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RPA for finance professionals

ICAEW has brought together these resources to help you understand Robotic Process Automation (RPA), what it means for your organisation and how it to start implementing the technology.

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Making RPA work for your business

What opportunities does RPA offer?

RPA opportunities in finance

The processes that lend themselves to Robotic Process Automation (RPA) are those that are high volume, low complexity and very manual. Within finance functions there are many opportunities, particularly within transaction processing.

Learn more about RPA opportunities

Complete ICAEW's e-learning module on RPA to find out more about the different finance processes that can be automated and watch how a robot works to do this in real-time.

How to implement RPA

Implementing robotics - realising the potential for automation

There are now a growing number of finance functions using process robotics and automation to automate accounting routines. In this webinar, David Wright, Consultant at Deloitte, explores a number of case studies of how this is being done and lessons learned.

Getting started with RPA - pilot projects

Alison Spottiswoode and Tim Grassam, from RPA software provider Blue Prism, offer practical insights into how to set up and run pilot robotic process automation projects in your organisation, drawing on the firm's 10 years of experience.

How Johnson & Johnson is using RPA

Sam Horton, Finance Strategy and Operations Director at Johnson & Johnson, describes the firm’s RPA journey, including the challenges that it faced and how these have been overcome, as well as the benefits of standardisation, improvements in work flow and greater accuracy.

How to support your business to embrace digital

Preparing yourself and your organisation for the impact of disruptive digital technologies might feel like a daunting task, but this eLearning module introduces you to a three step approach that is designed to help businesses embrace this change within finance.

Finance in a digital world

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Useful links

Deloitte Robotics Annual Survey

Each year Deloitte publishes its Global Robotics Survey where it asks businesses around the world about their awareness and implementation of RPA.

Institute for Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence (IRP AI)

The IRPA AI is an independent professional association and knowledge forum for the buyers, sellers, influencers and analysts of robotic process automation, cognitive computing and artificial intelligence. The Knowledge Forum includes: thought leadership videos; articles, white papers and case studies; industry perspectives and expert Q&A's.

Robotic and cognitive automation

Website run by professors Leslie Willcocks and Mary Lacity, two respected researchers, speakers and writers in the field of knowledge work automation. It hosts information and videos on RPA and cognitive automation.

Latest content from ICAEW on RPA

The essential guide to robotic process automation

Robotic process automation (RPA) can save organisations' time, with tasks performed with higher speed and accuracy, as well as removing the risk of human error. However, it is not suitable for all processes and, in some cases, could act as a sticking plaster for a system that needs to be re-engineered.

Automation's role in accountancy

Research is revealing the benefits of automating finance functions for accountants in India. Technical manager Kristen Gillon looks at the importance of mindset and involving staff with technological change, and discusses the fears that robotic process automation may result in fewer jobs.