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SAP Intelligent RPA 2.0 – SAP TechEd 2020 is a wrap!

SAP TechEd 2020 is a wrap!

 

The SAP Intelligent RPA team had very intense work in prepping the annual event, and of course in releasing SAP Intelligent RPA 2.0, a major release of our product geared towards democratization of automation.

SAP Intelligent RPA 2.0 is launched!

SAP Intelligent RPA 2.0 is featured in SAP TechEd News Guide, SAP Business Technology Platform / Digital Process Automation section, pages 21-23:

SAP Intelligent RPA 2.0 in SAP TechEd 2020 News Guide

And we have a strong article on our Low Code / No Code outcomes in SAP Insights article Tackling the Software Developer Shortage with Citizen Developers and Low-Code / No-Code Process Automation” featuring Sebastian Schrötel.

SAP Intelligent RPA 2.0 is also featured in SAP CP BTP Press ReleaseSAP Empowers Developers with Low-Code/No-Code Tools and Further Enhancements to SAP Business Technology Platform”.

Press Coverage

Thanks to this media activities, there are now press articles popping up everywhere in the world mentioning SAP Intelligent RPA in various languages:

TechCrunch

SAP latest enterprise software giant to offer low-code workflow

LeMagIT

Ruum : SAP se met lui aussi en chasse des citizen developers

AiThority

SAP Empowers Developers with Low-Code/No-Code Tools

Enterprise Times

SAP delivers on clicks, not code

Inside-it.ch

SAP lanciert Low- und No-Code-Tools

Bitmat

SAP offre strumenti low-code/no-code agli sviluppatori

Lineaedp.it

SAP semplifica la vita degli sviluppatori

InforChannel

SAP anuncia novidades para desenvolvedores

IDM.net.au

SAP adds Low-Code/No-Code Tools

touchIT

SAP pomôže vývojárom novými nástrojmi a ďalej rozširuje

Packed Sessions for SAP Intelligent RPA 2.0

We hope that you enjoyed the content we prepared for you and we want to warmly thank the thousands of RPA enthusiasts who attended one of our session.

If you missed some of them, replay is now available. 📺

This replay excludes of course our 2 workshops, where attendees have put their hands on the solution to create their own bots, and the live Q&A with Sebastian on SAP Intelligent RPA & Hyperautomation… but you can choose from:

A great customer testimonial from Zuellig Pharma with Dhillon Balbir Singh

Zuellig Pharma: Streamlining Business Processes with SAP Intelligent RPA [INT130]

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An inspiring lecture, to get a deep knowledge of SAP Intelligent RPA 2.0 low-code-no-code capabilities for business users:

Simplified Bot Building: Experience New Cloud-Based, Low-Code Bot Building [INT122]

 

4 breakout sessions:

 Guided Bot Building: The New Wizard for Your Process Automation Endeavors [INT107]

 Job Scheduling and Monitoring with RPA and SAP Cloud ALM [INT117]

 All Your Processes in Your Hand: The World of Business Activity Monitoring [INT118]

 OCR and Machine Learning–Based Surface Automation: Truly Intelligent RPA [INT202]

 

A future-oriented overview of our roadmap with Sebastian Schrötel, head of SAP Intelligent RPA:

– Road Map: SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation [INT822]

These sessions are also available on YouTube.

S/4HANA and Artificial Intelligence

In addition, as RPA is more and more used to automate tasks around SAP ERPs, we recommend you 7 in-depth sessions related to our S/4HANA ERP from the FrontRunner team:

 Experience Intelligent ERP with SAP S/4HANA [DT107]

 Operating SAP S/4HANA with Hyperscalers [DT117]

 Digital Purchasing and Automated Production Processes Run Beyond Simple [DT120]

– Implement Bots with Robotic Process Automation in SAP S/4HANA Cloud [DT126]

– Learn How Carrier Automates Sales Order Postprocessing with RPA [DT206]

 Road Map: The Intelligent ERP [DT811]

 Getting Started with Your First Intelligent ERP Use Case in SAP S/4HANA [DT915]

And for sure you can’t miss 4 interesting sessions on using Artificial Intelligence: 

 SAP S/4HANA and SAP AI Business Services Automated Shared Service Center [INT104]

 Build Data Pipelines with SAP Data Intelligence [INT105]

– Detect and Highlight Entities from Unstructured Text Using Machine Learning [INT161]

 AI Strategy at SAP [INT940]

 

And now, it is up to you!

Take advantage of our new 12 months Free Trial to take your automations to the next level with SAP Intelligent RPA 2.0!

 

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      Author's profile photo Jelena Perfiljeva
      Jelena Perfiljeva

      Thanks for sharing, Pierre! Quite a list.

      I had a question in one of the sessions (DT107, I think?) that wasn't answered, maybe you could help with that.

      My question is: where is the "intelligent" part of iRPA?The examples shown in the sessions, such as creating an order from a spreadsheet, don't seem in any way "intelligent" to me. It's just a basic rule-based automation.

      Outside of the SAP world, I've seen two different terms: RPA and IA (Intelligent Automation). RPA is exactly what we're seeing in the SAP demos: simple rule-based process. But IA is a step above where robots do not just follow rules but learn and adopt.

      For example, I receive a bill from the cable company and pay it online. To me, RPA would mean me creating a robot to pay X amount to cable company on Y date. Intelligent automation would be a robot observing my action and at some point saying: "hey, Jelena, I see you're paying this bill on Y date all the time, so why don't I take over that task for you?"

      But I don't see anything like that demoed by SAP (yet?). It basically seems like an upgraded BDC, that's all. At the same time, business folks hear "iRPA" and expect some kind of miracle. Which presents a challenge for the SAP practitioners.

      Thank you.

      Author's profile photo Pierre COL
      Pierre COL
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      Hi Jelena,

      I totally agree with you: in itself, RPA is not intelligent at all, it is pure procedural scripting.

      When coupled to AI capabilities, RPA becomes intelligent.

      We have very good examples of this with customers such

      We have more and more stories like this coming out, and also demos of a robot reading emails and executing tasks automatically according the the content of attached documents, example here with a video.

      SAP, as a one-stop-shop, is able to offer “intelligent RPA”, where competitors have to provide 3rd party AI capabilities to complement their own RPA tool.

      You will also find other “intelligent demos” on our YouTube channel.

      PS: I joined SAP in November 2018 within Contextor acquisition, and the name “SAP Intelligent RPA" was already chosen and centrally approved, so… 😉

      Author's profile photo Jelena Perfiljeva
      Jelena Perfiljeva

      Thanks for a reply, Pierre! SAP marketing running ahead of technology (and then renaming the product anyway) - that explains a lot. 🙂

      I have to say I looked through the HPE and V&B use cases and for HPE I don't understand at all what they did (there was a link to some document with 2 pages of fluff). For V&B it's just slightly more clear but still very vague documents. Also, at this point I think the customers would want to see something that hasn't been done before. Performing actions based on attachments is something that a third-party vendor (don't remember the name) was offering at TechEd at least 6 years ago. It's cool that now SAP product can do that but in the "dazzling possibilities" department this comes up short.

      It would be really great if there were more presentations / demos on this by the customers. Also, business level details would be much welcome. For example, what exactly was solved by implementing RPA? What was the business challenge? What were the alternatives? (HPE case in particular looks more like a POC that they did simply because they could, just for giggles. Which I totally understand but at the same time can't "sell" to anyone.) And I'm sure licensing is a hot subject here as well. Maybe next year there could be more practical sessions at TechEd.

      Thanks again!