Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is an emerging and rapidly-evolving field.
This year 2020, I took a conscious decision to learn more about RPA and share my learnings through this blog.
Thus, it is important for me to stay on top of the latest industry trends and keep up with expert insights.
Robotic Process Automation is really fast-paced with new changes occurring every so often.
To concentrate my efforts of learning about the RPA space, I decided to compile a list of the top experts and influencers in RPA actively speaking and commenting on its progress and development.
So when I went about looking for who to follow and learn from, I looked for professionals who
- Have an active social media presence preferably LinkedIn. I also considered twitter.
- Publish unique and relevant content on a consistent basis
- Are qualified RPA professionals currently working in the industry either as a developer, business analyst, architect, project manager etc
1. Ian Barkin – SYKES
Ian is a seasoned leader and innovator in Digital Operations, Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Intelligent Automation, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and the Future of Work.
He is currently the Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at SYKES where he is spearheading experience-focused, automation-led outsourcing to enable world-class brands to create caring interactions, develop unrivalled insights, and compete better, faster, bolder in this dynamic new world of work.
Ian was the cofounder of Symphony Ventures which got acquired by SYKES. The Symphony transaction was one of the first strategic acquisitions to take place in the RPA space.
Ian creates and posts useful content on automation and the future of work.
2. Harrison Goode – Edge Tech
Harrison is an executive headhunter who specialises in emerging and cutting-edge technologies which include Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Intelligent Automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
He is the Co-Founder of Edge Tech Headhunters, one of Europe’s leading disruptive technology headhunting and recruitment firms.
They work on permanent and contract / interim assignments and operate globally across the UK, Europe, Nordics, Benelux, US & Canada and APAC.
Harisson creates content on RPA, Intelligent Automation, AI, Data, Blockchain and the Internet of Things markets. He recently wrote a 6 part series on the current state of RPA.
3. Pat Geary – Blueprism
Pat Geary created the term Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and is the Chief Evangelist of BluePrism
He worked with HFSResearch et al, on the new RPA manifesto, featuring 10 Laws that will enable the future success of RPA
Pat is more active on Twitter where he shares and promotes insightful content on RPA.
4. Guy Kirkwood – UIPath
Guy is the Chief evangelist of UIPath where he is helping to provide a robot for every person. UiPath is one of the fastest-growing enterprise software company in history.
Guy is one of the leading authorities on robot process automation and is open about sharing his thoughts on the future of RPA.
He envisions that RPA will change how we work and would be available to all to use.
Guy’s articles are mostly written on UIPath’s blog but posted on LinkedIn. He is also active on twitter sharing interesting content on process automation and the future of work.
5. Mihir Shukla – Automation Anywhere
Mihir is the CEO of Automation Anywhere. Automation Anywhere is an enterprise-grade, cognitive Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platform.
AA empowers people to focus on the work that makes their companies great with robotic process automation that automates virtually anything.
As CEO, he is responsible for Automation Anywhere’s strategy and execution
Mihir is active on Linkedin and Twitter and shares thoughts on robotic automation and how it impacts on businesses
6. Wouter Siepman – Another Monday
Wouter is an RPA Strategist for Another Monday.
Another Monday is an RPA platform with a vision to redesign the traditional work environment to make sure people will look forward to Monday as much as they look forward to Friday.
7 & 8. Leigh & Daniel Pullen – CiGen
Leigh and Daniel are both founders of CiGen – one of the first dedicated Robotic Process Automation companies based in Australia.
CiGen provides Intelligent Automation solutions and services, ushering in the Digital Workforce of the future.
Both Leigh and Daniel share interesting content on RPA and Intelligent Automation practices to help companies execute various business processes quickly and accurately.
Connect with Leigh – LinkedIn
Connect with Daniel – Linkedin
9. Balint Laszlo Papp – Winformatic Technology
Balint is an RPA Technology Delivery Lead for Winformatic Technology in Hungary where he is helping to set up a Next-Generation RPA CoE for one of the largest banks in Hungary.
Balint shares unique and interesting content on the development of RPA in Hungary which is definitely refreshing.
Connect with Balint – Linkedin
10. Daniel Dines – UIPath
Daniel Dines is founder and CEO of UiPath. UiPath is one of the leading global software company that develops platforms for robotic process automation.
Daniel leads the team that is propelling the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) market, attracting many loyal customers and creating new business opportunities.
UiPath is built on the promise to democratize RPA, empower and train a global community, and deliver digital business outcomes faster.
Daniel is active on LinkedIn and Twitter where he shares content on RPA and UIPath.
11. Professor Leslie Willcocks – London School of Economics
Professor Willcocks has a worldwide reputation for his research and advisory work on automation, digital business, the future of work, IT and business process outsourcing, organisational change, management, and global strategy.
As well as being a professor in the Information Systems and Innovation Faculty Group, he is a Fellow of the British Computer Society.
For the last 28 years he has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Information Technology. He is co-author of 57 books, including most recently Robotic Process and Cognitive Automation: The Next Phase
12. Professor Mary Lacity – University of Arkansas
Dr. Lacity is a Walton Professor of Information Systems and Director of the Blockchain Center of Excellence at the University of Arkansas and author of A Manager’s Guide to Blockchains for Business, SB Publishing, UK.
Mary’s recent research focuses on improving business services using Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Cognitive Automation (CA), and Blockchain technologies.
She has conducted case studies and surveys of hundreds of organizations on their adoption journeys have given keynote speeches and executive seminars worldwide and have served as an expert witness for the US Congress.
Professors Leslie Willcocks (above) and Professor Mary Lacity are universally considered to be two of the world’s most respected researchers, speakers and writers in the field of knowledge work automation.
They work collaboratively to dispel myths and misinformation about risks and effective practices of Service Automation technologies through insightful, researched-based commentary that is independent, objective, rigorous, ahead of the learning curve, and highly practical.
Find their research work here – Robotic and Cognitive Automation
13. Frank Casale – Institute for Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence (IRPA AI)
Frank is an early pioneer and recognized thought leader in the RPA and AI arena that happens to be an expert in both the selling and buying process.
He has launched several global member networks which collectively number over 100k business and tech decision-makers.
One of those networks includes The Institute of Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence an independent professional association and knowledge forum for the buyers, sellers, influencers and analysts of robotic process automation, cognitive computing and artificial intelligence.
Frank is moderately active on LinkedIn and Twitter where he shares insightful content around RPA and AI.
14. Kieran Gilmurray MBA – Pearson
Kieran is a ‘translator’ between technologies and the business who have experience on both sides. He is a natural problem solver, business leader and team builder with 25 years experience in business, technology, analytics, education and operations.
Currently, he is the Global Head of Intelligent Automation at Person where he is Implementing and using Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Cognitive Automation, OCR, AI, Design Thinking, AWS Cloud, Process Analytics and Blockchain to drive a step-change in productivity, profitability, employee and customer experience.
Kieran creates helpful content on RPA, Intelligent Automation, and AI. He recently wrote a 6 part series on the current state of RPA.
Connect with Kieran – LinkedIn
15. Nandan Mullakara – Innomatiq
Nandan is passionate about technology with a background in Intelligent Automation, Consulting, and Program management.
He has helped multiple clients with Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Cognitive technologies identifying and delivering high ROI Automation solutions.
Nandan is very active on Linkedin and shares his opinions and ideas on the RPA industry
16. Max Yankelevich – Workfusion
Max Yankelevich is the Founder and CEO of WorkFusion.
Max pioneered AI as a practical capability for business people. Max works closely with executive teams of WorkFusion’s customers to help them set the direction for transformation initiatives driven by AI.
Max is active on LinkedIn where he shares interesting content on how automation is disrupting the outsourcing community and his vision on the future of Intelligent Automation.
Connect with Max – LinkedIn
17. Sharath Raju – ExcelCult
Sharath is a Development engineer and coach on process automation.
He enjoys working on automation projects and coaches professionals on UIPath Certifications.
He is the founder of ExcelCult where he writes about process automation and interviews RPA professionals.
Sharath is active on LinkedIn where he shares some of his content from his blog.
Connect with Sharath – LinkedIn
18. Aleksander Kania – UIPath
Aleksander is an experienced Regional Sales Director at UIPath
He is the creator of the largest RPA LinkedIn group for connecting practitioners of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to allow them to share experience and concepts regarding the automation of processes.
Aleksander is active on LinkedIn and Twitter where he shares content on implementing robotic process automation for businesses
19. Bryan Lamb
Bryan Lamb is an online educator and entrepreneur specializing in process automation.
Bryan has 20 years of diverse technical leadership and implementation experience, stemming from a variety of SQA and development roles at companies such as Apple, Macromedia, Yahoo, and Pacific Life, as well as several smaller private companies.
His diverse work experience resulted in powerful envisioning skills and a unique ability to translate between technical and business stakeholders.
Currently, Bryan is the founder/CTO of WhatIsRPA.com and RobotFrameworkTutorial.com, where he provides training courses and consultation to help companies save time and money with process automation.
Bryan is not active on LinkedIn but is the creator of a successful RPA course on LinkedIn learning
Connect with Bryan – LinkedIn
20. Sarah Burnett – Everest
Sarah leads Everest Group’s European practice across its global services research areas and Service Delivery Automation research and advisory services globally
Sarah is an expert in the field of service optimization technologies, including RPA and AI.
She has published a number of automation-focused reports, white papers, and blogs, including one called “The impact of RPA and AI on jobs and workforce structures.”
Sarah is active on LinkedIn and Twitter where she shares insightful content on business automation and AI.
21. Sarah Ghanem – UIPath
Sarah is an RPA Consultant, Trainer and AI leader that drive change strategy in the Middle East tech industry
She works with UIPath as an RPA Technical Pre-sales consultant where she owns the RPA initiative and aligns it with UiPath goals.
She conducts hands-on workshops on UIPath’s RPA tool, advises potential partners on how their processes can be automated and provides design solutions to customers throughout the deployment of new deals and project implementation.
Sarah Ghanem is quite active on LinkedIn where she shares interesting articles and perspective on the efficient use of RPA to automate business processes.
Connect with Sarah – LinkedIn
22. Phil Fersht – HFS Research
Phil Fersht is a world-renowned analyst, writer and visionary in emerging technologies, automation, digital business models, and the alignment of enterprise operations to drive customer impact and competitive advantage.
Phil is one of the Godfathers in the industry, He coined the terms the “Digital OneOffice” and the “Hyperconnected Economy” which describe HFS Research’s vision for future business operations amidst the impact of automation, AI and disruptive digital business models.
In 2012, he authored the first analyst report on Robotic Process Automation (RPA), introducing this topic to the industry and is widely recognized as the pioneering analyst voice that has driven the evolution of the RPA industry.
Fersht is active on Linkedin and Twitter sharing his research and insightful thoughts on automation and business processes.
23. Nikhilesh Sathyavarapu
Nikhilesh is an experienced Senior Business Analyst who has worked on several RPA projects with several organisations to automate their mundane tasks. He is also a official UiPath Chapter Lead in Hyderabad, India where he is responsible for all the RPA community activities over in Hyderabad.
Nikhilesh is actively involved in building the global RPA community and was responsible for organizing an RPA meetup group in Hyderabad.
With over 30,000 followers, Nikhilesh is very active on Linkedin constantly inspiring and educating the community on all things RPA and artificial intelligence particularly on starting a career in RPA as a Business Analyst which I have personally found very useful.
He is a key-member of ExcelCult where he engages the community with workshops, training sessions, and many events and creates lots of content for RPA Business Analysts, and Managers
Connect with Nikhilesh – LinkedIn
These are the individuals who I found are creating interesting content on LinkedIn and Twitter in the RPA space.
It is possible that I might have missed someone. If so, please drop me a message and I will review and include them in the list.