Center of Excellence - CoE
Embed RPA effectively in your workflow
Why is CoE important?
Regardless of its task, a robot’s essential job is to make the company vision come true. In our approach to automation, we think of RPA as a long-range capability meant to empower organizations to evolve strategically and increase business value.
To achieve this goal, we advise our customers and assist them towards developing as part of their Robotic Process Automation journey an internal, self-sustaining and scalable RPA expertise to run and maintain robots. A Center of Excellence (CoE) is essentially the way to embed RPA deeply and effectively into the organization,and to redistribute accumulated knowledge and resources across future deployments.
First you will need to identify a Robotic Process Automation Sponsor from the business side who will establish the technology as an enterprise-wide strategic priority and will underwrite corporate resources.
Next, you will want to name an RPA Champion. They will evangelize and drive RPA adoption across the organization. The Champion is the guardian of the Robotic Process Automation solution overall.They are responsible with ensuring a healthy automation pipeline, while leading the operational management of the virtual workforce.
RPA Change Manager
An RPA Change Manager is essential for securing an easy adoption of RPA within the company. They are the ones who create the Change and Communication plan alignedto the deliverables of the project. They are a catalyst in the transition process, making sure each stakeholder is well informed and comfortably tuned to the changes taking place.
RPA Business Analyst
The RPA Business Analysts will be the Process Subject Matter experts located in business operations. They will be in charge of creating the process definitions and process maps used for automation.
RPA Solution Architect
They are the ones who define the architecture of the RPA solution and oversee it end-to-end, assisting both in the development, and in the implementation phases.They select the appropriate set of technological tools and features and ensures the alignment of the solution with enterprise guidelines.
They are in charge of designing, developing, testing the automation workflows and supporting the implementation of the RPA solution. The Developer works side by sidewith the Business Analyst for documenting process details and assists the engagement team in implementing & testing the solution as well as during maintenance.
RPA Infrastructure Engineer
Part of both the deployment team and future operations team, they are mainly in charge of the infrastructure support for server installations and troubleshooting.The Engineer also contributes to the completion of the solution architecture for the Robotic Process Automation project. During the implementation phase, they are the one leading the infrastructure workshops.
An RPA Supervisor will manage, orchestrate and control the virtual workforce as part of the operational environment. Their focus is on continuously improving roboticoperational performance and resource allocation, by exploiting the advanced reporting and analytical tools within the Robotic Process Automation solution.
RPA Service Support
Last, but definitely not least, is the RPA Service Support role, acting as the first line of assistance for the RPA solution in deployment.
Creating a scalable, functional
& technical environment
While the roles and responsibilities are being established, you must focus at the same time on the functional resources & technical tools, clarifying and configuring them in support of the implementation. Fundamental areas in the development environment will be addressed: robotic configuration, maintenance & support, performance & connectivity.
For due diligence it is a good idea to involve IT and to do it early in the project, this way many issues can be prevented and a coherent governance process can be put in place.
Articulating an effective governance model
This is highly important. Creating a good governance process goes a long way. The sooner in the automation journey it gets set up, the better.
Governance takes responsibility for assessing RPA opportunities and prioritising automation activities. It provides the guidelines and templates for assessment, design, development and deployment of robots, managing the demand pipeline. It involves assigning roles & accountability and ensures good collaboration and communication between units. Within the governance process, change management issues & risks are laid out and frameworks & templates for change management are established.
Performance and productivity metrics & measurement are also circulated via the governance process in order to carry out impact assessments and highlight areas for business improvement.
While RPA is usually business-driven, getting IT onboard is essential to integrating the technology into the project and managing dependencies. This is why governance actually sits somewhere between Business and IT.
Enable CoE &
prepare for scale-up!
Now that everything has been set up and all functions are in place, you are ready to push the go button and launch the CoE into orbit. The team will now focus on making sure strategic expectations are met and a growth plan is elaborated to sustain and develop your RPA expertise throughout the enterprise.
Managing change is never easy and it takes time. But as you progress, you become more sustainable. Soon, the emphasis will change to creating higher business outcomes.
Customer success begins with our Studio Designer: the perfectly intuitive environment where anybody can model automation visually, without scripting, without code. A powerful recorder literally builds automation by watching you work and a rich library of template activities will get you moving at an exceptional speed and ease.
The heart of our products suite. A highly scalable server platform, Orchestrator deploys and manages your entire workforce, handling all the critical enterprise duties: release management, centralized logging, reporting, auditing and monitoring, remote control, scheduling, workload management and asset management.
Our star performer. The UIPath Robot can take the role of an automated assistant running efficiently by your side, under supervision or it can quietly and autonomously process all the high-volume work that does not require constant human intervention.