If your primary interest in taking this course is getting a technical overview about bot building with SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation for the enterprise, you do not need access to any system. However, we realize that many of you will be interested in developing your own bots, based on the instructions in the course. We'll therefore provide the necessary instructions and installation procedures in the respective course weeks.
"When companies compete for talented employees, the details often decide between success or failure," explains Prabhu Nutakki, innovation architect at SAP. "If too much time passes between a successful interview and the receipt of an employment offer letter, the potential employee may be tempted to accept another offer." In addressing this, Nutakki and his team quickly identified a limiting factor in this process: Colleagues in Human Resources (HR) had to create letters of employment manually. During periods of particularly high recruitment, this step became a bottleneck. It was also a perfect use case for robotic process automation (RPA). Click the button below to load the content from Youtube.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is kind of a confusing term. It's not about physical robots--instead, it refers to software bots that streamline repetitive and tedious processes in the workplace. Something else to note: RPA is the fastest growing segment in enterprise software, according to Gartner. As a result, the mega tech operators are looking at the market. SAP, for example, has acquired Contextor to bolster its efforts.
SAP has revealed as part of the firm's 2018 financial results that it will take a charge of 950 million euros ($1 billion) with restructuring on the horizon due to early retirement and staff shifts to shore up slowing business units. SAP's Q4 2018 earnings (statement) reveal revenues of €7.43bn IFRS or €7.34 billion non-IFRS, up nine percent year-over-year with basic earnings per share of €1.41, a drop of eight percent IFRS or 15 percent non-IFRS. In comparison, in Q3 2018, SAP reported revenues of €6.02 billion IFRS or €6.031 billion non-IFRS. Operating profit increased by 22 percent year-over-year to €2.4 billion IFRS. New cloud bookings were up 25 percent -- 23 percent at constant currencies -- to €736 million, while cloud subscriptions and support revenue grew 41 percent year-over-year to €1.41 billion IFRS.
We have been through a decade of great technological change. Technologies that are at the center of our lives now – Smartphones and Social media truly became ubiquitous in the 2010s. The same can be said of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) – the big three started out in the 2000s but got into their own in the 2010s. It was a great decade and a great year for RPA. Let us take a look at the past year and what we can expect in the new decade.