Let’s Talk About Robotic Process Automation

Real-world examples of automancery at companies like yours

Robotic Process Automation, or RPA, is the cornerstone of everything we do at Arch DevOps. It’s the simulation of actions that a human would normally do by hand. And it’s a paradigm that’s been around for decades but has only recently gotten into the mainstream because of this new moniker.

We can’t put everything we do under this heading though, because it’d be huge. Below are some examples of the low-level work we do in this space though, just to give you an idea:

Soundbite Collection

Challenge: After a podcast recording is done over Zoom, pull out interesting segments of the show without having to re-listen to the show or do any heavy audio/video editing. Identify those segments in real time, and log the time in MM:SS format to a text file.

Solution: Using a free tool called AutoHotKey, an automation was created to both start the recording in Zoom AND note the current time. Whenever a special key combination is pressed, the automation would calculate how many minutes and seconds since the recording was started, and write that timestamp to a file. Then when the recording was done, the host would have a list of timestamps ready to work with. Ended up saving hours worth of time across months. And it’s data that can be fed into other automation too.

Result: It saves dozens of hours not having to re-listen to an episode. Plus, noting a particular time right when it happens means the timestamp got recorded right when it was notable, and not later when the novelty of the moment has already worn off.