Robotic Process Automation(RPA) is spreading very fast and gaining grounds across major sectors like e-governance, Banking & Financial Services, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Retail & CPG etc.
"Robotic process automation (RPA) is the practice of automating routine business practices with “software robots” that perform tasks automatically. These tasks include transaction processing, IT management and automated online assistants. These software robots could replace human beings for common tasks. Robotic process automation makes heavy use of artificial intelligence to train these robots. "
When i look into SCADA and PLC projects, i don’t see any room for innovation at all. The job of a smart SI is mostly copy, paste, edit, tweak, upload and repeat. 80% of every PLC, SCADA project engineering workflow is nothing but routine and repetitive which can easily be automated.
I think, very soon most of the SCADA and PLC vendors will start selling RPA tools and pre engineered, ready for commissioning projects online instead of engineering software. The SI contractor will be able to just select the demo project which suits his/her requirement from the showcase, evaluate online, chat with the sales guy for some customization and discount, add it to the shopping cart, pay by cc and finish the deal.
BY 2020, more than 50% of PLC, SCADA jobs will be eliminated. By 2022, around 80% jobs will disappear. What do you think?.