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Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology is the next frontier for businesses looking to streamline processes, increase productivity and ultimately improve the bottom-line.

RPA typically uses artificial intelligence to handle repetitive, rules-based, back-office tasks. And the market is about to experience a period of "explosive" growth.

The RPA market grew 64 percent to $200 million last year and is expected to grow 70 to 90 percent by 2019 because successful pilot projects are inspiring buyer confidence in the technology, the consulting and research firm reports.

However, there are some barriers to adoption, such as IT departments concerned about data security and loss of control. Plus, replacing staff with robots in some sectors, such as government, could become a political minefield.

Join us at RPA Summit in November to hear from subject matter experts currently evaluating RPA for their businesses in areas such as Finance, Procurement, HR, Outsourcing, Automation, etc.


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Thursday, 31st January, 2019
Topic Abstract

RPA, machine learning, NLP and artificial intelligence are becoming more than just buzz words within organizations. They are becoming a reality, with organization continuing to face technological, cultural, and organizational challenges to their initiatives. Within this reality further challenges are experienced with most, if not all, companies facing a mirage of challenge within challenges. The typical approach to advancing RPA within large organisations encompasses anything from process complexity to meeting dynamic business needs and adopting new technology to deliver greater value to business. Amongst the greatest challenges to
1) Stakeholder and leadership buy – in
2) Picking the right problems to solve and
3) Talent and skill shortage
Andre will share lessons, failure and successes he experienced while advancing with RPA at Nedbank.

Speaker Profile

I am an experienced Head with a demonstrated history of working in various industries with experience in strategy, operations optimisation, portfolio, program and project delivery management, business process management and robotic process automation. I have a Mechanical Engineering degree and recently completed The MBA @ Henley Business School with my thesis focusing on the impact of RPA on the workforce. Through my career, thus far I have spent time in several consulting companies (Deloitte Consulting, PwC Advisory, Accenture) involved in strategy, process Improvement and project delivery. The last 8 years have been predominantly in the IT industry at major financial institutions (Absa, Nedbank) in various roles involving technology delivery and innovation. The last 2 years I have been involved extensively in setting up the RPA delivery capability in Nedbank. I am most importantly the father of three kids, 2 daughters of 12 and 2 and a son of 10. Even though I am originally from Durban, Johannesburg is home now for the past 18 years and I love sport and am an avid golfer

Andre Sankar, Head of Intelligent Robotics Process Automation, NedBank
Topic Abstract

In recent years, the implementation of robotic process automation (RPA) as a software solution has increased drastically on a worldwide scale.

A recent market report by the research firm Everest Group suggests the 2018 RPA vendor market was estimated to be more than $200 million, indicating more than 64% growth in one year as the adpotion growths the technology has now become more cognitive by taking different elements of AI into its next journey.

Kgosi Molefe, Head: Robotics and Cognitive Digital Solutions, SoluGrowth Pty Ltd, Formerly at Larsen & Toubro Infortech & Accenture
Topic Abstract

RPA on its own automates discrete activities. The P in RPA stands for Process. The true process is the end-to-end one that delivers value to the customer. By understanding the broader process landscape, decomposing processes into logical activities, defining the process happy path and identifying automation patterns, a structured approach can be taken to isolating those activities suitable for RPA while enabling greater overall process improvement through traditional Business Process Management techniques

Gavin Beckett, RPA Solution Architect, DigiBlu
Topic Abstract

Rands spent on BPM vs RPA vs ERP
Also how do you for Rpa in organizational design and fit for purpose restructures
How to get critical mass to affect p&l in the short term

Paul Stander, Digital Transformation Executive, South African Airways
Topic Abstract

The way of work is changing due to technology enhancements and the need for business’ to continue to grow in an ever changing environment. Are we aware of the challenges business face and how the workforce of the future will change to meet these changes and challenging environments.

Khaya Mbanga, Associate Director, EY
Topic Abstract

My chosen topic will cover the following:
1. The danger of targets - you are given what you measure
2. There is no silver bullet - force fitting the IT capability to all organizational problems
3. Poor designs - automating for the sake of automating
4. Inadequate or lack of strategic intent

Matubeng Emmanuel Mothiba, Vice Principal, Absa Bank , Formerly at EY & Standard Bank
Topic Abstract

By leveraging Artificial Intelligence technologies that is colonized by real time events registers that is directly fed from production units will create platforms for cognitive automation spreads that will promote informed choices of actions that are typically correlated with RPA. Proven advantages is cost savings, customer satisfaction as well as more benefits in terms of accuracy in complex business processes that involve the use of unstructured information. Tension between structure data and unstructured data is on the increase and the structured data analytics (management tools) is a more mature process of choice, Cognitive automation has confirmed to be effective in addressing those key challenges by supporting companies in optimizing their day-to-day activities as well as their entire business to help reduce wastes (lean process) that will produce cost savings and a culture of excellence.

Jacko Robinson, Managing Director, The Intelligent Dot (Pty) Ltd.
Topic Abstract

How data science integration with RPA can transform corporate performance.

Speaker Profile

Sreeni is a business leader and a turnaround specialist with a career spanning more than 18 years in Business Consulting, Business Process Management, Enterprise Application Integration and Enterprise Architecture.
He is also an entrepreneur who is one of the co-founder of a successful start-up company and has successfully led development and delivery of business productivity tools/products. Sreeni has experience in Business Administration, IT strategies, Project Management, Analysis, Design and documentation of various Application Systems. Sreeni has a solid sales and delivery track record in both private and public sectors.
Specialties: Sreeni’s specialities include Enterprise Architecture, Big Data, Analytics, K2 Workflow, ERP, SharePoint, EPM, BizTalk, Message Broker, SOA, EAI, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and BPM.

Sreeni Vasireddy, Chief Technology Officer, Keystroke Holdings
Topic Abstract

Never before has there been more tools at the disposal of finance departments to assist them not only enhance their own function but to improve their organisation's finance as a whole. The session will focus on how businesses can enhance their payment process and more specifically, how artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to reduce payment fraud. In addition, best practise methodologies for implementing Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to automate rules-based human tasks through software robots that provide businesses with scalability, increased security and governance in all areas of the organisation.

Speaker Profile

Rudolph is a leading expert on treasury technology with in-depth knowledge of best practice treasury setup, treasury outsourcing models, as well as the integration with banks, ERP systems and other financial institutions. He has been involved in Treasury Management System projects for the past 12 years and has completed more than 60 treasury implementations across Southern Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

As Head of Treasury Technology at TreasuryONE, Rudolph heads up the RPA program for TreasuryONE internally and consults to various listed companies on best practise implementation of RPA in their finance and treasury processes.

Rudolph holds a B Com Accounting and a B Com (Hons) in Financial Management, from the University of Johannesburg.

Rudolph Janse van Rensburg, Head of Technology and RPA, TreasuryONE


The RPA Conferences features insightful talks by recognized thought-leaders addressing the actual developments and trends in RPA. Discussions and presentations by a variety of speakers at a series of past and upcoming events elucidate solution based details that will help you face RPA challenges with confidence. You will find a mix of speakers from diverse organizations sharing their real experiences and expert insights with the event participants.

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