This December saw the fruition of our second annual Automation Innovation conference. And what a difference a year makes! Building on the momentum of our first event in 2014 which attracted early adopters and those curious to learn about RPA; this year we Sold Out our New York event and came just shy of selling out our first-ever event in London. If you attended, you would have seen many logos you were familiar with and a whole host of new ones.

This is a real testament to the maturing of the marketplace in the short span of 12 months with a number of new entrants, new capabilities and new value being delivered.

This year’s conference theme, “Preparing for 2016 - the Year of the Robot” , was embraced through lively and engaging discussions on the latest trends and developments in autonomics, AI, and cognitive solutions integrating with RPA,

the impact these solutions are having on the outsourcing ecosystem, real world use cases and through thought leadership presentations from the leading RPA technology & service providers in the industry.

A majority of the presentations and discussions served to underscore the fact that we as an industry have truly arrived! We are on the other side of pilots and proof of concepts and are starting to see real traction as RPA, AI and cognitive technologies have matured.

The dialogue has also shifted in a significant way, moving beyond discussions where technology replaces people, to technology working with people to augment labor, increase performance and lower costs and offering streams of value. The impact of RPA on performance and compliance benefits is coming to the forefront as buyers realize the value beyond cost save.

Welcome to 2016, The Year of the Robot!

On this site you can review presentations, view the photo gallery and review the entire conference agenda.

Message from the Conference Chairs

Raheem Hasan, President and Co-Founder

Institute for Robotic Process Automation

I am delighted to say we had a record 500+ registered attendees at our Automation Innovation conferences with almost half of the attendees representing the buyer community, a real testament to the maturing of the RPA marketplace. People gathered from near and far to learn about the technology and to hear from the providers in this space, attending packed and riveting sessions, discussing and debating the latest trends and hot topics in intimate panels and exploring our exhibitor’s offerings.

What struck me most, was that each time I walked out of our main room, 40-50 people were seating in individual meeting spaces deep in discussions. Automation Innovation’s underlying success was the invaluable opportunity it provided to network with old friends and new -- and the relationships that were established or enhanced because of this event.

We offer a huge thanks to all who attended, participated and made the conference the great event it was. We are looking forward to hosting next year’s Automation Innovation as we move from understanding the technology more deeply to witnessing its tangible results.

Barry Matthews, Managing Director


London's inaugural IRPA event was a huge success. More than 200 delegates representing all areas of the rapidly developing service automation industry attended and enjoyed expert insight and debate. Alsbridge was delighted to sponsor, co-chair and participate in the event, having been thought leaders in the RPA and sourcing space for many years now we were able to pass on words of wisdom to those new to the space as well as swap experience and insight with the key influencers in this industry.

2016 has been billed as the year of the robot and judging by the interest, excitement, discussion, energy and activity in London last week the UK is set to lead the charge next year.



The future of outsourcing is here and its impact is impressive. This one-day experience is geared to educate and inform you of the transformation of outsourcing and what it means for the future of careers and business processes. While the nascent disruption in outsourcing is still a mystery to most in the industry, the onset of Robotic Process Automation has begun... Don’t let your business be left behind.

Just as industrial robots have transformed the manufacturing industry by creating higher production rates and improved quality, robotic virtual machines are revolutionizing the way you will administer business, IT, support and workflow processes.



The Continuum of Intelligent Automation
How RPA, Autonomics and Cognitive are Coming of Age

HfS Research shared recent research on the raw truth of where the industry is with Intelligent Automation including a new maturity model for the state of robotic process automation and our inaugural Autonomics Premier League as well. This session brought together emerging themes on the evolution of Intelligent Automation and what that means for enterprises, service providers, software vendors and advisors for the next few years.

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RPA at Capgemini BPO – Phase 1

Now with 180,000 people in over 40 countries, Capgemini is one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The Group reported 2014 global revenues of EUR 10.573 billion.

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Setting the standard for RPA -
a new qualification for a new challenge

The NOA has developed a qualification, as well as a supporting training programme to establish a standard and provide support and recognition to process automation trailblazers. Chris Halward explained the scope and content of the NOA’s professional development programme in this hottest of topic areas, whilst giving a steer on the business issues to deliberate before rushing in.

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Automation's one-two punch.

RPA is having its 5 minutes of fame right now. It’s a decent first step towards a digitized, efficient information operation. But it’s only a first step. Adam Devine anatomized and explained the modern automation ecosystem and provided a future-proof automation stack for data-intensive enterprises.

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RPA Best Prectices
in Financial Services

Virtusa provides a broad range of IT consulting, systems implementation and application outsourcing services through an optimized global delivery model.

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Artificial Intelligence coming of age -
disruption, transformation straight ahead.

Advances in machine learning, coupled with big data and cheap, ubiquitous cloud computing, will unleash an era of Artificial Intelligence, with disruptive potential on how we work and live. Computer vision, Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning are enabling new Cognitive Robotic solutions that can automate or augment a wide range of work activities. These systems create more intuitive interactions and extend the capabilities of what either human or machine can do on their own. These technologies not only enable doing things differently, but also doing different things.

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About IRPA

“It’s Time to Prepare for 2016, the Year of the Robot!”

Raheem Hasan, President & Co-Founder
Institute for Robotic Process Automation


The Institute for Robotic Process Automation (IRPA) is an independent professional association and knowledge forum for the buyers, sellers, influencers and analysts of robotic process automation. Our network and advisory services offer leading-edge market intelligence, industry research, best practices, and alliance-building opportunities for stakeholders across service industry functions. IRPA helps business leaders position themselves at the cutting edge of knowledge work technology. Join us to get the latest trends, expert interviews, best practices and commentary from the pioneers and thought leaders of robotic process automation. Membership to the IRPA network is free.

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Upcoming Events

In 2016 the reality of RPA will take form: Make way for the Year of the Robot! IRPA intends to keep you informed with regional events, conferences, expert TV sessions, thought leadership and much more! IRPA’s 2016 events calendar will also include Automation Innovation events for both the US and Europe, all to be announced early in Q1... Stay tuned!

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