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Best Robotic Process Automation Books You Need to Read

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is one of the most popular technologies for automating business processes. This technology enables fast and, above all, efficient automation of standardized processes. Here is a brief selection of the best robotic process automation books based on relevance, popularity, review ratings, publish date, and ability to add business value.

1. The Robotic Process Automation Handbook: A Guide to Implementing RPA Systems

by Tom Taulli | Feb 28, 2020

While Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has been around for about 20 years, it has hit an inflection point because of the convergence of cloud computing, big data, and AI.

Book Description

This book shows you how to leverage RPA effectively in your company to automate repetitive and rule-based processes, such as scheduling, inputting/transferring data, cutting and pasting, filling out forms, and searching. Using practical aspects of implementing the technology (based on case studies and industry best practices), you’ll see how companies have been able to realize substantial ROI (Return On Investment) with their implementations, such as by lessening the need for hiring or outsourcing. By understanding the core concepts of RPA, you’ll also see that technology significantly increases compliance – leading to fewer issues with regulations – and minimizes costly errors.

RPA software revenues have recently soared by over 60 percent, which is the fastest ramp in

the tech industry, and they are expected to exceed $1 billion by the end of 2019. It is generally seamless with legacy IT environments, making it easier for companies to pursue a strategy of digital transformation and can even be a gateway to AI. The Robotic Process Automation Handbook puts everything you need to know into one place to be a part of this wave.

2. Robotic Process Automation Projects: Build real-world RPA solutions using UiPath and Automation Anywhere

by Nandan MullakaraArun Kumar Asokan | May 26, 2020

Learn RPA by building business solutions such as ERP and CRM automation, software robots, and intelligent process automation from scratch

Key Features

  • Use popular RPA tools Automation Anywhere A2019 and UiPath, for real-world task automation
  • Build automation solutions for domains such as System Administration, Finance, HR, Supply Chain, and Customer Relations
  • Extend your RPA capabilities by implementing Intelligent process automation with APIs and AI

Book Description

Robotic Process automation helps businesses to automate monotonous tasks that can be performed by machines.

This project-based guide will help you progress through easy to more advanced RPA projects. You’ll learn the principles of RPA and how to architect solutions to meet the demands of business automation, along with exploring the most popular RPA tools – UiPath and Automation Anywhere.

In the first part, you’ll learn how to use UiPath by building a simple helpdesk ticket system. You’ll then automate CRM systems by integrating Excel data with UiPath. After this, the book will guide you through building an AI-based social media moderator using Google Cloud Vision API. In the second part, you’ll learn about Automation Anywhere’s latest Cloud RPA platform (A2019) by creating projects such as an automated ERP administration system, an AI bot for order and invoice processing, and an automated emergency notification system for employees.

Later, you’ll get hands-on with advanced RPA tasks such as invoking APIs, before covering complex concepts such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning in automation to take your understanding of RPA to the next level.

By the end of the book, you’ll have a solid foundation in RPA with experience in building real-world projects.

3. The Care and Feeding of Bots: An Owner’s Manual for Robotic Process Automation

by Christopher Surdak JDWalter SurdakKate BuchananFrank Casale | Feb 6, 2020

ROBOTIC PROCESS AUTOMATION (RPA) software exploded on the stage of business technology in the mid-2010s and quickly became the fastest growing technology trend of the last fifty years. By 2020 RPA has grown into a nearly $10 billion industry, and continues to grow at high double-digit rates. RPA has been viewed as a miracle technology that allows companies to automate their persistent manual processes, making them better, faster, and cheaper with nearly no cost or effort. The reality has proven otherwise.RPA promised fast, cheap and good automation of business processes, with return on investment measured in weeks or days. But, by 2018 reality began to settle in. RPA was more difficult than believed and the majority of organizations were failing with RPA, rather than succeeding. By 2020, the RPA wave was crashing and most organizations were scaling back or abandoning, their RPA initiatives. In 2020, if you google the phrase “RPA implementation failure” you’ll receive over 5 million hits. Thousands of clients are struggling to make their RPA robots, or “Bot”, work correctly and generate the sorts of benefits promised. The vast majority of clients fail to realize the expected gains, and RPA has been seen to stumble as a result of these consistently-poor results. What happened to RPA, and more importantly, why is it failing?

Book Description

This book is the result of five years of effort in putting RPA to work for major organizations all over the world. “Bots” details the author’s lessons learned in deploying thousands of bots at dozens of leading organizations In this book, he explains why bots are failing to deliver the goods, and what it takes to make bots work in your organization. Author Chris Surdak (“Data Crush” and “Jerk”) summarizes the results of five years of effort in deploying hundreds of bots for dozens of organizations around the world. Along the way, he experienced a number of failures, missteps, hyperbole, and errors as people tried to learn how to use this new technology.“Bots” lays out the eighteen different ways that bots seem to “fail” and how to avoid those failures with your own bots. “Bots” also discusses the next wave of cognitive bots and artificial intelligence, and how these technologies are even more finicky and difficult to succeed with. Over the next ten years, cyber workers like bots will subsume an enormous amount of the work currently performed by humans. Their adoption is inevitable. “Bots” is your guide for how to leverage these digital workers effectively, before your competitors do!

4. Learning Robotic Process Automation: Create Software robots and automate business processes with the leading RPA tool

by Alok Mani Tripathi | March 28, 2018

Design RPA solutions to perform a wide range of transactional tasks with minimal cost and maximum ROI

Key Features

  • A beginner’s guide to learn Robotic Process Automation and its impact on the modern world
  • Design, test, and perform enterprise automation task with UiPath
  • Create Automation apps and deploy them to all the computers in your department.

Book Description

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) enables automating business processes using software robots. Software robots interpret, trigger responses, and communicate with other systems just like humans do. Robotic processes and intelligent automation tools can help businesses improve the effectiveness of services faster and at a lower cost than current methods.

This book is the perfect start to your automation journey, with a special focus on one of the most popular RPA tools: UiPath.

Learning Robotic Process Automation takes you on a journey from understanding the basics of RPA to advanced implementation techniques. You will become oriented in the UiPath interface and learn about its workflow. Once you are familiar with the environment, we will get hands-on with automating different applications such as:

Excel, SAP, Windows, and web applications, screen, and web scraping.

Working with user events, as well as understanding exceptions and debugging.

By the end of the book, you’ll not only be able to build your first software bot. But also you’ll wire it to perform various automation tasks with the help of best practices for bot deployment.

5. Robotic Process Automation: Guide To Building Software Robots, Automate Repetitive Tasks & Become An RPA Consultant

by Richard Murdoch | May 30, 2018

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is an exciting field that is revolutionizing the way tasks are done. Algorithms are taking over the jobs done by individuals in various markets. RPA is perfect for eliminating redundant, repetitive tasks that are holding you back from working on things that really require your attention. We are on the cusp of a revolution that is going to eliminate a lot of jobs. Rather than wait for your own job to get automated or redundant, we recommend joining the automation revolution and obtaining the skills that will enable further automation.

Rise of the Robots

This is the perfect book for you if you are looking to become an automation consultant. A field that is poised to grow dramatically in the next few years with mass unemployment becoming an increasingly probable reality. Getting into automation by specializing in RPA is an option for people who are programmers as well as non-programmers due to their intuitive design & no-code developer environments. This fascinating book features quick-start advice on how to get going with this powerful technology.

We will be looking at deployment strategies, platform selection guidance, RPA project management, programming techniques, and automation scenarios across a variety of different applications like Windows, Microsoft Excel, Databases, SAP, etc. Richard provides an overview of multiple, highly rated RPA platforms including Blue Prism, UiPath, Automation Anywhere, Softomotive Winautomation, etc.

As well, He looks at the future of automation and how cognitive technologies, Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence are expected to dramatically enhance the speed and efficiency of the business in the machine age. RPA is being successfully applied to e-commerce, back-office processes, banks, financial service companies, Business Process Outsourcing, etc. Contents include:

  • The evolution of automation technology
  • How RPA is transforming enterprises
  • Overview of RPA Platforms
  • Robot Security
  • RPA Use Cases

6. Robotic Process Automation with Blue Prism Quick Start Guide: Create software robots and automate business processes

by Lim Mei Ying | November 30, 2018

Learn how to design and develop robotic process automation solutions with Blue Prism to perform important tasks and improve productivity

Key Features

  • Develop robots with Blue Prism
  • Automate your work processes with Blue Prism
  • Learn the basic skills required to train a robot for process automation

Book Description

Robotic process automation is a form of business process automation where user-configured robots can emulate the actions of users. Blue Prism is a pioneer in robotic process automation software, and this book helps you build a strong foundation in robot programming with Blue Prism. If you’ve been tasked with automating work processes but don’t know where to start, this book is for you.

You’ll begin with the business case for robotic process automation, and then move on to implementation techniques with the leading software for enterprise automation, Blue Prism. Next, you’ll become familiar with the Blue Prism Studio by creating your first process. Before building on this by adding pages, data items, blocks, collections, and loops. As you progress, you will build more complex processes by learning about actions, decisions, choices, and calculations. Later chapters will demonstrate how to teach your robot to interact with applications such as Internet Explorer. This will help you in spying elements that identify what your robot needs to interact with on the screen. You will then build the logic behind a business object by using read, write, and wait for stages.

You will also gain the skills you need to enable your robot to read and write to Excel and CSV files. Even train it to read and send emails in Outlook. The Control Room is the next topic you will explore, which will help you practice adding items to a queue, processing the items, and updating the work status. In addition to this, you will be able to teach your robot to handle errors and deal with exceptions. Finally, you’ll explore tips and coding best practices for Blue Prism.

Finally, By the end of this book, you will be equipped with the skills you need to confidently use Blue Prism for automating your work processes.

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