Robotic Process Automation training using UiPath will prepare you for UiPath’s RPA Developer Advanced Certification exam so that you can drive RPA initiatives in your organization. You will master the key concepts while designing an RPA solution using UiPath, perform Image and Text automation, create RPA Bots, perform Data Manipulation, handle exceptions and build a solution using REFramework using real-life case studies. Master RPA with CoursesIT and make a career in it.

Learning Objective: In this module, you will learn about the evolution and future of Robotic Process Automation. You will also learn how Robotic Process Automation works and its components.

Topics:

  • Emergence of Robotic Process Automation (RPA)
  • Evolution of RPA
  • Future of RPA
  • Differentiating RPA from Automation
  • Defining Robotic Process Automation & its benefits
  • What RPA is Not
  • Types of Bots
  • Application areas of RPA
  • How Robotic Process Automation works
  • RPA development methodology and key considerations
  • List of Robotic Process Automation Tools

Learning Objective: In this module, you will learn about the basic concepts of UiPath.

Topics:

  • Introduction to UiPath platform and its components
  • Installation details of UiPath’s Community Edition
  • Types of Templates
  • User Interface
  • Domains in Activities
  • Workflow Files in UiPath

Learning Objective: In this module, you will understand the main components of a process namely variables, arguments and activities. You will learn activities related to UI Automation, System, User Events and App Integration. In addition, you will learn about the recording and scraping feature of UiPath.

Topics:

  • UI Automation Activities
  • System Activities
  • Variables
  • Arguments
  • Imports Panel
  • User Events
  • App Integration
  • Scraping
  • Selector
 

Robotic Process Automation
Robotic Machines that mimic human actions are called Robots.
Process The sequence of steps which lead to a meaningful activity. For example the process of making tea etc.
Automation Any process which is done by a robot without human intervention.

To sum it up, mimicking human actions to perform a sequence of steps that lead to meaningful activity, without any human intervention is known as Robotic Process Automation.

Now, this is the most generic question asked in RPA Interview Questions. Now let’s move forward and see the benefits of it.

The benefits of RPA are as follows:

  1. It Saves Cost: Since it can automate almost all manual and repetitive tasks, you can reduce the size of your workforce and hence reduce costs.
  2. More Accurate in Lesser Time: To err is human, but computers or machines don’t commit any mistakes, they do exactly as they are told and hence are more accurate.
  3. Easy to Implement and learn: As earlier stated, there is no coding required. Any automation can be created using a simple drag and drop.
  4. No Coding Required!: RPA can be implemented to automate any repetitive process which is done on a computer. This process can be related to any desktop tool or web application, if the process is repetitive it can be automated, that too with minimum coding required.
Type of RPA Tools Description
Excel automation and Macros Simple automation solutions to automate basic processes.
Programmable Solution bots Interact with other systems based on the client’s requirements /inputs.
Self Learning Tools Analyze human actions and perform the same on various platforms
Cognitive automation bots Self-learning bots which can handle unstructured data, and make decisions based on complex, unstructured input.

The following could be the most common challenges you could have faced during your projects:

  • Shortage of skilled resources
  • Challenge in automating end to end use cases
  • Lack of required support from Business
  • Lack of proper team structure
  • Vaguely defined Business continuity plans
  • Culture shock
  • Incorrectly identified use-cases for automation
  • Not following best practices
  • Not enough support from the RPA platform vendor
  • Post-Implementation Adoption

The different RPA tools used in today’s market are as follows:

  • UiPath
  • Blue Prism
  • Automation Anywhere
  • Pega
  • NICE Systems
  • Visual Cron
  • Kofax
  • Jacada
  • Ant Works
  • Another Monday

The factors to look for in RPA software are as follows:

  • Simple: Enterprises should make sure that their products are simple and are easy to learn and implement.
  • Speed: The software should be able to design and test new processes to optimize the bots to work quickly.
  • Scalability: The chosen RPA software should be able to scale rapidly and also be centrally managed.
  • Intelligence: Software should be able to support simple task-based activities, to perform data manipulations.
  • Reliable: Tool should have built-in monitoring and support systems to monitor the health of systems.
  • Enterprise-Class: The software should satisfy the company’s need, by providing scalability, reliability also.
UiPath Blue Prism Automation Anywhere
Offers Community Edition / Free Edition Recently launched a Community Edition Recently launched a Community Edition
Most Popular Tool Popular than Automation Anywhere Less Popular than others
Doesn’t require coding It has a functionality that allows the user to write code, but users can manage without it. It doesn’t require programming knowledge as you have activities to use for each and every functionality.
Has free online training and certification programs Provides official certification program Recently launched a certification of 50$.
Provides desktop, web and Citrix automation Designed for Citrix automation for BPO. Reasonable across all mediums.
  • Code Free: RPA doesn’t require programming skills. Employees with any subject expertise can be trained to automate RPA tools instantly. The whole work revolves around RPA chart which provides a flowchart designer to graphically link, drag and drop icons to represent steps in a process.
  • User-Friendly: RPA adoption originates within business operations rather inside IT departments. RPA projects require less IT skills and less investment. Eventually, the automation is lowered at a substantial rate.
  • Non- Disruptive: RPA avoids complexity and risk. The software robots access to end user’s systems via a controlled user interface, hence reducing the necessity of underlying systems programming.

Phases of RPA Life Cycle:

  • Analysis: The first phase in RPA begins with analysis. The business team and RPA Architect work together to understand a business process for RPA development.
  • Bot Development: RPA developer (Team) starts working on the requirement in their environment possibly a distinct development environment.
  • Testing: Some companies conduct Testing by Separate Testing Team, while some have a dedicated testing team that performs a dedicated QA like normal SDLC flow. Best Practice is to have a dedicated testing team that performs QA of a developed bot.
  • Deployment and Maintenance: After the Development and Testing phases, a bot is ready for distribution and enters the maintenance phase.

As you can see in the below image, to get started with RPA, you need to follow the below steps.

  • Step 1: Before you actually start using RPA, you need to know the history behind RPA. That is, learning all about the Traditional ways of Automation.
  • Step 2: Once you know the history behind RPA, you should understand What is RPA and learn in which sectors it can be used.
  • Step 3: Once, you get through all the basics of Robotic Process Automation, you can start automating your tasks. To automate tasks you have to first understand its workflow and know which repetitive task can be automated.
  • Step 4: Lastly, you need to gain extensive expertise in RPA Tools such as UiPath, Blue Prism & Automation Anywhere.

Learning Objective: In this module, you will learn about Data Manipulation, Workflows, Text and Image Automation, Citrix Automation and PDF Automation.

Topics:

  • Data Manipulation
  • Workflow
  • Automation of Virtual Machines
  • Introduction to Native Citrix Automation
  • Text and Image Automation
  • PDF Automation
Hands-On:
  • Manipulating Scalar, Collection & Table Data
  • Automating Text and Image in Virtual Environments
  • PDF Data Extraction

Learning Objective: In this module, you will learn about Programming in UiPath, organizing projects, debugging projects and handling exceptions.

Topics: 

  • Programming
  • Debugging
  • Error Handling
  • Logging
  • Extensions
  • Project Organization
Hands-On:
  • Using Programming Activities in UiPath
  • Debugging errors in a UiPath Project
  • Different ways of Error Handling in UiPath
  • Browse through the log files related to UiPath Project

Learning Objective: In this module, you will learn about Orchestrator Community Edition (CE) and other leading RPA tools.

Topics:

  • UiPath Orchestrator Overview
  • Orchestrator activities
  • Introduction to Orchestrator CE
  • Orchestrator CE
  • Other RPA tools
Hands-On:
  • Using various components of Orchestrator
  • Create an automated Gmail Login Application
  • Create an automated Remote Data Entry Application

The difference between a chatbot and an RPA engine is similar to a difference between a mouse and a mammoth. By the names,

ChatBot – A bot programmed to chat with a user (human) like a human. Possibly recommend a pre-learned resolution to a particular problem that the user faces or to make a request and instruct backend systems to provide a request.

RPA (Robotic Process Automation) – A bot programmed to automate a manual business process of executing a task or an activity within a business function. A business function can be like HR/Finance/Procurement etc. A chatbot can be a medium to feed an input into an RPA engine but cannot replicate the features of an RPA engine.

  • Traditional IT Automation is long drawn and requires considerable manpower, time, effort and substantial cost.
  • RPA is a quick fix to instantly generate improvements.
  • Both traditional automation and RPA need solid strategy and planning but the implementation of RPA is quick.
  • While both are aimed towards the common goal of Automation, RPA is faster, better and cheaper than traditional automation. Therefore Traditional Automation is a strategic move and RPA is a tactical move.
  • In short, if you have the luxury of having time and budget, look for traditional automation. If you have business pressures right now on time and money, go for RPA.

The average time to establish the initial Operational Agility framework is between 4 and 12 weeks from project initiation.

Selenium is specifically designed to test web applications and websites, it is impossible in selenium to interact with multiple applications and taking the output of one application as an input for other applications. It cannot work with Virtual environments like Citrix etc at all. While UiPath is an RPA tool that is designed to automate any type of existing software process to replace any type of activities that can be performed by a human.

So we can say that RPA is the next level of existing automation tools. It allows people to build a very complex rules-based process with very little software development skills. You can do all things using UiPath which can be done by Selenium but vice-versa is not possible. You can also look at my below articles for more details on these tools.

Well, the fact is RPA is well-known for its flexibility and it is capable to meet the robust IT standards without compromising the security. It is possible to use the robotic software for front and back office. Most of the requirements are the same for both and thus users need not worry. The same configuration can easily be deployed and the results that can be derived are always superior in every aspect.

After selecting the tool which is the first task, the next big thing that matters a lot is selecting the right framework. There are various items that are tagged as In scope and Out Scope that need to be selected based on the type of task. After this, the test environment is to be considered. If required, users need to prepare the charts of project timelines. At the same time, the identification of deliverables is another major factor that is to be considered.

In RPA, robots need raw data or information to perform their operations smoothly and reliably. They generally collect this information from different resources and it is also

It is not always necessary to adopt RPA everything needs to be changed in an organization. In fact, it can easily be made compatible with the existing infrastructure. This is mainly due to the fact that the latest robotic software and tools in RPA doesn’t face any compatibility issues easily and can simply enable the organizations to keep up the pace.

At several levels, the same is built in the RPA. The good thing is with all the vendors, run time factor is totally different to the process which is related to the editing of anything. It is not necessary that all the users are given the same actions but in fact, they can be restricted. This generally includes creating, designing, running, as well as editing the processes. Every log created is capable to provide full information with a wide scope. As compared to a manual process, RPA provides extra control, as well as security.

No, managerial Robotic Automation is a generation from old technologies like screen scratching or macros. The major differences are: Robots are universal application orchestrators – any application that can be used by a man can be used by a present-day robot, whether mainframe, bespoke application, legacy, web service enabled or even a close 3rd party API hosted service. Robots assemble procedural knowledge which after some time joins with a shared library that can be re-used by some other robot or device.

Applications are “read” by the robot, either through submitted APIs where they exist, through the OS before application appears, or through the screen with respect to the native application. In this last case the modern robot “reads” an application screen in context and in the same way a user does. As part of the robot training, it is shown how to read the application’s display much like a user is shown.