Distances shrank, the world became smaller, and new opportunities and business partnerships became a reality.

The same goes for the adoption of RPA. From cutting costs and delivering services faster and more efficiently, to creating different operating models and more interesting, higher-value work activities for human beings – the shift toward RPA adoption is expected to have a mindboggling impact.

A Titanic Shift

Research by the the shift to RPA in terms of human work hours: Whereas 71% of tasks are currently performed by humans, this will shift toward 58%.

That 12% difference will be felt across the board. Some industries will be affected more, but nobody remains unaffected. According to McKinsey’s 2017 report Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transitions in a Time of Automation, at least a third of activities can be automated in about 60% of occupations.

From Jobs to “Superjobs”

According to Deloitte’s 2019 Global Human Capital Trends, most organizations expect to increase use of AI, cognitive technologies, RPA, and robotics over the next three years. Deloitte anticipates that this will allow employees to focus on better kinds of work instead of time-consuming, administrative tasks.

Jobs of the future will be more digital, multidisciplinary, and data- and information-driven. New roles – “superjobs” – will combine parts of traditional jobs but leverage the power of technology.

Kryon’s CEO Harel Tayeb summarizes this (see the International Business Times): “While there’s plenty of fear surrounding whether or not robots will displace human workers, the truth of the matter is that you shouldn’t be scared of having your job replaced, because most American workers are already seeing how robots can help work better and shed mundane tasks.”

Gain Skills in RPA at the Kryon Academy

According to Grand View Research, Inc., the global RPA market is expected to reach 3.97 billion by 2025, and expand at a CAGR of 31.1% over the forecast period. The demand for individuals who know RPA will continue to grow as it is adopted more widely, across all industries.

People with RPA developer certification (offered at the Kryon Academy) are in demand. Proof of this is on LinkedIn, where a quick search brings up advertisements for over 3,000 RPA-related openings.



Topics: Robotic Process Automation, RPA, Kryon Academy, automation

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