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Anu Hämäläinen Treasury 360 Helsinki

Don’t evaluate RPA – just go for it

Finnish industry giant Wärtsilä is not encouraging its people to provide calculations when they consider ideas for robotic process automation (RPA). Instead, they say “just do it”.

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“If you can do an Excel macro you can do RPA,” said Anu Hämäläinen, group treasurer and vice president of Wärtsilä, on stage with Treasury 360 Helsinki at Pörssitalo Tuesday morning.

Result: over 100 employees having produced robotic processes on top of their normal work, without support from consultants. 389 robotised processes perform 180 000 job runs monthly. Since no time was spent on the profitability calculations, the total savings are left to anybody’s guess – but Anu Hämäläinen thinks 1 Euro per job run is a low assumption.

“Our RPA system provider said you will never succeed. They were convinced you need technical people. But now they too have adopted the talk about ’citizen development’,” says Anu Hämäläinen.

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“It is still really important to have IT in on this, to provide the infrastructure. But they don’t need to do the coding.”

The agenda for Treasury 360 Helsinki, at Pörssitalo on 3 December can be found here, and our editorial coverage will be gathered here.

 

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