Report from the webinar – “Robotic Process Automation”

On February 17, 2021, at 6 p.m., a webinar was held as part of the Virtual Business Mixer series organized by the EMBA @ UW Alumni Association. The meeting titled:Robotic Process Automation, was intended to explain everything that could be of interest on subject. The lecture was addressed to all interested parties, regardless of the level of knowledge of the subject.

The meeting was opened by the president of the Alumni Association – Sylwester Wybranowski, who after welcoming the participants, briefly introduced the host of the webinar – Dariusz Mazurek. Then he asked dr Tomasz Ludwicki to tell about what is happening new at EMBA @ UW , and Stefan Karmaza and Dariusz Król to briefly present the topics of two upcoming webinars.

Dr Ludwicki informed about the final stage of the change of the International Management Center headquarters from 4 Nowy Świat street to 1-3 Szturmowa street. He announced that new lecture halls will be opened soon. Everything will be photographed and made available on the website until students get the green light on their return for stationary learning. Dr Ludwicki also informed that admissions for the new EMBA studies have started.

Stefan Karmaza will host a webinar on March 3rd on the topic of effective livelihood business relations in times of increased sanitary regime. Relations such as supplier-entrepreneur, entrepreneur-recipient will be discussed, but also communication channels used to maintain relationships.

During the webinar on March 16, Dariusz Król will talk about the new tool created by a Czech startup LutherOne, which by collecting and measuring data is able to indicate incoming new trends. It will be a very interesting meeting during which participants will have the opportunity to learn facts and data, proving that in-depth research, and hence the anticipation of the upcoming trends entered a new level.

Dariusz Mazurek started the webinar by presenting his professional path, which led him to found Digit.on. He has been dealing with process optimization in various companies for over 25 years. He was looking for the most effective solutions in his work speeding up work, minimizing effort and unnecessary activities, reducing expenses and increasing profits at the same time. This is how he came to RPA class solutions. Such a robot is not intended to replace ERP, CRM or other well-functioning systems. The role of the robot is to relieve the burden employees from tedious, repetitive activities performed by them at the station working area. A RPA class robot is able to open many different applications, download data or send them out, search the internet, put data on the internet, create e-mails, respond as indicated and much more. He is very versatile in his action, although these actions can only be performed one after the other, not at the same time. In order to function, the robot needs digital and structured data processes, which is why it is often used in accounting, but it is also used in the supply chain, IT, HR and customer service. Everywhere actions are repetitive or appropriate reactions can be coded, there is a rule-based process where human work can be replaced by a robot. Dariusz Mazurek pointed to RPA as a solution to a common problem of Polish entrepreneurs, which is the lack of employees. The robot works in 3 shifts, 7 days a week, regardless of public holidays. It is therefore able to replace an average of about 5-7 employees. It is not able to replace humans in activities demanding non-standard solutions and reactions. In such moments, the man’s brain is irreplaceable.

During the meeting, we had the opportunity to see how and the robot “learns” his work. This is a task that does not require complex developer knowledge. However, it requires a precise, thoughtful and very detailed drawing of the process to be “taken over” by the robot. During the meeting, the participants found out that there are applications that help design the process in a robot-friendly way. Dariusz Mazurek suggested watching YouTube videos on the Digit.on channel. Many issues are clarified on several videos. Additionally, a webinar recording is available also as a source of information about RPA.

The participants asked many interesting questions, mainly regarding the reliability of the robot and also protection against hackers. The last speaker before the end was Krzysztof Pajączek – vice-president of the Alumni Association who has confirmed that Virtual Business Mixers will be held regularly every two weeks. He also announced that one of the upcoming webinars will be led by prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Obłoj. It will be an event that will for sure be popular.

The meeting was rich in new, interesting knowledge and taking into account the enthusiasm of the participants in the end, it was very successful.